Review of August 2020

In August I ran a total of 147.84 miles and it felt like a ticking over month after the virtual Lakeland 100 at the end of July.

It also felt a significant month as I really feel I have turned a corner in my running and for the first time since the Dragon’s Back in May 2019 I feel I’m running a little stronger again.

Summary of my runs

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Cycles during August

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In my goal of running 2020 miles in 2020 I’m 59.88 miles below the red line but I’ve entered the South Downs Way 100 in November so I’m hoping that race and my training for it will push me closer to the target!

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EXCITING NEWS – new Podcast/YouTube channel

Thanks for reading this post whether you are a regular reader or this is your first time clicking on this blog.

I started running ultras in 2007 and right from the start I have enjoyed sharing my journey firstly via this blog and also on my own YouTube channel   where I have posted loads of videos including Race Diaries, Recce Runs, Course reviews etc.

I also started a Podcast  ‘whwrace’ in January 2012 which is now up to 178 episodes.

Doing the recent lockdown I decided to do some live interviews with key Race Directors and ultra runners to help keep the ultra running community together.

During these live interviews it gave me the idea to try and develop my YouTube channel and in particular to produce a weekly news type show highlighting a recent ultra-race.

I was developing this idea when Tim Taylor from Chia Charge got in touch with me and asked me whether I would like to host the podcast they sponsor called ‘Run to the Hills.’

As we shared ideas it was a real win-win situation for us both and basically over the last few weeks, we have worked out a plan. I’m going to work with Chia Charge for one day a week producing a weekly podcast and YouTube channel.

I will be co-hosting the shows with Edwina Sutton who is a very well-known and accomplished ultra-runner and coach.

Each week we will produce a podcast (out on Friday each week) and YouTube episode (uploaded on Saturday each week).

Here is the plan for the first 3 weeks

  • Friday 14th August – Review of North Downs Way 100 with interviews from James Elson (Race Director) as well as the winners and runners from the field
  • Friday 21st August – Get to know your hosts John Kynaston & Edwina Sutton
  • Friday 28th August – Review of Hardmoors 110/160 including live interviews from the weekend

We have lots of ideas of how we can develop the ‘Run to the Hills’ YouTube channel including

  • Monthly Live Interviews – starting in September with an interview with Donnie Campbell
  • Race Reviews
  • Race Recce Runs

How can you help?

Here are a few things that would be great to grow the channel and raise interest

  • Visit the new YouTube channel and subscribe and click the notifications button so we can let you know when we upload new episodes. There are some trailer videos.
  • Please share the channel with your friends via social media. Recommendations are so important and we would love it if you could share our channel.
  • Subscribe to our Podcast  ‘Run to the Hills’ on your favourite Podcast provider.
    • Chris Bland who has been producing the podcast since April is now moving on from Chia Charge and this week (Friday 7th August) will be his last podcast. Chris is going to interview me as a handover.

I have also set up a twitter and Instagram account so please follow us so we can keep in touch

Thanks for reading and I hope you will enjoy this new venture!





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Review of July 2020

In July I ran 206.50 miles with just over half of that total in 7 days as part of the Virtual Lakeland 100 race.

All runs in July ….

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All runs in a graph ….

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All runs taken from Strava ….

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A summary of the types of runs I’ve have done this year so far ….

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In my aim to run 2020 miles in 2020 I’m only 36.29 miles behind the red line now so I’m thinking it is still possible …

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Guess My Time Entries

Thanks to those who sent in a guess for my latest race – virtual Lakeland 100.

I started yesterday running 30.36 miles in 7:01:41 and then 10.42 miles in 1:56:39 this morning. So on the virtual course here is where I am …

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Here is the full list of guesses

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Guess My Time Virtual Lakeland 100

I enjoyed running the #virtualWHWrace so much I decided to enter the virtual Lakeland 100 race as well. This one is a fair bit tougher (just like the real event!) in that you have to run 105 miles in 7 days. The event runs from Monday 20th July to Sunday 26th July.

I have worked out a plan to cover the 105 miles. Fortunately I have Monday as a holiday so I’m going to do a long run then to give me a good start. So here is the plan

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I have decided to do my ‘traditional’ Guess My Time competition! All you have to do is guess how long it will take me to run the 105 miles.

To help you here are my bronze, silver and gold goals

  • Bronze – sub 29:36:25 (my pb for the Lakeland 100!)
  • Silver – sub 27:00:00 (15:26 per mile pace)
  • Gold – sub 24 hrs (13:43 per mile pace) have kindly offered a pair of Drymax or Injinji socks for the closest guess

Plus a limited edition key ring!
So if you want to take part please send me your guess by 5pm Sunday 19th July
  • on this blog
  • on Facebook
  • twitter – @jkynaston
  • email –
  • any other method!


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Review of June 2020

The main focus of June was running the Virtual West Highland Way Race which involved running 95 miles over 9.5 days from Friday 12th June to Sunday 21st June. I really enjoyed taking part and completing the challenge.

In June I ran a total of 150.75 miles

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Here is my strava trace with cycle rides as well as running

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Here is a graph of my runs for June

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Table of types of runs during 2020

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One of my targets for 2020 was to run 2020 miles. I’m going to see where I am at the end of lockdown but at the moment I am 71.36 miles short of my target.

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Virtual WHWrace videos

I completed the #virtualWHWrace in 17hrs 28mins 35 secs and more importantly really enjoyed it.

JK stats

I took a photo or video clip at each mile and made them into a video diary of the event.


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Guess My Time Entries

I’m looking forward to the Virtual West Highland Way race starting tomorrow. There are over 1,000 runners taking part either as a solo runner or part of a relay.

Thanks for those who have entered my latest ‘Guess My Time’ competition.

Here is a list of the guesses

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Guess My Time – Virtual West Highland Way Race

I thought it would add to the fun (well for me anyway!) to have my traditional Guess My Time competition for the #VirtualWHrace which starts on Friday 12th June and finishes on Sunday 21st June.

The idea is to run the 95 miles from home over 9.5 days. I’m fortunate in that I’ll be able to run the majority of it on the Gleniffer Braes which is like a mini West Highland Way and an area I’ve used in training for all my ultra races over the past 13 years.

Here is my plan

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There will be a spot prize and a limited edition key ring for the closest guess.

To enter all you need to do is guess how long it will take me to run the 95 miles over the 9.5 days.

To give you an idea of a rough guess at the moment when I do a 15 mile loop on the Braes it takes me around 3hrs which is 5mph or 12 min miles. If I average 12min mile for the whole 95 miles then it would take me 19hrs 00mins 00secs but some of the runs will be shorter and potentially faster.

I’m setting myself …

  • Bronze – sub 19:51:59 – my West Highland Way personal best!
  • Silver – sub 19hrs
  • Gold – sub 18hrs

To take part please send me your guess in hours, minutes and seconds by 5pm Thursday 11th June by ..

  • Comment on this post
  • Facebook
  • Twitter @jkynaston
  • any other method!

Thanks and all the best


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Review of May 2020

During May I have been continuing to run 4 or 5 times a week with 2-3 days cycling. I have also being doing the PE with Joe Wicks most weekdays.

I ran for a total of 152.61 miles in May.

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I like the way Strava lays out runs and cycles on the same sheet now!

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Runs in graph form

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Types of runs for 2020 so far

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In my aim for 2020 miles I’m 56.21 miles behind the red line but I’ll see where I am later in the year before deciding whether to try and catch up!

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