Hello, I'm Stuart and I like to run a long way.
Welcome to my blog, here I'll try to keep you up to date with my challenges, adventures and training.

I competing in Ultra distance running, adventure racing, and a variety of other events. I hold a few records in the UK, and in 2012 ran 1100 miles over the Alps, from Vienna to Nice.

I am raising funds for Water for Kids, a small charity with the simple purpose of ensuring that the world's poorest communities have clean water.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

New website...

I decided it was time for a proper website, so I've built one and It'll be done soon... (Sorry Dave, your wedding speech will be done in time I promise!). I put a few pictures up on it, which meant a look back through some from the Bob Graham last year. It was great to relive the day again, it really was a brilliant 24 hours! Looking forward to the dinner, although I will once again be outnumbered by the P&B boys...

Saturday, 12 February 2011

2011 Races

Had a good run today around Ladybower and Edale with JC, Lucy and Wil. Sadly the camera was not co-operating, but our resident artist has created an impression of the day - more on Lucy's blog here.

Thought I'd put a quick list of the races I'm doing this year on here, although I have only got as far as September...

3rd March - Tower 42 Stair Race
6th March - Open 5 (Peak District) with George
12th March - Wuthering Hike / Howarth Hobble - 32 miles (1st counter in Ultra series)
27th March - UKA 100km Championships - 100km Road Race
3rd April - Open 5 (Lake District) with George
30th April - 3 Peaks Fell race
24th - 29th May - APEX Adventure race with Lucy, JC and Alasdair
11th - 26th June - South West Coast Path record attempt - 620 miles
29th July - Lakeland 100 - 100 miles (2nd counter in Ultra series)
6th August - Long Tour of Bradwell - 32 miles (3rd counter in Ultra series)
13th - 22nd August - Fastnet Yacht race aboard Wild Spirit 
3rd September - Keilder 100 - 100 mile mountain bike race
17th September - High Peak 40 (4th counter in Ultra series)

In between there will be lots of training weekends for the sailing and APEX, as much mountain biking, swimming and kayaking as I can manage, a holiday in the van, my best friend's stag and wedding, PhD work, planning the Big Alps Run for next year and trying to raise money for Water for Kids!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Well, that didn't go particularly well...

Team Accelerate - Open 5 Kirby Stephen

Jo and Eddie: 1st Mixed Pairs
Dan and Matt: 2nd Male Pairs
Lucy: 2nd Female Solo
Julia and Dave: 3rd Mixed Pairs

Stuart and George: 21st Male Pairs

The weather for George and my second race together was again pretty interesting, no snow or ice this time but plenty of wind and rain. We made the decision to run first, which went reasonably well despite a couple of route choice errors (we need to plan further ahead, not just one or two controls at a time) which meant climbing when we didn't really need to, but we enjoyed the run.

Then onto the bike, we knew it would be hard so tried to split our time 2 hrs run / 3 hrs bike. Coming into transition the rain was getting worse, but we changed into our bike stuff and were pretty happy. Setting off north we made a mistake when we miss-read the map and thought we could take a shortcut. Both realising at the same time we said rude words in unison then turned around back into the wind. After this first bike control we set off to another one. We knew we should try to stay on the roads as much as possible to avoid very wet bridleways, but this one required some off road, which is where things started to go wrong. The wind was strong, we were going slowly / backwards and got very cold. At this point we stopped and decided to call it a day, and headed back to transition. Despite finishing the run after 2:15 and only getting one control on the bikes we were still out for 3:40!

I always feel rubbish if I finish a race before the end, and at the moment a bit like we have let ourselves down and should've carried on for 5 hours... Maybe we should've biked first, jumped off our bikes and ran to stay warm, gone a different way, or just been more manly, but there we go. Next time! (again)

On the plus side, the first outing for the new van was a great success!
Well done to everyone who survived!

(Photo - OpenAdventure.com)