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December 2017

15/12/2017

How to be an Alien – Tom Ballard Trip Report

Since I returning from a largely unsuccessful (in climbing terms) expedition in Pakistan I have spent almost two months in the fabulous Dolomites. Although the weather was rather unusual, October being warmer than September! I concentrated on getting ‘tooling’ fit for the fast approaching winter season. This consisted of a 20m overhanging traverse and several circuits. All on rock. I don’t use crampons, to make it more difficult to keep my feet on (muddy boots), and gives a little extra work out for the arms and the core. Of course... Read More

08/12/2017
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COMPETE VS COMPLETE: REFLECTIONS FROM THE BACK OF THE FIRST MONTANE CHEVIOT GOAT WINTER ULTRA

The very first Montane Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra took place at 05:30 on Saturday 2 December 2017 in Northumberland. Wim Stevenson was on the start line and ultimately completed the course, finishing in 21:54:26. He gives us his unique perspective of this epic ultra endurance race. Ultra-marathon running is a lot of things. It is also not a lot of things. The premise is brutally simple; get from A to B without giving up. For a select few, giving up could equate to a matter of moments and mean the... Read More

08/12/2017
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BIG HEARTS AND STRONG MINDS: THE FIRST MONTANE CHEVIOT GOAT WINTER ULTRA

The very first Montane Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra took place at 05:30 on Saturday 2 December 2017. With 85 competitors on the start line at Ingram, Northumberland, the atmosphere was quiet, focused and tense. In the darkness at 05:30 on Saturday 2 December, the remote village of Ingram in Northumberland finds itself playing host to 85 determined ultra runners. With race registration opening the day before, runners have passed the stringent kit checks, safety briefing and have exchanged words of camaraderie with fellow participants. While shorter races centre on a... Read More