Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Well know you worked hard on a run when have to go to bed for half an hour after...:)

off to eat now!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

and Merry Christmas to all, I hope its been a good day for all.

wishing you a happy and peaceful time

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Hi all
my legs felt stronger on to today's run and my lungs coped much better! it was nice to see some fitness return I have missed you fitness please return and stay! :)

feeling more motivated which is good, as the day and last few days have been up and down mood wise...running really does help me cope with my problems.

wish you all well

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Saturday, 19 December 2015

well, actually writing a more positive post! last few runs may not have been huge distances or fast times, but they felt good and I'll settle for that I enjoyed them more and feeling ready to get fit again.

hope this finds you all well

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Saturday, 5 December 2015

this week has been better even though we are now in the bad weather part of the year, I've been more active with regular runs and gym circuits. The runs this week have not been long as I'm building back up gradually just 3-4 milers but I am enjoying them.

I also had one of those moments again this week...I was on the running machine when a woman got on the next and smiled I smiled back, she carried on looking straight at me...I kept smiling and she said " your nose is bleeding!" I'd scratched inside of my nose and nicked it,  was so busy running not noticed blood all over my face! this is my world :)

hope its been a good weekend for all

Gsreth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

being kind to me!

Hi all
I'm still here and still training just not been logging my runs and gym circuits as decided have a few weeks just enjoy it not time myself and just run a distance I roughly know. I'm still rebuilding fitness and just need a positive few weeks to help get myself back on track

hope everyone is well

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

my positive start to building up fitness again after injury and depression getting back on top has got going, yesterday and today running and circuits....I shall ache! :)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

a goal to work for Scott Snowdonia trail marathon

a life update!

I've taken some steps to try push forward again(yep all had slid downhill since injury), so spoke to therapist and I need give some goals to work on again, so today I booked my place in the Snowdonia trail marathon in july 2016 I ran in it this year and enjoyed it although I want beat my time! (I really struggled).

Also I need get back to the gym not just for running fitness but the circuits and squats help! but socially I've cut myself off again last few months, its not been helping my depression and anxiety so going gradually get back to going.

I need to take part in more events too so over next few months will be looking at entering some more, especially anything where I get social scares the hell out me but need do it, asd I want a life again rather than depression 

hope this finds all well

if anyone likes the idea of running in snowdonia trail marathon here is the link, let me know if running too!

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 13 November 2015

just wanted wish all well, I'm still struggling but hopefully get some posts about positive stuff soon, but just wanted wish everyone a good weekend I hope its happy whatever your doing


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

DRYU -10Litre Waterproof Dry Bag - REVIEW

Hi Folks
I'm pleased to post this review of the DRYU 10 litre dry bag, dry bags really are an essential piece of kit.

There is also a bit of misconception about dry bags, with some folks who have not used them thinking they need to be setting off on some survival expedition to own one! you do not dry bags are for everyone, be it outdoors activities where you want keep items dry, to just going the gym or to work and not arriving with items water damaged or clothes soaked from a sudden shower.

First impressions

The DRYU bag has a double use as either a bag to use on its own or as a sturdy dry bag for you rucksack/daysack, I note this as some other bags are much thinner and only a liner(which tend to rip easy), the daysack also has a clip on sling strap.

I got it in the yellow/gold, I like bright colours for dry bag's as if you do use it outdoors the in poor light easy to find.

I've also got video of testing it I'll upload soon as I can.


a great sturdy dry bag, this makes such a difference to some other flimsy ones on the market. buy once and buy well!

DRYU bags cane purchased direct at

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

November focus..back on my feet

Hi all
well November is here,  and after being really limited on what I could do exercise wise due to injury in October lets hope for a better month.

October I managed do the Ron Hill challenge of at least a mile a day, but kept it slow and low miles, this month leg feels a lot better so going gently increase the miles although not push pace too much. I need get some cardio back and also lose some belly! as my weight has gone up while injured, feel bad = eat bad with me and its not a good combination!

I'm also going try October behind and try pull myself together and get my thoughts and goals on track, last month depression really had some bad days,weeks...and anxiety too. I want life to improve so back to therapy books and trying push forward with new things, social interaction is still hard and I've slipped back so need work on it this month.

Hope this finds everyone well, and I hope its a good month for all

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Monday, 26 October 2015

just a note to say things have been difficult...will be trying find a positive place mind wise this week and post something about it too

take care all


Saturday, 17 October 2015

not posted as much as things have been a struggle, feeling very flat an empty hard to focus and find any positivity.  I am going to try find some and run later...but this is depression just takes away all positivity and pleasure in life and makes everything little thing so difficult

hope to write a better post soon

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

anxiety has picked up last few days, yesterday took me nearly 3 hours before could face leaving my room. all too much and then depression in between as well. hope things improve its not helping my leg is taking a long time to heal so limited on running etc at the moment and my old back injury is bad too, although a new bed arriving soon which hopefully will help as ortho mattress (that's me in debt!), needed this for a while as I'm always going to have this back injury.

hope happier post next time

Monday, 12 October 2015

I read a post on the Helly Hansen facebook wall about their support for "Segelrebellen" or "Sailing rebels", a German non-profit organization, makes it their goal to support young adults who suffer from cancer.

more details can be found over there but worth supporting I think

just something I thought worth sharing


Sunday, 11 October 2015

just a mile for my runstreak,then couple of mile walk with my dog feel rubbish today

Friday, 9 October 2015

bit frustrated today, felt good to run but injury palying up is really hampering what I can do had to slow pace again and distance 2 miles (17:16), please hurry up and heal properly leg!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

kept up run streak but 2 very gentle miles as injury playing up today

hope feel ok tomorrow

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Hi all
another day another 3 miles(23:43)..went out a bit too quick on first 2 miles about 7:25/mile pace  and started feel it in my calf so had to slow down in last mile, will need take it easy on calf next few days.

right rugby time!

