UK athletes medal at World Masters

Posted in At the Races on Tue 03 Sep ’13

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The UK can boast yet more world champions this summer as Craig Roberts (M50), Martin Ford (M70) and Anne-Marie Jones (W60) took superb gold medals at the 13th Master World Mountain Running Championships at Janske Lazne in the Czech Rep…

Individual medals also came in the form of silver for Bernard Grant (M65) and Carol Evans (W50) and a bronze medal for Judith Jepson in the W40 category.

There were also team medals for GB athletes in the M65 (Gold), M70 (Silver) and the W35, W45, W50 (all silver) categories. Results via this link with images to follow, and a full report via the WMRA website here.

Keep on tracking…

Posted in At the Races on Fri 30 Aug ’13

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Want to follow the #UTMB? There is the race live tracker for all of the stats, then there is the human element, with images and emotion – that’ll be the likes of iRunFar / Ian Corless then!

The event is a media cauldron these days and makes for great digital armchair viewing for all you trail lovers out there.

Follow Bryon Powell and the team here and here

Ian Corless here and here

Island Trail Race aims to wow visitors

Posted in At the Races on Thu 29 Aug ’13

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According to Wales and GB international Rob Samuel the location for this September’s Island Trail Race on Anglesey is ‘as stunning as any trails that I have run’, as Newborough plays host the event within 700ha of woodland and coastal paths…

Taking place on Sunday, September 29, the event contains some unique all off-road routes, following beautiful single track and forest paths in the heart of the Newborough Forest and also includes a run along the beach and around the iconic Llanddwyn Island.

Off the island runners will return, via the dunes, to run along forest tracks and through open glades where you will tackle a number of rewarding climbs a descents.

Watch Rob’s short promo film here

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As well as running this stunning course, the entry fee also includes electronic chip timing, family entertainment, a unique commemorative race T shirt, bespoke finishers medal and refreshments at the finish line.

The event will also be hosting children’s and junior races on the day with registration for this will be at the race venue. All of the kids races are run in partnership with Anglesey Council’s Sports Development Team who have years of experience of putting on great events for the counties’ youngsters

With 700ha of woodland and 3 miles of sandy beach and stunning views across the Menai Straits to the peaks of Snowdonia, the scene is set for an amazing trail running experience.

Runners can choose from a 10k Trail and Half Trail Marathon and entries are via this link.

inov8 team remains ‘obsessed and committed’

Posted in Dishing the Dirt on Thu 29 Aug ’13

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Robbie Simpson

In 2013 inov8 have made their mark on the international mountain, sky and trail running stages with some outstanding results from their team of international runners. This continued recently with some great results at Pikes Peak, Sierre-Zinal and the Matterhorn Ultraks…

Driven by an obsession to stretch limits, our committed athletes have stamped their names all over sky and mountain races across the globe in August.

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Alex Nichols

At the Pikes Peak Marathon (42km, 2382m ascent, 4302m maximum altitude), US athlete Alex Nichols (pictured above) narrowly missed out on victory in his Colorado backyard.

Meanwhile, fellow inov-8 athletes Anna Lupton (UK) and Eirik Haugsnes (Norway) finished fourth female and ninth male respectively in the elite-stacked Matterhorn Ultraks (14km, 3600m ascent, 3100m maximum altitude) race last weekend.

Read the full article here

© www.inov-8.com

Anna Lupton

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  1. Paul Tomlinson
    Aug 29, 01:16 PM

    Matt, are you not sponsored by Inov8? I really enjoy your website, but this just seems like an advert. Shame.

  2. Matt MST
    Aug 29, 01:35 PM

    Hi Paul

    I am definitely NOT sponsored by inov8 🙂

    As you will hopefully know MST is an aggregator of news, we pick up on things, and then if we think people might be interested we fire them out there for others to pick up on.

    As far as I was concerned the above article is about a UK brand supporting some international runners (a few of whom are UK athletes) and it details how they have been getting on over the last couple of months.

    Sorry if it comes across as me somehow pushing inov8, it is not the intention and certainly not an advert.

    Thanks…

    Matt

The Matterhorn moment…

Posted in Dishing the Dirt on Tue 27 Aug ’13

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Kilian Jornet

From rubber choice (on his shoes), meticulous route planning, 9 whole route recces and 100% mental focus, it’s all in here. Ian Corless catches Kilian at his insightful best, post-Matterhorn.

Read one of the best KJ interviews we’ve read in a while, here.

