The Peris Horseshoe – Taking on the best of the best!

The Peris Horseshoe – Taking on the best of the best!

Originally posted on September 17, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Let us make no bones about it, the Peris horseshoe is a beast. 2600m (8500ft) of climb is squeezed into a mere 29KM (17.5 miles) and six splendid peaks: Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Lliwedd, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and Moel Cynghorion. Full details and .GPX files can be found here: http://home.fellrunningroutes.org.uk/routes-information/PerisHorseshoe Those looking for a stern challenge can take on the half Peris which starts in Llanberris and after a short flat race to…

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Kit I trust – Part 1: Footwear

Kit I trust – Part 1: Footwear

Originally posted on September 1, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Running long inevitably requires kit… maybe that’s why many of us do it   The key with ultra marathon kit is getting it right for you personally so what I put up here won’t necessarily be right for anybody else reading this, however there are some clear winners brand wise when it comes to kit (IMHO). I thought I’d pull together a series of posts which are not true kit reviews where I would go…

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My first DNF, but…

My first DNF, but…

Originally posted on July 29, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes I find myself writing about the inevitable. Anybody who participates in endurance sport long enough knows there is nothing more certain than a DNF… for us it joins the infamy of death and taxes1. I’ve always wondered what would bring it about and always assumed it would be injury, illness or a course just finally beating me, but I don’t feel that it was any one of these. No doubt there will be some…

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Lakeland 100 – Pre-race thoughts

Lakeland 100 – Pre-race thoughts

Originally posted on July 26, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes I write this from Kendal on the morning of the longest race I’ve ever done (in one go), the Lakeland 100 or the Ultra Tour of the Lake District (UTLD) is a 105 mile jaunt around the Lake District… and it is pretty much around all of it. Describing the course to anybody leaves me breathless although despite the altitude gain statistic of 22,500ft, it is quite remarkable just how much flat they have…

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Nathan Trail Mix 4 – Review

Nathan Trail Mix 4 – Review

Originally posted on June 15, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Summary: Stable, well made good sized minimal storage hydration belt. Perfect for long training runs, fell races or fair weather ultras. Stats: Weight: ~360g Capacity: 4 * 300 ml bottles + what is listed as a “large dimensional pocket with a power stretch mesh pocket. I reckon it’s about 1 litre + a mobile phone/ Function/ Purpose: I ended up buying this in a rush in an effort to reduce the covered surface area on my back….

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Transvulcania 2013 – Epic and eventful!

Transvulcania 2013 – Epic and eventful!

Originally posted on June 15, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes With so many incredible races around the world to chose from the challenges for distance runners never end. Take the Bob Graham for example, the same run can vary from a hot crystal clear day (rare) to zero visibility, strong to insane winds, torrential rain and subzero temperatures (time to call it off). The world is a natural playground full of mountains to climb, deserts to cross and conditions to thrive or risk death….

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Paddy Buckley Record

Paddy Buckley Record

Originally posted on May 20, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Sadly not for me, but happily I got to be a part of a new Ladies record this weekend. The incredible Nicky Spinks now holds both the Bob Graham and Paddy Buckley records following a round in just 19 hours and 2 minutes. At 3am on Sunday morning I set off with Karl Steinegger (a very talented young fell runner who just gets better every time I see him), Rob Woodall (Long distance fell…

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A tale of two 20s and a move to the Darkside

A tale of two 20s and a move to the Darkside

Originally posted on April 28, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Avid readers of this blog (you know who you are… Mum!) will have noticed my change in tack this year. Last year my training pretty much consisted of getting out and running 10 miles for ~5 mornings per week. Aiming for the 50 miles per week and getting out, switching off on the trails worked well for me but I definitely hit a plateau performance wise and had a tough decision to make: Continue to just…

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The Peris Horseshoe – The perfect day out?

The Peris Horseshoe – The perfect day out?

Originally posted on April 7, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Following a bit of weekend horse trading I found myself in a car with Wayne, Karl and Jayne on our way to Llanberris to tackle the Peris horseshoe. Rewinding the clock slightly I was meant to be in the Lakes the weekend before for a Lakeland 100 recce, but had been asked to support a BG record attempt. Shifting diaries around I was able to swap the weekends, but alas with the conditions in…

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Life after VO2Max testing & Generous people!

Life after VO2Max testing & Generous people!

Originally posted on March 20, 2013 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Getting tested is certainly one of the better things I have done. The data generated has really given me food for thought. The next day I immediately looked to apply some of the lessons I had picked up and discovered I find it incredibly hard to get my heart rate into the zones I should be training at. For me this is a problem, but it’s a temporary one and like all problems, it presents…

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