Ron Hill -#RunEveryDay they are 'Running' a competition

the folks at Ron Hill are running a challenge on their social media facebook/twitter etc to promote people to run at least a mile a day during October/2015, worth getting involved a good idea plus they are giving away some prizes too.

You get can get all the details and get involved at their facebook page or twitter

(I am in no way part of running this competition I'm just sharing it as think its a good idea,so check terms and conditions etc at their site)

good luck all

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

2 mile jog in the rain(16:43), and let down by person I was supposed to run with they asked then no show and not even a text! annoyed......

Monday, 5 October 2015

bit speedier today on the 3miler (24:50) 2 slower laps with a 7:46 mile in between which felt ok too! also I finally did a feedback session I needed do for some depression treatment I've had I find these difficult as they make me feel worse as just remind me of all my problems...

so done some things today, have a good day all


Sunday, 4 October 2015

a quick 2 miler (well a slow pace 17:48)  but did the job and stretch my legs out before daily foam roller work on my injury.

well done Australia and Wales to both through the group stage in the rugby world cup

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Firstly well done Japan in the rugby great performance!
I stuck with 3 miles jog today and deliberately slowed pace(26:30) speeded up yesterday and I need keep it slower for a while,as heal up. hard to keep pace down sometimes as feel ok and want let my legs go! but soon as gets a little too much get twinge and a reminder drop speed down and heal!

being able to jog again has helped a lot with my mood, just gives me that breathing space when depression and anxiety builds up.

off to my tv to watch rugby again!
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 2 October 2015

another 3 miler (25:29)today was a bit chilly tonight but that's fine by me, I like weather when a bit cooler for running.

off to watch New Zealand in the rugby on tv now, have a good evening all

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Hi remembered to post my run today! nice little 3 mile jog in 26:47 not going crazy and not going push speed for a while try build up slowly and heal my leg properly!

have a great October all!

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Sunday, 27 September 2015

happy day!

Hi folks
pleased today managed 4 mile steady run/jog as opposed to jog/walk and injured calf felt good,as long as kept pace down, did try up it and calf twinge but dropped down again and was ok, on a plus cardio still not bad, fitness wise could have gone faster  and further if not for my glass legs :)

hope everyone having a good weekend

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Boot Bananas movie :)

recently got to review the great Boot Bananas product (no more stinky trainers!) they now have a movie out! worth a watch and support these folks

thanks all
Gareth (TheTryAth)
 I am still here, just been a rather quiet lately, as I am still just plodding along with jog/walk sessions to recover my calf. Also had a few things with the open university course I am doing exams etc so have been more stressed than usual.

I have let things slide with training as not felt very positive but going to make a concerted effort to get myself back on track, and get control of anxiety and depression which is high due to not being able to do some of the things which help.

hope this finds all well, tomorrow is a new day lets hope its a good one!

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Julbo Trail - running sunglasses - REVIEW

A pain for many runners on the trails is bugs flying into your eyes (I've had this end painfully before), and also glare from the sun if out on a long run. Luckily the folks at Julbo make running sunglasses and cater for the trails specifically too.

out the Box

The Julbo Trails come in a good quality case nice and robust with a good zip fastening, once out the case they have a great look to them and surprising sturdy arms and hinges when you think they only weigh 28gr.

The fit is very comfortable, and I appreciate this as its not to loose for running but the tension on the arms is not too tight to be uncomfortable either. I've worn these on a few short walk and runs with no problems (forget you have them on), and also on a long day out in the sun and some long dog walks again no problems from lengthy periods of wear.

The Zebra lenses do a great job of transition so no need to take off due to changing light conditions, and I found the lenses fully covered my vision range no problem.

Great glasses I cannot wait to get them out and tested and used on a longer running event (an Ultra soon as leg recovers and my fitness does too)

you can visit the folks at Julbo at here LINK

personally I can find no fault with these glasses, so 5/5 *'s from me :)

Thanks to Julbo and thanks for reading

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Tough Mudder Volunteering - North West

will update but some photos from Tough Mudder North West as a volunteer today, a great day with lots of great people :)


I have recovered now, so an update on a day volunteering at a tough mudder, it is so worth the effort! you get all the great atmosphere, the runners love you (well the water you give at water stations anyway) and the help you give over walls etc, the Tough mudder folks are really well organized they feed you well and we got lucky and had the chance to work a water station then change later to an obstacle so had the best of both worlds, the more you put in the more you enjoy the day. All the folks helping and working with us were hands on helping people over walls etc, and all said they would do it again, so I would recommend it to anyone,, and don't stand back get involved and muddy! we certainly did...

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Boot Bananas shoe deodorisers - REVIEW to approach this.....
I stink! not in general (I hope) but my running shoes certainly do, its a common problem I'm sure there are other out there tempted to bury their long distance shoes and just dig them up next run....well throw away that shovel and buy Boot Bananas instead!

a great concept not only do they deodorise your running shoes/work boots etc but they absorb moisture to prevent build up, prevention rather than cure is always best. what else is nice is they are the creation of a nice couple Phil & Alex who decided to do something about shoe stench! (I'm sure its broken up a few runners relationships...)

so this is Boot Bananas I've used them for a while and the important part...they work! shoe interior definitely feels drier and I've even force tested them on a few family friends with the old ' do my trainers smell' and they have been surprised, which means they must have noticed the stink previously!

So do your shoes,yourself and more importantly your friends and loved ones a favour and pick up and use some Boot Bananas! :)

Update see the Boot Bananas movie here

Gareth (TheTryAth)


As you guys are aware I'm recovering from injury and as part of it I've been advised to go for stability shoes as part of my recovery. Thanks to the folks at +Newton Running ,I am going to be using the Kismet stability shoe.