Lightfoot heads to SA for the ‘Grail of Trail’

Posted in At the Races on Tue 27 Aug ’13

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Ricky Lightfoot

Salomon International Team Manager, Gregory Vollet, has confirmed that 2013 Trail Running World Champion Ricky Lightfoot from Great Britain will be participating in the Otter African Trail Run presented by Salomon and GU in the Garden Route in September.

Salomon sponsored runner Lightfoot, who was crowned champion at the July Trail Running World Championships held in North Wales, will be taking his place in arguably the strongest field yet assembled on African soil to contest what local athletes have dubbed “The Grail of Trail.”

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Lightfoot joins Kenyans Jared Omwoyo Nyakoe and Silas Kipchirchir Soy in an attempt to become the first foreign male athlete to win the Southern Cape’s showpiece trail event, a trophy that will be fiercely defended by former winner Iain don Wauchope.

Don Wauchope holds the record for the West East running of the race with a blitzing 04h23 posted last year whilst the “Classic” East to West course benchmark of 04:40 belongs to non-other than Ryan Sandes. Also flying the South African flag will be South African Trail Running Champion Thabang Madiba and his two national team mates Kane Reilly and Michael Bailey.

They are but two of the contenders in a field brimming with big names. The in-form trail hard man AJ Calitz who bagged a big win in the Vernon Canyon Descent in France two months ago, was picked by fellow contenders in a confidential poll as the favourite to lead the local charge.

The USA ultra-distance legend Krissy Moehl became the first foreign born winner of the Otter African Trail Run with her win in the ladies race at last year’s Retto. This year New Zealand’s youthful sensation Ruby Muir is tipped to again keep the crown away from the local ladies although Landie Greyling and Robyn Kime, both just returned from representing South Africa in Poland, may have something to say about that.

© Graeme Murray

Ruby Muir

The announcement of Lightfoot’s participation is sure to spike the already high adrenaline of the levels of the top local trail runners. His obliteration of the rest of the 18 nation field in Wales two months ago sent shockwaves through trail running world.

South Africa’s aspirants will be hoping that the relentlessly technical Otter Run course will test his trail dexterity as much as it will test his endurance. France’s celebrated mountain runner Sebastian Chaigneau managed a 7th place in last year’s event, the best ranking for a foreign runner to date in the men’s race.

Follow the race on www.theotter.co.za, Facebook or Twitter

It’s UTMB week…

Posted in At the Races on Tue 27 Aug ’13

© Ian Corless

Julien Chorier – aiming for the big one in Chamonix

Perhaps the biggest trail running event on the planet hits Chamonix this week, for that annual trail running / weather watching jamboree that is UTMB. With four days of racing getting underway very soon and drop outs and favourites re-shuffling, it should be an interesting week…

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With almost every off-road running outlet offering some kind of preview, the voracious needs of the digital armchair trail runners across the world will be satisfied over for sure, with as ever some of the very best (and most reliable) coverage coming from the usual suspects as listed below.

One thing is for sure, with Kilian (the guy needs a rest!), Lizzy (injured) and Francois sitting this one out, there will be a pretty fresh name on that winners role call come Saturday. We’ll stick our necks out (!) and put our weight behind the Chorier / Krupicka camps in the men’s race, and Nuria Picas in the ladies race.

© Running Times

Tony K is looking sharp and ready for his UTMB debut

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Nuria Picas – UTMB contender

Follow all of the PTL, TDS, CCC and UTMB (that’s a lot of acronyms) news via the UTMB site here and check out the pre-race previews and race-day coverage via iRunFar and Ian Corless – oh and you would also do well to follow their links to the live coverage via their social media outlets…

Weekend fell racing…

Posted in At the Races on Mon 26 Aug ’13

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The Grasmere podium!

Some decent weather and some great racing over the BH weekend on the fells, mountain and hills of England, Wales and Scotland. Winners included Simon Bailey, Rob Jebb, Angela Mudge and Mel Price

At the Burnsall Classic, Mercia speedster Simon Bailey had a good tussle with short-distance specialist Sam Tosh over the challenging 1.5 mile route, with Bailey (14:10) edging out the Rossendale runner by a mere 7 seconds. Ted Mason took third in 14:40.

Mel Price made it a Mercia double as she won the women’s race in 19:25, a massive two and a half minutes up on Holmfirth’s Lucy Needham (21:58) and Valley Striders’ Kim Threadgall (22:43) in third.

