The Sportsshoes #GetAPic Photography Competition 2019

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THE SPORTSSHOES #GETAPIC PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2019

**ENTRIES NOW CLOSED***

The competition winner is John Allan (ENTRY NO.1) for his photograph of Helen Buchan, taken during her Bob Graham Round attempt

1ST PLACE!

John Allen

If you’re like me, then you’ll love taking photographs during a run. So why not enter your favourite personal photograph of 2019 and be in with a chance of winning a free pair of inov-8 X-TALON G 235 !!

It costs nothing to enter and ALL entrants will be showcased online.

Prize

The winner of the competition will receive;

  • 1 X FREE pair of inov-8 X-Talon G 235 (RRP. £139.99)
*In the unlikely event of these shoes being unavailable in your size, you will be offered a suitable alternative.

How to Enter

  • You can enter via my Facebook page or email (ben_mounsey@hotmail.com). Please include a copy of your photograph, along with your name, a short description and the date it was taken (see example below).
  • Don’t forget to tag me in any entries on Facebook so I can see them!
  • LIKE & SHARE the post and include the hashtags #sportsshoes #GetAPic
  • All entrants will be showcased here on my website www.benmounsey.net and the winning photograph shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

EXAMPLE ENTRY:

BEN MOUNSEY – ‘A GRAN DAY OUT!’

Gran Canaria (1st March 2019)
DSCF0193.JPGThe best £5 I’ve ever spent on airfare. Blitzing and blazing the trails in Gran Canaria with Kirsty Hall, Sarah McCormack, Heidi Davies, Tom Adams, Jack Wood and Joe Baxter. A ‘Gran’ day out!

Entry Rules

  • Photographs must have been taken by the person entering the competition
  • Entrants can only submit 1 photograph each
  • Photographs must have been taken during a walk/run/cycle (January 1st – December 31st 2019)
  • Entries are open from December 29th 2019 – January 3rd 2020

The winner will be judged by the Sportsshoes team and announced via social media shortly after the closing date.

#sportsshoes #GetAPic #NoFunStandingStill #inov8

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COMPETITION ENTRIES 2019:

JUST TO BE CLEAR…THE ENTRIES ARE NUMBERED IN ORDER OF WHEN PEOPLE ENTERED THE COMPETITION – JOHN JUST HAPPENED TO ENTER FIRST! )

1. JOHN ALLAN – LEG 5 BG (WINNER!)

The Lake District (14th July 2019)

John AllenPhoto taken during Helen Buchan’s Bob Graham Round attempt 2019.

 

2. GIOVANNI TOWER TORRE – Rupert’s Trail

The Amalfi Coast, Italia (2019)

Gio.jpgExploring the paths of Rupert’s Trail, 2019 edition.

 

3. KRIS LEE – LONG AWAITED RUN

The Lake District (22nd August 2019)

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The long awaited first run in my G260 mudclaws over Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

 

4. NICK OWEN – (UNTITLED)

Llandwyn Beach, Anglesey (4th October 2019)

IMG_20191004_182124.jpgEvening run making the most of the daylight chasing my 8 year old daughter (in her x-talon 212) around the forest and sand dunes.

 

5. JAMES WILLIAMSON – “I SEE A LITTLE SILHOUETTE…”

The Panopticon (10th March 2019)

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6. PATRICK WARDLE – “LOO WITH A VIEW”

The Lake District (22nd June 2019 at 5:22am)

PatI call it “Loo with a view” supporting Tom on his BG, he smashed his target time of by 2 hours doing it in 20:09! It was a fab day in the hills.

 

7. CHRIS FARRIMOND – “DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME?”

The Lake District (6th April 2019)

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This year’s Coledale Horseshoe took place on my 35th birthday and was my first cat. AM fell race. As tough as the race is, it felt much harder than it should. Within minutes of finishing a sickness virus hit me and I spent the next 3 days in bed. I’m definitely going to remember my first A fell race.

8. STEVE BOYER – “WAVE YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR, LIKE YOU JUST DON’T CARE!”

The Lake District (3rd February 2019)

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Here is my favourite running photo from this year for your competition.  It was taken using my basic Samsung A5 phone on the 3rd February.  I was doing a gorgeous, snowy reccy run of the Lost Shepherd fell race with some of my club-babes; Rikki Hammond, Aileen Baldwin and Angela Lee.  We had been descending towards Lumbutts and Stoodley Pike can be seen in the distance.

9. DECLAN BULMER – “HIGH UP IN THE HIGHLANDS”

Glen Coe, Scotland (2019)

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Photo taken by me in Glencoe just off A82 on a post Ben Nevis race leg loosener.

 

10. AMJID KHAN – “SUNRISE ON THE CANAL”

The Rochdale Canal, Calderdale (29th December 2019)

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The sun rising through the trees on the Rochdale canal. Not a person in sight. Beautiful.
Taken on 29th December by myself whilst on a run.

 

11. GERALD GRECH – “TRAIL ON FIRE”

 Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park, Mellieħa, Malta. (15th December 2019)

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12. MARK ANTHONY ROGERSON – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District. (27th December 2019)

Mark.jpgThis was taken on a run up Gowbarrow fell including Aira Force. Being back on the fells to get views like this down Ullswater.

 

 

13. ALISTAIR NASH – “ALI’S GUEST RUN”

Addingham (27th December 2019)

Ali.jpgAli’s ‘Guest Run’ (new) rules…. beast your pals on the fells then find time for a cream tea…..in a ski lift….in Addingham.

