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  fileextension Relish Running Bath Skyline 10k trail run 2.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

It was a very wet windy drive over to Bath, but duringthe  actual run it only rained very lightly for the last minute or so. The ground however was extremely muddy, worse than the previous run. Had to run through big muddy puddles so legs were covered in mud and feet were wet, but I wore sealskin socks with the Innov8 shoes and my feet were fine (they were wet when I changed but warm and clean, and not white.

Wore cycling leg warmers (which did slowly work their way down my legs so I had to pull them up a couple of times), Nike shorts, Adli white compression top and Rab vaporlight blue top. Also had thin black gloves and white running cap. Was very comfortable for the whole race. The weather could have turned nasty (it did blow very hard  with slushy hail 5 minutes after I finished) so I nearly wore my new OMM black waterproof smock, but glad I didnt as I think I would have been too hot.

I possibly set off too fast at the start, and it was hard all the way round. After a few kms we settled into our positions, but slowly people overtook me. I traded places with an older guy several times but in the end he beat me by 30+ seconds. We had to go up the steep muddy/rocky hill we'd come down last time, and everyone walked, it really was steep and hard work, and the hr couldnt recover. I got a stitch at the top on the second lap and it took a while for that to go. By that point I was knackered and was happy just to finish.

  fileextension Burnham Beeches 10k 2017.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps   
  fileextension 20171230 The Immortal Sinner.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

The first 15 or so (I was 13th ish) at the front missed an arrow at the bottom of hill 2 and ended up running an extra half a mile - was still 7th overall so happy with that!

  fileextension 20171217 Sportz mad christmas cracker.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps   
  fileextension 20161127 trail run ‑ southern down.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

Over 4 years since I last ran here - did a similar route, down the ladders etc - very nice

  fileextension 20151228 The Immortal Sinner.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

A muddy tough run - 3rd! Very enjoyable (once I'd finished)

  fileextension 20151029 Run Walk Crawl Ghost run.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

This was a 'fun run' rather than a race - but I won! The route was around a field, hard pack trail beside the river, short uphill on tarmac then muddy in the woods before looping around a some football fields and retracing steps back. I led from the start and finished 2 mins ahead of the next runner.

I had my Zebralight H52 on H2a mode (I thought it was on H1 max, silly me) and it was plenty of light. After the race I re-charged the battery and it had only used 1/3rd of the capacity

In enjoyable route in the dark.

  fileextension 20150831 Run Walk Crawl Trail Half Marathon.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

A good long trail run. Maybe 3 quarters was on forest road, some of it fast downhill, but there were some tech grassy/muddy/rooty bits too - hard

  fileextension 20150523 Man‑Up events‑ Mud Run.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

Stumbled across this event, didn't have the 'right' shoes so wore the Merrel Trail GTX things I had on. 

My first obstacle/mud run. I set off at a good pace and was quickly in third place (I was number 141). Had to climb over gates, climb over hay stacks, then plunged into a pond and had to properly swim 25 meters or so, bloody cold. Then more running through gorse/brambles/nettles, before having to go under some barbed wire - I didn't keep my arse down and ripped my shorts twice and cut my backside. Then another pond swim, and then under logs with my face fully in the mud - shit got in my eyes etc. Rinse and repeat a bit. We at the front went the wrong way amd had to back track, so I was now in fourth place. Up a steep slate path and under more mud trunks. The guy at the front (who'd gone past as we went the wrong way) didn't know which way to go so wasted his efforts running up and then down a field, before we all went the wrong way. 2 final skips full of muddy water and hay and I was over the finish line in third.

Was supposed to be 4.6 miles but I followed the 2 or 3 people ahead of me and we went the wrong way and finished a bit short. 

They had a big cattle trough full of hot water so we got into that to wash some mud off, but it stung like crazy, my legs were red raw with gashes and scratches.