Full Burnsall results here with no images as yet.

Further North in Cumbria, the Weasdale Horseshoe saw a win for England international Gary Priestley, putting a good couple of minutes into Ambleside runner and inov8 team-mate Ben Abdelnoor over the 9 mile course. Gareth Briggs was third. Bowland runner Zoe Harding won the women’s event just ahead of Howgill’s Heidi Dent, with Bingley’s Aly Raw completing the top 3.

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Gary Priestley (left) with the Noor…

Some nice Weasdale images on the Howgill Harriers site here with results here.

The big Scottish race from the weekend was the excellent Ochil 2000s race with over 5000ft of climbing during the tough 18 miles, which saw 130-odd runners line-up in bright conditions. Fife’s Mark Harris just won the day, only a handful of seconds up on Shettleston Harrier Kenny Richmond, who in-turn was not far ahead of Al Anthony in third. In fact just over one minute separated the top 3 runners after nearly 2hrs 45 mins of racing!

There was a slightly easier win for the unstoppable Angela Mudge, who not only ran a supperb 2:55:13, but also finished tenth overall. Charlotte Morgan claimed a very good second, with Hunters Bog Trotter Megan Mowbray in third. Full results via this link, with some nice race images via the Scottish Hill Racing page here.

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Anglea Mudge on the Ochil 2000s

Saturday also saw the Pendleton race with a win for Josh Tighe, and the Tryfan Downhill race, producing the usual set of interesting images via Al Tye!

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Tryfan action!

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Tryfan mist!

Yesterday in England was all about the Grasmere Senior Guides Race, an event steeped in history, and it was win number nine for Mr.Grasmere himself, Rob Jebb. This excellent video via the athleticos site shows all the action as Jebby romps to yet another win ahead of Sam Tosh, Simon Bailey, Rob Hope and 196 others!

There was also a great sight in the return of Pippa Maddams, who is gradually getting back into racing after the birth of her child some 6 months ago – it’s great to see Pippa back on the fells. Mel Price completed round two of her show weekend (after winning Burnsall on Saturday) with second place.

Sunday also saw the classic Welsh brute, the Cnicht, taking place – with some beautiful weather and some of the best images from the weekend. There dont seem to be any results out yet, but it looks like Lloyd Taggart and Jackie Lee made the trip and added some quality to proceedings. Images out now via FRP and Clic Clic.

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Lloyd Taggart at Cnicht

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Jackie Lee

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  1. Nick Brown
    Aug 26, 11:19 AM

    And not forgetting Sunday’s Baddinsgill Round. Won by Fergus Johnston, taking 10 minutes off the course record. Details, results, and photos here

It’s showtime!

Posted in At the Races on Fri 23 Aug ’13

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The Grasmere Seniors guides race is steeped in history

The next few days will see three very special races take place, as fell-sprinters sharpen their studs for the Burnsall Classic, Grasmere and Kilnsey Show races in what is known as the classic treble in fell running circles…

Within the British fell running scene are the summer shows. Many of the classic short fell races that exist in the north of England are linked to (or at least once were) shows and sports days, some of them hundreds of years old. Similarly with hill racing in Scotland and Wales. But of course some races are more prestigious than others and there exists the ‘treble’.

First-up tomorrow (Saturday) is the Burnsall Classic. 1.5 miles long, with a climb of 900ft. So that will be 900ft of climb in three quarters of a mile then? Amazing. And then – probably top of the shop of these fell-classics – comes the Grasmere Senior Guides race, which follows on Sunday.

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Morgan Donnelly on his way to the Grasmere win in 2011

This race is part of fell running folk-lore and the respect it commands from the fraternity can be seen in the start list that it generates every year. Hundreds line-up for the 1.5 mile race (900ft ascent) over Gray Crags, and the role call of winners is packed with fell running legends from across the decades of the last century and beyond. The course record of 12:21 belongs to a certain Fred Reeves and those in the know say it may never be beaten, we shall see.

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The juniors get going at Grasmere

And lastly on Tuesday (27 August) it’s the notoriously treacherous (and a mere 113 editions old!) Kilnsey Show Crag Race. Another blast up and down to a height of 1000ft in the space of one mile, requiring the winner to remove any doubt or fear on the descent and come down the Chimney – see what I mean here.

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The Kilnsey flag marks the peak!

So, if you want to really get that ‘show’ feel this next few days and – in a world of commercialism – return yourself to the true essence of sport and the understated fell race, you could do worse than head to the Lakes and open up your lungs to the classic treble.

