Lessons On Marathon De Gwyr (from an MDG Veteran)

So I have run the Marathon De Gwyr (MdG) three times, barely surviving two of them.  Sharing my experiences with two MdG stalwarts, JPD and Pete O’kane over a pint last year, we identified four distinct MdG running groups.  Which will you be? Group One: The Unprepared. Shuffling at a speed a toddler would be embarrassed … Continued

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Tips From Four People Who Have Run Every Single Darth Mannion

The Darth Mannion has welcomed over 1,000 runners since the inaugural event seven years ago.  In that time, it has doubled in length and snowballed in size.  It has taken place in baking sunshine, the freezing cold, gale force winds and horizontal rain.  In 2013 it even included an ill-fated 400m swim where some members … Continued

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Seven Lessons From Darth Mannion VIII (from a first-timer)

In 2017 I entered my first ever Darth Mannion.  I had run for a few years and would regularly see runners from Southgate emerging from sand dunes and rivers around the beautiful coast of the Gower. They looked exhausted and  wet but always had a smile on their faces. I would look at them, then shake my head and run off in my … Continued

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Four Ways People Are Preparing For The Sea Dips

The sea submersions are by far the most feared element of the Darth Mannion course.   And that’s no surprise.  Entering cold water fully clothed is something most of us haven’t done since our student days, so it’s always a shock to the system. However, as with any physical challenge, we can make the process a … Continued

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My Moon Landing: From Non-Runner to Darth Mannion Finisher

I think that there comes a time when you realise that a moderate bit of exercise might not be enough to stave off low level anxiety around “healthy” living… that time of life when you are counting your five a day and realizing that it is often 3 – and sometimes they are outnumbered by … Continued

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Running Resolution

Of the millions of Brits that will make a New Year’s Resolution in 2018, a staggering 90% will have failed by the third week of January.  Perhaps even more surprisingly, 10% will deny ever making a New Year’s Resolution in the first place! Each year we all make and break New Year’s Resolutions, so we … Continued

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Darth Mannion Training Tips from an Ironman

The Darth Mannion is a unique physical challenge.  Over 13 miles you will climb and descend hills, wade through mud, and battle through sand.  Much of this will be done after cold water submersion, in soaking wet trainers, and along windy clifftops.  As if that’s not enough, you’ll have to keep your wits about you when passing … Continued

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Marathon De Gwyr II: The Power of The Peloton

An overview The 58 mile Marathon de Gwyr II (MdG II) (known locally as the Boozy Ultra) took place on the Gower peninsula from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th July 2016.  Unlike the inaugural event, it was open to runners of all standards, increasing the total participants from 17 to 26. Of the 26 runners from MDG … Continued

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