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Christmas Wish List: Dig Deep Suffolk

Santa Claus is coming and fingers crossed you’re in his good books because Santa means presents! Whether you’re writing your own wish list or trying to find a present for a runner it can be pretty tricky to come up with ideas. We’ve put together this list of ideas for Christmas gifts, ideal for any runner from Sweatshop, Official Retail Partner of Dig Deep Suffolk.


1. Sweatshop Running Quote T’s £7
These great value T’s are ideal for the runner with a sense of ho-ho-humour. No one will notice if you get one for yourself too…
2. Yurbuds IMI Pro Headphones £39.99
With music you can run faster, fact. These super comfy headphones will stream your block-rocking-beats right to your ears.

3. Clif Builders Bar £2.50
These tasty bars make a great stocking filler for any runner, packed with nutrients to keep you going stronger for longer.


4. Garmin Vivofit Watch £99.99
Keep track of your achievements in 2015 with this great bit of tech. The Vivofit watch is easy to use, comfortable and looks great on your wrist.


5. Karrimor Xlite Reflective Jacket £59.99
Get seen on the dark nights and mornings with this Xlite Reflective Jacket. No-one thought it was possible but sfe just got sexy, this is a must have!

6. Entry to Ultra Tour of Suffolk £55
Thought the London Marathon was a good challenge, then The Ultra Tour of Suffolk is the next step. 50 miles of trails in stunning Suffolk, only a short journey from London.

Dig Deep 2014

Dig Deep Peak District Races 2014


Event report.

The forecast was once again great for the 2 days of races we had planned. Last year’s heat was crippling so a slightly cooler forecast was welcome.

Friday night was kicked off with James Adams talking about his epic run through America followed by a showing of The Dragons Back which is an absolute classic and inspiring film. Most of the Ultra Tour of the Peak District (UTPD) runners registered Friday evening along with some of the Intro Ultra runners meaning that there was a good crowd developing in the campsite with nearly 100 happy campers and the smell of BBQ’s drifted over to the main barn at Whirlow Hall farm!

Saturday started bright and early with the UTPD leaving at 8am followed by the Intro Ultra’s at 10am. In both races the early leaders became the eventual winners. Sally Fawcett won the senior female UTPD race and broke the female course record in 10.43.25. Sally is having quite a season following her great run on the Highland Fling earlier in the year. Ken Sutor won the senior male category and had a very strong race with a winning time of 09.47.30.

The Bradwell feed station was the main stopping point for both ULTRA races. The buffet available for the runners was like a smorgasbord of all things great for ULTRA runners! From Pineapple to pork pies it was all there and seemed to be the highlight for many runners – some didn’t want to leave!!!

 Mention must go to the back runners who carried on throughout the night. The last runner’s dibbed in at the finishing line 22 hours and 59 minutes after starting!

The Intro Ultra saw a determined Marcus Scotney win senior male by 30 minutes in an impressive time of 04.05.03. Could the course go in under 4 hours? We shall see! Most of the runners loved the hilly nature of the course but Win Hill is always a stopper for tired legs. However, the views from the top on Saturday were outstanding!

Marcus was back with us on Saturday offering his insights in to the elite Ultra Runners World with his lecture. If you ever get an opportunity to go to one of Marcus’s lecture you should take it! A very inspiring and informative individual. Unfortunately Mammut sponsored runner Helen Bonsor was unable to talk because of a last minute illness – get well soon Helen!

Sunday dawned warm and sunny again and so the 12.12 and Whirlow 10k started at 10.15 and 10.30 respectively. Both races are quite hilly with the 12.12 going out over Burbage Moor on to Higger Tor and back via the Limb Valley – both exceptionally beautiful trails in spectacular scenery!

The Whirlow 10k is a fundraising event with every penny of the race going to the Whirlow Hall farm Trust. Nearly £2000 was raised from this race alone!

The total prize pot was nearly £5000. With over £2000 worth of prizes from Mammut and Outside, £2000 worth of prizes from Ultimate Direction and copies of Wild Running and Clif products there was plenty to go around. All 1st placed runners in all age categories in both the ULTRA’s and the 12.12 received a £100 voucher from Mammut/Outside plus other goodies.

The feedback for the event has been overwhelming with so many kind comments. The team at 8.2 worked really hard to put the event together so were suitably proud. The date for next year’s event is set for the 15th and 16th August 2015 with booking available from August this year!