 

14. PAUL MYERS – “X-CITED”

Somewhere in the UK (15th December 2019)

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This is how i felt on my 1st outing with my new X-Talons #jumpingforjoy

 

 

15. ALUN WOOD – “UNTITLED”

Kinlochleven, Scotland (19th September 2019)

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Looking down into Kinlochleven, after we climbed to the top of the Salomon Skyline Scotland VK to install the radio repeater ahead of the weekend races.

16. JAMES PENSON – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (6th April 2019)

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The Coledale Horseshoe fell race. Martyn Price in shot – Great race, heading up into the grass line towards Grassmoor.

17. COLIN SMITH – “UNTITLED”

Derbyshire (10th July 2019)

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The evening of the 10th of July on an away run with another running club through the beautiful Derbyshire country side. #whatatimetobealive #makingmemories

 

18. LAURENCE MARTIN – “UNTITLED”

Tong, West Yorkshire (10th November 2019)

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Autumn sunshine in Tong village. Catching some early morning rays of sunshine before heading back into the valley during my long run.

 

19. DAVE MIDDLEMASS – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (26th February 2019)

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The familiar view of Wasdale from Westmoreland Cairn on Great Gable. Amazing what you can get to see on just another Tuesday afternoon in February!

20. MARK BURTON – “SELFIE”

Gran Canaria (October 2019)

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Selfie from Gran Canaria in October.

21. SCOTT BAXTER – “CHRISTMAS PARTY”

The Lake District (November 2019)

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Top of Cat Bells on Abraham’s espresso round “fell friends Christmas party”.

22. PAUL HAIGH – “CALDERFORNIA SUN”

Calderdale (20th September 2019)

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Perfect Friday morning for getting out pre-work with Andy Wright and we were treated to a cloud inversion in the valley below Norland moor.

23. DOUGIE ZINIS – “PADDY POWER”

North Wales (4th August 2019)

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Leg 5 of my Paddy Buckley Round.

24. BOB HOWARD – “UNTITLED”

Calderdale (November 2019)

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Sunrise at Crow Hill, Midgley Moor on an icy November morning with Martin Howard.

25. MATT KAY – “SUNSET ON ALPHIN”

Dovestones (2019)

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We’ve not had a massive amount of snow this year, but when it comes, I just love getting out in it. I went for a run around Dovestones to clear my head after getting signed off work and this did the trick. No one else around, quiet and peaceful, awesome! The sun started setting as I reached the trog point at Alphin and the light was just right. No filters needed!!

26. JO DANIELS – “AGGIE IN HER INOV-8’S”

Unknown location (29th December 2019)

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Halfway up and halfway down. Blowing the cobwebs away with my daughter, Aggie in her inov-8’s.

27. NILS PERSSON – “TOP OF THE WORLD”

SKIPTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE (18th December 2019)

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Walking up Pinhaw Beacon – near Skipton in blanket snow with my running partner (dog Stanley) and his new best friend (golden retriever Puppy Flo!). Flo (Florence) is a new sole-mate for Stanley having sadly recently lost his mum (Olive) to cancer!
A special photo for me because it links in running with my love of dogs, their love of running, the amazing Yorkshire Dales and the start of a new chapter.

28. HARLEY BEECROFT – “UNTITLED”

CALDERDALE (August 2019)

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Me and my running buddy pounding the moor above Midgley during the ‘heatwave’ (that never happened) in August 2019.

29. ROB OWEN – “UNTITLED”

SNOWDON, NORTH WALES (24th December 2019)

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Heading up Snowdon on the miners track, Christmas Eve run.

30. ANDY HOLDEN – “COASTING”

THE LAKE DISTRICT (January 2019)

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Winter Fell Running with a Sea View – and Ingleborough too!
Kendal Winter League, Birkrigg Common, Ulverston.

31. CARMINE DE GRANDIS – “UNTITLED”

THE LAKE DISTRICT (2019)

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Highlight of my year, running with my fell running club to Carrock Fell and playing a tune or two on each peak with my mountain accordion. Photo sent for the winning shoes competition. I was wearing Inov8 mudclaws g-260. Perfect for the conditions. Have a great 2020… there are some videos of the shenanigans on Facebook, including la bamba and more.

32. DAVID MILLER – “UNTITLED”

JURASSIC COAST, DORSET (August 2019)

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Just close your eyes and enjoy the rollercoaster, that is life! 🎢

33. TONY MOUNSEY – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (2019)

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Blake fell, where the snow lay deep and crisp and even.

34. TOM COSWAY – “UNTITLED”

Pendle (December 2019)

Tom.jpgMy picture that I took of Rob Scott when it snowed on Pendle a couple of weeks ago and we went for a run!

35. WAYNE McINTOSH – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (2019)

Wayne.jpgBeautiful Grasmere.

36. EUAN McLAUGHLAN – “UNTITLED”

Scotland (2nd August 2019)

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The photo was taken on the 2nd of August from the summit of Ben Vorlich. It’s munro my dad spoke about as I grew up and I’ve always been facinated by it. I finally scaled it that evening, in a cool 39 minutes with my trusty inov-8 Roclite, to be treated to some absolutely spectacular views! This photo, to me, sums up hill running – the beauty and elation of being on top of the world rolled together.

37. JEFF SINGLETON – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (25th July 2019)

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‘High Hartsop Dodd for Breakfast’

38. PHILIP TAYLOR – “UNTITLED”

Blackstone Edge (18th November 2019)

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Blackstone Edge on fire!

39. IAIN GORDON – “UNTITLED”

Edinburgh (26th June 2019)

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Edinburgh under a blanket and earning that sunrise by getting a run in early.

