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BUFF!!!

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I have been fortunate enough to be sponsored by the headwear company Buff. Finally this last week I got a parcel from the US, with all my personalized Running Beaver buffs (please check out the photo,) I think they are awesome. I have already tested them out on a few training session, they are so versatile and work brilliantly.  

Training this week has been long and hard. It has included lots of swimming, 3 hours of cycling and 8 hours of running.  However, my mind as been focused on this past weekend as was very family orientated and sad due to it been my cousin Blake’s funeral. Blake is my main drive behind attempting the Arch to Arc as he went missing 4 years ago. (For more information please read his story www.blakehartley.com.) I hope to raise a lot of awareness and funds for missing people during this whole experience as it really has been a triadic few years for all our family.  Next week to the Brecon Beacons……… 

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DISTANCE INCREACES !!

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Not a huge amount to report on this week. I have been doing the normal hours in the pool plodding back and forth (I am beginning to get noticed by the locals – as the ‘crazy guy doing the channel swim thing!’). However, there is a noticeable increase of time spent running in preparation for the ONER. On Saturday I pushed out 5 hours over the rolling hills of Shropshire, next week it looks like a 8 hour run is on the cards - bring it on……..

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you to Nature Vally for supporting me with my attempt this of the Arch to Arc this year. I work a very physical job and thus need to keep my energy high for training at end of the day. I have found Nature Vally bars ideal for snacking on. These bars taste great and give you natural energy when you need it most. If you have not tried them then I would recommend that you do.

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London Eye

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With the constant thought votwo race the ‘ONER’ – (3 marathons back to back in 24hours in the back) of my mind, being only 4 weeks away I have had to increase my running.  I have been running mainly over the local hills with my ever trusted dog Hamish. This weekend Joanne and I went to visit my brother Sam in the big smoke, we went to an amazing show in the O2 arena call ‘Africa Africa’. Sunday morning I went running along the Thames river banks. I had plans of running to the Marble Arch to check out the start line of the Arch to Arc. However, due being a true country lad my knowledge of London is poor so I made do with seeing the London Eye…. 

Running in the morning has been made easier thanks to Exposure Lights -   Joystick MaXx. The Joystick Maxx is a mightily impressive bit of kit indeed; its very compact, light weight and most importantly give a fantastically bright beam. I have been running with my Joystick Maxx for about three months now and would not use any other torch for training or racing. Last week Rory from Exposure Lights send me a head strap (see in the photo) to test out. I have been out on 4 night runs wearing the head strap – and so far I have found it excellent, with the torch loop slightly angled down so you can run normally. Thanks for the support Exposure Lights.   

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SUNNY SHROPSHIRE

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A tough week this week lots of swimming. I am starting running again which is great. I am training for an event called the ‘ONER’ Run 3 marathons back to back in 24hours along the Jurassic coast line. It is a very tough, arduous and unforgiving race. Of the 20 men that started in the March 2007 event only 5 finished. Ill be running this race with Steve my coach the race is only 6 weeks away – lots to do……

This weekend I went running with DR Turnbull over the local hills. Dr Turnbull is a hill guru and loves any challenge - he is bravely running the London marathon dragging 2 tires – good luck Stu!!! On Saturday I did some cold water training with my fantastic documentary company (Caldwell and Fisher Productions.) They filming my feeble attempt of swimming in freezing water. As they say ‘Practice makes perfect’

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IT’S STARTED!!!

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This week was fairly standard lots of swimming and work. The fun all happened over the weekend. On Saturday I went to the TCR show in London accompanied by my mother. The show was fantastic, lots happening and full of enthusiastic triathletes.  

Sunday morning I went to swan pool with Steve and Big Dan Earthquake (www.danearthquake.com) from Sandwell Long distance swim club. The idea was just to get in the water for 5 minutes and begin to acclimatise my self to cold water; I managed 6 minutes 42 seconds!  I was dressed from head to toe in my wetsuit gear and still found the water FREEZING - 37 degrees Fahrenheit. I was amazed to see Dan and three other members of the long distance swim club swim in the lake after me with no wetsuits in sight!! – They all made it look easy..

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