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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

Ultra Running Training – keep it interesting!

Keep things interesting.

Sticking to a structured ultra marathon training plan, running the same routes at the same times of day can get really monotonous and hard to keep up. You see the same views, jump over the same puddles and if you’re not careful it can become more like a chore and less like fun. With a long lead up to a race, like the Ultra Tour of the Peak District (90Days) or The Ultra Tour of Suffolk (5 months) that original training plan can seem like a curse.. or worse still… boring.


Before you tear up that carefully crafted training plan and slam dunk it into the nearest bin just take a moment to think. Try taking your runs to different places, somewhere you’ve not been before. This new experience will boost your enthusiasm, your confidence and it’s always great to continue the search for “the perfect trail”. You never know what you might find, perhaps a view you never knew about or a hill that’s much better for hill reps than the ‘bump’ that you were believing was a hill. Trail running is meant to be fun, it’s meant to test you and let you forget the everyday stuff.

Parkin Clough

Root hopping on Parkin Clough

It’s not just excitement that new routes can bring you, venturing into the unknown will help hone your navigation skills, forcing you to use that map & compass instead of taking it as a token on your regular trail run. Perhaps it will bring into perspective where your nav skills are, allowing you to top them up where needed. Don’t forget, you can save minutes on race day easily by sharpening that nav – it’s not just fitness that will affect your time!



If you’re limited to where you can train and going somewhere new is more tricky, there are other ways to freshen things up. Why not run your route in the other direction, try it in the dark and at other times of day. Find a running partner, run with your dog, your neighbours dog (ask them first) – listen to an audio book, learn a language … you get the picture.

ultra marathon training

Running at Night can change your perspective of a route


So next time you’re feeling the boredom monster knocking at your door, think of something new for your next run, it’ll put a smile on your face and a spring in your step!





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




Suffolk trail races - running weekend

Suffolk trail races – running weekend



Not only is it Friday and the weekend is just round the corner but we also have some exciting news for you running lot!

We have been working away on bringing to you Dig Deep Suffolk.  The Dig Deep Peak District has proved to be such a popular and successful event that we have created another weekend of running down in Suffolk, where we already organise The Whole Hog.

Once again you will be able to choose from two ultra marathon distance and two shorter trail races.  We love to put together races that take in beautiful scenery and Dig Deep Suffolk is no exception – the routes cover forest trails and coastal trails, open countryside and pretty villages.

There will be local beer, BBQs, live music, camping over the whole weekend – what more could you want?!

We are pleased to announce that Sweatshop Ipswich are our retail partners.

2014 really is the year to hit the trails!

Dig Deep Suffolk

Suffolk trail races - running weekend

6th and 7th September 2014

News Update

Eight Point Two are pleased to announce the launch of a new running festival, Dig Deep Suffolk; 6th and 7th September 2014 in Suffolk, England.

Dig Deep Suffolk is believed to be the first event of its kind in the area and will feature trail running over a variety of distances and will comprise of the 5.5 mile Rendlesham Dash Trail Race, a 20k Trail Race a 28 mile ‘Intro Ultra’ Trail marathon and the 50mile Ultra Tour of  Suffolk.

Ultra Tour of Suffolk - trail ultra marathon

Ultra Tour of Suffolk – trail ultra marathon

The event will be based at Wantisden Hall (near Woodbridge) where competitor camping and registration will be located along with talks, demonstrations, films and running retail provided by Sweatshop (Ipswich).  Wantisden is easily reached locally and is only 2 ½ hours from London!

With the event planning for all the races in the hands of Eight Point Two, Adventure Event Organisers, the whole weekend promises to be one not to be missed. Dig Deep Suffolk is a new event following the success of Dig Deep Peak District. Eight Point Two are also the organisers of the ever popular Suffolk Whole Hog.

Ian Loombe, Eight Point Two’s Managing Director said: “The Dig Deep Peak District event is really popular and we knew that Wantisden would be a fantastic spot to host another event. It’s taken a lot of work to get the routes finalised in order to make the best of the fantastic trails in Suffolk. However, the work has paid off and we think that the courses are superb!”.

Ian Bliss, Co-race director, is from Ipswich and has spent many years running the local trails. “It’s a beautiful and diverse area” he said, “The coastline is stunning and the routes all go through the beautiful Rendlesham Forest. The trails show the best of Suffolk”.

“The Ultra Tour of Suffolk, the blue ribbon race of the event, is a tough race but it’s probably accessible to all runners with the ambition of running 50 miles. If you’re looking to do your first ULTRA marathon then the Suffolk Trail Intro Ultra (at 28 miles) would be perfect! That’s the beauty of this route and event, it should appeal to everyone. The shorter races (Rendlesham 20km Trail race and Rendlesham Dash 5.5 mile race) are a great way for those taking their first steps into trail running to appreciate the difference from running on roads”.

It is estimated that the fastest runners taking part in the Ultra Tour of Suffolk will complete the course in around 7 hours, after covering a total of 50 miles 

The Dig Deep Suffolk event will take place on the 6th and 7th of September 2014.

More information and entry details are online at http://www.digdeepraces.co.uk

Suffolk trail races - running weekend

Entry Information

Entry details are online at http://www.digdeepraces.co.uk

5.5 mile Rendlesham Dash Trail Race starts at 10:30am on Sunday 7th September       £13.00

20KM Rendlesham 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 starts at 8am on Saturday 6th September                         £55.00

Closing Date for entries is Friday 5th September 2014.

Suffolk trail races - running weekend