I have now started my jog and walk recovery program, so this is my review of the Kismet shoe.

Out the box

First impressions count, a nice looking shoe not as bright as some models so gives it a bit more all round use, all though the it has a good amount of reflective surface for safety.The shoe is light weight at 275g, it also has the usual Newton running construction which is robust even though light, this is the benefit of when the people making shoes are real runners themselves!

Field test

I have taken the Kismet shoes out on the two run and walk I have done so far in recovery, first I noticed  how comfortable the shoes are, when ever I run at slow speeds seems I really feel the comfort or lack of it a shoe, these give a great ride. The construction of the 5 lug  tread pattern gives a smooth action through your foot, considering they are 'all round' shoes I thought they felt very quick, will be interesting to up the pace in them as my leg heals up.


I love these shoes! they feel so comfortable and stable, I've always been a fan of Newton and once again they live up to expectations.

Gareth  (TheTryAth)

Newton Running UK      Newton Running

Newton specs
The Newton recipe for success: one part determination and one part Kismet. Kismet? Destiny. This 5 lug P.O.P 2 Core Trainer is the everyday go-to shoe for a runner needing the extra bit of functional stability found in our broad and stable e.m.b platform. Responsive, comfortable and stable with a 4.5 mm drop - this shoe is the entry into our open-chamber Action/Reaction technology. It's easy to put on and impossible to take off. It's love at first stride. It's Kismet.
  • Item number • M011914

  • Weight • 275 g

  • Heel-to-toe drop • 4.5 mm

  • EMB • Yes

  • Upper

    • Seamless engineered mesh upper • 360 degree reflectivity • Heel lace lock
  • Outersole

    • 5-lug P.O.P 2 platform • Action/Reaction technology in the forefoot and heel • Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate • Open ground surface EVA in mid-stance • Durable s.h.a.r.c (super high abrasion rubber compound) outsole composite in forefoot • e.m.b extended medial bridge for additional stability 

Volunteering and mud

this weekend I'm off to a tough mudder event with a friend, not as a competitor but as a support volunteer. It is dual purpose for me, firstly I have always really appreciated the volunteers who support runners with drinks, snacks etc and more importantly encouragement so be nice to give something back.

 The second reason is a more selfish one, as part of my gradual recovery from depression and anxiety issues I need more social interaction as I find it difficult, I am worried about this but as will be in small groups and all fairly anonymous as a faceless supporter hopefully I'll be able to cope and take a step forward to getting more of a life...

so looking forward to a muddy weekend:)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

things to come...

also soon and as I'm back more active got a few reviews coming on a few great bits of kit which will be exciting,look out for reviews on +Julbo awesome eyewear and the great guys at +Newton Running  plus some fantastic named Boot Banana's

so looking forward to reviewing and writing
things have been a bit on the difficult side lately...and struggled to find the goodness and motivation, hopefully leg has healed enough I can start doing some light jog and walk sessions which I think and hope will help pick up my mood...

I also just wanted to thank the people who help and support me, the folks on twitter and the companies and brands who support my running and me, and trying to promote running/ trail running to help cope with mental health struggles.

big thanks to long time supporter +Newton Running who love running care about runners.

Happy running/walking or just looking at clouds out the window, whatever your doing...

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Alfie my furry fitness friend.

meet  my furry fitness friend and also my mindfulness coach..might not be able to run but a few miles out with him cheers me up  this little dog is great for mindfulness and positive thinking.

He always finds it great stuff when he is out and helps pick up my mood. a reminder to focus on not what has happened and is gone, not what might happen and is out of our control but to enjoy what is happening and what we can do now...thanks Alfie :)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Squatember :Squat till I drop...UPDATE

with this injury one leg exercise I can do is squats, so smashing squats everyday will be interesting see the effect when I can start running especially on the hills again!

right decided see what I can get up to doing in squats in one hit by the end of September going try for 1000 :)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

 decided to record them
03/09 = Total 550 = 550 squats.
02/09 = rest
01/09 = Total 500 = 500 squats.
31/08 = Total 500 = 400 squats+100.
30/08 = Total 450 = 350 squats +50 med ball+50.
29/08 = Total 300 = 300 squats.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

my new best friend...Foam Roller

Say hello
to my new best friend, hopefully foam roller will help my calf recovery and prevent it going again...

Hope all having a great weekend, what ever your doing and if out running I'm jealous, today should have been at the Grand tour of Skiddaw Ultra but that will have to be next year!  :)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


I've now given in and ordered a foam roller to try help with calf recovery and to try prevent future injury too. so will post a how I get on with it and the results too. I'm trying be more positive and proactive to prevent this again.

hope this finds everyone well
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Monday, 24 August 2015

on the mend..

Well been back to the Doctors today they say enough of the muscle is still attached to the the tendon so no surgery (good news). So now I can start walking even though painful and try build it back up, not going be able run for a while yet but says  cross trainer/walking and swimming will be ok so at least some stuff I can do. Need use sports massage and roller too and see how is in 2 weeks.

happy at least it seems to be mending

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Brooks running competition Oxford half marathon

the Folks at Brooks Running uk have a competition going on social media, they are offering running gear and race entry to the Oxford half marathon.

you can enter at their facebook or twitter you can see their full terms and conditions here Brooks


good luck all! (this comp is not run by me and in no way affiliated with me, I'm just posting the links so check with brooks terms and conditions etc)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

cabin fever!

Well this enforced rest is driving me crazy, my mood is all over the place being stuck inside with myself means depression level goes right up. I have found my energy levels gone all over the place too as not burning off i'm struggling to sleep at night which does not help as I get insomnia anyway....sorry to be here moaning needed vent it somewhere.

I have been trying to find positives like reading my depression help and mindfulness books, also looking at future races and training tips etc and other runners blogs, but at moment I'm really struggling see positives...

