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250

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Marathon des Sables

06-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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200

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Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

11-Jun-2018 /Ai/Ais- Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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60

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Fox Ultra

22-Apr-2017 Godalming, Surrey, England, UK

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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The Vegan Runner

For decades veganism was portrayed negatively, its effects on health and evolutionary legitimacy questioned. It wasn’t until the 2010’s that veganism became not only glamorous as celebrities, politicians and athletes adopted the diet, but also something to be taken seriously.

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How to achieve your running goals

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My first 100 mile ultra and how to plan for one

Ready to enter your first 100 miler? We will help you prepare with Andy Mouncey's training guide. It includes solid, practical advice and training programmes to get you there.

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 running shoes

The Lone Peak 3.0 are the latest (fifth) version of Altra’s original flagship trail running shoes. Designed for trail running, hiking, fastpacking and trail racing, Altra’s presence in the ultra running world is growing rapidly, and for good reason.

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Coastal Trail Series - Exmoor (CTS) (/Events/Coastal Trail Series - Exmoor

2017 Race Advertised as the toughest of the CTS races this one certainly lived up to expectations. Located at the Western end of Exmoor based beside the Hunters Inn. The route covers all the race distances, 10km, 21km, marathon, 55km & 73km all contained within the marathon route. The 55km is the...

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SarahCrunning

South Downs Way 50

I ran this in 2017 as my third Centurion event and what will hopefully be the start of my grandslam of Centurion’s 50 milers. I knew that I could rely on Centurion to put on a well organised, well-marked and friendly event. As I had never run on the south downs I was less sure of how I would find...

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OCRAdam

South Downs Way 50

My first Centurion event but not my last. The terrain was very hilly and open. Long stretches of winding hills with the occasional steep decline to give you a rest. The day was hot and dry so the ground wasn’t great for trail shoes however not great for road shoes either. The course was marked ve...

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60 van Texel

Around Texel 120K and 60K: an interview with the founding race director On Easter Monday 17 April 2017 one of the foremost ultraraces in The Netherlands will happen again. ‘De Zestig van Texel’ is an ultrarun of 60K around the island of Texel and includes a 4x15K relay as well. Top of the bill i...

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UltraBoyRuns

Ultra Trail Barcelona

I was stood at the back of the start line for the UTBCN with no expectations other than to start and as we left 'Begues' (a small town jus outside Barcelona) I felt no fear because I really hadn't looked too closely at what I was about to do. The rainstorm the previous night had meant a complete ...

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Chester Ultra

The course was absolutely stunning and certainly exceeded my expectations. I had no idea Cheshire was so hilly. Whilst the hills were hard, they also brought a new challenge, tremendous views, great descents and an eventual drop to the canal and the 6 miles to the finish. GB Ultra's organisation ...

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Lakeland 50 UTLD (Ultra Tour Lake District) (/Events/Lakeland 50 UTLD

Ran in 2015. I was under trained, suffered hard, but managed to finish. What can you say? Probably one of, if not, the premier event in the UK! Great people, insane course! Why are you reading reviews? Just sign up! Commit to it! You WON'T be disappointed!

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Wenlock Olympian Walk (or run) (/Events/Wenlock Olympian Walk

I did this for a training run in 2014. Very affordable, I think it cost £15! If you decide to run this keep in mind it's for walkers and not specifically for runners; don't expect gels etc. at the aid stations. The navigation I found fairly difficult, not a complaint just a comment as I prefer ma...

   

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Tom Evans Q&A

Tom Evans leapt into the annals of history with his epic third place in the Marathon des Sables. He seemed to come from nowhere to overtake the pack and get himself on that podium. The long day – over 80 kilometres – saw him put in a stunning performance to come in second after the champion, Rachid El Morabity. Here, he talks to Luke Jarmey about his background, the desert and that brilliant run.

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7 videos and articles on trail running, perseverance, motivation, heartbreak and vegan food

We know you enjoy our selection of articles and watch our videos, so this week we’ve made a combo of things to read and watch.

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The Marathon des Sables 2017 Race Report

The 32nd edition of the Marathon des Sables (MDS) produced a score of heroic tales. Every person who takes on this race is a champion, everyone who finishes it knows the satisfaction of achieving the often impossible. It is a challenge which will find your weak points and show you to yourself. Six stages of self-sufficient running across the great and forbidding Sahara desert.

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Kilian Jornet to take on Scotland and The Lakes

Kilian Jornet is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, ultra runner on the planet. This year his calendar looks as exciting as ever. He has announced that he will be running in the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ 2017 and that he has ambitions to complete the Bob Graham round. He also wants to take on Everest once again, having had to pull out in 2016 and he has UTMB in his sights.

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Marathon des Sables 2017 Begins

It is the 32nd edition of the infamous Marathon des Sables (MDS) and the runners have had their first day of enduring the burning sun and the soft sand of the dunes. The race is 250km long and takes place over six stages in six days. The first stage was 30km.

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RunUltra's Top 10 Reviews for March 2017

We’re pleased to announce our top 10 reviews for March. So congratulations to Daniel Stinton who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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Runningriot

Best insoles to buy for niggling pains?