Nick steps up to the plate at Leadville

Posted in Dishing the Dirt on Thu 22 Aug ’13

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In his post-Leadville blog, Nick Clark has produced a candid piece of writing craft. The Pearl Izumi runner beautifully captures the essence of the race from a front- runners’ viewpoint, and perfectly depicts the race from inside the ‘race-bubble’…

In there, Nick also touches on the issues that the US’ premier 100-miler faces, from an organisational and experience viewpoint – something which the Colorado man felt was palpable on the day. The solution? Nick himself.

At least he appears to offer his services within the first few paragraphs, “it is quite apparent to me that somebody who understands ultrarunning needs to be put back in charge of the run series. I’m available.” – and if I were the Leadville Series organiser I think I might be giving Mr.Clark a call ASAP!

Read Leadville 2013: A Report & Some Reflections here.

Jono wins the Skåla

Posted in At the Races on Sun 18 Aug ’13

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Jono Wyatt takes Skala Opp 2013

Reversing the 2012 result, Salomon athlete Jonathan Wyatt won the Skåla Opp race in Norway on Saturday, defeating course record hold Arslan Ahmet. Brit Orlando Edwards was an excellent 6th, just under 4 minutes down on Wyatt…

The event is a renowned beast of an ascent, rising to 1848m from just 29m above sea level in a frightening 8.2km – that’s an average gradient of 22%!

Having been beaten by Ahmet in 2012 (when the 6-time Euro mountain running champ also broke the course record), Wyatt put a good 2 minutes plus into Arslan for a very convincing win, underlining the New Zealander’s good form at the moment and following up on his 3rd place at last weekend’s Sierre-Zinal race.

After Angela Mudge won the day in 2012, victory in the women’s race stayed in Norwegian hands in 2013 as Inger Nilson won in 1:23:40

Info on the leading positions here with full results via this link and images to follow.

Top 3 Men
1. Jonathan Wyatt (NZ) 1.09.39
2. Ahmet Arslan (TUR) 1.11.49
3. Thorbjørn Ludvigsen (NOR) 1.11.55

Top 3 Women

1. Inger Liv Bjerkrem Nilsen (NOR) 1.23.40
2. May Britt Buer (NOR) 1.24.58
3. Kirsten Marathon Melkevik (NOR) 1.26.54

Leadville awaits

Posted in At the Races on Fri 16 Aug ’13

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One of the world’s greatest 100 milers kicks off in Silverton, Colorado on Saturday. The Leadvillle 100 is on the bucket list of many an ultra-trailer with it’s legendary Hope Pass ascent to 12,600ft…

The race is 30 years old this year, making it one of the US’ oldest 100-mile races too, and with the glorious Colorado Rockies terrain and base in old Silverton the event is steeped in history.

2011 winner Ryan Sandes is back, after pulling out of the Western States in June with an ankle injury. The South African ultra specialist prepares meticulously for these types of events, and though 7-time winner of the WS100 Scott Jurek is in town it will be Sandes who will be in the hot-seat to take the win.

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Ryan Sandes wins Leadville 2011

Some excellent pre-event coverage as ever from iRunFar and you can follow all of the happenings with Bryon and the team via this link

The trail climbs sharply for Joe

Posted in Through the Lens on Thu 15 Aug ’13

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Joe Gray

After his win at the recent USATF Mtn Champs, Joe Gray is now getting ready for the Worlds Poland, this September. The Scott sponsored runner has been on the world mountain scene for a few years now but has obviously lost none of his zip!

Shooter Ian MacLellan has put together a documentary titled Trail Climbs Sharply, which is due for release on 1st of September, and this extract depicts Gray winning that 2013 title. The short film gives us a little insight in what makes Joe tick and why the mountains are what inspire him…

Watch it here

“It’s a hill, get over it!”

Posted in The Sweat on Thu 15 Aug ’13

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A new book penned by seasoned fell runner Steve Chilton looking at the history and great characters from the sport of fell running, is available for pre-order ahead of it’s release date in September…

Books on fell running are reasonably few and far between, but when they do come out they are generally pretty compelling reading – e.g Bill Smith’s Stud marks on the Summit and Richard Askwith’s Feet in the Clouds.

Chilton’s blog on his book It’s a hill, get over it starts off by stating:

I am not sure who first said “Everyone has a book inside them”, but I do like the take by Christopher Hitchins on the quote which he feels should be completed by “ ……. but in most cases that is where it should stay”.

