Round Ripon ultra 5th October 2013 by UltraJacqui

6 October 2013 at 16:22 Race Day finally dawned, dry and mild. Fried egg and veggie sausage sandwich for breakfast, Ian picked me up at 8 and off we set. Low key friendly atmosphere in village hall, some poor girl got stuck in the loo for about 15 minutes but that was as dramatic/tense as the atmosphere got. Gotta love ultras! Within a minute of the start everyone bottlenecked at a gate then the field started to spread out. This was the first ultra where I’d arranged to run with someone ri...
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Dukeries Ultra race report by UltraJacqui

Registration for the 40 mile runners started at 7am in a local sports/social hall. Mostly men doing this distance so no queuing for the ladies loo at all! Great friendly atmosphere which I was very glad of being up there on my own. The 30 milers started an hour later and I think that was a great idea to avoid too much congestion at the start. Weather wise it was mostly around 12 degrees C, dry, it did rain for about 20 minutes in the middle but not too bad. Conditions underfoot were pretty much...
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Doing Intervals on a Garmin Forerunner 110

It has sometimes come up that folks would like to record Interval sessions on their Garmin Forerunner 110s - alas the Garmin 110 does not have an Interval timer, but all is not lost! A) You can quite easily do distance based Intervals by changing the Auto Lap™ distance to your Interval length or part thereof. e.g. 1 Mile/1 Mile Intervals => Set auto-lap to 1 Mile, run 1 mile, walk/jog 1 mile. 1 Mile/800m Intervals => Set auto-lap to 0.5 mile, run TWO laps, walk/jog ONE. [Chang...
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Nathan Speed 2 Belt

On recommendations from several people I decided to try the Nathan Speed 2 belt. Previous hydration belts I tried had uniformly failed to impress me, with dubious build quality, uncomfortable fitting, and a propensity to lose grip on the water bottle and fling it into the undergrowth at the least opportune times. The Nathan Belt comprises a back pocket, tiny front pocket and holders for two smallish ( 10oz / 300ml ) water bottles (supplied) on a nice wide belt. The belt fastens with a ...
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STEYNING STINGER by BOSH Member UltraLuke

  2,500ft Elevation 3/3/13 7:45 Arriving at Steyning School in good time, myself and fellow Bosh Runner Andy make our way to the registration desk inside. After a small queue we collect numbers 150 and 151 for Andy. No chip tags today, just old fashioned write down our numbers at the aid stations. I spot a familiar face from the Thames Trot race, Lucinda run along side me for some of the way. We chat races and like me she has never done the Stinger before but heard many things o...
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Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab Hydration Pack – Review by Scott Goodwin

The Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab Hydration Pack just might be the coolest piece of gear I own! I used handhelds, bumbags, belts but non are for me. So hydration pack was the only avenue left to explore or continue my long runs by ensuring I pass outside taps! I began extensive researching, and soon discovered Salomon‘s latest hydration pack, the Advanced Skin S-Lab. Of all the products I compared, it was by far the most expensive. It retails for £125 and I was reluctant to make the purchase, ...
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Portsmouth Waterside Marathon 2012 by UltraLuke

23/12/12  07:45 Today is my 10th Marathon, and the last of 2012. At the Pyramid Swimming Centre, I make my way to the registration desk. It is dark and a breezy 11c. I am number 28 today. I help myself to some Cliff Bar samples. Paul from Ultra Tales E-magazine, calls my name, recognising me. I ask about his expectations for the race. He tells me to keep the reports coming, great reading and wishes me well. Outside I hear “Hey Bosher!” from Keith Elshaw part of Bosh-Run group. We have a...
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Run to the Beat 2012 Race Report by Lee Maxwell

Run to the Beat 2012 An early start as I had a long drive into London town with 2 sleepy children and an equally sleepy wife and wanted to get in before the traffic started. So a good clear journey of an hour was the perfect start, no hassle, no real queues and plenty of parking, this is going to be a good race ‘me thinks’ (maybe to prematurely). Queue car sick child to add missing stress. I had arranged to meet up with my former Boshers Messrs’ Parry and Rawlinson, but unfortunately the times...
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