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JOB DONE

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At last I am happy to say  I HAVE COMPLETED THE ENDUROMAN ARCH TO ARC. 

I wanted to say a massive THANKYOU to all my sponsors who made my dream come true with out you it would not have been possible. 

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THE TIME HAS COME!!!

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If all goes to plan I will be starting from the Marble Arc this Thursday at 10:30 am.  If you would like to follow my progress and write some support while I am suffering please go to www.enduroman.com and click on my live feed.

 

I would like to say a massive thankyou to Johnson Arabia L.L.C crane hire for there very generous support to me. Also Trailers and Components Ltd for giving me a great deal on hiring the van for the support crew. It is all very much appreciated.

WISH ME LUCK!!! 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT MY CHARITY – MISSING PEOPLE THEN PLEASE CLICK THE ARROW BELOW, THIS WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO MY JUSTGIVING WEB PAGE.

 

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Accelerace Mid Wales Ultra Triathlon

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This weekend I raced one of the longest and most challenging triathlon in the UK, starting at Llanrhystud and finishing in Snowdon.  It was a stunning course that takes you through some of the most remote and beautiful places that Wales has to offer. I ran the course with Nino (another Arch to Arc competitor.) The course took us twenty four hours to complete – it was massively satisfying once we finally got to the finish – with very saw legs. This race was fantastically well organized by Chris and Ross who could ‘nt of been better during the race. It’s certainly a race I would recommend to any once looking for a real challenge….

A quick massive thank you to my support crew Matt, Phee and my beautiful wife Joanne, they did a amazing job and i could not have run it with out them. Also to Evans cycles for supplying me a bike that went brilliantly well. And Exposure Lights once again for there continuous help, during this race I used there USC Race Maxx model and found it amazing through the night run – keeping us on the right directions for nine hours of darkness!!

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ROCK AND ICE DIAMOND 225

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PLEASE READ ABOUT MY GOOD FRIEND JAY GOSS.  HE HAS JUST COMPLETED ONE OF THE WORLDS TOUGHEST RACES. WELL DONE MATE GREAT EFFORT ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

I’ve just finished the Rock and Ice Ultra Diamond 225, a 6 day, 6 marathon ski race in North Canada, it has been utterly fantastic, there have been many highlights, and few if any lowlights.

The race began in temperatures approaching -30˚c (not including wind-chill which pushed it well below -30˚c), what was made worse was that the race organisers had to do a roll call of the 120 or so competitors at the start which took about 30 minutes.  Standing around in race kit for this amount of time is not ideal to say the least!!
 
The first day was 28.5 miles and it turned in to a bit of an epic 9 hour day for most people including myself, as the snow was soft, the temperatures were low due to the high wind and I was, for the first time getting used to my kit.  Pulling tyres during my training proved to be of massive benefit however as it simulated very closely the resistance provided by my sled which was weighing in the region of 5 stone, what i hadn’t trained for was to pull it for 9 hours!!  The end of the day came and a number of competitors had succumbed to some of the worst frostbite that i’ve seen, including some very very black toes which they may well lose unfortunately.  The frostbite was mainly caused by people either having the wrong kit or tying their shoes too tight which prevented decent blood circulation.
 
As soon as I arrived into camp it was a case of getting as many calories into my body in the first 15-20 minutes.  I was starving by the end of each day even though i had been religiously eating on the hour every hour while I was on the move but i was able to cram in around 2000 calories each night.  My biggest treat of the day was my 1 packet of pork scratchings that i would have at 3 p.m. each day!!  In total I looked to take in around 5500 calories a day.
 
At night the temperatures dropped significantly but thankfully with a decent sleeping bag i slept soundly most nights, apart from a quick pit stop in the early hours… which was never a chore as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) were incredible, lighting up the whole sky in an array of different coloured lights which were constantly moving along with the stars which were so so clear.
 
By the middle of the second day i was starting to get into my stride and started to move up the leader board, i was finding that it took me around an hour and a half to really get going as i was always very cold at the start and it took a while to get my extremities warmed up.  By the third day the temperatures rose to around -10 and there was minimal wind and thus i could really start to enjoy the scenery and the race.  The landscape is awesome, i was travelling mainly over frozen lakes and numerous islands and i would often go hours without seeing anyone or anything.  All the wildlife has either migrated or is in hibernation and thus the silence was phenomenal. 
 
By the end of the third day i was in second place in my category and 5th overall where i was to remain for the rest of the race.  There has been a massive variation in talent taking part from a number of professional adventure racers who do these events week in week out, to the guy that won my event who pushes out 2.26 hours for a marathon and has been a Canadian ski and marathon champion to 3 British guys who did the race in a ’gentlemanly’ style where they plodded each day, completing most days in 14 hours!!  Everyone was incredibly friendly and welcoming and without doubt it has had the best atmosphere and camaraderie of any event that i have taken part in.  The race finished with a fantastic after race party in a huge ice castle that had been made on a frozen lake. 
 
My total race time was around 38 hours for the event, i’ve lost a couple of pounds, no where near the amount that i thought i would lose.  Physically the race was tougher than any of the other races that i’ve done including the Marathon Des Sables.  I wouldn’t have changed any of my preparation or kit that i took out on the race, i think the main thing that helped me psychologically was that I was looking to compete rather than just take part, and as a consequence my mindset was totally different, where I was not just trying to complete each stage, but was trying to either catch the guy infront or prevent the guys behind beating me and thus my focus was totally different from previous races. 

I’ve got a few blisters on my hands from the ski poles and got sun burnt a couple of times, i’m a little stiff but I know i could be a lot worse!!! Two of the Danish competitors were struck down with snow blindness on the last day which looked excruciatingly painful, they had forgotten to wear sunglasses on a couple of the days even though there was no sun, but the UV was still firing through the clouds.
 
I took part in this race as it was a great way to raise money for the Orchid Cancer Charity, a male cancer charity which conducts research into prostate, penile and testicular cancer as my father had prostate cancer and through the hard work of charity’s like Orchid he’s had it suppressed.

If you would like to donate money please either go to my web page on www.bmycharity.com/jgossdiamond225 or send a cheque made payable to ‘Orchid’ to me at RMR Scotland, 37-51 Birkmyre Road, Govan, Glasgow G513JH.  I am well on my way to reaching my target of £5,000, any donation, however small, is much appreciated for what i hope you’ll agree is a great cause.  If you are interested in seeing some pictures of the race there are a number on either www.sleepmonsters.com or www.rockandiceultra.com.
 
I would more than recommend this race to anyone, as it is very achievable with a bit of preparation and it is with out doubt the best run, most personable race that I’ve competed in.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on jonathan_r_goss@hotmail.com.

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RUNNING BEAVER DOES LONDON MARATHON

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On Sunday, I took part with more than 30,000 people of all ages and backgrounds running in the London Marathon in front of an enthusiastic crowd. I was running in a Beaver suit with Steve and a good friend James Fox. The weather made the run interesting with a mixture of sunshine to hale stones. Spectators struggled to understand that I was a BEAVER, I got lots of support with people shouting go bear, go chipmunk, go squirrel and even a go dog!! All in all a very memorable day, and a fantastic marathon.

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