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Not sure why this took me so long to put together. Was actually fairly tough looking back at some of it, as I’d forgotten what a complete state I got myself into in parts.

I didn’t actually film the worst parts. Filming and documenting was the absolute LAST thing on my mind; particularly in the latter stages in Scotland, but this gives an overall idea of what it was like to run for the 27 days without a break, and carrying what I’d describe as ‘not a lightweight’ rucksack on my back the entire way…

Return to the Castle

Poster Active12 months ago, I ran in my first ever ultra (you can read about it here. It’s good, I promise!). So enamoured with the course and the race, I decided that I wanted to have another go at it this year. Seemed like a simple, and good enough idea.

A change to the schedule at the start of the year meant that this race was now only one week after my 100 mile debut at the North Downs Way 100.

North Downs Way 100

Route

It was a strange feeling lining up at the start line as one of the ‘least’ experienced runners out there.

To most of my friends these days, I am now known as ‘Dan the runner’. I am forever being told by people that they have seen me out running while they were driving past; that they tried to get my attention, but I was just off in my own little world. If you were to ask the average friend of mine to describe me, they would probably go with “Oh yeah, Dan. Short guy, looks like a hobbit, always running…” Something like that anyway; or something a lot more insulting.

Frodo Goes to Wales

Last weekend, I traveled to Wales to basically run about with no planned route. My rule was I was not allowed to say “no” to any local route suggestion made by anyone I spoke to whilst out there. The result had me travel all along the north coast, and finish by climbing up Moel Siobod before returning to Betws-y-Coed.

This video shows some of my trip, and a fair bit of messing about. It also shows that I can’t say anywhere in Wales properly and I don’t seem to know what part of my phone does the filming.

Frodo in Wales

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Hi there,

As many of you already know, I do quite a lot of running about. I’m not the best at it, I’m certainly not the fastest at it, but I do lots of it!

This weekend, I am running around in Wales in search of the best places to run. Perhaps you’ve seen me out there, or I’ve spoken to you already. I’m not difficult to spot; I’m the one running around with a blue backpack and look like an idiot.

Macclesfield Trail Run

Sometimes it’s great just to drop your training agenda and just run about somewhere. The number of times I am so focused on getting further away (as is the nature of running), I don’t really notice where I am. This time, in the nice weather I decided to take my time and actually look around a bit.

Information that Strava gave me

Information that Strava gave me

Satellite map of the route

Satellite map of the route

Elevation profile

Elevation profile

If I was training hard, this is what I’d call one of my ‘two peaks runs’. There’s loads of hills round here and in a standard mid-week hill session, I would aim to hit two of them in a training run and keep a good tempo. In this instance, they were Tegg’s Nose and Shutlingsloe.

My First 60 Mile Ultra!

DigDeep

The Peak District offers such a lot to runners. There is a bit of everything on a clear, sunny day. That is exactly what we got this year as we lined up by the start line of the Dig Deep – Ultra Tour of the Peak District at 8am with the sun beaming down generously.

Start

This was a 60 mile race up and down Peak District terrain around Sheffield. This meant hills. Lots of hills.

Profile of the course.

Profile of the course.

Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Marathon

Last year, after finishing the Greater Manchester Marathon in a time of 3:05, I decided that as a pre-30 ambition (I’m turning 30 on the 9th of June!) I wanted to run a sub-3 marathon. That meant I had a year and a bit to knock 5 minutes off my time; simple.

What I didn’t realise at the time was that the only events I would end up entering that year, would be hill-saturated, tricky trail marathons and I also foolishly got into running ultras. On top of this, another pre-30 ambition was creeping up, to run the length of the country; carrying all my stuff along the way.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 5

Frodo_LEJOGThe 5th and final part to my unassisted run from Lands End to John O’Groats. I had made it to Inverness the night before at around 10pm, and now out of the hostel at 9am and ready for a bit more running…

Day 24: Inverness to Tain

It felt good getting to Inverness right on schedule last night. It had been slow progress all the way from Perth, so finally having signs for Inverness pointing BEHIND me now was a big mental boost.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 4.

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Part 4!

Day 19: Dalgety Bay to Perth

Following yesterday’s excursions, I decided it best to start the day in the afternoon, with a chilled morning. Plus I’d not really caught up with my mate Ric Barnett properly since he first moved to Scotland, and like everyone else, had been a perfect host.