Trail running is a sport which consists of running and hiking over trails. In the United Kingdom and Irish Republic it is called mountain or fell running. It differs from road running and track running in that generally takes place on hiking trails, often in mountainous terrain, where there can be much larger ascents and descents. It is difficult to definitively distinguish trail running from cross country running. In general, however, cross country is an IAAF governed discipline that is typically raced over shorter distances (rarely over 12 kilometers), whereas trail running is loosely governed, and run over longer routes.
Runners often cite less impact stress compared to road running, as well as the landscape and non-urban environment, as primary reasons for preferring trail running. This move to nature is also reflected in a large increase in competitors in non-traditional/off-road triathlons and adventure racing over the past five years.
- 07.12.2013 – Might Contain Nuts 41 miles(~65km)/2400m: 9h, 26min (65th/250)
- 18.01.2014 – Coastal Trail Series Anglesey 32 miles(~52km)/1080m: 7h 46min (59th/84)
- 26-27.04.2014 – 52nd Fellsman 61miles(~100km)/3352m: 21h 56min (194th/383)
- 10 Peaks Lake District Extreme Course 62miles (~100km)/8000m – DNF
- 10 Peaks Brecon Beacon Long Course 55miles (~89km)/4800m: 18h 11min (41st/107)
- Lakes In A Day 50miles (~80km)/4000m: 15h 14min (49th/153)
- Country To Capital 45miles(~72km): 6h 20min (25th/309)
- GUCR 145miles (~233km): TBA
- 10 Peaks Lake District Extreme Course 62miles (~100km)/8000m– TBA
- Lakeland 100miles (~160km)/6300m – TBA
Might Contain Nuts 2013 Series
Saturday December 7th 2013 with around 250 other competitors gathered in Talybont village, South Wales for the start the final event in the MCN (Might Contain Nuts) Ultra and Trail Marathon series.
The suggested ?Arctic? conditions had not prevailed and the weather was unseasonably mild for early December. Both events take place in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and competitors traverse a mixture of canal side towpaths, tracks, trails, occasional lanes, open fell side and moorland terrain. The Ultra Brecon 40 (Winter Edition) is at least 41 miles long with approximately 2400 metres (8000 feet) of ascent and descent throughout the route. Runners are self supported with only water and energy gels available at the 7 mandatory checkpoints.
The event saw 162 competitors complete the ultra route the final finisher making it back after 14 hours and 46 minutes. The clear winner who completed the route in a staggering 6 hours 16 minutes and 30 seconds was Hugh Aggleton. The first lady home was Katie Roby in a no less impressive time of 7 hours 50 minutes and in 16th position overall.
41 miles(~65km) 2400m of ascent:
place 65/250 in 09:26:24
MCN Ultra BB 40mil 07.12.2013 – RESULTS
Coastal Trail Series – Anglesey Ultra
The Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon) is situated off the North West coast of Wales near the beautiful Snowdonia mountain range. It is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait. Anglesey has a dedicated coastal path running around the whole island. The cliffs have been shaped by the bracing Irish Sea, and the Isle is the new kid on the block as far as outdoor destinations go.
32 miles(~52km) 1080m of ascent: