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Puretrail Tsunami Ultra – Marathon – sixteen

Yesterday morning I found myself sneaking off of our campsite just before 5am, leaving my wife and kids to lay-in and then strike camp while I did something a lot less sensible. I was off to run the Puretrail Tsunami Ultra marathon. The weather forecast was wall to wall sunshine, and before I knew it […]

Dorchester Marathon

I took part in the first Dorchester Marathon this year. It was excellently organised by White Star Running and featured a challenging but beautiful course. For a road marathon it has to be my favourite one so far, although the elevation profile is not going to help you with that negative split. White Star Running’s […]

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Review – Dryrobe Advance Short Sleeved

When you go wild swimming you will broadly find three main methods for getting changed: The fast strip and go (for the less shy amongst us) The towel wrap, fumble, stagger, flash, panic….. (For the more shy amongst us) The “I’ve bought my own portable changing room” Dryrobe users (for the “well-to-do” wild swimmer) It […]

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A bit about Honey Stinger Waffles

You wont like them, so you’d better send yours to me. Don’t worry I’ll put them to good use and they don’t taste at all delicious…. You may gather that I like these quite a lot. They taste great, are organic and are also great energy food. If you ever find me collapsed at the side of […]

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Dragon’s Back 2017 – Tracking and Dragon Mail

Please donate to my cause, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth – HERE I thought I’d give you a quick update with a couple of days to go before Dragon’s Back 2017. Read on for an update on how to track and message me during the race, as well as a bit of info about […]

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Puretrail Tsunami Ultra – Marathon – sixteen

Yesterday morning I found myself sneaking off of our campsite just before 5am, leaving my wife and kids to lay-in and then strike camp while I did something a lot less sensible. I was off to run the Puretrail Tsunami Ultra marathon. The weather forecast was wall to wall sunshine, and before I knew it […]

Dorchester Marathon

I took part in the first Dorchester Marathon this year. It was excellently organised by White Star Running and featured a challenging but beautiful course. For a road marathon it has to be my favourite one so far, although the elevation profile is not going to help you with that negative split. White Star Running’s […]

Dealing with a DNF

So, how do you deal with a DNF. That’s a “Did Not Finish?” You’ve been focussing on a race for many months, maybe years. You are at the peak of your fitness and all of your hard effort is about to pay off. There are expectations from friends and family that you will do well, […]

Dragon’s Back 2017 Day 1

Overview of events! Here is a quick overview of events. I will then go on to write a bit about what it is like to take part in Dragon’s Back Day 1. In short: It was EPIC! First of all I would like to offer massive thanks to everyone that has helped and supported me. […]

Dragon’s Back 2017 – Tracking and Dragon Mail

Please donate to my cause, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth – HERE I thought I’d give you a quick update with a couple of days to go before Dragon’s Back 2017. Read on for an update on how to track and message me during the race, as well as a bit of info about […]

Dragon’s Back 2017 – Bike Run Swim – Press Release

Ivybridge Adventurer to tackle the hardest 5 day running race in the world! By Richard Lander Stow 8th May 2017 THE DRAGON’S BACK race is widely renowned as the toughest five day running race in the world, and it starts for the fourth time on Monday 22nd May 2017. On the start line will be […]

Digging Deep – Dragon in Training

In around 6 weeks I’ll be towing the start line to the Dragon’s Back, which I am doing to raise money for Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Plymouth. The Dragon’s Back is such a tough challenge that I’ve been focussed and training for it since September 2016. Over the last few months I have continually […]

Ultra running inspiration

Conan the Destroyer (1984) [Blu-ray] What first inspired you to run? I think my inspiration may have been slightly more unusual than most. I was originally inspired when I first saw the Conan The Barbarian movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. There is a scene where Conan and Subotai have been running for days to get somewhere. I […]

The three stages of an ultramarathon

The 3 ultramarathon stages Generally when I run an ultramarathon I find that I go through three distinct stages. This will be different for everyone, and ideally my race would be a little more balanced, so this isn’t something you should be aiming for. If I was perfect then I guess there would be no […]

The journey continues – 2017

  This blog entry is an end of year (2016), looking back, then looking forwards (2017), maudlin kind of blog. This is an online diary of sorts and not a professional venture, so I’m going to indulge myself for a bit (as usual :D) and see where it goes. You never know, it may inspire […]

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Review – Dryrobe Advance Short Sleeved

When you go wild swimming you will broadly find three main methods for getting changed: The fast strip and go (for the less shy amongst us) The towel wrap, fumble, stagger, flash, panic….. (For the more shy amongst us) The “I’ve bought my own portable changing room” Dryrobe users (for the “well-to-do” wild swimmer) It […]

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Ironman Wales Report and tips 2014

Family Lander Stow ensconced in the Clarence House Hotel, Tenby I felt remarkably calm in the week before Ironman Wales. I had hit nearly every single training session bang on for the previous 8 months, except for a couple missed due to a cold in February, and I felt that I certainly had an “engine” […]

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A trip to the Sports Science Lab – Marjons

Introduction A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of popping into the Marjon Sports Science Lab to do some tests. I had just taken on a new coach (Charles Miron of Solo Sport Systems) and he likes his athletes to get their Lactate Threshold checked out. He then uses this to precisely set […]

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Beacons Ultra 2016

Welcome to my race report/review of the Brecon Beacons Ultra 2016. It is a challenging event in a beautiful location and features a 23 mile loop which you do twice. There are only two hills on it, nothing to worry about. It’s also held in the remote welsh countryside in November and the weather is […]

Tribe Nutrition – Product Review

I recently tried a Tribe Pack and thought it good for a review. It’s a small box that fits through your letterbox that contains a number of nutritional goodies. The contents come in a variety of forms and flavours depending on what your preferences are. Generally they are broken down into the following: Energy Energy […]

Eden Project Marathon 2016

Welcome to my report on the Eden Project Marathon 2016. www.edenproject.com Last Sunday (16th October 2016) I ran the Eden Project Marathon. It was my second time at it, and this time I was going “covert.” The first time I ran it dressed as Batman alongside a friend dressed as Robin, and I fooled myself into thinking […]

Review – Dryrobe Advance Short Sleeved

When you go wild swimming you will broadly find three main methods for getting changed: The fast strip and go (for the less shy amongst us) The towel wrap, fumble, stagger, flash, panic….. (For the more shy amongst us) The “I’ve bought my own portable changing room” Dryrobe users (for the “well-to-do” wild swimmer) It […]

Edinburgh Marathon 2016

A couple of days ago I had the privilege of running in the second largest marathon in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon. There were over 6550 finishers in a race based in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was fairly expensive at £20 more than the London Marathon in 2016, but […]

The Ox Marathon 2016

Yesterday I got up bright and early and drove two hours over to Wiltshire and the Rushmore Park Golf Club for the start of the 2016 Ox Marathon. It is organised by White Star Running, much like the Larmer Tree Marathon that I took part in a few weeks ago. It was in similar terrain […]

Endurancelife Pembrokeshire CTS Marathon 2016

I took part in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon on Pembrokeshire yesterday (30th April 2016) and it was a perfect example of how good Endurancelife events can be. The weather was glorious with a slightly chilly wind, clear blue skies and most people being surprised by just how hot it got. The grounds […]

The Oner 2016 – I did it!

I shall jump straight to the punchline: On my third time of trying I have finally completed The Oner. 82 miles (84 the way I went!)  with over 10000 feet of ascent and a tight time limit. I wrote up my 2014 and 2015 attempts here and here if you want to see where it all […]

The Larmer Tree Marathon Report

I finished the 2016 Larmer Tree Marathon organised by White Star Running yesterday. It was my first White Star Running event and it certainly wont be my last. I heard about their events when I was chatting to a lady on another marathon. We started talking about the motivational/funny signs that some of the spectators […]

Thames Trot 50 – 2016

The Thames Trot 50 for 2016 was the first of my nemesis races for this year. It beat me least year quite substantially and I was returning to finish the job. The race is pretty straightforward, starting from the Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley and running around fifty miles along the Thames Path to Henley. […]

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