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Sporttracks; a free alternative to Garmin Training Center

I've been training for the London Marathon and bought a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS to monitor my progress and hopefully motivate me to push that bit harder. The GPS device itself is great and manages to find satellites fairly quickly (about a minute, slightly longer in very built-up areas) when outside and track them without losing signal thereafter. The Garmin Training Center (I was running GTC v3.4.3) however is shocking; my only assumption is that Garmin wanted to keep the cost down so invested everything into the device and let their users find alternative software. Kind of ...

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Running the London Marathon

I managed to haul myself around the London Marathon at the weekend in a respectable (for me) 3 hr 20 min. Although hard work, particularly in the last 10 miles, the atmosphere was fantastic with crowds lining the route all the way. It was a great challenge that's left me in two minds whether or not to do it again next year! My training had been a bit on the short-but-fast side with the single longest run at ~18 miles and the second longest being the Brighton half marathon a couple of months previously. Doing 9-10 milers at a ...

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Jura fell race 2014: A first-timer's thoughts

The Isle of Jura fell race is recognised as one of the most spectacular and demanding events in the fell racing calendar. At 17 miles over steep technical terrain and 2370m (~7800ft) ascent, a time of sub-4hrs is the barely attainable target for all but the fastest. Starting outside the Jura Distillery in Craighouse, the race climbs steadily over boggy ground to the first of its 7 summits after 3 miles. Peaks 1 to 3 are a fun warm-up, with tussocky grass and exposed rock for interest. Views over neighbouring island Islay and the Paps of Jura are stunning. The ...

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Bob Graham Round: A group attempt - planning, training and logistics

It was summer 2014 when Rob first voiced a desire to do the Bob Graham Round, a classic fell running challenge involving 42 summits, 66 miles and 27000 ft ascent in the Lake District to be completed within 24 hours. Like many runners, my introduction to "the BG" was Richard Askwith's book "Feet in the Clouds". While reading, I had dismissed the BG as crazy, and little had changed when Rob mentioned it. The exact Bob Graham route isn't strictly defined, but the 42 summits form a large loop (map here). Having chosen clockwise or anti-clockwise (the former ...

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