The Endurance Life Real Relay – Report

Somewhere in TorquayThis morning I ran my leg of the Real Relay. I had managed to “bag” the Paignton to Shaldon section at the almost respectable time of 05:25. The organisers, Endurance Life, sent me the contact details of the runners before and after me so I was able to arrange meeting points and times. The weather was just about perfect, and at 5am I was ready and waiting in the car park of Paignton railway station. [Read more…]

Etape Caledonia – Ride review

Etape Caledonia StartWere you one of the 4000 plus cyclists that were queued up at half six yesterday morning for the start of the Etape Caledonia? All of us jostling for position in what now seems like an impossibly narrow high street. It doesn’t help that bicycles aren’t great queuing companions, with sticky out bits just waiting to tangle on each other or jab other riders in the buttocks (you know who I’m talking about!) Despite the apparent chaos, the organisers did a good job of shuttling riders through so that I think the majority of us probably got away in the appropriate wave. Check out the rest of the article to find out how I prepared, what the event day was like and whether my knees are working today! There may even be a bit about where you money is going to, as despite the lack of a decent goody bag I think that the EC is great value for money. [Read more…]

Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Flete May 2012

CTS Half Mara Flete 2012You’ve got to love the Endurance life motto. It is simply “Never never never give up.” It is certainly something to live up to and is rather inspirational in itself. When I crossed the finish line of the Coastal Trail Series half marathon yesterday I received a little goody box containing a dog tag/chain with the name and date of the event, a couple of stickers, temporary tattoos and an orange rubber bracelet with Endurance Life on one side and the motto on the other. All in all, quite a nice little gift pack. This was after receiving my technical Endurance Life Tee at sign-on, all for the £39 half marathon entry fee. This actually makes it one of the best value for money events that I’ve ever entered, especially considering the excellent level of organisation and the effort that they put into their events. You also get more miles, mud, views and hills for your money, with the half marathon coming in at 15.7 miles according to the guy giving the morning brief, or 14.9 according to the Endurance Life website. Read on for more details of the race day and some pictures.

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Picture of the day – Burrator

Burrator ReservoirI had to pick-up my car from the garage in Plymouth today, so I opted to pedal in via Burrator reservoir on Dartmoor. It is quite a hilly route, but features some superb scenery. In this picture, click on it for a larger version, you can see Burrator reservoir on the left, Sheepstor on the right and you can just make out the aerial at Princetown in the distance.

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