I hope next post will be more cheerful, I'm not always like this you know!

sorry for moaning
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Monday, 17 August 2015

my latest gear....

my latest running. :(  sadly, hopefully not for long, soon as can hobble without they are ditched!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Injured :(

So totally devastated
 went for gentle jog today and 3 miles in felt something snap in left calf then absolute agony when tried walk or run in left calf...hobbled 3 miles home and knew something really not right, a trip to hospital and calf is ruptured now on crutches and pain meds and have to go back in a week to see what is happening with it as this is a repeat injury but this time most severe its been.

feeling really down I was so looking forward to the Grand tour of skiddaw Ultra...


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Depression makes it easy to see the things you cannot do and have not achieved, instead we need celebrate what we can do and have achieved.


Hi all

sorry to say this has been a bad week, everything been going wrong and had leg pain in calf and my back pain has been worse than usual (the back pain is never going away completely) so been unable to run.
So all this has left me feeling really down and depression and anxiety have flared to the point I've found everything difficult to face. I'm going to try spend some time reading through the support books I have, and just hope pain eases so I can run again soon. I really want to complete the Ultra in 2 weeks even if have to walk most of it.

thanks for reading all, and wishing everyone well



well took some of my pain meds, and managed a 5 mile sensible jog pace feeling much better mindfully for being able to get out and hope that my leg needed a warm up and stretch out as was feeling painful doing nothing anyway.

things a bit better now

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

stretching out

Well calf problems still today got really painful cramp in left calf so enforced rest, I've tried a few gentle walks to try warm it then stretch it out but still not feeling right and painful if try and run...its frustrating when your body lets you down.

hope it loosens up tomorrow :(

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Sunday, 9 August 2015

medals :)

Thought post these rewards for my efforts :)

My week in training

this week had some highs and lows.

Monday         rest
Tuesday        8 mile run
Wednesday   5 mile run
Thursday      9 mile run
Friday           rest
Saturday       8 mile run
Sunday         2 hour cross trainer/ had a long 15-20 mile run planned but calf not feeling right painful cramp.

so feeling down could not do today's run :( but at least got some good miles in and some stamina training today. so off to try find my positives and not let today get to me.

hope been a good week for all.

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 7 August 2015

rest days, trying to keep focus :)

 taking a deserved rest day for a change! did three good runs this week and want get 1 or 2 long runs in at the weekend, ankle is a little sore so will dictate if can run Saturday or wait till Sunday. Also going to be using Clif Bar energy bars and chews in the Ultra so will be posting my review of them too.

Really enjoying training for the the Grand tour of Skiddaw Ultra and starting to feel stronger after Snowdonia marathon now.

I am also working hard using the help techniques to try focus on the positives and upcoming things like events during my down days and difficult times, not always working but sometimes it helps and that's a step forward too.

wishing everyone a good weekend
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Caterpillar Active Urban Case Cover for iPad - Review

I've been lucky enough to get the chance to review the Caterpillar Active Urban Case Cover for iPad, great first impression the case I got is in a nice bright colour (great if your like me and need stuff noticeable to find it!).

It is really easy to fit the case once you have and edge in just pop the other edges over and it gives a good tight fit, the case is light too (254g) so does not bulk out the weight of the Ipad air.

The info about the protective abilities is pretty impressive too I've not had the nerve to test out by dropping from large heights etc (I'me sure I will accidentally soon though it is a normal thing for me!). but after using for few weeks it has done a great job of protecting.

Product Description

The Active Urban rugged case is engineered using anodised metal sides and impact resistant SAIF material offering robust protection for your phone. SAIF is an "active"' material, offering a step change in shock absorption and impact protection performance. Your impact resistant case helps protect your device from drops of up to 1.8 metres in height, utilising the same shock absorbent properties used in SAIF motorbike personal protective equipment. The Active tablet case range is designed for the needs of today's demanding lifestyle, building on the hard working Caterpillar reputation for durability and quality.

Box Contains

Result is I would recommend this case and already have, and a friend now sports one on their ipad too! :)

thank your for reading
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 31 July 2015

taking a event Grand tour of Skiddaw Ultra 2015

So nearly a week since Snowdonia has passed and the urge to book next event overcame to today, next up is The Grand Tour of Skiddaw is a 44 mile trail ultra race taking in the beautiful Northern Lake District.

This is in a month and has a more lenient time cut off than Snowdonia, still its going be hard going and its another step up in distance for me. So next few weeks will be hard training again but looking forward to first official Ultra!

if anyone else is interested this is the site for the event:

hope all having a great weekend

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon 2015 - Event Review

as I have now recovered my ability to think this is my review of the first Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon.

The Race HQ was great it was in the Electric mountain visitor centre in LLanberis so nice to have a HQ with café facilities etc, it was open till 6pm on the day before the race too. On registering you got your bib number, a tech t-shirt and a High 5 trial pack, the HQ also had a good set up showing the route for the half and full marathon plus a stand from Scott the sponsor and one from Always Aim High the organiser.

On the day!

Race start was in the field next to the HQ, they also opened a hall as a bag drop which was handy, the weather was terrible so most people huddled in their prior to the race. At the start a safety briefing which repeated required kit list (full waterproofs) which caught a few people out, but in fairness to the organisers they had sent out an email confirming the kit list, a good reminder always read up on final race instruction email!

They also gave the option of those who had entered the full marathon switching to the half as conditions were to terrible, I think there must have been a few who did and a lot more who considered it( me one of them).

The Course

Brutal...truly brutal, first few miles a cheeky ascent, then at 4 miles the break for the full or half marathon. The full marathon course was really difficult lots of climbs, the terrain was hard going thanks to conditions either slippy rock or boggy mud, I had to stop and help out a guy who went over and I think broke his leg(it made a noise like a popping sound!) then get him a race marshal, then on I went.

the feed stations were plenty and well provided energy drinks/gels etc, there was a cut off at mile 20 if had not got there by 5:15, at the Pen-Y-Pass car park from the it was the Snowdon ascent.