Many thanks to all the organisations and sponsors involved; Mammut, Outside (retail partner), Ultimate Direction, Clif, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Wild Running, Summit Fever and Fell Running Guide (Dave Taylor) and Shane Ohly (kind loan of the Dragons Back film).

Ian Loombe.

Race director for Dig Deep Races

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Mammut Athlete – Helen Bonsor at the Dig Deep Races Peak District 2014

Helen Bonsor, Mammut sponsored endurance running  and ultra marathon running athlete, will be joining us on the Dig Deep Peak District weekend to give a talk on her experiences.  She will be also taking part in the 12.12 mile on Sunday 22nd before she heads to the British Championships the weekend after the Dig Deep Races.

Mammut Athlete Helen Bonsor, photo: Robert Boesch

Mammut Athlete Helen Bonsor, photo: Robert Boesch

Helen has run in ultra marathons  all over the world  and below she talks about why she runs and I am sure that many of you will run for the same reasons.  I think that no matter what stage you are at in your running career – whether elite or beginner – the feeling of freedom that running in the mountains and fells can give, can be appreciated by all.  We are really looking forward to having Helen with us for the weekend and can’t wait to hear more!

Mammut Athlete Helen Bonsor, photo: Robert Boesch

Mammut Athlete Helen Bonsor, photo: Robert Boesch

“Having grown up in the Lake District UK, and now living in Scotland, I have always been passionate about the outdoors and spending time in the hills. For me, hill running is a way of life, and is what continually pushes me forward – and it enriches my life in adventure and rich friendships.  Some of my favourite races are technical 1 day races in the Alps, and Alpine stage races, where I enjoy racing day after day in big mountain scenery.  I still work full time, and it sometimes a challenge to fit both work and running in!

Running for me is the ultimate freedom in the mountains.  Few things beat the feeling of being totally focused on the movement of running in the mountains and feeling of moving quickly through the terrain and scenery as you run.   

Mammut enables me to push the boundaries of my running, providing the best equipment, and invaluable support.”

As a Mammut athlete, Helen has picked out her favourite items of Mammut trail running  gear:

  •  Micro Jacket  – extremely light, well fitted outershell, adapted to running
  • Backpack – excellent fitted lightweight backpack, accessible pockets, perfect for long runs
  • T-shirt – excellent fit and extremely breathable running top, good in all conditions.
Mammut Athlete Helen Bonsor, photo: Robert Boesch

Mammut Athlete Helen Bonsor, photo: Robert Boesch

Helen’s Successes:

  • 1st place Mixed Team, Gore-Tex Transalpine Race (2013), 24th overall
  • 1st place and new female record, Tri Refugio Race, Val Pellice, Italy (2013)
  • 1st place  Mammut Swiss Irontrail (2013) (50km) 3rd overall,
  • 7th place World Long Distance Moutain Championships, Poland (2013)
  • 2nd place, Salomon 4 Trails (2012)
  • 1st Mixed Pair, 4th overall Elite Class, Original Mountain Marathon (2012)
  • 1st place overall A Class, Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (2012)

The Dig Deep Races 2014 are sponsored by Mammut and the official Race Shop is Outside in Hathersage (who stock lots of Mammut!)

To enter Head to the Dig Deep Homepage Here

Check out our latest addition to the Dig Deep Race Series: Dig Deep Suffolk, 6th&7th September 2014.
Featuring 4 fantastic trail races through Suffolk:
5.5 mile Rendlesham Dash Suffolk Trail Race starts at 10:30am on Sunday 7th September £13.00
20KM Rendlesham Suffolk Trail race starts at 10:15am on Sunday 7th September £17.00
28 mile Suffolk Trail ‘Intro Ultra’ starts at 10am on Saturday 6th September £40.00
50 mile: ULTRA Tour of Suffolk (Suffolk trail ultra marathon) starts at 8am on Saturday 6th September £55.00

Matty Brennan – UTPD training Diary

Thanks to Matty Brennan for his first ultra marathon training diary installment.  We hope you enjoy reading what he is getting up to, whilst preparing for the Dig Deep Races UTPD!

