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The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report

The volunteer was insistent. “Hurry, hurry! NO! Don’t sit down! You can’t stop! Keep moving!” I was at the penultimate checkpoint on the UTMB – some 43 hours into the one of the world’s ultimate ultra-marathons and the biggest challenge of my running life. Here I was at La Tete aux Vents, high up in [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 24 October 2014 at 12:56 pm

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – volunteering at the Ealing Half Marathon

There are so many races happening all over the UK every weekend and they pretty much rely on the goodwill and enthusiasm of volunteers to keep entry fees at a reasonable level for those of us who want to run. One day I’ll put some real work in, give something back to the running community [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 1:56 pm

A Q&A with double Commonwealth Gold medalist, Jodie Stimpson, Notebook

A Q&A with double Commonwealth Gold medalist, Jodie Stimpson

Jodie Stimpson is one of the UK’s leading female triathletes. At only 25 years old, she recently won two Gold Medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – one in the women’s triathlon and then in the team event alongside the Brownlee brothers and team mate Vicky Holland. Last year she finished runner up in the ITU World Triathlon Series.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 11:58 am

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – 100k Race to the Stones 2014, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – 100k Race to the Stones 2014

The 100k (62 miles) Race to the Stones is pitched as one of ‘the most accessible ultras out there’, catering for the rapidly increasing number of ultra runners for whom it seems that a marathon distance of 26.2 miles isn’t long enough.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 7 August 2014 at 12:30 pm

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

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