The route was up the Pyg track in high wind and rain, with mist coming in at the top, I really struggled up this my legs had just gone by mile 20, and no strength for the climb. Once get over the top there, it was a stumble, jog down the tourist track then veered of back onto trails for few miles to the end and coffee and biscuits as well provided end feed station.


A great event, there was some debate over the actual distance as on pretty much everyone I spoke to their GPS had it as 29 miles.I would run it again but would like be fitter and better prepared, though in all fairness I would have been this time if not for injuries.

worth entering if you want a real challenge of an event, now to start thinking of my next event.....

thanks for reading.

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon....emotional!

wanted to write this yesterday but was too exhausted! I eventually managed to get around the Scott Snowdonia trail marathon in 7:12. I have never done anything so hard before as this, I knew I was not really fit enough after injury and had not had enough time training on mountain trails, but still this course destroyed me.

horrendous rain and wind, I saw too casualties one injured his leg and I had to call a marshal and another went down with Hypothermia on the pyg track up Snowdon, but there was a group already treating him. I want to and will run this race again but I will make sure had more time to prepare correctly.

I am going write a separate event review soon.

hope all had a good weekend

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 24 July 2015

Snugpak Jungle bag +snuggy pillow over at the POLIMIL LTD facebook page

 another good prize on offer on facebook, the folks at POLIMIL Ltd are giving away a Snugpak Jungle bag and snuggy pillow.  here is a link to their facebook page Polimil Ltd  the page says the winner is being picked on the 29/07/2015 so get in quick! I have :)

just sharing a competition this one is not run by me or has no connection to me, just thought a good prize lots of people would use :)

good luck all
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Amazon discount 20% off selected Camping gear - ends at 23:59 GMT on Sunday, July 31, 2015

I'm looking at picking up a new tent and noticed that Amazon are offering 20% of selected items of camping gear, there seems to be some pretty good kit on offer so might be worth a look, Amazon page states its £50 minimum spend to get the 20% discount and ends at 23:59 GMT on Sunday, July 31, 2015,this is a link to the page with the details on AMAZON  

This discount and Promotion is nothing to do with me, I'm just sharing what I've read so check terms yourself at the page :)

hope its of some use to someone
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Lifesystems are running a Facebook competition.

the Folks over at Lifesystems are running a giveaway for a bundle of goodies, the bundle includes an Adventurer First Aid Kit, a bottle of SPF25 Active Suncream, a bottle of expedition sensitive insect repellent, and a portable mosquito killer according to their Facebook page. I've entered it as I purchased some Lifesystems gear recently and its top stuff. so get over to their facebook and enter its at

good luck everyone including me! just thought I'd share if anyone else is interested.
(so before anyone asks the giveaway is NOTHING to do with me I'm just sharing the info)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Monday, 20 July 2015

Bronco Billy aka Jeff Browning - great motivation and advice

Hi All
 One of the great things I've found since starting using Running/The outdoors to cope with my depression/anxiety, is the amount of truly motivational people out there on social media. I've found running and event tips and advice but also just reading race reports and about their training inspires.

I think one of the best Blogs by an Ultra runner I've read is by Mr Bronco Billy aka Jeff Browning, this guy  is motivational and good at what he does, thirteen 100 mile race 1st places takes some doing! but also his blog posts with race reports are educational, funny and make you want go run. He is also a nice and modest guy who is also trying give something back by trying help build trails in the Patagonia national park.

so feel free to head to and  read about a positive and nice guy, doing what he loves and doing it well!

have a great week all
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 17 July 2015

New Goal - an International Event. updated

 So as the Snowdonia Trail marathon is a week away... I've been thinking about goals, not just running but social ones too, I really am trying to work on depression and anxiety to lessen them enough to increase social confidence and be able return to work for the social interaction and self worth, but also it would be nice to not struggle financially!

I would also like give myself a goal outside of this and I want to compete in an another country ideally a marathon/ultra, the Scandinavian countries appeal and I have seen the Fire & Ice Ultra Multi day but at £2000! that might have to wait a long time....unless anyone wants to sponsor/support me in the event! :)

It has been a long time since I travelled anywhere abroad so this would be a HUGE step but its one to set as a long term goal...

found a few possible events now, will take some planning but I want to take this step forward eventually

wishing all well and happy
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Stay Hydrated!

Hi folks
a quick post the hot weather gets lots of people running again for first time or making a comeback...its seriously hot out there folks in the uk (and lots of other places), so stay hydrated make sure your drink regularly through the day not just before you run and carry water, if just starting good chance you'll be walking part the way home in the heat so do it comfortably and safely.

yep its a pain carrying water but there are lots of different handhelds/waist packs and backpacks so be nice to yourself and look after yourself!

if you think carrying a bottle/belt pack is embarrassing, then imagine how embarrassing getting carted off from the side of the road by a friend or relative or even emergency services would be.....:)

me preaching over,
happy running all
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Sunday, 12 July 2015

down day, GPS faults and a long run...

 First off last few days have been horrible...just not been able get a grip on my depression it spiralled out of control, sometimes the slightest thing triggers a memory and that starts the ball rolling. I am trying get better at being aware but it does get me still before I can try use methods to help cope and prevent it getting out of hand.

anyway after spending pretty much the whole day shut away from everyone, tried interact a little with others but there were problems going on and just ended up feeling worse, sometimes when you need help people are just not able to give it as they have their own problems to cope with (I understand when I'm down I can be difficult to be around).

anyway was about to shut myself off again but dragged myself out the house using all the tricks (just see how it goes etc) for a run, pace was not fast just needed to do something ended up running 17 miles roughly, I know the routes so know distance approx. as of all days GPS watch chose today to have an error and freeze at 14 miles...really could have done without that! there was an update on the website when got back and checked as turns out they know about an error from last update.

