The OMM Elite 2014

The OMM Elite 2014

Originally posted on October 30, 2014 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Toeing the line with Charlie Sproson (Mountain Run, course designer for Dark Mountains, RAB MM, Marmot 24 and others) to run the Elite OMM course, I felt like it was going to be a pretty special weekend. In my usual blasé style I’d suggested the Elite when Charlie agreed to partner up with me. As usual I figured; “well other people complete it, so we should be able to too”. It’s not an unreasonable…

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CBH’s Guide to Mountain Marathons

CBH’s Guide to Mountain Marathons

Originally posted on October 14, 2014 by Chris Baynham-Hughes I regularly find myself having to explain what a mountain marathon is so I figured there must be loads of people out there missing out on what I see as the best type of event out there. I’m pretty late coming to this sport myself and I’m by no means an expert, but it is hands down my favourite. Let me know what you think, if I’ve missed anything, if you have any questions,…

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Know thy self

Know thy self

Originally posted on May 5, 2014 by Chris Baynham-Hughes A recent post by Neil Bryant on Facebook started me thinking, so if you get to the end of this blog post feeling like it’s time you’ll never get back then please take it up with Neil :). His post was brimming with positive energy, enthused by the possibilities opened by his choice to move to the adventure playground that is Chamonix. I guess putting so much on the line for a lifestyle change…

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Quantifying the risks we take

Quantifying the risks we take

Originally posted on February 26, 2014 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Risk, perception of risk and calculation of risk is a fascinating beast. The idiosyncratic element is so large it’s almost a social science in itself! A recent disagreement on a facebook post got me thinking about this topic; whilst a stolen run in the Langdale Pikes pushed me to write about it. As I ran, alone, light fading, snow underfoot, rain coming in, visibility poor, wind picking up, in shorts, carrying a small belt…

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Kit I trust – Part 3

Kit I trust – Part 3

Originally posted on January 18, 2014 by Chris Baynham-Hughes As a dedicated gear fiend I have managed to find more essential gear that I can’t live without. One looks set to become an expensive addiction, the other fills an excellent gap in my arsenal. Paramo Valez Adventure Light Smock Not a name that will ever roll off the tongue, I was put onto the Valez after booking what is expected to be a cold wet night out looking for SI boxes spread about…

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So that was 2013 then!

So that was 2013 then!

Originally posted on January 1, 2014 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Another year gone, just over two and a half years now since I started running very long and writing even longer. My life has changed a lot since I started; back then I was still battling with getting the right side of the crazy line following my brain injury and 2013 saw me take the final step to bringing things under control. Life is still hectic, but it’s far less confused, fraught, frustrated and…

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Finishing out the year and thoughts for next…

Finishing out the year and thoughts for next…

Originally posted on October 27, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes I was going to start this post with something like: ‘As the race season draws to a close…’ but I realised that these days that doesn’t really happen unless you’re a road runner… and that’s what cross country (XC) is for! Given that the year is ending though it did seem worthwhile to catch up with myself. I find myself with two more fell races and two more ultras to go… oh, and an…

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The British Fell Relays

The British Fell Relays

Originally posted on October 27, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Last weekend saw Llanberis become the meeting point for the most special breed of runner… the fell runner. Fell running is most certainly my favourite type of running, be it out there on my own tasting freedom and taking on the elements, or if it’s competing in this most eccentric of sports – in awe of how people tackle the mountains and in my element with the unique atmosphere before and after the race….

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Kit I trust – part 2

Kit I trust – part 2

Originally posted on October 3, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes This post is not intentioned to be a kit review as such, more of a round up of the important elements for me and the kit that I reach for in different conditions Salomon SLab 12 Skin pack: This has been reviewed to death and always comes out with evangelistic praise for it. There is good reason. The numerous reviews also mean that I won’t bother giving an in-depth one here. Packs have moved on…

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Considering a head torch? My musings on what makes a good one

Considering a head torch? My musings on what makes a good one

Originally posted on September 26, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes CAUTION: Now very old, but the broad strokes are still valid. There are just loads more out there on the market now… I currently rock a Petzl Nao 2 with belt kit, etc. but would love a Petzl Nao + when it comes out soon (max ~750 lumens), as long as the battery life is good; i.e., ~10 hours on ~300 lumens. It’s that time of year again, the time where I face a…

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