40. ANDY SMITH – “THE CALDER VALLEY BATHED IN SUNSHINE”

Calderdale (2nd January 2020)

Andy Smith.jpgI took this photo because all around was dark clouds and land and the sun was breaking through the clouds and shining on the bottom of the Calder Valley.

41. ROGER TAYLOR – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (December 2019)

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Kim Collision on his winter Bob Graham record, at the top of Yewbarrow.

42. LES CUPIS – “UNTITLED”

Snowdon (2019)

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Crib Gogh on day 1 of Dragons Back 2019.

43. LAURA WOODHEAD – “ONE MAN AND HIS DOG”

Embsay Crag, North Yorkshire (30th December 2019)

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Enjoying the views from Embsay Crag.

44. JOHNNY PARSONS – “BONKING AT 19,110FT…

Peru (2019)

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The photo was taken in the 2019 MISTI SKY RACE. A race I have run twice. I always train on my own, so most of my pics are scenery stuff. I am not really a selfie man. This was taken at the summit (5825m, 19110ft in old money). I was goosed, it was baltic cold, the summit had taken a lot out of me. The descent is epic, a massive scree run that is like the Ben, but twice as long and 3 times as high! Anyway, it is a photo that means a lot to me 🙂
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(My alternative entry “Plan B” was taken on a training run the week before at around 5000m, the hill behind is over 6000m. The brand name of the local tuna does make me chuckle, childish git that I am!).

45. DANIEL TAYLOR – “UNTITLED

Somewhere in the UK (2019)

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My boy at his first junior park run.

 

 

46. SIMON TAYLOR – “UNTITLED

Great Hill, Lancashire (15th May 2019)

80592448_10157891730498629_2172022522738900992_n.jpgFell Running with my twin boys at The Great Hill with Darwen Tower and Pendle Hill, Lancashire in the background.

 

47. PETE LLOYD – “UNTITLED

Embsay, North Yorkshire (December 2019)

Pete Lloyd.jpgEmbsay Crag Maffetone run (walk), early December 2019.

 

48. ROB MORTI – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (14th September 2019)

Rob2.jpgThis is my favourite photo of 2019… This was taken by my fellow club mate Catherine Slater as I was starting to feel the pain on my Bob Graham Round on the 14th September. I am climbing the path towards the base of Bowfell with the sun rising over the Langdales and Rossett Pike. Was so proud to complete my round in 23 hours 3 mins.

 

49. BEN HARTLEY – “UNTITLED

Snowdon (13th September 2019)

Ben H.jpgLittle trot on Crib Goch. Set off at 3am to see the sunrise. Beautiful day.

 

50. JOCASTA FLETCHER – “UNTITLED

Calderdale (17th September 2019)

81645682_10158000379915956_9062983337953460224_n.jpgSunset on a Tuesday night pack run – Stoodley Pike West Yorkshire.

 

51. PAUL SUMNER – “UNTITLED

Wigan (28th October 2019)

81527167_2659079774160350_240442955108712448_n.jpgCommuting in Wigan, snapped whilst catching my breath on a run home from work.. Picture is the sunset across Scotsman’s Flash.

 

52. GLYNN JENNISON – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (2019)

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My favourite picture of the year. It was taken on top of Bowfell in the lakes . The last of a 10 peaks walking challenge completed by myself and some friends (some of whom had never seen the beauty of the lakeland fells) to raise money for a local charity close to our hearts (PAUL for brain recovery) . It was an epic day, and epitomizes friendship , camaraderie and hard work to me.

53. JOSEPH TWIGG – “STUDENTS CAN’T AFFORD CABLE CARS

Mer De Glace, Mont Blanc Massif, France (24th August 2019)

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A stunning first ‘long run’ (~16km, 1200m) in the Alps, hitting the trails out from Chamonix with Joe Dugdale, Josh Liddle, Harry Bolton and Harry Greenbank. A lot cheaper (and far more fun!) than getting the cable car (Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/2646658854)

54. LOVA CHECHIK – “UNTITLED

Aschau Im Chiemgau, Germany (26th March 2019)

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I had half a day to spare after a skiing holiday. So went for a  run in the low alps with majestic views – the snow got deeper in the second half, so I ended up in a mad rush to catch my flight.

55. CAREN CRABTREE – “UNTITLED

National XC Relays, Berry Hill (2nd November 2019)

Caren.jpgMy entry was taken at a cross-country race that I was walking round and spectating at.

56. ADAM COLLINGE – “LITTONDALE VIEWS

Yorkshire Dales (July 2019)

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inov-8 walk to the top of Darnbrook Fell.

57. IAN HUTCHINSON – “UNTITLED

Somewhere in the UK (2019)

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Early morning view. Hill reps.

58. ADAM ADAMS – “UNTITLED

Peak District (31st December 2019)

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Bleaklow at its beautiful bleakest. Reccy of Trigger, early morning,

59. RICHARD VEITCH – “UNTITLED

North York Moors (2nd July 2019)

Richard V.jpgThe Mighty Roseberry Topping – Esk Valley Fell Club Tuesday night training.

 

 

60. JILL HOLMES – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (2019)

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Quick drink stop on the Kentmere Horseshoe, inov-8’s now worn out!

 

61. TAMSIN COOKE – “SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNSET

Calderdale (2019)

Tamsin.jpgSummer solstice sunset: a two-day walk. High up in Calderdale with James Cooke, Toby Sid, Richard Sunderland, Charlotte Wetton & Liam Edward Matthew Williams.

