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Photo: Summit Fever Media

As the last patches of snow start to disappear the trails are getting greener and Spring is most definitely on its way. Gloves and hats can be put back into the pack and time to dig out those sunglasses, well … almost! It’s hard not to enjoy Christmas and New Year and runners training programmes for their 2015 race schedule are kicking into action. Those first few long runs are always the tough ones but the rewards are just as great. 2015 looks to see some exciting new kit on the horizon, Mammuts trail running range is set to develop further and Ultimate Direction continue to push the boundaries of running pack design. As well as starting your training plan it’s a good time to get out all your running kit and have a proper sort out. Those well used shoes with your toes poking out probably justify a new pair, they’ll come in handy when you want to paint that room in the house that you promised you’d do. Lightweight waterproofs and wind proofs are ideal as the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise. An easy way to improve your times in races, whatever level you are is to reduce the weight of the kit that you’re carrying. Why not fill your pack as you would normally for a race, weigh it with some luggage scales or bathroom scales. Now flick through the pages on Outside, finding the lightest alternative for each piece of kit you’ve got in your pack (including the pack!). Add up this weight and see what the difference is, don’t forget, if you weighed your pack originally with water or nutrition to include this too (1L=1Kg). If you’re lucky there won’t be much difference, but you might find a big one – then you can work out what pieces of kit will give you the best weight saving. New kit, whether it’s a new pack or a pair of socks will help encourage you to get out and train. Don’t miss out on those bargains too, there are plenty to be had, check you the Outside bargain area and look for special offers. Happy New Year from all the Dig Deep team and welcome to 2015! Dig Deep Peak District: Ultra Tour of the Peak Distict Peak Trails Intro Ultra 12.12 Whirlow 10km Dig Deep Suffolk: Ultra Tour of Suffolk Suffolk Trails Intro Ultra Rendlesham 20km Rendlesham Dash

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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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Matty Brennan training blog & updates

Here is an update from Matty Brennan – our Dig Deep Peak District competition winner.   The next you will be seeing of Matty will be in the next trail running training film and we will be talking about his nutrition – hopefully with three very different athletes we should get a good cross section of knowledge and experience when it comes to nutrition.

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Suffolk trail races and ultra marathons 2014. Peak district trail races and ultra marathons 2014

“The last few weeks havebeen a bit of a mixed bag – had a fantastic result from the Grizedale Trail 26, coming 2nd in 3:37, but then caught a dose of man-flu, which hasn’t been helpful to my training at all!
The week ending with the Grizedale race was my biggest so far, covering 54 miles, with the last 2 weeks both at around 20, with approximately 2 or 3 runs per week, with my pace massively off.

Feeling much better now however, with a big trail running weekend this weekend – running around Shropshire and the Long Mynd tomorrow (Saturday 15th March) with the Torq Performance Trail Team, and then another long one Sunday at the UTPD recce day.

My first “tester” trail race is a week on Saturday, the Hardmoors 55. I’m rested, recovered and ready for it”


Matty Brennan, training diary for UTPD

Matty Brennan, training diary for UTPD

Thank you to everybody who joined us on the Dig Deep Recce day – it was a fantastic event, even if the weather wasn’t as kind as the week before.  The event was led by Dave Taylor of Fell Running Guide and Ian Loombe our Race Director.  Outside were fantastic hosts and we will be meeting there for the next one!

If you missed the March Recce Day don’t worry, our next one is on 13th April – follow this link to book your place: April Recce Day


If you need to scrub up on your navigation then it’s worth having a gander at the Navigation course, which are run by Dave Taylor of Fell Running guide – the next course is on the 12th of April: Book Here

In other news have you seen us in the latest edition of Trail Running Magazine?  Make sure you pick up your copy quick to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic bag from our sponsors Mammut – and the chance to win freeentry to any of our Dig Deep Peak District races!

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Trail races and ultra marathons in Suffolk

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



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

Amy Freeman – 1st training blog

This is the next blog from Amy Freeman, one of our Dig Deep Peak District competition winners.  Amy is fairly new to ultra running and the UTPD will be her furthest ultra marathon distance.   Her first ultra marathon was the Dig Deep Peak District Intro ultra last year.  So for anybody new to ultra marathon running keep an eye on Amy’s progress for tips and motivation!  Amy includes climbing in her weekly training and it’s interesting to see how the two sports compliment each other…

Amy Freeman, training for UTPD, in Mammut

Amy Freeman, training for UTPD, in Mammut

It’s mid-February and I’m six weeks into my 25 week training plan for the UTPD.  This is the first time I’m attempting a race of anything like this distance – my first ever Ultra Marathon was the Dig Deep Intro last July, and my longest race to date is the 34 mile Ribble Way Ultra. It’s safe to say running 60 miles is new territory for me but, as long as I put in the training, there’s nothing to stop me running the distance.  The only way to find out is to go for it!

I’ve just run a 48 mile week, and will build up to 70 before the race. The training plan itself is one I’ve taken from the book Relentless Forward Progress, and then doctored to fit around the rest of my life and the few other races I’m doing before the UTPD.  I’m a keen climber too so on rest day or a low mileage day I’ve been heading to the climbing wall. Unlike running which will get me out in all weather, I must confess to being a fair-weather outdoor climber! I find the core strength and balance you gain from climbing to be helpful to my running and as I often run alone, the climbing is a great social way to train too. Plus it’s fun!

 I live in town and have a long commute to and from work so I don’t have time to run on trails every day. However, at least once per week I get out and run on the trails and fells for a long run – my local favourites being Anglezarke Moor towards Darwen Tower and Winter Hill, and the stunning Parlick and Forest of Bowland.

I ran my first race of the year at Dig Deep’s Resolution Run, which was on a beautiful frosty day and I have a few other races lined up before UTPD. The Haworth Hobble in early March (32 miles), the Manchester Marathon in April (which I’m doing for charity and drawing as I go) and the Great Lakeland 3 day Mountain Marathon in May, which will be great nav practise and my first go at back-to-back-to-back long runs. I’m really excited about all of these and the challenge ahead in the run up to the UTPD. Wish me luck!


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

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/