Category Archives: Trail Marathons

The Mighty Mudcat Challenge – May 2017

Virgil – Small town races have a completely different vibe. While the excitement of 20, 000 runners all barrelling down an avenue has its own excitement, the smaller race format and more community oriented feel at Dunnville made it a memorable race weekend. As it was the first time Dunnville was hosting a marathon it felt like they needed to punch well above their weight to impress this city slicker. The Race Expo was a simple affair, with various vendors available and kit pickup at the end of the arena….

Toughman Adventure Race, and the 7 in 7 Isle of Man Challenge

Toughmann seemed liked an event worth experiencing. A 10km distance with 1,000 ft of ascent and 25 obstacles to overcome sounded intriguing, and there was a light-hearted, non-macho feel to the race website which made me think the aim of the game was to provide a testing challenge rather than a chance of permanent injury. Add to this the location – the Isle of Man, a place I’ve visited before and know to be beautiful, friendly and well worth seeing more of – and it’s no surprise that I was…

The Helly Hansen Beauty & The Beast 2014

This event took part at High Wycombe park near London on 20th September 2014. There were options to run a half marathon (3 laps of the course), a full marathon (6 laps) and team relay, where teams of between 2 and 6 individuals could take a lap or more each. First, here’s a short video, made with a Garmin Virb Elite Camera, of the half marathon event, to give you an idea of the course. Hopefully that tells you how my day went! There are a couple more things I…

The Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon, 2013, Cumbria, England

The Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon was held on Sunday 7th July, 2013. Below is our review of the event, and a film. Trek and Run were supported during this race by Asics www.asics.co.uk The Quiet Site Campsite www.thequietsite.co.uk Maxifuel www.maxifuel.com Robens Tents www.robens.de Adidas www.adidas.co.uk Thermarest Sleeping Mats http://cascadedesigns.com/en/therm-a-rest Beyond The Beaten Track Pre Packed Food www.beyondthebeatentrack.com & Helly Hansen Clothing www.hellyhansen.com Living in Kent as we do the Lake District is a long way to drive just for a race, so this time we did what we always do, and that is make a week’s holiday of…

The Neolithic Full and Half Marathon, and Bike Ride

The Neolithic Marathon event was organised by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and held on Sunday 6th May, 2012. First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. Part 1; The Full Marathon, by Dave Wise First of all, I’ll say that the event organisation by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was fine, the race packs came through well in time and all directions and instructions were clear. It didn’t take that long to drive to Stonehenge from Kent, not as…

The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, Keswick, Cumbria

The run was held on Sunday 17th June, 2012 First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. This was the first ever Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, and I felt pretty chuffed to be part of it. I knew before I got there that it was going to be well organised. With the companies involved – Karrimor, Powerade and Aqua Pura – it wasn’t going to be anything else. And so it proved to be. Race packs were…

The Helly Hansen Beauty and the Beast Trail Marathon

The event was held on Saturday 22nd September, 2012 First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. Part 1, by Dave Wise I’d read the publicity for this event and hadn’t been too bothered. ‘Probably the UK’s hilliest/toughest trail marathon’? Well, we’d see about that. I’d recently done the Karrimor Great Trail marathon in the Lake District, which was pretty hilly, and then there’d been the Stonehenge marathon, taking me up and across the windy Salisbury Plain,…

Beachy Head Marathon

The event was held on Saturday 27th October, 2012. First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. Part 1, by Dave Wise I was well aware of this events reputation before I entered. It was a very tough course, previous entrants had said, but also perhaps the most beautiful they’d ever run. ‘Be prepared to dig in after the half way point,’ I said to Fergus as we sat in the car, an hour before the race…