 

62. ADAM OLIVER – “UNTITLED

Scotland (27th October 2019)

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This one is a summit photo from an early morning trot up Meall Nan Tarmachan – The inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 got me up there in thick virgin white stuff. Zero filters.

63. SIMON WALKDEN – “ZAF’S FIRST ULTRA

Peak District (22nd June 2019)

simon.jpgMy favourite run of 2019 was with my good friend, Zafar Ali, when we ran through the night in the Peak District, starting at sunset on the shortest night of the year. This was the moment, descending Winnats Pass near Castleton, where Zaf passed through the 30 mile mark on a run for the first time.

 

64. CRISTINA SENSI – “UNTITLED

Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan (30th July 2019)

Cristina.jpgWho can say no to a fun run on vacation? Even if you are at 3000 m asl? of course!!

65. FABIO GIUDICI – “FOGGY FOREST TAPERING

Monte Generoso, Switzerland (2nd November 2019)

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Mist is broken by a runner that silently emerges as a mythological beast.
Francesco Puppi’s last workout before the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina.

 

66. CHERYL SPEIGHT – “UNTITLED

Darwen, Lancashire (2nd November 2019)

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A run under a December sky over Darwen Moors.
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67. KEN ‘SUPER-VET’ TAYLOR – “UNTITLED

Rossendale (2019)

Ken T.jpgTraining route in beautiful Rossendale, above Marl Pits Athletic Club.

 

 

68. DAVE CULPAN – “UNTITLED

Calderdale (20th December 2019)

Dave C.jpgSheepstones, above Hebden Bridge, a wintry morning.

 

69. MARK TAYLOR – “UNTITLED

Snowdon, North Wales (July 2019)

Mark T.jpgApproaching Snowden Summit.

70. DIANE MACDONALD – “UNTITLED

Penistone Hill, West Yorkshire (31st December 2019)

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2019 Auld Lang Syne fell race.

71. ANNA GRIFFITHS – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (8th September 2019)

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Taken during my climb up Helvellyn on the 8th September. Lots of fun and a beautiful day.

72. JONATHAN PUGH – “UNTITLED

The Isle of Man (1st January 2020)

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My mate Gary Christian running the New Year’s Day fell run in the Isle of Man ….ran well too, brilliant effort and makes everyone smile, until he goes past them….

73. JON PARKIN – “UNTITLED

The Yorkshire Dales (19th April 2019)

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06:11 sunrise leaving Hawes at the start of a Pennine Way run from Hawes to Tan Hill Inn and back again. Happy days in a beautiful part of the world.

74. RICH BEE – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (January 2019)

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Taken from the summit of Great Gable looking down into Wasdale during a winter round of the Borrowdale Fell Race route, I’d meant to do the same route the previous Xmas Eve, but my car conked out at a petrol station on the Nottingham ring road where the views just weren’t the same.

75. TOM MIDDLETON – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (13th May 2019)

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Halls Fell Ridge – Some brutal hill reps up the Blen! Fell runners from Eden Runners training on Blencathra during the spring.

76. CARMEN DOJAHN-WOOD – “UNTITLED

California (2019)

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Here are two young deer spotted early morning while I was running in hills of my childhood on a trip back home to California.

77. ALASTAIR MACDONALD – “UNTITLED

Malham, The Yorkshire Dales (June 2019)

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Above Malham Cove. On a recce of the Pennine Barrier ultra route.

78. CHRISTEVIO RILES – “UNTITLED

Cornwall (2019)

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Taken on a costal jaunt with Alfie, my Hungarian Vizsla near Constantine, Cornwall. One of the most beautiful areas of the UK.

79. JONNY NICHOLLS – “UNTITLED

The Peak District (29th November 2019)

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Kinder scout – a trip up there with a couple of friends. The weather was “kind” to us that day.

80. BEN WHITEHEAD – “UNTITLED

West Yorkshire (December 2019)

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Me and the smurf running leg 2 of Gathering Winter Fools relay.

81. PETE HILL – “UNTITLED

Lancashire (January 2020)

Pete.jpgHad a nice day out int’ near Mac Forest ..Teggs Nose – little shelter veiwpont on the top ….very different views to yours – Jodrel bank visible and the Matterhorn of the Peaks, Shutlingsloe ( not from its most photogenic side ) all of the Manchester plain of to the right … but it’s nice to be out.

 

82. SARAH WRIGHT – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (August 2019)

Sarah.jpgArthur’s Pike, August. First fell run after injury rehab.

 

83. ANDREW SLATTERY – “HISTORY IN THE MAKING

The Lake District (June 2019)

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Paul Tierney on a brief coke break as night fell on Bannerdale Crags during his epic record run of the 214 Wainwright fells.

 

84. OWEN BARNICOTT – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (2019)

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85. MEL PRICE – “SEEING OFF 2019

Caernarfon, North Wales (31st December 2019)

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86. EDDIE EVANS – “A DAY ON THE FELLS IS A DAY WELL SPENT

The Lake District (29th May 2019)

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87. SPANIEL BENTLEY – “BURNS NIGHT HANGOVER CURE

Scotland (27th February 2019)

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Having fun messing around in the snow during a club run after a heavy night of whisky, neeps and tatties.

88. JAMIE McILVENNY – “UNTITLED

Blackburn Moors, Lancashire (1st January 2020)

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At Wainwright Memorial up on Blackburn Moors at New Years : “I ventured on all the nearby hills and moors… and always with the summits as objectives” 

89. BILLY HAINES – “UNTITLED

Canada (July 2019)

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Just completed my first 50k (Buckin Hell in Canada) crossing finish line with my little boy who had waiting hours to finish with me.

