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Fitting ultra-running and coaching around family life

//Words by Michelle Maxwell//  My big passions in life are number 1 my kids, they are my world, and increasingly their sport is taking over mine and my husband’s sport. I am really OK with that because I’m not getting any younger and my bucket list is getting shorter. We have twin boys, who are very good triathletes, especially runners and a little girl who is just dipping her toe into multisport, but also loves ballet too. Next up, my husband. His passion is triathlon. He is also damn good at it for his age, and so you can imagine what our life involves! The next two passions in my life are as you’d expect from the title, my running...

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How to run 140 miles in a week without giving it a second thought

//Words by Natasha Fanshawe//  I’m a pretty lazy person and you might not believe me but it’s the reason I run ultra-marathons – I get all the hard work over in a few days and chill for the rest of the month, eating, drinking and generally filling up and, well, tapering for the next one. The first week in October though turned out to be a bit mad even for me. A bit of good planning along with a bout of forgetfulness saw me embarking on a week of walking and running 140 miles, a distance I hadn’t added up in total until it was too late and I was committed to every last step.   A few weeks prior,...

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Obstacle Racing To Continue Helping Others

 //Words by Lorraine Lewis//   Looking at my social media posts and photos you would think I have always run, done obstacle races and crazy challenges. This is not the case at all. I spent 4 years (2010-2014) in and out of hospital when my mother in law was receiving treatment for cancer. It was a period of time, which changed my life and is why I now do what I do. During that time, we practically lived at the hospital. I noticed how difficult it was for us and other people receiving treatment for cancer financially, physically and emotionally.  I also noticed what a lonely place it could be outside visiting time, giving people too much time to think...

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