Welsh Castles Relay and Trail Half Marathon Wales

Russell BentleyAthletes Content, Half Marathon Training, marathon, Races, Races & Places, Running, Trail Running, Training

Over two weeks Russell Bentley takes on the chaotic Welsh Castles Relay and races over the trails for a win in Coed Y Brenin at the Trail Half Marathon Wales. Weslh Castles Relay The Welsh Castles Relay is a 209 mile, 2 day race from Caernarfon Castle, North Wales, down to Cardiff Castle. 20 runners in a team, each covering … Read More

Whalers’ Great Route Ultra-Trail in the Azores (25K)

Marcus BrownAthletes Content, Races, Races & Places, Review, Running, Trail Running, Ultra Marathons, Vlogs

Join me as I travel to the Azores, Portugal, on the island of Faial, to race in the Whalers’ Great Route Ultra-Trail by Azores Trail Run, which was established in 2014. I spoke with the race director Mário Leal after running the 25K race. We discussed the race, and the experience of running in the Azores. It is a place … Read More

5 Tips for the Dragon’s Back Race

Russell BentleyAthletes Content, marathon, Other, Races & Places, Runner's Stories, Running, tips, Ultra Marathons

I’ve read everyone else’s tips on how to ‘slay the dragon’. Here are my 5 tips for anyone attempting the Dragon’s Back Race. I haven’t seen these anywhere else, so hopefully, they bring something new. Tryfan, Welsh for ‘Absolute Bastard!’ – Matt Whyman The goal of this post is to take one Dragon’s Back hopeful (could it be you?), who … Read More

The Alpha Male Tale – Goucher v Songok

Russell BentleyAthletes Content, Races, Races & Places, Runner's Stories, Running

There’s book which was never written, but the colourful protagonists and their adventures would make easy writing. It’s called The Alpha Male Tale – Goucher  v  Songok. I have just finished reading Running With The Buffaloes, which followed a team of university athletes for a season as they trained for the USA Cross Country team title (they came 3rd). I … Read More

Isaac Songok And The Bull

Russell BentleyAthletes Content, Races & Places, Runner's Stories, Running, Training

When I first stayed with Brother Colm O’Connell in 2001, he had yet to cement his now legendary status as a coach. His stable of athletes at the time were drifting a bit. The Chirchir brothers (Cornelius and William), very talented but easily distracted, would often disappear for long periods. They never fulfilled their potential. Brother’s main sponsor died unexpectedly, … Read More

Jo Meek and the Bob Graham Round

Jo MeekAthletes Content, Other, Races & Places, Runner's Stories, Running, Trail Running, Ultra Marathons

Setting off from Moot Hall in Keswick to attempt the Bob Graham Round in under 24 hours filled me with fear. I was not underestimating this run. The Bob Graham Round is the epitome of fell running challenges: 65miles/ 105km with 28000ft/ 8300m of elevation. Planning the Round There were to be 4 runners from Devon trying to complete it, … Read More