 

90. RICK CRABTREE – “UNTITLED

Durness, Scotland (October 2019)

Rick.jpgThis was taken at Sango Sands, Durness , in late October, on my eve run whilst doing the North coast 500 trip.

91. ROB OWEN – “UNTITLED

Llyn Cerrig, North Wales (26th December 2019)

Rob.jpgSorry I’m currently semi-retired.

 

92. ED NEWBOULD – “A BREAK IN THE CLOUDS

The Lake District (5th September 2019)

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Faithful running buddy Ned taking in the Lakeland views. Catbells.

 

93. NEIL ‘BRAVESHORTS’ WALLACE – “A STORM BEYOND

The Yorkshire Dales (April 2019)

Neil.jpgThe 2019 Three Peaks Race, following the running snake to Ribblehead and back towards Pen-y-Ghent.

 

94. ROB REID – “UNTITLED

The Lake District (August 2019)

Rob R.jpgCat Bells, looking Derwentwater to Keswick and Skiddaw. Taken on a trip round the Newlands Horseshoe.

 

 

95. MIKE FANNING AKA. TFM – “KEEP YOUR EYES TO THE HORIZON AND YOUR NOSE TO THE WIND”

The Peak District (30th December 2019)

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On the Gritstone Trail (East Cheshire – Western Edge of Peak District)

96. BENJI GRUNDY – “UNTITLED”

Walney Island, Morcambe Bay (31st December 2019)

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I took this photo on a walk on the beach at Walney Island on New Year’s Eve at sunset.

97. ALAN DORRINGTON – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (20th July 2019)

Alan.jpgTraversing below Hobcarton Crag, trying to keep up with my 14 yr old, fleet of foot daughter. Quality time together in the fells.

 

98. LEON SEVERN – “UNTITLED”

The Yorkshire Dales (March 2019)

Leon.jpgOut for a solo reccie of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks race, with Ribblehead Viaduct in the foreground and Whernside in the background.

 

99. GAV DODD – “UNTITLED”

The Yorkshire Dales (November 2019)

Gav2.jpgIngleborough, 2019.

 

 

100. JOANNE AINSLEY PERRY – “TIME TO PLAY, BEFORE THE WORKING DAY”

Lancashire (August 2019)

Joanne.jpgEarly run towards the sun – 6am run (nr Wycoller).

 

101. CHRIS JACKSON – “UNTITLED”

Glen Coe, Scotland (September 2019)

Chris J.jpgGlen Coe, September 2019.

102. ROSE GEORGE – “FELL NINJA”

Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland (29th September 2019)

Rose.jpgNo kilt but a Scotsman in Scotland, atop Merrick in the hills of Galloway,, during Wigtown Festival.

 

103. ALEX FROST – “UNTITLED”

Penistone Hill, West Yorkshire (31st December 2019)

Alex.jpgLast race of the year no52 Auld lang Syne.

 

104. TOM PHILLIPS – “UNTITLED”

Chelva, Spain (30th December 2019)

Tom.jpgUnusual trail running near Chelva (Spain) Built to carry water by Romans 2000 years ago – now makes a sublime section of trail running!

 

105. JIM HARRIS – “UNTITLED”

Calderdale (2019)

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The somehow even more handsome in silhouette 😉 Richard Crombie leaping a stile on a Calderdale Way Relay recce somewhere near Heptonstall, in that glorious part of the year where the sun-touched evenings begin to stretch on and on.

106. PAUL NORMAN – “UNTITLED”

Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales (February 2019)

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107. STEVE HOOK – “SCAFELL PIKE FROM SEATHWAITE”

The Lake District (29th October 2019)

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We managed to catch a few days of magical sunshine in The Lake District in October.
Sometimes someone in front is great so you know where you are going. Sometimes you just think how on earth am I going to catch them up!!

108. PHOEBE HOOK – “LADSTONE ROCK”

Norland, Calderdale (30th December 2019)

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This rock has always been my favourite running and walking destination. After a run up it’s a good place to sit, look at the view and contemplate life.

109. RACHEL LUMB – “WANSFELL PIKE”

The Lake District (4th July 2019)

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Catching the best bit of the day and feeling on top of the world. It’s amazing which famous fell runner  you see on the top of a hill in a morning!

110. JOEL HOOK – “MYTHOLMROYD”

Calderdale (23rd February 2019)

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Leg 4 of the Calderdale Way relay. Looking down the valley it must be one of the most beautiful views in Calderdale and a great run!

111. FINLAY GRANT – “UNTITLED”

The Lake District (27th October 2019)

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Taken from the bottom of the scree gully off the summit of Pike O’ Stickle, dropping 424 meters of elevation in less than 600m.

112. KIM ASHWORTH – “MOUNTAINS IN MY HEART”

The Lake District (31st July 2019)

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My partner Andy stopping to gaze over Great Langdale on a family run up Scafell Pike.

113. ANDREW WORSTER – “THE VERTICAL KILOMETRE”

Snowdon, North Wales (May 2019)

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Kim on our recce of Snowdon VK race in May 2019 with Y Lliwedd in the background. We ended up having a km refreshing dip in the Watkin pools at the bottom of the valley.

114. LIANNE LOMAS – “THE BOYS OVERLOOKING THE SOUTHERN LAKES AND MORECAMBE BAY”

Morecambe Bay (3rd January 2020)

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“If I had my whole life to live over again, I’d make all the same mistakes, only sooner” – Eric Morecambe

Trofeo Vanoni – Twinning in more ways than one

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A SPORT ON THE UP!