Hi im new to running (thus my technique isnt perfect) and I have been getting some pretty bad niggling pains in my feet espcially my arches after I run and was wondering if changing up my insoles would help? Currently inside my running shoes it is as flat as a pancake and doesnt give any support at all. I was thinking about buying some really cheap arch support insoles like these for example. Are cheap insoles just as good as off the shelf branded insoles? Going by the pics they dont look any different to the expensive superfeet ones to me. What would you guys recommend I do? Im on a super low budget as I am VERY skint at the moment. im all ears, thank you! :)

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Running Hydration Pack/vest

Hi, I'm pretty sold on the "Inov-8 Race Ultra 10" but not owning a hydration pack/vest before I'm interested in other people's opinions. Cheers

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QE2QE100

Anyone run this race? I live next to the Wey navigation and use it for training all the time, and it looks like a lovely route!

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Child to Child

Represent Child to Child at the Vitality London 10000

Child to Child is a child rights agency based in London that has been working for nearly four decades to promote children's voice and agency, even in the most difficult circumstances. This short video about Pikin to Pikin Tok, our flagship project in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone, illustrates how we have been harnessing the power of children's participation to transform communities. In order to support our work, we are currently looking to recruit runners to represent us in the Vitality London 10.000 run on May 29th. The route itself is a beautiful, scenic one that goes right through central London, starting from St. James' Park, passing key landmarks and ending near Buckingham Palace. We've been given seven charity spots, and are keen to create Team Child to Child before the registration deadline on 20 April. We are asking participants to at least raise £150 to cover participation costs. If you or someone you know would like to join Team Child to Child, please send an email to ccenquiries@ioe.ac.uk. If not, we would appreciate it greatly if you could share our appeal with people in your network that you believe might be interested. We'd be happy to share more information about what we do, and to support our representatives through the entire process.

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the wall

Hi all, I'm running the hadrians wall 69 miler this year and wondered if anyone had taken part before with any tips or advice? Anything would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Marathon des Sables

Just setting up this thread as a place to discuss anything related to the MdS. This excellent MdS guide from Alice Morrison, contains links to a good portion of our articles on RunUltra relating to the race: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/March-2017/All-you-will-ever-need-to-know-to-run-the-MDS And here's an extensive list of all our MdS content: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Training/November-2016/Marathon-des-Sables-12-Week-Plan http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/January-2015/Marathon-des-Sables-Hints-and-Tips http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/February-2017/Lost-in-the-desert-MDS-cautionary-tale http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/April-2016/Marathon-des-Sables-2016-Thoughts-from-the-Course http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/April-2016/Returning-champ,-Elisabet-Barnes-gives-us-the-lowd http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/April-2016/A-real-running-hero http://www.runultra.co.uk/News/April-2016/Marathon-des-Sables-Stage-1 http://www.runultra.co.uk/News/April-2016/Marathon-Des-Sables-2016-Stage-2 http://www.runultra.co.uk/News/April-2016/Marathon-Des-Sables-2016-Stage-3 http://www.runultra.co.uk/News/April-2016/Marathon-Des-Sables-2016-The-Long-Stage http://www.runultra.co.uk/News/April-2016/Marathon-Des-Sables-2016-The-Last-Day http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/February-2016/Packing-for-your-multi-day-Ultra-running-race http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/March-2015/He-must-be-crackers-!-by-Ian-Corless http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/March-2015/He-must-be-crackers!-by-Ian-Corless-Part-Two http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/December-2015/Highlights-from-the-4th-MDS-Expo http://www.runultra.co.uk/Responsive/Reviews/Events/Marathon-des-Sables-2014 http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Running-events/Africa-Middle-East/Marathon-des-Sables-2014,-a-great-adventure-Day-On http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Running-events/Africa-Middle-East/Marathon-des-Sables-2014,-a-great-adventure-Day-Tw http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Running-events/Africa-Middle-East/Marathon-des-Sables-2014,-a-great-adventure-Day-Th http://www.runultra.co.uk/Responsive/Reviews/Events/Marathon-des-Sables-2014,-a-great-adventure-Day-Fo http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Running-events/Africa-Middle-East/Marathon-des-Sables-2014,-a-great-adventure-Day-Fi http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/February-2016/Marathon-Des-Sables-The-Final-Countdown-5-things-t http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/April-2014/Ultra-Marathon-Runner-Interview-Rory-Coleman http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/April-2014/Ultra-Marathon-Runner-Interview-Susie-Chan http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Running-events/Africa-Middle-East/Marathon-des-Sables-2014 http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/November-2014/Darkness-to-light-by-Ian-Corless

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100k Pharaonic Race Cairo

Has anyone done/planning to do this race? The website and associated details of travel are not that helpful and I wondered if anyone has any experience with this race and organisers? Many thanks in anticipation!!

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The Christie charity

Join Team Christie for the Great Manchester Run 2017!

Two Distances, One Great Cause The famous Great Manchester Run is coming to the city once again on Sunday 28th May and we are looking for individuals to join Team Christie. With a 10k or brand new half marathon route available, there is a challenge for everyone, with every step you take helping us to get one step closer to a future without cancer. Need a place? We have a limited number of free places available, in return we ask you that you pledge to raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship. You can register for your place here. (http://www.christie.nhs.uk/the-christie-charity/get-involved/fundraise/events/running/great-manchester-run/ ) As a member of Team Christie, you will receive: A welcome pack A free Christie t-shirt Fundraising support and advice leading up to the race An unforgettable race day experience! We hope you can join us for one of Europe’s most popular 10k events and help us to revolutionise the fight against cancer.

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