 

  fileextension 20150215 Bath Skyline 10k trail run.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

Tough run! Quite a lot of flat grassy miles where the pace was good, but some steep downs and very muddy steep climbs. Enjoyable but hard! Think I was third in my wave.

  fileextension 20141227 Seven Sins run.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

Very muddy, very slippery, steep hills up and down. The two tunnels had knee deep water, not terrible but pretty cold (and sealskin socks just keep the water in). A good hard run, lovely crisp sunny conditions. Had hoped to break the hour for the coveted 'Sub 60' T shirt but it was too hard. Had to walk up all the climbs and my hr was still very high going up them.

  fileextension 20141206 MCN 10 mile Trail run ‑ Beacons.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps   
  fileextension 20141122 Trail run ‑Cefn Onn.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

first trail run for a long time (6+ months)! Already cycled 40km @ 19.7mph this morning but took the opportunity for this run - wore my new Inov-8 super light grey/orange rucsac with the things in to simulate what I need to carry at the Might Contain Nuts 10 miler in 2 weeks. All good, felt fine.

Wore my new Inov-8 trailroc 245 shoes- first time runinng in them, also felt fine, but perhaps a little little - should I have gone for 8.5?

  fileextension 20140119 Relish Running Bath Skyline 10k trail run.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

No wind, 3 degrees, blue sky. Wore t-shirt and shorts, thin black socks and new Innov-8 X-Talon 212's. Was perfectly comfortable for the entire race temperature wise.

A very hard run. Hilly (up) from the start (possibly went out a little fast), then down, then back up, then some superbly techy muddy steep rocky off-path stuff between 3km and 4km, and a final 1.5ish km of flatish grass to finish the lap (2 lap race). The first lap was hard, but the 2nd climb of the second lap was brutally slow, felt like I was barely moving, but no-one overtook me so everyone was struggling by then. Caught a group in the last 2km's, but at the very end had nothing left and they all sprinted over the line ahead of me. Definately not as fit as I was last year, my breathing and legs both suffered from 6 weeks off with bad knee.

Shoes were brilliant. So many other unners were slipping and a few fell over, but I never slipped once - the grip on the wet/muddy grass was briliant - very good choice (but £95!). 

Dan then did his first ever run - 300m (my gps on my wrist reckoned a bit more, I ran beside him) and came 6th out of 15. He did start crying 3 quartes of the way round but he never stoped running and proudly wore his medal all day at the zoo afterwards. His offical time was 2:54

  fileextension 20130627 Bute park trail.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

First run since Satudays triathlon, and since pulling my shoulder on Tuesday morning, so have had 4 days off. Felt fine, very easy as planned. Stuck to the nud trails (bone dry) and didn't heel strike once. Legs felt a little wobbly after the run.

  fileextension 20130504 Trail Run ‑ Llywn Hir.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

We went to the bluebell woods as the weather was sunny and warm, but pretty windy. I'd done a 19:20 5km park run this morning but the trails are perfect for running at the moment so thought I might as well get a few trail miles in. Tough start to the run up a steep hill, really gets the hr going from the start. Trails are perfect, dump, very rare muddy section, lush green wild garlic and bluebells everywhere. Got a little unsure of where I was at one point, round the back - I was expecting the quarry on my left but it never appeared so I cut back into the woods. Would have been fine staying on the fire road but much prefer the woddland trails.

No probs during the run but now afterwards my left foot is very tender if I load it a certain way, must have strained something a little.

Need to do more trail runs! Need to find the good paths in these woods, and explore them more.

  fileextension 20130414 Trail run ‑ Asda Coryton.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

Wet and muddy, but 12C, no wind, so really quite warm. Tougher than I expected, still tired after yesterdays Black Mountains mtb ride

The gps data is offset incorrectly for the first half mile.

  fileextension 20121223 Trail run ‑ Cefn Onn.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

The gps track is quite a bit out going up, I didnt go across the golf course like it suggest. My run was an out and back aparts from the final mile which is correctly shown on the other side of the train track.

A tough climb today, very slow, very wet, but not cold at all. An OK run.

  fileextension 20121125 Trail run ‑ Cefn Onn.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps   
  fileextension 20121103 Trail run ‑ Cefn Onn.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

Very muddy (over ankle deep in many places), wet (raining on and off), cold (5 degrees) - but good fun. I wasn't killing myself going 100%, just taking it nice and easy. Several gates etc to stop for too. 