There is no denying that over the last few years, there has been a huge increase in the popularity and growth of trail and mountain running. As more people continue to hit the trails, the future of our sport looks extremely promising. This steep surge in participation has also risen significantly within the UK and Ireland, with an increased representation of our athletes in European mountain races. These are exciting times to be a mountain runner and I’m very proud to consider myself part of this growing movement.

Now don’t get me wrong, we’re certainly not the first runners from the UK and Ireland to venture into Europe in search of new and exciting races. Early pioneers, such as Billy Burns, Martin Cox, Anne Buckley and Angela Mudge, have been doing it for years and have enjoyed a huge amount of success.

“THE FUTURE OF OUR SPORT LOOKS EXTREMELY PROMISING…THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES TO BE A MOUNTAIN RUNNER

But this is different. Different because I’m not just talking about a handful of athletes, now we’re more like an army, invading Europe and entering races on mass. Inspired by the achievements of others, our ranks are swelling in size. Leading the line are the famous names of Robbie Simpson and Victoria Wilkinson, newly-crowned World Cup winners Andy Douglas and Sarah McCormack, Skyrunning champion, Holly Page, European champions and medal winners Jacob Adkin, Sarah Tunstall, Emmie Collinge and Emma Moran. The list goes on. British and Irish mountain runners are flocking to the continent to compete and we’re giving our European counterparts a real run for their money. The lure? Aside from the prizes, the chance to run in truly amazing places, compete against some of the best athletes in the world and most importantly, enjoy new and exciting experiences. There are literally hundreds of races out there and thousands of trails and mountains just waiting to be explored.

Take the Trofeo Vanoni relay, in Northern Italy, as one such example. In 2006, only one woman and one men’s team from the UK and Ireland entered the race. This year, a staggering total of ten women and nine men’s teams competed. It’s a huge contrast, but it’s also easy to see why this particular race has become so popular.

Start of the mens race 2019 - Giacomo MeneghelloPictured above: The start of The Trofeo Vanoni Relay 2019 (Credit – Roberto Ganassa)

THE HISTORY

Held annually in the town of Morbegno, the Trofeo Vanoni relay is one of my favourite events of the year. One of the things that makes this race so special, is that Morbegno is twinned with Llanberis, in North Wales. This partnership between the two countries is particularly strong and has been for many years – they are both connected and bound by a love of mountain running. Each year, the Italians send a strong representative team to compete in the Snowdon International, held annually in July. In response, the Snowdon race sends a team of athletes to compete at Trofeo Vanoni every October, which usually consists of the best-placed athletes in the Snowdon race from the UK and Ireland.

“TWO COUNTRIES, BOTH CONNECTED AND BOUND BY A LOVE OF MOUNTAIN RUNNING”

It’s a tradition that has been upheld for decades, a celebration of unity between the two towns. I find it incredibly refreshing to see this kind of friendship, with shared values and respect between two very different cultures, still existing and continuing to thrive in today’s modern society. It’s such a shame that things like this don’t happen more often in the world.

THE RACE AND THE RECORDS

The Trofeo Vanoni relay consists of three individual legs over the same 4 mile circuit. The route runs along the historic town centre and the ancient paths that lead to the tiny village of Arzo. Unfortunately, the women compete in a stand-alone race, on a slightly shorter 3 mile course, much to their disappointment. Perhaps in the future it might also be possible for women to compete in a relay style event – I certainly hope so.

To run a fast time* at Trofeo Vanoni, you have to be a complete runner, fast on the flat, super-strong on the climb and a demon descender – confident on every type of terrain and willing to push yourself harder than ever before. There is no respite, no time to take your foot off the gas and certainly no time to enjoy the views. It’s eyeballs out and full-gas race from start to finish. Formula 1 pace is the only way to take your place on the podium.

The fastest team record at Trofeo Vanoni is 1hr28’55”, set by the famous Italian ‘Forestale’ team, in 2007. A staggering achievement, but when you learn that Marco Rinaldi, Emanuele Manzi and the great Marco De Gasperi were in the team, it’s easy to understand why. I have to say, it will take an unbelievably talented trio of athletes to ever break this long-standing record.

vanoni-2007-forestalePictured above: Record breakers! The Forestale Team, 2007 – (L to R) Emanuele Manzi, Marco De Gasperi and Marco Rinaldi 

Great Britain’s Emmie Collinge, is the current women’s race record holder, setting a time of 21’13” in 2015. She is one of only a handful of elite women to ever run under 22 minutes.

The men’s individual leg record is held by italian superstar, Alex Baldaccini, in a jaw-dropping time of 28’21” in 2012. He has dominated this race as an athlete for many years, posting three of the four fastest ever times, all well under 30 minutes. My best ever time is 30’21” in 2015, which pales in comparison. How anyone is able to run 2 minutes faster on that course is beyond my imagination, my lungs are still burning four years later.

Alex Baldacinni leading the climb - Maurizio TorriPictured above: King of Trofeo Vanoni, Alex Baldichinni, leading the climb, 2019 (Credit – Maurizio Torri)

Throughout Trofeo Vanoni history, only three men from the UK and Ireland, have ever managed to run sub-30 minutes on this course. It’s probably no surprise to learn that GB’s Kenny Stuart, arguably our greatest ever fell runner, has the fastest time of these three athletes. He completed the course in 29’15”, in 1985, currently the 11th fastest ever time in 62 years of this famous relay. It’s worth mentioning that Kenny also has the 14th fastest time, clocking 29’21”, in 1984. Joining Kenny on the all-time greatest list are John Lenihan (Ireland), 29’35” in 1986 and Mark Kinch (GB), 29’41” in 1997. Both outstanding achievements and quite rightly earning their place in the history books.

