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Scott Supertrac Kinabalu. Thoughts on a year’s worth of running


Published by Nick Wishart on 01/03/16

Strava sends you a nice little message when the mileage on your running shoes reaches the point that I imagine shoe manufacturers want you to go and buy some more. I have always seen a maximum mileage number as a bit arbitrary myself, as it depends on so many different individual variables. When I ran in road shoes I could tell when the soles had gone ‘flat’ and I needed some more. It varied, but 500 miles was decent for me as a neutral gait runner. With trail / fell shoes, the uppers never stay in one piece long enough for me to worry about how many miles they have done!

Arc of Attrition 2016 Race Report


Published by Nick Wishart on 10/02/16

 

Attrition. Noun; the process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure

The Arc of Attrition had its inaugural year in 2015 and is a 100 mile coastal ultramarathon, held in winter on the South West Coastal Path over exposed and remote terrain in many places. Designed to be an extreme challenge with strict cut offs, the degree of difficulty to complete is also dependent on prevailing Atlantic coastal conditions.

Inov-8 Ultra 290 shoe; first impressions


Published by Nick Wishart on 18/07/14

When I started focusing on off road running, I discovered Inov-8 and they quickly became my shoe brand of choice. Shoe countback totals around 8 pairs so far I think. Lightweight, low drop and super grippy are the main benefits for me. So in bringing out a more ‘conventional’ type shoe, what will the compromise be? These are my first impressions of the new Ultra 290 having done one 11.5 mile run in them.

Gritstone Grrr, Not Again


Published by James Hack on 10/09/13

What a day out! Fantastic Spartan presence, great results from our guys. And above all the ethos of our club really shone through. It was a great trail, event and day, but the Gritstone Grind was not a smooth one for me. Why? Cramp. And lots of it from really early on.

Opening The Shed Door


Published by Dave Douglas on 16/07/13

Opening The Shed Door

Life's getting a bit crazy at the moment and something has to give. I seem to be great at organising people/groups/walls but when it comes to me I sort of just muddle through it and hope for the best!

For Petes Sake


Published by Dave Douglas on 16/05/13

For Pete's Sake

Pete's a top bloke, like a lot of my cousins I don't see enough of them but whenever we get together, usually Christmas, special birthdays, funerals and the like we always have great banter and swap stories of how our different paths have taken us.

I'm not sure what it is about my extended family but we're sure as hell not normal! Let's just say many of us live a life of colour!

Notes On Nerves


Published by Andy Mouncey on 08/05/13

When I was working with some world class swimmers a few years ago, one of the big issues for some of them was competition nerves.

A history of the Whitegate Way


Published by James Hack on 22/07/11

Some facts unearthed about our local disused railway line.

Don’t be afraid to ‘Unleash The Dragon’


Published by The Finisher on 01/05/11

We are like-minded people. Like to run, have fun, keep those fitness levels up and try to balance our hectic lives with socialising and doing things that we love.

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