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#SpringTrails

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 2014

Dig Deep Peak District Races 2014

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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

Eight Point Two



Dig Deep Peak District Weekend Programme 2014

Dig Deep Peak District 2014 – Friday 20th June at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 

0114 235 2678

Talk/Film programme

Friday 20th June at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 0114 235 2678

ENTRANCE IS FREE!

7pm – 8pm

James Andrews                        “Why I bother”

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James will be presenting a story of what he has learned about the human brain while running. James has been running ultras for about 7 years and over the past couple of years he has been reading and studying psychology. The talk is going to be a combination of what he has learned about the brain in the process, including;

  • What motivates it in general and throughout a race
  • How to deal with stress and paranoia that will attack you in a race
  • What to do when the task feels overwhelming, or boring, or pointless?
  • How to use your mental training to deal with novel event that might pop up in races
  • Some general tricks on making yourself feel awesome

Ultimately he hopes to answer the question “Why I bother?”

8.30 pm                         The Dragons back – Film

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The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.

The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened in September 1992 and ever since, it has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. Its reputation had reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over by September 2012 when the second Dragon’s Back Race™ happened.

The Dragon’s Back Race™ is one of the hardest mountain races in the World and this is the film of that event in 2012.

Saturday 21st June –at Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield S11 9QF, 0114 235 2678

5pm                                    Iron Trail (film)

The Irontrail, held in Switzerland, breaks the 200 km barrier. With the start in Pontresina and the finish in Chur this film covers the event which Stages the Alpes’ highest altitude, longest, toughest and most beautiful single-stage trail race in the multi-faceted natural, cultural and mountain landscape of Graubünden – this is the thinking behind the Irontrail!

6pm – 7.30 pm           

Helen Bonser                        Taking on stage racing in the Alps

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

Multi day stage races in the Alps are some of the most challenging and engaging racing experiences.  This talk gives a brief look into what’s involved, from the trails and terrain, to the training and preparation, and the racing itself, with examples from some of the major stage races currently in the Alps.

7.30pm – 8.50pm

Marcus Scotney                        The Peaks and troughs of Ultra Running

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The Peaks and troughs of Ultra Running – Team MONTANE International Ultra Runner Marcus Scotney will share, in his entertaining and motivational style, the highs and lows of his Ultra Running experiences where he has overcome physical and mental exhaustion and continued to dig deep rather than giving up.

9pm                                                 The Dragons back – Film

The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.

The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened in September 1992 and ever since, it has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. Its reputation had reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over by September 2012 when the second Dragon’s Back Race™ happened.

The Dragon’s Back Race™ is one of the hardest mountain races in the World and this is the film of that event in 2012.



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!



Win with Dig Deep Races

Happy Friday!

We have been looking forward to this for a few months now – planning and beavering away at it – so let’s get this competition under way.

Dig Deep Races Competition in Association with Outside and Mammut

Dig Deep Races Competition in Association with Outside and Mammut

We are looking for three people who have entered or are entering the Intro Ultra or the Ultra Tour of the Peak District (it’s not too late to enter).   It doesn’t matter whether you are a first timer or an elite athlete, we are looking for all levels of experience to enter.  The Ultra Training Diary Films are based around the preparation you undertake when committing to an ultra (hence why the entry is limited to ultra competitors only).

You Win

  • To feature in 3 short Ultra Training Diary Films
  • From Outside:
  • 1x Ultimate Direction Acces Waistpack (rrp £27.50)
  • 1x Pair of Injinji Trail Mini  (rrp £16)
  • 1 Pair of Injinji Trail Micro (rrp £15)
  • From Mammut:
  • 1 x Tech Tee
  • 1 x pair of Shorts
  • 1 x Jacket
  • From EightPointTwo:
  • Free Place in Resolution Run

How To Enter

Upon Entering and Winning You Agree To:

  • 3 x different filming session at different training stages with Summit Fever Media
  • For the Ultra Training Diary films to be used for promotional purposes
  • To turn up at start line!
  • Write a training update for us every 4 weeks for us to publish on your behalf on Dig Deep Facebook page & Blog

We will contact the winners on January 7th 2014 and fill you in on all the details and arrange filming dates to suit you.

Dig Deep Races Competition in Association with Outside and Mammut

Dig Deep Races Competition in Association with Outside and Mammut