Matty Brennan, training diary for UTPD

Matty Brennan, training diary for UTPD

I am currently in the 6th week of my 16 week UTPD training plan, and it’s starting to go well.  I think I’m pretty well recovered from my month of madness (just over 1 race per week from 1st December to the 18th of January – not recommended!) and feeling good.  Most of my training is either done on roads or canal path as I live about an hours drive away from any decent hills and have 2 small children and a wife who plays netball to share training time with.
My training plan comes from The Endurance Coach, which is based around a VO2 max test, with a 16 week training plan on the back of it with specific sessions and heart rate/pace to stick to.  I’m currently hanging around 40 miles per week, which will increase nearer to the race but not a great deal more – I put in a load of base training in the lead up to the Lakeland 100 last year, so it’s just speed I’m missing now!
Mostly this year my racing has consisted of cross country, and the Hardmoors 30 on New years day (where the photo is from – courtesy of Summit Fever Media).  Coming up is the Grizedale Trail Marathon next week, The Hardmoors 55 in March, the Highland Fling in April, the Old County Tops fell race (37 miles, 10,000ft of climb) in May, all in preparation for the UTPD in June.  Can’t wait!

Don’t forget that if you haven’t been on any parts of the courses for the Intro Ultra or UTPD then book yourself onto a Dig Deep Peak District RECCE day – coming up on March 16th – tickets £5 – Book Here!

Dig Deep Races – Peak District – getting closer!

It’s now February and there are only 5 months to go now until the Dig Deep Races – Peak District are upon us! Not only have we had to contend with the wettest January in recorded weather history there doesn’t seem to be any sign of stopping…However this is good news I promise you!  Think of all the extra work your muscles are doing wading through all that mud on Parkin Clough, it doesn’t matter if you now resemble a swamp monster – you’ll soon be racing fit for June.   We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who is sharing their training experiences with us – it’s great to hear how training is coming along, it’s also a a bit of a motivational push to read about other runner’s experiences.

If you have entered into either the Ultra Tour of the Peak District ultra marathon or the Intro Ultra marathon there is a RECCE DAY coming up – on the 16th March! Put it in the diary! It costs £5  and for your fiver you will be guided around  certain sections of the route dependent on which event you have entered.  There will be expert athletes on the route taking you round the trails of the Peak District, who will be able to help you with any questions/queries you might have, this is a brilliant opportunity to come and meet some of the Dig Deep Peak District Team, chat to other runners (camaraderie is huge part of Ultra running!), and learn about the course.  We will be meeting at Outside Shop in Hathersage at  9:45am.

Book onto the RECCE DAY HERE 😉

We’ve been busy  filming the winners of our competition – Matty Brennan, Amy Freeman and Sally Fawcett, three very talented and determined ultra marathon runners.    I am  excited to see how their training comes along over the next couple of months.  The first Dig Deep Peak District training diary film will be out at the end of this month.  If you have any questions for these lovely people then why not drop us an email or Facebook message?

To keep you ticking over and to give you a reminder of the course we have just released our updated Dig Deep Peak District Navigation film featuring the super knowledgable Dave Taylor from Fell Running guide.   This episode he is taking you over Parkin Clough, Win Hill & Ringing Roger.  The climb up Parkin Clough & Win Hill is definitely one of the highlights of the Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Intro Ultra (it’s one of the steepest climbs in the area but the view from the top is spectacular! – fingers crossed for a clear day!).

If you are taking part in the fun and games on Sunday 22nd June – don’t forget the 10km & 12.12 Dig Deep races 12.12 and 10km routecourse are featured in our film of last year’s event – my personal highlight of this route has to be climbing up Higger Tor, taking in the view over Burbage then scrambling down the otherside.

Christmas is over – Let’s Run!

Christmas is over, that wonderful time of year which involves (amongst other things!), food and a lot of socialising and not so much of the old exercising.  As much as we all love running, sometimes we need that extra push to get out on the trails after a few days of over-indulging so we talked to a few of our experienced runners to find out how they get themselves back in shape after the holiday period and these are their tips:

1. Run with someone.

It’s much easier to put off going for a run if you haven’t committed to someone else.  New Year is just around the corner so now is a good time to get that resolution into gear and  join a running club.  Running clubs are brilliant way of meeting people like you, and there is always someone who runs at your pace, whether you are a gnarly experienced fell runner, or new to this whole running malarky.   Book yourself onto a running course, brush up on your skills with others at your level, learn something new! http://www.fellrunningguide.co.uk/

Dig Deep races 12.12 and 10km route

Dave Taylor of Fell Running Guide flying down the side of Higger tor. Part of the Dig Deep 10km and 12.12 route

2. Dress for the weather.

Sounds obvious doesn’t it?! But it’s easy to do and before you know it just because you couldn’t be bothered to pick up your gloves from the floor upstairs, means that your hands are now turning a beautiful shade of blue.  Does it look like rain?  If you have to ask this question, you can probably guarantee it will be chucking it down within a few miles and you’ll be one soggy runner – gets a little more serious if you slip and end up limping back cold & wet… and don’t forget to check the batteries in your headtorch!!

