During the course of uploading my first video I discovered that my Blogger template was too narrow for the video window, and I couldn't adjust it. A quick look revealed the more up-to-date templates, which can be adjusted. I tweaked and this is the result. Hope you like it.
While tweaking I updated the header picture. I took it in 2009 at the start of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. It is there as a constant reminder to keep me on my toes, because I have just taken my place on UTMB 2011. I didn't get through the lottery in 2010 so I was one of the many who had a place reserved for 2011, subject to qualifying with sufficient points, of course (no problems there ;-). I am bricking it more than I do for any other event. It is an awesome race that commands enormous respect - even more so after I 'died a death' at 77 miles (Champex) in 2009. My mantra for 2011 will be 'take it slowly and fuel, fuel, fuel'. In 'brickability quotient' I rate UTMB 100 1st, Lakeland 100 2nd and Western States 100 3rd.
So, my schedule for 2011 is shaping up nicely, though many holes remain. This is what it looks like so far:
01 Jan - Giant's Tooth 3mi. fell race
09 Jan - Winter Tanners 30mi.
22 Jan - The Hebden 22mi.
30 Jan - That's Lyth 23.5mi.
05 Feb - Rombald Stride 23mi.
12 Feb - Anglezarke Amble 24mi.
20 Feb - The Lactic Acid Test 8mi./1,300'
05 Mar - Trollers Trot 25mi.
12 Mar - Wuthering Hike 32mi. (Rf1)
19 Mar - Hardmoors 55mi. (Rf2)
02 Apr - The Three Shires 29mi.
09 Apr - Calderdale Hike 36mi. (Rf3)
16 Apr - Grasmere Fells & Tarns 21mi.
30 Apr - Montane Highland Fling 53mi. (Rf4)
14 May - Marlborough Downs Challenge 33mi. (Rf5)
21 May - Might Contain Nuts Brecon 40mi. (Rf6)
28 May - Housman 100mi.
05 Jun - Shires and Spires 35mi. (Rf7)
02 Jul - Osmotherley Phoenix 33mi. (Rf8)
09 Jul - White Peak Walk 26mi. (we are allowed to run)
29 Jul - Lakeland 100mi. (Rf9)
06 Aug - Long Tour of Bradwell 31mi. (Rf10)
26 Aug - Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 100mi.
17 Sep - High Peak 40mi. (Rf11)
15 Oct - Rowbotham's Round Rotherham 50mi. (Rf12)
29 Oct - Snowdonia Marathon.
The more astute among you may have sniffed a Grand Slam fantasy. Rf1 - 12 are the Runfurther series races.