So with that in mind I will attempt to unfurl the reasoning behind me starting to write a book.

However, with publishers Sandstone Press stating:

The book covers the early days of the sport, right through to it going global with World Championships. Along the way it profiles influential athletes such as Fred Reeves, Bill Teasdale, Kenny Stuart, Joss Naylor, and Billy and Gavin Bland. It gives background to the athletes including their upbringing, introduction to the sport, training, working life, records and achievements. It also includes in-depth conversations with some of the greats, such as Jeff Norman and Rob Jebb.

It all looks very promising! More details here.

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  1. Steve Chilton
    Sep 29, 03:41 PM

    Book is available now. Hope you will review it (Sandstone will provide a copy). Book blog has details at: http://itsahill.wordpress.com/

  2. Matt MST
    Oct 1, 11:04 AM

    Thanks Steve, received a copy late last week, looks brilliant, will be getting my teeth into it over the next few weeks!
    Cheers, Matt

  3. Steve Chilton
    Dec 14, 06:38 PM

    Any idea when review might appear?

  4. Matt MST
    Jan 10, 02:03 PM

    Hi Steve, will be doing it very soon! Cheers

  5. Matt MST
    Jan 14, 07:11 PM

    http://www.mudsweatandtears.co.uk/2014/01/14/its-a-hill-get-over-it/

    Cheers Steve…

Win a free entry to the RPFU 2013

Posted in At the Races on Wed 14 Aug ’13

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Calling all runners driven by a desire to push boundaries, inov-8 are offering one lucky MST reader the chance to take on the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra on October 6th 2013…

As the event’s official footwear partner, inov-8 are also throwing in a pair of their stripped-back, super-gripping shoes, designed for committed athletes wanting to run naturally fast on all terrains – perfect for the ultra, which covers road, towpaths and trail.

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Around 700 runners are expected to take part in the ultra, now in its second year. The 50km course offers runners the chance to enjoy some of London’s most spectacular landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and five of the eight Royal Parks. The ultra finishes in historic Bushy Park, Henry VIII’s old hunting ground near Hampton Court.

For a chance to win simply go to our Twitter page and simply tweet an answer to the following question with the hashtag #inov8

Q. What drives you to push your body to the limit and go those extra miles?

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We will announce the lucky winner on Friday the 16th of August via the MST website news page and Twitter feed.

Entries to the RPFU close on August 19th, so this is one of your last chances to take part! Enter today and don’t miss your chance to run 50km through some of London’s most beautiful landscapes, with footwear tested to the extreme so you can produce your ultimate performance.

To find out more on the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra head on over to the race website now.

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  1. sandy restall
    Aug 14, 07:43 PM

    The feeling when you know its farther to turn back than it is to the finish line. Then when you get there your body and mind are in total shut down as you fill up with the emotion of what an amazing achievement you have done both mentally and physically, you hurt but you know its for an amazing reason.

Trans Rockies is underway…

Posted in At the Races on Wed 14 Aug ’13

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2012 defending champions and top US ultra-trailers Rob Krar and Michael Smith, raced to a stage one win yesterday as the 2013 Trans Rockies run got underway in Buena Vista, Colorado …

The runners lined up under the TransRockies Run arch in the quaint neighborhood of South Main in Buena Vista. Under blue skies, our Trail Striders hit the trails at 8:30 AM sharp.

For most, the TransRockies Run isn’t just a race. It’s a celebration of trail running and the outdoors and an opportunity to experience extraordinary places that most will never see. With running partners from around the world, this ‘race’ is not only about pushing your limits, but making friendships that will stand the test of time. When the gun went off this morning, three hundred and sixty new friends took to the trails of Colorado to test their minds and bodies and ‘Find out what’s inside…outside’.

Stage report here with links to the full results here and a few stage 1 images here.

Entries open for GL3D™ 2014

Posted in Dishing the Dirt on Wed 14 Aug ’13

© Simon Caldwell

In recent years there has been a quiet revolution building in the Lake District. Each May, the Great Lakeland 3Day™ – or GL3D™ to its friends – has been attracting more and more participants to its unique three-day format..

New for 2013 was the introduction of two new, shorter courses. This proved a popular move with double the competitors from 2012. However, the GL3D™ still retains that small and friendly atmosphere that has made it so popular over the years.