Although he didn’t break 30 minutes, Kendal’s Craig Roberts, is the only other athlete from our home nations to win the fastest leg at Trofeo Vanoni, recording a time of 32’17”, in 1999. Craig assures me that the times this particular year were slower than usual due to torrential rain and extremely slippy conditions. Even so, his name will be forever etched on the list of past winners.

Aside from the overall finishing times, there are also two other greatest ‘all-time’ lists, one for the fastest climb and the other for the fastest descent. This helps to make Trofeo Vanoni one of the most exciting and unique events on the mountain running calendar, because these challenges have incorporated two extra races within the main race.

Unsurprisingly, the overall course record holder, Alex Baldichinni, has the fastest time for the climb, clocking 19’30”, in 2012. Only 45 men have posted times below 21 minutes for the climb, since split-time records were first recorded in 2005. Robbie Simpson and Andi Jones are the only two athletes from the UK and Ireland to have done this, clocking 20’09” in 2017 and 20’32” in 2006 respectively.

Ian HolmesPictured above: King of the Descent, the great Ian Holmes, Trofeo Vanoni, 2005 (Credit – Zee Holmes)

When it comes to the descent, English fell running legend, Ian Holmes, is the reigning king of the downhill. He has the overall descent record of 8’37” in 2007. Since 2005, only 29 men have dipped under the magical 9 minutes. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is that I am the only other athlete from the UK and Ireland to make this prestigious list, 8’56” in 2015, 19th place on the all-time list.

Ian Holmes passes to Ben Mounsey 2018 - Roberto GanassaPictured above: Team inov-8 at Trofeo Vanoni 2018 – The legend Ian Holmes passing me the baton at the end of leg 1 (Credit – Roberto Ganassa)

Alongside from these notable performances, our home countries have actually enjoyed far more success in the women’s race. In fact we’ve celebrated six different individual winners since 1984. Diane Ellerton (GB) was our first female victor in 1985, with a time of 24’08”, briefly holding the record for a year. Then along came GB’s Carol Haigh (now Greenwood) in 1986, setting an outstanding record of 21’48”, which lasted for 31 years, until it was finally broken by the talented Czech athlete, Anna Pichrtova in 2007 and now more recently, by Emmie Collinge in 2015. Other winners from the UK and Ireland include Susan Dilnot (GB), 23’32” in 1988, Tricia Calder (Scotland), 23’54”, in 1990, Anne Buckley (GB), 24’18” in 1991 and Carol Haigh (again!), 23’21” in 1993.

THE MAGIC OF MORBEGNO

For me, this race is special in many ways. It’s a truly unique event, both amazing to race as an athlete and extremely exciting to watch as a spectator.

The crowd roaring your name, urging you to go faster and the deafening screams of “Dai, dai, dai!!!” ** ringing loudly in your ears.

THE CROWD ROARING YOUR NAME, URGING YOU TO GO FASTER…THE DEAFENING SCREAMS OF “DAI, DAI, DAI!!!” RINGING LOUDLY IN YOUR EARS”

There are a number of key locations from which the action can be seen. It’s possible to watch the runners at various points on both the climb and descent, despite it being a circular route, and the lead usually changes several times during the race. It’s also the biggest annual athletic event in Morbegno, the whole town becomes completely immersed in the action. The local athletic club, CSI Morbegno, host the event and they do an amazing job in accommodating all of the teams, making sure everyone involved feels extremely welcome. The race organiser Cristina Speziale, deserves a special mention for her efforts, always working tirelessly before, during and after the event.

Sarah McCormack - Angelo TestaPictured above: Sarah McCormack – The Snowdon Team, at Trofeo Vanoni 2019 (Credit – Angelo Testa)

When race day finally arrives, the atmosphere is absolutely electric. Hundreds of people gather in the streets to spectate and cheer for their favourite athletes and teams. Imagine busy sections of a Tour De France climb and you’re somewhere close. As a competitor, you cannot ignore the waves of excitement and huge surges of adrenaline coarsing through your body. It’s an amazing feeling and what I really love most about Trofeo Vanoni. The crowd roaring your name, urging you to go faster and the deafening screams of “Dai, dai, dai!!!” ** ringing loudly in your ears.

The race route has a real mix of everything, including a huge variation in terrain, from tarmac, to mud, grass, tracks, cobbles and rocks. It’s full of twists and turns, steep climbs, sharp and technical descents, fast running, big jumps and plenty of challenge, all of which leaves you feeling like you’ve just completed an assault course by the finish. The organisers have certainly managed to pack a lot of excitement in to such a short race. One of the hardest decisions is actually deciding what kind of footwear to wear! Some people prefer to compete in road shoes, others wear trail and some even choose fell shoes for increased grip. In my opinion, it depends entirely on the weather and October in Northern Italy can be very unpredictable. I usually travel with three pairs of racing shoes just to be on the safe side.

Ben Mounsey - Maurizio TorriPictured above: Tackling the descent! Trofeo Vanoni 2019 (Credit – Maurizio Torri)

Aside from race records and most importantly, Trofeo Vanoni is a race that brings people together; athletes of all ages, disciplines, abilities and nationalities. You don’t have to be an Alex Baldaccini or an Emmie Collinge to take part. It’s a celebration of mountain running, one of the last big events on the mountain running calendar – a chance to run as part of a team, experience the wonderful Italian culture, make new friends and race against some of the finest athletes in the world. Anyone can compete and everyone can enjoy the spectacle, as both an athlete and/or a spectator. It represents everything that is good about the sport and in my opinion it’s the perfect advertisement for mountain running.

