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The Ramblings of an endurance runner

By: Chris | September 04, 2016

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 prone to angry outbursts. It has been a combination of things, new observations to manage myself, a new migraine prophylactic which made me realise just how frequently I was having them (it was like removing a sheet from over my head and ear plugs, the world now is back...

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By: Chris | September 04, 2016

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 XC seasons to start – my first. I also find myself with a pulled hip flexor which is not a good thing. For the first time since joining Helsby and becoming a serious runner, I was in with a shout of winning the Helsby Fell champs – it’s no coincidence that Adair had been suffering with a...

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By: Chris | September 04, 2016

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. Llanberis is a Mecca for fell running, but the best of the best arrived for the annual British Fell Relay championships and were treated to some typical Snodownian weather. The fell relays are always a highlight of the calendar. The format is simple, there are tw...

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By: Chris | September 04, 2016

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 now and the downsides of this packs (if I’m being exceptionally picky) are the position on the back – don’t get me wrong, it’s very comfortable and you won’t really know it is there, but on a hot race it does cover a lot of surface area when compared to the Ultimate Dir...

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By: Chris | September 04, 2016

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 choice of serious injury, heading to the roads or simply putting on my headtorch and getting out on the trails. It’s an easy choice. Since the advent of the ultra powerful head torch I have been a very happy man. Like Microspikes when the snow comes, a lightweight powerful head torch is a total game chan...

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