Episode 21 – Onwards to 2020

As we move into 2020, Jamie and Alex reflect on 2019 and review the upcoming daft challenges for the year ahead.


Events mentioned in this episode:
East Hanningfield Trail marathon – Event Link
Spine Challenger – Event Link
Crystal Palace Half Marathon – Event Link
Winter Wychavon Way – Event Link
Cold Christmas 50k – Event Link
The Dark Star River Marathon – Event Link
Street Child Craft Half – Event Link
Costa Rica Coastal Challenge – Event Link
Punchbowl Marathon – Event Link
St Peter’s Way Ultra – 43 miles from Chipping Ongar – Event Link
Steyning Stinger – Event Link
Mighty Deerstalker – Event Link
FYA Ancient Trails Challenge 2020 – Event Link
Run to the Sea Ultra Marathon – Event Link
South Downs Way 50 – Event Link
Testway Ultra – Event Link
Aliens vs Trail Runners Daylight – Event Link
Maverick Adidas Terrex X-Ultra Black Mountains – Event Link
10th Essex Walker – Event Link
Warrior Adrenaline Race – Event Link
Isle of Wight Challenge – Event Link
Blackwater Trail marathon (half/full/ulta) – Event Link
Monarchs Way Ultra – Event Link
Beer Lover’s Marathon – Event Link
Nuclear^3 – Event Link

Episode 18 – Man vs Mountain

Jamie and Alex travel to wales to complete the Rat Race ‘Man vs’ Trifecta! Find out all about their pre-race nutrition and trail identification skills! (hint: neither are particularly good, but both are certainly daft!


Events mentioned in this episode:

Man vs Coast – Event Link
Man vs Lakes – Event Link
Man vs Mountain – Event Link


Having hit December we have run into a lot of birthdays and Christmas celebrations (Yay!), spawning additional chores to get the house in order and purchase the necessary goods to have said celebrations. Of course, things have to be re-arranged to accommodate all this and one of the hardest things to be hit has been training (yay… oh, boo?)! Only a week into December and my watch had already determined my fate – I was ‘detraining’ and fit for nothing but being a potato sack leaning upon the bar of life. For most runners this would be a problem – however on the daft running ethos, this is par for the course. Pass the choccies!

Unfortunately, the course over the next year involves a 100+km event which I failed to complete last time I attempted it. Then again, perhaps I was training too much back then – who can tell with these things! Sure, I’ll take another glass of prosecco!

Not that I have been as poor at maintaining activity as my watch would have one believe: I have been to the gym at a reduced rate – and running has been pretty much absent from my schedule over December. Perhaps pull ups and a handful of squats will be enough – especially given the extra kilos of turkey I have loaded myself with. Maybe this is actually the way one should perform bodyweight exercising – I mean if you are pushing less weight that’s kinda cheating.

Over the next week or two, Jamie and I, through the drunken stupor that is the Christmas break will be looking through the other adventures for next year. I suppose we will have to run more to get past the 100km+ event(s?), but I think our training is going great for the next round of Craft Halfs and Beer Lovers Marathons… maybe too great…

Whilst we mull over this situation, enjoying well-mulled wine, I hope everyone reading this has had a good 2019 and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – see you in 2020!

Episode 17 – Vanguard Way Marathon & 13 The Hard Way

What happens when you randomly join an unknown marathon on-the-day? And how many times can you run up and down the same hill before you realise the right way to run up it? Alex and Jamie attempt to answer these questions in the latest episode following our running adventures…


Events mentioned in this episode:

Vanguard Way Marathon – Event Link
13 The Hard Way – Event Link
Man vs Lakes – Event Link
Man vs Mountain – Event Link