The 'bluebells' section (from MTB rides) was extremely slippery, had to go at walking pace. Someone has built 105 steps up/down the hillside. The route came out halfway down but I ran up to the top just to see (more hills) and then all the way down them.

Wore shorts and Rab Vapor Lite top (and socks with mt110's). Was comfortably warm, sometimes a bit sweaty. Feet got cold every time a puddle washed into the shoes but they quickly stopped feeling cold after each dunking. 

The following day my right calf is quite sore - any walking causes quite a bit of pain. Must have over-stretched it jumping puddles or landing in deep mud perhaps?

  fileextension 20121020 Trail run ‑ Southerndown.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

A very scenic, but very tough run! A lot of climbing and descending, thin off-camber paths, rocky sections, 100-odd steps, and 2 ladders (one 10 rungs, one 30 rungs) to get down to the beach at the turn around point. I had to walk a little bit after climbing the ladders back up, totally knackered. I'll definately do this run again. (though I wont miss the left turn shortly after the ladders next time.

No pain, no problems.

Time it right (maybe 2 hours either side of low tide?) and a nice run along the beach at the ladders would be possible.

  fileextension 20120929 Trail run ‑ Garth Hill.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

A tough run up the Garth Hill. From the parking spot it only took 5 minutes to get to the top, so I ran east along the top until it started descending and turned right and ran down a steep hill to a nice spot with a great view, then followed the path down to the road. Several sets of rock steps kept things interesting. At the road I could have run 0.5km along the road to finish the loop (and probably do another) but decided to turn around and retrace my syeps, so that I didnt have any road miles at all.

The initial climb was tough but I 'ran' it all; some of the descents were really pretty steep so I plodded down them ungracefully (dry though, so no slipping). On the return leg the climb from the road was vough and had me walking some bits, I was breathing extremely hard and slobbering everywhere. Some steep bits I just couldnt run at all.

Overall a good run, with some tough challenges and some technical singletrack - I'll do it again.

  fileextension 20120906 Trail run ‑ Pentwyn pool woods.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

A quick run before my swim - wanted to do about two miles, in the new mt110 (only done one previous run in them sofar). I didnt wear any socks to see how it felt.. fine, no rubbing or sore points, but crikey, when your foot lands in a muddy puddle its instantly cold and wet! First mile was on grassy fields so quite quick for a trail run, but then I randomly ran around some woods which slowed things right down. Had to climb over falled trees, jump over things, even used stepping stones across the stream near the end of the run. Good fun, and a good workout too (two steepish climbs in the second half too, good to get the hr up).

Toes were very muddy when I finished (but got nice and clean in the pool).

  fileextension 20120902 Trail run ‑ Llanishen reservoir.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

 I cycled from home to the nearest woods, intending to do 100% off-road running... but I couldn't find a route around the north end of the reservoirs so had to to just over a mile on road.

  fileextension 20120826 Trail Run ‑ Llywn Hir.gpx download  graph  Play in google maps play in google earth view in Bing maps view on os maps 

First off-road 'trail' run - and it was good! We took the boys up to the bluebell woods and while they went for a walk with Charlotte I headed off for a 2 to 3 mile (30 min ish) run. I set off following a path we know and was straight into the woods and a bit of a climb. It got better after a while as it went deeper into woods with proper roots to negotiate and trees to dodge. I made the route up after that, and started heading back when I was ready. I knew there was a great mtb trail along the side of the quarry so ran that. Great fun, with some pretty steep (but very short) sections, which seemed steeper when running than biking. One section very nearly had me off my feet, I only just managed to stay upright as I ran down the steep muddy slippy hill.

Hard pack and soft gooey mud underfoot. I wore some old Asda trainers with no grip whatsoever and was slipping about all over the place.. great excuse for some new 'trail' shoes (ended up with some New Balance mt110's for £39).

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