3. Start easy.

Your calves will not thank you the next day after spanking out a 20 mile run in those new barefoot trail shoes.

4. Incorporate other training.

Matt Green, from Everywhere Without Delay, suggests climbing as a great way to build up your core muscles.  After a local Peak District race which involved a technical downhill stretch he noticed the next day that his stomach muscles were shredded and decided to focus on climbing as a way to strengthen these muscles and to increase his stability.

5. New Gear!

Did Father Christmas bring those longed for new trail shoes, sealskin socks or coveted hydration bladder?  What more incentive do you need?! Or, there are the sales on at the moment, and it really is very good value and you wont find it at a better price and you have been very restrained this year, and well…you deserve it!

Have a look at the sale at Outside 😉

6. Enter a race

The ultimate motivation – having a target to work towards, and funnily enough we know of some really awesome trail races  coming up in June… http://www.digdeepraces.co.uk/

Top 10 Presents for Runners!

It’s nearly Christmas and there are certainly a few of us at Dig Deep Race HQ who still have their Christmas Shopping to do! Just when you think Christmas is all under control, the days sneak by and suddenly before you know it the Christmas party is over, and it’s the last weekend before Christmas.  So for anyone out there struggling to think of any last minute pressies for the runners in your life here are our Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Runners!

1. Lightbender – by Nathan £20 – a great way to make sure you stay visible of long winter nights, or long distance summer ultras.  it’s an electro-luminescent band, which is completely waterproof and the watch battery will keep it flashing for over 100 hours.  And it’s a very awesome neat little gadget, which we are suckers for!



2. Spikes – Kahtoola £50 – a lifesaver, every runner should have a pair of these handy spikes in their gear cupboard! Ever had that bambi on ice feeling? I have and these are so handy when running – they are flexible enough to slip around running shoes but also can be used on lightweight hiking boots.



3. Navigation Courses with Fell Running Guide.  Perfect for your nearest and dearest, learn how to stay safe on the hills and to keep yourself out of harms way.  We have all been there…perfect sunny day on the moor and then bam – down comes the mist and visibility is zilch, and the moor becomes a featureless landscape! The Dig Deep Races 2013 were held on an unusually hot and clear day – but as we all know this is England, anything can happen!

4. Tech Tee RRP £45 SALE £29 – Good opportunity to snap up a bargain but hurry they are selling quick! This tech tee from Mammut for women, would be great for layering with a longer armed base layer underneath for winter, or perfect to hit the Summer trails in.  Nice cheerful colour and I found the fit flattering!



5. Mammut X-Sun Headtorch £225 – Ideal for the fast and light person that has everything.  This is not just any old headtorch, this is a super all singing and dancing headtorch.  It’s waterproof to IXP6, has an Alpine Emergency Signal, four different modes, is super bright as you might expect from the price tag but also easy to dim for close up work.  Great for winter trail running at night!



6. Bob Graham Round Map – £12 – do you know someone who has been talking about doing this for a while?  Time to give them a little bit of a push and get them one gnarly clad footstep closer to doing it!



7. Clif Shotbloks – £2.49 – The ultimate stocking filler, and a big favourite! Those amazing little squares of pure gooey energy.  The only problem with them is that they are so hard to resist (incidentally very good at propelling you around the Dig Deep Intro Ultra 🙂 ) Once you start you just cant stop.  Now, which flavour?



8. Garmin Forerunner 10 – £89 – I have left numerous hints around my desk incase my colleagues are feeling generous this Christmas!  Ideal present for all trail runners and gadgety types, or if someone you know is stepping up the training for the Ultra Tour of the Peak District and wants to track their progress.  Definitely on my wishlist!



9. A place in the Dig Deep Intro Ultra – £40 – It would be rude not to include our own races on our list! Stupendously beautiful trail running race set in the heart of the Peak District National Park, run over peaks, along the crags and across the moors.  Then rest and recuperate in the Race Village and bask in the knowledge that you are now an Ultra Runner!  Sneaky present for yourself!

10. A place in the Ultra Tour of the Peak District – £60 – The biggy – 60 mile gnarly trail running race through the Peak District.  Speaks for itself.  Make the ultra runner in your life a very happy and excited person!


Christmas presents for runners – trail running race in the Peak District

Most items can be found for sale on website of Outside our race retail partners.