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The Road to The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: UTMB final report, Notebook

The Road to The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: UTMB final report

On Sunday at 1.30am, when my head torch finally failed descending from Bovine, I still refused to believe that having come this far, the race would beat me. I stumbled and fell in almost the pitch black on the descent down to Trient, desperate to make the next cut off.

By | Notebook | Saturday, 14 September 2013 at 7:24 pm

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – Race day is almost here, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – Race day is almost here

A year-and-a-half ago I’d never even heard of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc – the craziest most extreme ultramarathon of the lot. But the moment I discovered it, a little light went on, and it’s stayed on all this time. The UTMB – 100 miles across the Alps with 10,000 metres of elevation – has consumed my waking hours ever since and even a few my dreams.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 29 August 2013 at 11:52 pm

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Meghan Hicks Q&A, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Meghan Hicks Q&A

One of the best things about ultra-marathon running is the people you share the experience with. And when I took part in the 2012 Marathon des Sables (MdS) – a multi-day, 153-mile event across the Sahara desert – I was thrilled to discover I was in the same race as the fantastic Meghan Hicks, albeit at opposite ends of the final result standings.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 at 5:00 am

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: The Race to the Stones Ultra, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: The Race to the Stones Ultra

Never more have I wished I was doing an Artic ultra-marathon than when standing at the start of the inaugural Race to the Stones in Chinnor in Oxfordshire, the temperature already in the 70s at 8 o’clock in the morning.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 1 August 2013 at 6:00 am

The Road to The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Recovery time, Notebook

The Road to The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Recovery time

Is recovery the best bit about training? The lovely downtime when rest is the right thing to do? You can’t beat the exhilaration of running, of competing, of pushing yourself to the limit. But enjoying NOT doing those things? That’s definitely permitted.

By | Notebook | Friday, 28 June 2013 at 9:07 pm

It’s not all about Wimbledon – Ultra marathons are getting some exposure on the BBC, Notebook

It’s not all about Wimbledon – Ultra marathons are getting some exposure on the BBC

BBC Sport’s not all about Wimbledon. To my amazement I spotted on its website a quiz all about – wait for it – ultra marathons. And there was me thinking that ultra-marathoning was safe in its obscurity. Anyway, no complaints. Fabulous that the sport is getting the exposure.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 3:00 am

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Petzl SDW 100 Mile Run, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Petzl SDW 100 Mile Run

I don’t think of myself as an especially emotional person. I love a show tune, and Barry Manilow gets me every time. You’ll find me screaming at the TV when Manchester City are playing. But generally I’m on an even keel.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 7:00 am

The Road to The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: A week in the sun training, Notebook

The Road to The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: A week in the sun training

A few weeks after being in Majorca for the 70.3 Ironman race, I returned for a sudden opportunity to train in the sun. It turns out that last week also coincided with our British summer, which I missed – all five days of it. Since returning, it’s been grey and overcast here and the tan lines are fading fast.

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 June 2013 at 5:45 pm

The Road to the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – Majorca 70.3 Ironman, Notebook

The Road to the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – Majorca 70.3 Ironman

For me, the road to the Ultra –Trail du Mont Blanc is littered with competitive events. It has to be because – hopefully – they give you an edge which training on its own can’t provide.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 at 7:00 am

The Road to the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Rat Race Road Trip London to Edinburgh cycle, Notebook

The Road to the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Rat Race Road Trip London to Edinburgh cycle

When I signed up for the two-day Rat Race Road Trip, London to Edinburgh cycle ride, I thought, how hard can that be? I clearly didn’t think hard enough. This weekend, three months on from that decision, I found out.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at 9:00 am

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