© www.greatlakeland3day.com

A unique aspect of the race is that competitors simply enter the event, rather than having to select a course in advance. This flexibility has proved popular, as competitors are able to change their course each morning depending on how the previous day has gone. Another key element of the GL3D™ is that competitors camping equipment is transported to each of the overnight campsites so they can enjoy a day in the hills with light bags.

© www.greatlakeland3day.com

The 2014 event will be on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of May and Race Director Shane Ohly says:

“We have something very special brewing up for 2014 and it’ll be along the lines of the old Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon ‘stings’, which would surprise competitors with an unexpected but exciting twist to the event.

“Rather than complex navigation, the GL3D™ emphasis is on long mountain journeys, spectacular scenery and enjoying an amazing mountain experience. Competitors should expect mountain trails and footpaths, along ridges and through valleys, rather than contouring and bogs”.

© www.greatlakeland3day.com

The GL3D™ has always attracted a few walkers but other than the most able, they have generally struggled with the long distances and significant height gain each year.

Because of this, for the 2014 event Ohly has announced the introduction of a new C course (already coined the Café Class by the planning team), which will be specifically aimed at walkers or slower runners and will only have one checkpoint per day to allow competitors maximum route choice between the overnight camps… and time to visit the very best Lake District cafés!

Even though the 2013 GL3D sold out, the organisers are offering a great early bird incentive (save £50!) for entries received before the beginning of October.

Watch the 2013 race movie here.

Bailey and Fines take command in English Fell Champs

Posted in At the Races on Wed 14 Aug ’13

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Simon Bailey leads Rob Hope and Rhys F-R

After the Blisco Dash race a couple of weeks before, there was barely time for English Championship fell runners to catch their breath as the next round (five) took place on Saturday at the 10-mile Turner Landscape race in Seathwaite…

Simon Bailey and Helen Fines cemented themselves as not only winners on the day, but also favourites for the 2013 English Fell Championships. With five races down Fines’ lead is unassailable, with 3 wins and 2 second place finishes.

Prior to Saturday’s race Bailey was lying in 14th in the Championship standings, mainly down to the fact that he hadn’t competed in a medium or long race. However, with the Turner Landscape win the Mercia runner now just needs a good position in the Edale Skyline ‘long’ race at the end of September to secure another English crown.

© Holmfirth Harriers

Simon Bailey

Of course, the likes of Turner runner-up Rob Hope, Rob Jebb, Morgan Donnelly and Lloyd Taggart are all still in the mix, as with a long distance fell race at that time of the year weather conditions and navigation skills could play their part and there could be a few twists and turns before the 2013 title is decided.

As far as the Turner Landscape men’s race was concerned, second place man Rob Hope gives us his take:

Simon got a lead, I caught him at Dow Crag, we ran together for a while and then he got away on the descent to the finish. My back’s not keen on pushing the descents too often!

Felt pretty good though overall and enjoyed the run. It’s a cracking newish course with a really tough climb up Grey Friars, down and then up Swirl How and then great ridge running over to Coniston and up Dow Crag before another ridge/traverse to White Pike. Duddon’s a great part of the Lakes especially when it’s sunny.

© Holmfirth Harriers

Rob Hope

Simon’s in pole position now with 3 wins but all to play for Edale on 29 Sept and a bit of a lottery if the weather’s bad. Over that distance anything could happen and therefore there are several still in with a shout.

Behind Bailey (1:22:52) and Hope (1:23:23), Dark Peak’s Lloyd Taggart (1:25:24) finished third.

In the women’s race Fines (1:38:52) was all on her own, as she finished nearly 4 minutes mins up on second placed Judith Jepson (1:42:44), with Ambleside’s Jane Reedy (1:43:07) just behind in third. After a couple of years of going close in the British and English women’s championships, the Calder Valley runner really has been a class apart in women’s fell running this year.

© Holmfirth Harriers

Helen Fines at the Turner Landscape race

Some great Turner Landscape images via the Holmfirth Harriers flikr page can be found here, with full results on the FRA here.

Women’s Championship standings (before Turner Landscape)

Men’s Championship standings (before Turner Landscape)

Running Wild

Posted in Through the Lens on Mon 12 Aug ’13

© Sitka Conservation Society

Running means different things to different people. The essence of trail running, and generally running in the wild outdoors, is beautifully captured in this short film by Alexander Crook…

Featuring Nick Ponzetti, Crook traveled to Red Bluff Bay in the South Baranof Wilderness Area. This video is one of the projects that was produced. Running Wild, a short film about trail running in the wilderness.