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Dragon’s Back 2017 – Bike Run Swim – Press Release

Ivybridge Adventurer to tackle the hardest 5 day running race in the world! By Richard Lander Stow 8th May 2017 THE DRAGON’S BACK race is widely renowned as the toughest five day running race in the world, and it starts for the fourth time on Monday 22nd May 2017. On the start line will be …

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Digging Deep – Dragon in Training

diggingdeep

In around 6 weeks I’ll be towing the start line to the Dragon’s Back, which I am doing to raise money for Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Plymouth. The Dragon’s Back is such a tough challenge that I’ve been focussed and training for it since September 2016. Over the last few months I have continually …

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The three stages of an ultramarathon

The 3 ultramarathon stages Generally when I run an ultramarathon I find that I go through three distinct stages. This will be different for everyone, and ideally my race would be a little more balanced, so this isn’t something you should be aiming for. If I was perfect then I guess there would be no …

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Beacons Ultra 2016

Welcome to my race report/review of the Brecon Beacons Ultra 2016. It is a challenging event in a beautiful location and features a 23 mile loop which you do twice. There are only two hills on it, nothing to worry about. It’s also held in the remote welsh countryside in November and the weather is …

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Eden Project Marathon 2016

Welcome to my report on the Eden Project Marathon 2016. www.edenproject.com Last Sunday (16th October 2016) I ran the Eden Project Marathon. It was my second time at it, and this time I was going “covert.” The first time I ran it dressed as Batman alongside a friend dressed as Robin, and I fooled myself into thinking …

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A trip to the Sports Science Lab – Marjons

Introduction A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of popping into the Marjon Sports Science Lab to do some tests. I had just taken on a new coach (Charles Miron of Solo Sport Systems) and he likes his athletes to get their Lactate Threshold checked out. He then uses this to precisely set …

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Review – Dryrobe Advance Short Sleeved

Dryrobe Advance in the wild

When you go wild swimming you will broadly find three main methods for getting changed: The fast strip and go (for the less shy amongst us) The towel wrap, fumble, stagger, flash, panic….. (For the more shy amongst us) The “I’ve bought my own portable changing room” Dryrobe users (for the “well-to-do” wild swimmer) It …

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Fire and Ice Ultra Marathon 2016

Myvatn

About 8 months ago I came across Fire and Ice, the toughest foot race in Iceland, and was beguiled by the pictures of shooting lava, northern lights and a really good challenge. It is a 250km stage race over 6 days and challenging terrain. A few weeks later I signed up. Now skip ahead to …

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Announcing a DNS and Ivybridge Everest Mark 2

Well, I was meant to be heading up to the Giant’s Head Marathon this morning, but have decided to listen to my body for once. I have been pushing on a lot this year and have achieved things that just a few years ago I would not have thought possible on their own, let alone …

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The Ox Marathon 2016

Yesterday I got up bright and early and drove two hours over to Wiltshire and the Rushmore Park Golf Club for the start of the 2016 Ox Marathon. It is organised by White Star Running, much like the Larmer Tree Marathon that I took part in a few weeks ago. It was in similar terrain …