So I still do not feel great but the run has helped give me a break and try break the depression cycle, running does NOT cure all problems but it helps give that breathing space sometimes to let you start being able to cope.

Wishing everyone well
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

getting out what we put in

firstly this has been a good week for me, I've managed to run more a 4, 6 and 12 miler plus a couple of walk and runs with a relative who has started running, that's been great as I usually run alone. Plus I've managed get to the gym a couple of times including a circuit class I find this hard to do as social anxiety kicks in (I spend more time trying find reasons why I cannot/should not go then actually at the gym!).

So I've managed to do some more  things and its been an easier week mindfulness wise, I've managed to read for longer periods and concentrate on the moment more. This is why I HATE depression because it stops doing the things that can help us so often, when we desperately need positives it does and often confines us from anything that gives us them (I speak from experience).

I am grateful for this week and I hope for many more...and I hope I can remember these times in more clarity when the bad times strike and try pull me down. I thought for a long time there would never be good days but they do come now....and I try make the most of them when they are here, to get a little store of positives to cope when they are not here.

I wish all well, sometimes we cannot and that's ok but when we can lets take advantage and build up that store of good for when we need it.

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 3 July 2015

the Joy of starting out

Today  I had no intention of running, I've done a couple of runs this week, pushing pace up and some hard circuit and cross trainer sessions with a cross trainer session for today too. I finished a good session on the cross trainer got home had something to eat and an hour later got a call from a family member who has decided to start running...would I go with them on first run & walk.

So running gear on and went for an enjoyable 22 mins over 2 miles its great to see someone starting running and we all need a bit of help when were starting, I was grateful to be asked as I rarely run with anyone else (due to my mental health problems my social circle is very small) and also the enthusiasm from someone just starting is a good reminder about why I started running.

I'm glad I started running and I'm glad I got the chance to be part of someone else starting out too today.

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Brooks Ghost 7 London Marathon - Running Shoe - REVIEW

 I was lucky enough to Win a pair of Brooks Ghost 7 London Marathon Running Shoe's a while back, this is how I've got on with these distinctive shoes.

First Impressions

Nice shoe out the box the fact covered in red telephone box's for a pattern is a bit of fun, the shoes when put on are as they say for neutral runners. I have low arches so I did stick an insole with high arch support in and found them comfortable enough.

Field Test

These are a road shoe and I've used them on a few runs now and run/circuit sessions comfortable shoe and reasonable cushioning in them too, I have run in shoes that have felt 'faster' but these are good as a mileage shoe and the cushioning is good so those who have problems with impact in their running might like them as they absorb shock well.


I do like these shoes and personally I'd use them as training shoe rather than for say short distance events where its all about speed, although if the distance of an event was high (marathon) they would provide a comfortable ride.

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Brooks specs

Product Details

Best For:

  • Surface: Road Running
  • Category: Neutral Running Shoe ideal for runners with normal pronation
  • Arch Height: Ideal for medium to high arches

Benefits Include:

  • BioMoGo DNA Midsole provides adaptive cushioning
  • Heel-to-midfoot Segmented Crash Pad allows smooth transitions
  • Omega Flex Grooves provide flexibility while maintaining cushioning
  • Moisture-management mesh upper helps feet stay cooler and dryer


  • Weight: 10.4 oz
  • Heel-to-Toe Offset: 12 mm
  • Style: 1101681D413

Monday, 29 June 2015

Staying safe on the trails and Mountains -Lifesystems - Gear Review

 This post is a mix of a Gear review and also a gentle reminder to stay safe on the trails and mountains, this time of year lots of people get out there many for first time. It is nice to have all the new shiny, flash gear of new running shoes/boots, waterproofs and warmers and Hydration gear but its worth spending a little money on gear for if anything goes wrong not just for you but maybe you might come across someone else who needs it!

I'm not going write a full list here of what I carry (that's for another post) but 2 things if your out for any length of time especially in remote conditions are an emergency Blanket/Bag and a first aid kit. I've just updated mine so thought I'd write this post.

First Aid Kit

I've just updated my small first aid kit I carry on long runs or on the mountains to a Lifesystems Pocket first aid kit it costs £10.99. I chose this as has most bits you'll need in emergency in a sturdy case plus enough space in the case to pop in and other bits I may want add.
 I'm very pleased with the kit, size is what I wanted and the contents seems quality not cheap stuff going fail when you need it! some of the cheaper kits out there the actual contents are useless!. the contents list from Lifesystems is


  • 1 x Primary Care Leaflet
  • 1 x Tweezers
  • 1 x Scissors (5.5cm Blade)
  • 6 x Safety Pins


  • 1 x White Open Woven Bandage 7.5cm x 5m
  • 1 x Crepe Bandage 5cm x 4.5m

Preparations, Disposables & Tapes

  • 1 x Savlon Antiseptic Cream (15g Tube)
  • 5 x 4-Ply Gauze Swabs 5 x 5cm
  • 1 x Micropore Tape 1.25cm x 5m
  • 3 x Hygienic Cleansing Wipes


  • 1 x Low Adherent Dressing 5 x 5cm
  • 1 x Pack of Assorted Plasters.

Light & Dry Bivvy Bag

Next up is the Light and Dry Bivvy Bag, now this basically a reusable emergency thermal blanket but its been pre sealed into a bag form to give you a waterproof emergency shelter that retains body heat, I've used the more basic type thermal blankets in the past(space blankets as a lot call them), but I've decided to upgrade to one that can be reused and provide better cover as if things do go wrong with this you just get yourself in rather than trying mess about if in windy conditions and blanket blowing off you!

once arrived got it out and gave it once over, its large enough for me (6ft 14.7 stone) and although light weight seems robust enough as and emergency cover until help arrives. It comes in carry sack too.the Light and Dry Bivvy Bag bag costs £14.99, but again I have seen some of the cheap emergency blankets pretty much rip apart first time someone unfolds them, or if your cold the last thing you want do is try wrap a blanket around your self and try keep it there when blowing about in the wind!

