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By: Chris | August 05, 2015

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Get in! Race calendar for 2013 approved by the boss.
  • Brecon 45 – 17th nov 2012
  • Tour de Helvellyn 22nd Dec
  • Helsby Half – 20th Jan 2013
  • Dark Mountains – 26th Jan 2013
  • Hardmoor 55 – 23rd March 2013
  • Edale Skyline – Same weekend – damn!
  • Transvulcania – 11th May
  • Welsh 1000m – June?
  • Saunders MM – 6th/ 7th July
  • Lakeland 100 – 26-28th July
  • UTMB – 30th August 2013 (not expected to get in)
  • Brecon 45 Date (TBC)
  • One of the big lakeland races: Wasdale, Borrowdale, Ennerdale Horseshoe
  • Rab Mountain Marathon? Dates for 2013
As many weekday fells as I can find: e.g.
  • Ysgol Dinas Bran (Wed) May
  • Up the beast (Tues) June
  • Hotfoot Up Famau (Wed) June
  • The Druid (Wed) July
  • Gre...

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By: Chris | August 05, 2015

Posted on September 23, 2012 by Chris Baynham-Hughes I woke to the sound of strapping – nothing untoward going on, just Rob taping his feet in preparation for the day. In my state, somewhere between awake and asleep, I did some diagnostics expecting the worse. I rotated my ankles, bent my knees, lifted my legs… I did it all again not believing the results – the same came back, I felt like new! In general, spending  just shy of 14.5 hours out running up, down and across mountains I tend to know about it the next day, but I was raring to go! Result! Original expectations had been that I would get in each night, snack, wash, dry/ sort my feet, eat, sort my kit for the next day and hit the sack. Arriving in darkness had me...

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By: Chris | July 28, 2015

Posted on September 12, 2012 by Chris Baynham-Hughes I think I managed 6 hours of broken sleep in the end. Steve Birkinshaw (the race favorite) had been kind enough to give me a lift back the night before and was set to pick me up at 6am. 1.5 pots of oats-so-simple later I was out of the door having made my first mistake… I left a litre of pre-race drink behind in the flat. Brilliant. Steve drove me over to the start and confessed he’d hardly slept either – so he was human after all!   I’d only spent two short journeys with Steve and it was very apparent how down to earth and humble he was. A fantastically nice bloke who just loves running long in mountains, he matches the ‘type’ that are so successful in the...

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By: Chris | July 24, 2015

Posted on September 2, 2012 by Chris Baynham-Hughes After weeks of faffing I finally decided I needed a list. My list was enormous, although many of the items I hope I won’t need – especially the pharmacy I am taking with me! The limits for the event were 13KG in weight in the original spec of a 109L dry bag or no weight limit in a 59L dry bag, this is on top of a 22L drop bag and my mountain pack. Sounds pretty straight forward, but the weight of food alone is not insignificant and thus it’s going to have to get battered around in my dropbag for the week. Much of the weight is related to the significant “what if?” factors involved in a 5 day challenge. The weather is the most obvious one; i.e., if ...

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By: Chris | July 24, 2015

Posted on August 27, 2012 by Chris Baynham-Hughes Thanks to my Auntie Hillary for noticing and my mother for the message to say that The Independent had run a story on the Dragon’s Back Race this Saturday. We duly bought the paper and were delighted to see over 4 pages dedicated to the race. The link to the article is here: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/athletics/is-the-dragons-back-the-toughest-race-in-the-world-8073419.html I did chuckle as I was one of ninety-three entrants described as the world’s toughest athletes – I can assure you I hardly feel like one, but it does give a a flavour of just how tough the race is going to be. The article itself is written by the author of ‘Feet in the clou...

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