Last Women Standing: The Barkley Marathons 2019 – The Review

I’m sure I don’t need to hark on about the brutality the Barkley Marathons inflicts upon those who toe the line. Where else, if you’ve successfully managed to obtain one of 40 coveted starting places, does the Race Director, Laz, send you an email of condolence, notifying you that the honourable thing is to not…

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Adidas TERREX Free Hiker

The Free Hiker What is it? Is it a boot, a running shoe on steroids, fashion, looks and no substance…. Pointless? We’re all used to seeing trail and fell runners in the mountains and on trails in lightweight footwear, walkers in boots and an ever-growing subsection using trail running shoes for walks. But what if…

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Salomon Speedcross 5

My feet are on fire! Much like the original S/LAB Sonic, the Speedcross 5 are in your face red, there’s no hiding from it. However, unlike their road siblings other colours are available. I know a percentage of you just sighed in relief. Having purchased the Speedcross 3 as my first pair of Salomon shoes…

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inov-8 Roclite G 275

I’ve tested quite a few inov-8 products over the years, the majority of which have been shoes. From running in mudclaws and X-Talons at the Ring of Steall, to RoadClaws at the London Marathon and countless adventures in-between, I’ve covered many miles in the Lakes based grip experts. Yet, I’ve never purchased or been sent…

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On Running Cloudventure Peak

Right, lets get one thing out the way straight from the off. I was skeptical. I’ve seen the rise of On Running from the sidelines, kept an eye on what they are up to and was blown away by Tim Don – The Man with the Halo. I remember watching Tim run sprint and olympic…

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F-stop Kenti

Camera bags. I don’t review them often and it’s an area of gear I took a long time figuring out what I wanted to use on the go. Bigger bags aren’t so much of a minefield (well in my opinion), however, getting something that you can run and ride in, which isn’t a glorified back…

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Ultimate Direction Race Belt 4.0

If there’s one bag brand that has been missing from these pages over the past few years, it’s Ultimate Direction. From my experiences around the UK and Chamonix, it is easily one of the two most popular storage solutions (other opinions may differ)for trail and ultra runners, regardless of ability and aspirations. I’ve been keeping…

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Adidas Terrex Climaheat Jacket

There’s still time for warm jackets! Although we are in mid March, if the past week has been anything to go by, there is plenty of winter left in this season. Snow in Scotland and the Lake district, flash flooding in the dales and high winds across many part of the country. When it’s 12°C…

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Podcast of the Week – Episode 6

A new week, a new month, a broken promise and more podcast goodness. I listened to the first episode of the new  The Adventure Podcast – Terra Incognita, while flying to Munich to be a member of ISPO Awards 2019 Jury panel. I brought a book for the flight, but on the rare occasion I…

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LifeStraw Flex

A water purifier, in 2019? But I’m not heading to Timbuktu?! Despite the availability of safe water in developed countries, when travelling in the mountains or away from urbanised areas, sourcing clean, safe water can be a challenge. Take earlier this year, I was supporting a friend on his Heart of Snowdonia Challenge, running with…

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