In this country we are lucky to have some great emergency services and mountain rescue etc but you still need give yourself and maybe someone else a chance for them to get to you if things go wrong, and sometimes just make yourself more comfortable is you have a minor scrape or cut etc.

if you want more info both products and lots more choices a can be found at the Folks at Lifesystems Website:

enjoy yourselves out there but stay safe!

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Friday, 26 June 2015

Runfest wales late entry! (I forgot) UPDATE

 guess what I totally forgot there is a local half marathon! so going turn up on the day and run it as long as get a place. will be ideal distance with marathon build up...

will let you know how I get on!

Gareth (TheTryAth)


Well due to not feeling great all day and few other problems did not make it to the events, tried a smaller run in the evening and felt terrible during run made it 6 miles and could hold in no longer and threw up in a hedge! the a 2 mile walk home feeling horrible....not feeling great tonight hope feel better tomorrow and next run :(


Thursday, 25 June 2015

New Competiton - Camelbak Podium Bottle - Guess my Time!

 With it being about a month till the Snowdonia Trail Marathon, I have decided to try running a fun little competition to Win a Camelbak Podium Bottle. The competition is going till the evening before the race 23:59 pm 25/07/2015 you can enter through the Gleam app.

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If anyone wants comment and try guess my time feel free, you do not have to guess to enter the competition though. :)

this is the prize.

good luck all

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Double day - circuits VIPR,TRX and running

Hey folks
Well after hardly any sleep last night 2-3 hours down to anxiety and stuff kicking in, I decided work hard today on exercise to try get some feel good inputs, so went to circuits (VIPR &TRX) this morning and we got pushed really hard, luckily some of it was outdoor otherwise I'd have melted to the gym floor! so after cycling home I tried get myself together and I got out later for a 6 miler run ok not as long as I'd have liked but seriously I had nothing in the tank and my legs had no strength from all the mornings felt a very long 6 miles and took me 51.49.

but I've really enjoyed the double I actually enjoyed both sessions and think at least once a week this will be something I'll do.

hope this finds everyone well, and run happy!
or do whatever but do it happy I hope :)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Dragons Back Race 2015 I'm a fan!

I've been really hooked on the Dragons Back Race, the Race runs follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle, that's  approximately 300 kilometres long with 16,000 metres of ascent. It runs over 5 days  from 22/26 of June...its an awesome event and achievement and something I would love to do in the future.

Get involved I have! its been great to be a fan this year as they have a live feed update with map positions, race position and lots more. I've found it really motivating and an inspiration to watch these folks work hard out there.

You can catch all the action( and want to run it yourself next time like me!) at:

thanks all, I'm off to enjoy the sunshine :)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Suns out, Run out!

 Last week was better run wise I managed a couple of longer runs, and 8 miler and took it up to a 10 miler with trail running pack on Sunday. My pace is slower than I was running before injury but really not worried about that at moment just happy to be completing the miles.

Today was first run of this week and to be honest I did not feel good today mood was really down, so decided a shorter run(5mile) and alongside the River as it was a sunny day might help improve did I am feeling a lot better, I've said it before but getting out around nature might not solve all problems but it DOES help! lots of people walking, jogging and cycling there too today and although its not chatting with people(anxiety is bad at moment so social contact has dropped too...easier to write here than actually talk to people) it just felt better to be part of something others are doing too.

Hope this finds all well, and hope you all can get out and enjoy nature too, does wonders for mental health :)

Gareth (TheTryAth)

Platypus SoftBottle (0.5 Litre) Review

 I recently received a Platypus SoftBottle and this is how I've got on with it :)

First impressions

The Platypus SoftBottle, is reusable Bladder/Bottle Hybrid design so you get the easier access to fill and access to water but the benefit of a bladder means it can be rolled up for storage in a pack or pocket after use or to carry as water container on the go when you need it. The SoftBottle I have is  0.5 Litre but its does come in a larger 1. Litre unit. There are options for a drink tube etc available as separate products.

Field Test

I decided to test this out first on a run, its easy to fill as once you take the drink cap off the opening is a reasonable size, once it is filled the bottle is very comfortable to carry as due to design moulds to your hand, also sat well in a pocket for same reason more comfortable than a standard bottle I found. The Bottle push pull cap is easy enough to drink from and thanks to the soft body you get the liquid very easy with a quick squeeze. Once the SoftBottle is empty I found it easy to roll up and stick in my pocket, one tip for this is carry an elastic band to keep it rolled tighter.


Great little bottle for Runners or those who want carry water without having to use a large Sports type noticeable Bottle. the option to roll up after or before use for storage is a winner.

Thanks for reading
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Full Product Info available at :Platypus

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Summer Fitness Challenge 'Puma Points' with The Running Bug and Puma

 spoke before about using social media to help get support and motivation if like me your not part of a running club (just not something I'm ready for with social anxiety issues), or then again even if your part of a club some extra support is always nice...

So this Summer the folks at +The Running Bug  are running fitness challenge with Puma called 'Puma Points', a chance to log work outs and they are going give out some prizes too. I have joined up and I'm in Team Energy .

Here is a LINK to the Running Bug site :)

The Running Bug site states

P.S I've just posted about my joining up these are my views, I am in No way affiliated with this challenge, so if your thinking of entering check terms and conditions and details at the Running Bug site.