THE 62nd TROFEO VANONI, 2019

This year, the UK and Ireland almost celebrated our first female winner since Collinge in 2015. Irish superstar, Sarah McCormack, was only 7 seconds behind winner Lucy Murugi in an inspired performance, both women within a whisker of the record. Murugi clocking a time of 21’16”, McCormack 2nd in 21’23” and Elise Poncet of France, 3rd in 21’28”. Only 12 seconds separated the top 3 women. Also making the top ten were Scout Adkin, Scotland, 8th in 23’04” and Kelli Roberts, Snowdon Race Team, 10th in 23’19”. I think it’s only a matter of time before we celebrate another female winner from the UK or Ireland, and based on this performance, I’d put good money on McCormack achieving this goal in 2020. Perhaps Emmie Collinge will make a return, in a bit to break her own record? Or maybe even Victoria Wilkinson, Sarah Tunstall or Heidi Davies? All of these talented athletes certainly have the potential to win this race.

Lucy Murigi Winner 2019 - Roberto GanassaPictured above: Lucy Murigi breaks the tape to take the win, Trofeo Vanoni 2019 (Credit – Roberto Ganassa)

As for the men’s race, unsurprisingly, it was once again dominated by the Italians. Team Valle Brembana, took the victory from a strong Valle Bergamasche, both teams stacked full of Italian national athletes, including the record holder Baldacinni, who formed part of the winning trio. France, the previous winners in 2017 and 2018, could only manage third place, despite an outstanding team performance. The Snowdon race team, were the first trio to cross the line from the UK and Ireland. They finished in 6th place, with a team consisting of Joe Baxter, Michael Cayton & Zak Hanna. They were closely followed by team inov-8 UK, which included Jack Wood, Tom Adams and myself, finishing in 9th position and putting the high standard of competition in perspective.

There were also a handful of other teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland, who all performed strongly.

Winners Atheletica Brambana - Giacomo MeneghelloPictured above: Nadir Cavagna at the finish, as Valle Brembana win Trofeo Vanoni 2019 (Credit – Roberto Ganassa)

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Only one team from the UK or Ireland, has ever won this prestigious trophy – the Snowdon race team consisting of Ian Holmes, Lloyd Taggart and Will Levett, in 2005. A few others have come close, but will we ever celebrate another winning team?

IMG_5715Pictured above: Rule Brittania! The Snowdon Race Team, 2005 – (L to R) Lloyd Taggart, Will Levett and the great Ian Holmes (Credit – Zee Holmes)

One positive to take from this year’s race is that we had more teams entered in 2019 than ever before, and if our participation in European mountain races continues to rise, then who knows? It will be a huge task to overcome the sheer strength and dominance of the Italian and French teams. Perhaps a Scottish dream team combining the super-powers of Simpson, Adkin and Douglas could finally give the Italians a run for their money? Let’s wait and see what next year’s edition of Trofeo Vanoni will bring. You might even see your own name and team on the start list for 2020. One thing is for certain, I can guarantee there’ll be plenty of entries from the UK and Ireland.

Visit the website www.trofeovanoni.it for all other information, including results and entry details.

* Sub-30 minutes is a time generally considered to be worthy of making the ‘all-time’ greatest list for this event.  
** This basically translates as “Go, go, go!!!” in English, not “Die, die, die!!!”, as I originally first thought and certainly nothing to do with the feeling of hatred towards Brits in relation to Brexit 😉

 

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inov-8 first launched the X-Talon back in 2008 and I’ve been racing in this range of shoe ever since. Like all fans of inov-8, I’ve been waiting patiently for the release of the new X-Talon G 235 and I’m delighted to say that they do not disappoint.

For me, the G 235 is a shoe that combines the very best features of the X-Talon 210 and the X-Talon 230. It’s a perfect hybrid version of both successful models.

I love the 210’s because they’re so lightweight and the grip is outstanding. However, this love does come at a price. They only usually last about 200-250 miles and I wear out quite a few pairs over the length of a season. This is where the G 235 impress. Not only are they comfortable and lightweight, they’re built to last and don’t need ‘wearing in’. They also offer a similar protective quality and feel to the X-Talon 230. The upper materials are made from hard wearing ballistic nylon, with a black printed rubber rand wrapped around the front of the shoe. It’s worth mentioning that, like the 230, there is a rock plate built into the mid-sole, for additional protection against sharp rocks. The combination of these materials and protective features make the new X-Talon G 235 the ideal choice for running over extreme and rugged terrain.

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I also love the fact that I raced in these shoes straight out of the box. I first wore them for the Hodgson Brothers Relay in the Lake District in October. I slipped them on 10 minutes before the race and quickly made the decision to use them. They immediately felt comfortable and the fit and feel gave me enough confidence to race in them before testing at length.

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The G 235 is a tough-wearing, high-performing lightweight racing shoe. I’ve worn this shoe to run in the Lakeland Fells, the Yorkshire Dales, the Alps, the Pyrenees and also on the Costa Blanca trails. It is primarily built to tackle soft and muddy ground, but it easily handles all other types of extreme terrain, from wet mountain rock to hard-packed trails. So far I’ve clocked over 200 miles, with minimal signs of wear. This improved durability is undoubtably the most impressive feature of the new X-Talon G 235. The combination of Graphene with STICKY GRIP rubber means that they will now last up to 50% longer than previous X-Talon models and most importantly, with an upper that’s just as strong.  I would predict that I’ll get at least 600-750 miles out of the G235 before I’ll need to consider replacing them.

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