The Yukon Ultra: Day 8 – The Finish Line

The Yukon Ultra: Day 8 – The Finish Line

11th February The next thing I knew my alarm clock was going off. 2.30am. I wrestled with myself over whether to have an extra hour or not. My masochistic side won out and I got up and went into the living room. Sue woke up on the sofa. She had stayed up for me, knowing […]

The Yukon Ultra: Day 7 – Yeah…he’s pretty spaced out!

The Yukon Ultra: Day 7 – Yeah…he’s pretty spaced out!

10th February I wasn’t thinking about that. I just wanted to sleep I was so exhausted. Robert and Thomas obviously had the same thoughts and we all got in our sleeping bags for a few hours sleep. 4 hours later I staggered upright at 3.30am and began to pack up my sled once more. I […]

The Yukon Ultra: Day 6 – Hanging On

The Yukon Ultra: Day 6 – Hanging On

9th February I woke up and immediately checked my watch; 4.00am. I had slept for 4 hours. My leg had reverted to a dull ache but once again I was freezing cold and hungry. More oat bars and the few remaining Rolo’s from Karl’s first bag (thanks again Karl!) before I strapped myself in and […]

The Yukon Ultra: Day 5 – “Just rest here for half an hour”

The Yukon Ultra: Day 5 – “Just rest here for half an hour”

8th February Following the directions he gave me, I reached it in darkness. The checkpoint itself was a local sports hall and the volunteers had comandeered one of the front rooms complete with sofas. Half of them were glued to their laptops watching the progress of the competitors online. If anything they looked more exhausted […]

The Yukon Ultra: Day 4 – A Sense of Isolation

The Yukon Ultra: Day 4 – A Sense of Isolation

7th February It was still dark. The fire was dying so I threw a couple of logs on it and got to work repacking my sled which I’d disorganised through the night. Filippo was nowhere to be seen and I really wanted to chase after him. I knocked on the cabin door, intending to register […]

The Yukon Ultra: Day 3 – “My Money’s on You”

The Yukon Ultra: Day 3 – “My Money’s on You”

6th February At 08.30 I got up and saw Filippo had already left. Returning to the cafe, I could see the 100 milers packing up their things. They were getting ready to go back to Whitehorse. Jim, Bob, Karl and Jorgen, the guys I had travelled and spoken with the most, were all there. As glad […]

The Yukon Ultra: Day 2 – Daybreak

The Yukon Ultra: Day 2 – Daybreak

5th February Daybreak came and I was still plodding along on the forest trail towards the 2nd checkpoint at Dog Grave Lake with no sign of it getting closer. The ascents were getting steeper and longer and soon my legs were burning from the effort. At the top of one of these ascents I caught up with […]

The Yukon Ultra: Day 1 – A Few Brave Souls

The Yukon Ultra: Day 1 – A Few Brave Souls

  4th February 2012 Right from the off I wanted to be close to the front and within a couple of kilometres I tagged onto the back of a 100 mile runner, Jorgen. The pair of us were flying along for the whole morning and made great progress until he needed to stop for a drink. […]

The Yukon Arctic Ultra: Humble Beginnings

The Yukon Arctic Ultra: Humble Beginnings

Known as the toughest (and coldest) race on Earth, the Yukon Arctic Ultra isn’t for the faint of heart. Whether you’re going next year or simply want to know what its like to run it, this should give you a decent picture. All the background info to the race can be found on the official […]