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Ultra Trail Mt Fuji 2013, The North Face videos

I’ve put all the videos of the action at the front of end of the 2013 Ultra Trail Mt Fuji 100 mile trail race posted to YouTube The North Face Japan together on one page and in order. Click on the course and elevation maps to see which parts of the course are being featured […]

Hasetsune Gear

Salomon 12 liter Skinpack 1.5 liters water in bladder 2 bottles of premixed Hammer Perpetuem (Cafe Latte Flavor) One bag of Perpetuem powder to mix at the 42km check point (the only aid station on the course – limited to 1.5l water per runner) 24 Hammer electrolyte tablets 12 Hammer anti-fatigue tablets 3 Hammer energy […]

Ben Nevis 2012

Ben Nevis is the UK’s highest mountain and although, at only 1344m, it is relatively low compared to many of Japan’s peaks, it is still a rough mountain to run. In fact, I find the Ben Nevis mountain race just as (if not more) tough as an Ironman triathlon or the 100 mile Mt Fuji […]

Evening recce in the Trough of Bowland

Last night I joined a few my dad’s fell running clubmates in the Trough of Bowland on a recce of a race they are hosting at the Hodder Valley Show this weekend. It was a beautiful clear evening and although a little soggy underfoot in parts, very runnable. Hopefully the good weather will hold and […]

17 May 2012 @ 2pm


My road to Ultra Trail Mount Fuji

The inaugural 100 mile Ultra Trail Mount Fuji (UTMF) takes place this weekend. Billed as the sister race of the mecca of ultra marathoners, the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, UTMF, at 156km, is a shade short of the 100 mile mark. But who’s counting? More than 8000m of accumulated elevation gain and a course that […]

My longest 5 Finger run so far

Yesterday, I completed my longest run so far in a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes; 28km run mostly over local trails in Treksports. After the previous day’s 36km sakura run over much of the same ground in my more orthodox Montrail Streaks, my feet felt like they were in heaven. At about twice the […]

Sakura Run

The sakura cherry blossoms were in full bloom throughout Hiroshima on a beautiful spring day today. After a late start I spent most of the day (5hrs 30min) on a long (37km) trail run. It was lovely to running in such perfect conditions, but I was quite jealous of all the groups enjoying hanami parties […]

Hiroshima Jin Daigaku Trail Run

Today’s Hiroshima Jin University trail run class was a great success. The weather was beautiful (I got a bit of a sunburn) and the autumn colors at Mitaki were stunning. Thanks to class leader Eiko Nishida for coming all the way down from Tokyo to inspire a group of 9 trail novices. We had a […]

Japan’s Running Boom

I am quoted in this short piece on Japan’s current running boom on one of the Japan Times blogs by Jason Jenkins With Japan’s “running boom” arguably at its peak, races around the country are filling up faster than ever. The 2009 Tokyo Marathon saw 226,378 applicants competing for 30,000 spots: a 68% increase from […]

Ogaki Mikan Half Marathon

I took part in the Ogaki Mikan Half Marathon on Nomi Island last Sunday. The weather was absolutely beautiful and on the ferry ride I took a few shots with the iPhone and edited them with the Best Camera App. This shot of Aki-no-ko-fuji on Ninoshima is my favorite. As for the race. It was […]

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