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Dover Marathon Coastal Trail Series 2016

There were more reasons for me not to do the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon in Dover than there were for me to do it. In the interest of banality I shall list them: The expense (275 miles each way plus a night stop) Half a day off work for travelling The fact that […]

How do you train for Ivybridge Everest?

When I was on the hill last weekend for my Ivybridge Everest quite a few folk asked me how I trained for such a thing. My answer was initially quite trite. It was simply “well, I didn’t.” Obviously I didn’t wake up at the end of November one day and go from couch potato to […]

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The importance of running socks

Decent running socks are an important and much overlooked piece of equipment. Good socks will last a long time and help to prevent foot problems, bad socks will cause not only surface issues such as blisters but can cause worse problems too. For me a good sock must do two things. It must: Last a […]

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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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Dover Marathon Coastal Trail Series 2016

There were more reasons for me not to do the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon in Dover than there were for me to do it. In the interest of banality I shall list them: The expense (275 miles each way plus a night stop) Half a day off work for travelling The fact that […]

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Dover Marathon Coastal Trail Series 2016

There were more reasons for me not to do the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon in Dover than there were for me to do it. In the interest of banality I shall list them: The expense (275 miles each way plus a night stop) Half a day off work for travelling The fact that […]

How do you train for Ivybridge Everest?

When I was on the hill last weekend for my Ivybridge Everest quite a few folk asked me how I trained for such a thing. My answer was initially quite trite. It was simply “well, I didn’t.” Obviously I didn’t wake up at the end of November one day and go from couch potato to […]

The importance of running socks

Decent running socks are an important and much overlooked piece of equipment. Good socks will last a long time and help to prevent foot problems, bad socks will cause not only surface issues such as blisters but can cause worse problems too. For me a good sock must do two things. It must: Last a […]

Ivybridge Everest

On Saturday morning a lady that I had never met before joined me on a not so lonely hill on the southern tip of Dartmoor. She handed me a piece of paper (and two sweets ) and said “here are some inspirational words for later.” On that paper was written the following: Charles Dickens wrote: […]

Ben Nevis via the Caern Mor Dearg Arete

In Oct 2013 I did the most awesome walk of my life. Ever since taking 4 hours to climb Ben Nevis via the tourist route as my first Munro in around 2003 I wanted to go back. I wanted to climb it via the Caern Mor Dearg Arete, pack light and have some fun. I’m […]

Ivybridge Everest for St Luke’s – Update

I have been overwhelmed so far by the support I am seeing for my Ivybridge Everest attempt. The Dartmoor Mountain Rescue Team (Plymouth branch) are coming along to help out through the night, and quite a few folks from the Erme Valley Harriers and Plymouth Tri Club have expressed an interest in joining me for […]

Ivybridge Everest

On January 10th 2015 my Dad passed away from a brain tumour in St Luke’s Hospice. At the time my wife was in hospital fighting pneumonia as a complication of a weakened immune system from her stem cell transplant while fighting acute myeloid leukaemia. This Christmas (2015) we are going to  do things differently. We […]

The hunger of an ultra runner

I don’t mean the hunger to finish, the hunger to succeed, or the hunger to win. I mean something much more basic: The HUNGER for FOOD! I have been doing endurance sport at one level or another for years and I hadn’t realised that the HUNGER was always there. I didn’t realise what an effort it […]

Nun Shall Pass – Hope 24 2014 Race Report

The following article was originally published last year on my family blog www.theleukaemiaconclusion.co.uk. It was so good that I felt it deserved repeating before I published this year’s race report of the same event. 😉 Imagine the scene: A blustery and dramatic day in a field in the south of Devon. One moment the sun […]

No more knee pain and how I got there by Richard Lander Stow

I have just had an article published on the Wimbledon Clinics blog about how I successfully got rid of my knee pain. You can see an excerpt below, or follow the link to see the full article. I suffered gradually increasing knee pain throughout the last few years until it seriously hampered me in an […]

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Plymouth Breakwater Swim 2014

I was privileged to be a part of the Plymouth Breakwater Swim 2014 for the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer. I took part in and reviewed last year’s event which you can find here. My views on the event remain unchanged. It is a spectacular thing to be a part of and this year we […]

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Ironman Wales Report and tips 2014

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” capable of getting me through to the finish. There was […]

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How do you train for Ivybridge Everest?

When I was on the hill last weekend for my Ivybridge Everest quite a few folk asked me how I trained for such a thing. My answer was initially quite trite. It was simply “well, I didn’t.” Obviously I didn’t wake up at the end of November one day and go from couch potato to […]

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The importance of running socks

Decent running socks are an important and much overlooked piece of equipment. Good socks will last a long time and help to prevent foot problems, bad socks will cause not only surface issues such as blisters but can cause worse problems too. For me a good sock must do two things. It must: Last a […]

Nun Shall Pass – Hope 24 2014 Race Report

The following article was originally published last year on my family blog www.theleukaemiaconclusion.co.uk. It was so good that I felt it deserved repeating before I published this year’s race report of the same event. 😉 Imagine the scene: A blustery and dramatic day in a field in the south of Devon. One moment the sun […]

A bit about pants – X-Bionic Summerlight

I don’t know about other ultra runners, but I have spent many hours tweaking and adjusting my kit to eliminate chaffing. I have been pretty successful so far and am down to one final problem. Pants! I normally run in your basic snug fitting trunks to hold everything in place, and at shorter distances they […]

The Oner Ultramarathon 2015

Last year I attempted the Oner and got beaten by the weather. You can see the full report and how badly it went wrong for me here. I was dressed like Superman and was raising money for the wards in Derriford hospital that had been treating my wife for Leukaemia. Incidentally, she had a stem […]

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 […]

Thames Trot 50 2015

If I could sum up my personal experience of this race it would be “well organised and a painful lesson in specificity!” My reason for doing the race was that I expected it to be a fairly easy 50 miler to get under my belt early in the season. This would tick the box to […]

Clif Shot Gel Review

My latest box of goodies arrived in the form of chocolate flavoured Clif Shot Gels from www.probikekit.co.uk. I spend a lot of time either running or cycling quite a long way, so tend to survive off of real food quite a lot of the time. If I do find myself doing something shorter though, then I am […]

An eating contest with mileage – Delicious Drake’s Trail

A few weeks ago I was reading an article that said the Marathon Du Medoc is an event that must be competed in if you like good food and drink and are partial to a bit of running. Instead of your usual energy faire at the pit stops it features wine, cheese and lots of […]

Plymouth Breakwater Swim 2014

I was privileged to be a part of the Plymouth Breakwater Swim 2014 for the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer. I took part in and reviewed last year’s event which you can find here. My views on the event remain unchanged. It is a spectacular thing to be a part of and this year we […]

Fixing your feet – John Vonhof

Having been a runner for quite a few years and with a steadily increasing mileage over the years one thing I have never suffered from is foot problems. To some the following may sound like bragging, but I have never lost a toenail, don’t tend to get blisters and can generally ignore those most important […]

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