Thanks for reading
Gareth (TheTryAth)

The Ultimate Direction Wasp Running Vest - Review

Hi as I'm moving into more trail/hill/mountain running and upping distance I finally purchased a Trail running vest/pack this is my thoughts on the Ultimate Direction Wasp Running vest/pack.

First Impressions

So firstly some reasons why I chose this pack, it is a fairly minimal design so less  body coverage by the pack, this is personal preference, also the front pockets on the straps are open type and positioned so could fit water bottle in them only bad point of the pack the pockets are smaller than some others and means you could fit maybe a 300ml bottle but not a 600ml :( (the problem with having to mail order) but its not too much of a problem buy I would have preferred the option for full size bottle storage.

You get the pack and it come with a 2 Litre water bladder, the pack carried this easy with plenty of storage as its volume is 8.9 Litre capacity. It has a main zip compartment which has separation for the water bladder. It has a small compartment on the top of the main pack which is zipped for secure storage(keys emergency items etc) and a large open pocket on the pack for quick storage of items like a jacket. on the straps each has an open pocket and underneath a secure pocket the left side is a stretch pocket great for a phone the right a more roomy pocket suitable for gels or quick access gear.

Field Test

I took the pack out today for first longish run a 10 miler on the Hills, I filled the water bladder to see how it carried the weight along with some bits of kit I take (waterproof jacket, first aid etc), one note is the Bladder it is easy enough to fill but takes a while as its a top seal bag and is sealed like a dry bag, not too much of an issue but for quick refilling I might replace the bladder for Race/Event conditions. The pack sits well and was very secure during my run, I did not have keep messing with fit once fitted comfortably it stayed in position and no hindrance on my natural running action from straps/pockets etc. The water access was easy enough the bite valve worked well and it can be stored either side for preference do to holding loops on both straps. The Pack gets big points for design it was a hot day yet did not feel any additional heating as to running without a pack.


The fit was excellent and pack storage is ideal, is has secure storage and can easily fit enough trail running gear to keep you safe and comfortable, drawbacks front pockets could have been slightly bigger and given the option of large bottle storage, and water bladder takes time to fill (but can easy be replaced with a quicker fill option)

4/5* down to the front pockets or would have been a 5*

I purchased my Wasp Pack for £80.99 from


Ultimate Direction

The Ultimate Direction Wasp Running Vest

For longer distance running, or when the forecast is changeable, you're going to need a slightly bigger running vest like the Wasp from Ultimate Direction. The 8.9 litre main back compartment holds an extra couple of layers, plenty of food and includes a 2 litre bladder. Pockets up front give fast access to small items, snacks and gels and are compatible with Body Bottles. Cool Wick Air Mesh fabric is used on all areas that may contact the body, for supreme chafe-free comfort. 
  • Weight: 460g
  • Capacity: 8.9 litres
  • Seamless back panel prevents abrasion and discomfort
  • Rear stretch mesh pocket and bungee
  • Height-adjustable, top sternum strap
  • 2 front multi-use stretch mesh pockets
  • 2 larger, front-zippered security pockets are phone compatible
  • 2-litre reservoir included:
    • The reservoir can removed and filled while leaving the hose threaded through the pack
    • Reservoir can be turned inside-out for easy cleaning
    • The opening automatically shuts off when the hose is removed
    • Smooth inside, for easier cleaning
    • Slightly smoother outside, to slip in and out of packs
    • BPA Free
    • Top closure is fold-over and slide-closed resulting in never leaking and opens fully for cleaning
    • Utilizes a Hypervalve Hose which incorporates an on/off bitevalve

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Montane Minimus Smock - Waterproof - Review

 In this this review I look at a recent purchase I treated myself too, as I want to spend more time on the mountains not just walking but moving more into trail and mountain running. I have needed to get some of the essential gear first up was new waterproof, I needed a light and breathable one suitable for trail running. I read various reviews on a number of brands and finally settled on the Montane Minimus Smock, I had also seen one of these in use and had been impressed at its weight and build quality.

First Impressions

Out the pack the Smock looks good I liked the brighter blue colour as easier visibility if folks need spot you, it comes with a stretchy mesh type bag/stuff sack for storage in a pack too. I ordered this in the size XL as that's my normal size and it fits fine although its worth noting the Smock is quite fitted. The fit is for movement though and no problems in moving arms around does not effect the Smocks fit.

Field Test

have taken the Minimus Smock out a few times now as living in Wales never a shortage of rain, I've used it running, on walks and also out on my bike, the Smock packs down to such a small size and its weight is so light its great in a pack. It was comfortable to run in as well no restriction in movement and its breathability was excellent so did not overheat the zip from the hood does come far down and the large front pocket acts as a vent if need expel a bit of heat build up. The big question of course the waterproof and this Smock really does perform keeps everything out and the hood fit stops anything getting in. I used it in some very wet area's (rainy day along the coast) and dry and comfortable the whole way.  This smock does come in jacket form but I preferred the Smock as from past experience I found the less zip the better when it comes to a waterproof.



The Smock is pricey I paid roughly £100 from Amazon (May, 2015) but it lives up to its requirements, if you want a very light small pack space waterproof its ideal.

thanks for reading

official spec available at :
  • PERTEX® Shield + provides exceptionally high fabric breathability at 25,000 MVTR with a 20,000mm hydrostatic head
  • Micro-taped seams throughout increase breathable surface area
  • Articulated arms for reach high movement and tailored specifically to reduce hem lift
  • Stretch bound hood ensures a snug fit around the face and a low profile underneath a climbing helmet
  • Pre-elasticated rear hood gives a close fit for swift, effective weather protection
  • Mesh lined front bib pocket sized to fit large maps and featuring a YKK AquaGuard® zip
  • ½ length YKK AquaGuard® front zip with internal storm flap
  • Stretch bound cuffs and hem to prevent weather entry and heat loss
  • VIA reflective logo details
  • MONTANE® stuff sac perfect for storage on the move