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220

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GlobalLimits Cambodia

30-Nov-2018 Phnom Penh, Angkor, Cambodia

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250

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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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

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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The Goldilocks Protocol

By Andy Mouncey

If the title has you scratching your head, then you either need to rummage through your grandparents’ book collection – old things with quaint paper pages, remember? – or worship at the altar of the search engine under ‘Nineteenth century fairy tales / Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’

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Ultranoia – how to cope in final lead-up to race day

By James Eacott

The term ‘Maranoia’ has been bandied around for a few years now. Used to describe the feeling of lack of preparation leading into a marathon, it’s a very real condition. Did I do the right training? Have I eaten properly? Did I buy the right kit? Will my feet hold up?

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Ankle Sprain

By Karina Teahan

Most of us have heard of the term ankle sprain and many may have had an ankle sprain in the past. This is why it is often dismissed as a fairly straight forward and short term interruptive nuisance to our running. However, some ankle sprains can end up becoming a bit more complicated.

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Leki Instructor Lite poles review

By Fiona Outdoors

I have been testing the Leki Instructor Lite Walking/Running Poles. I find poles are useful when running longer-distances in the mountains and hills. They help to reduce general lethargy and muscle soreness thanks to the support of the upper body when using the poles.

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Ultrajaney

Chester Ultra 100

This was my first 100 miler and what an experience! I have completed the Chester 50 on two occasions which were superbly organised by GB Ultras and this latest offering did not disappoint. It was first rate from start to finish! Excellent checkpoints staffed by lovely, helpful and supportive vo...

frandles

Chester Ultra 100

This was my first 100mile ultra. I had ran two 50milers previously with the GB Ultras team, and after such excellent experience's during both races, I decided to loose my 100mile virginity with them. From the booking of the event on their web site, to the pre-race information and the help & suppo...

tiffany

Ultra Bielersee

year of race: 2018 The Biel Lake (Bielersee) Ultra Marathon. May 12th 2018-05-16 Bern, Switzerland. Five weeks ago, I lined up in with 40,000 fellow runners to participate in the NN Rotterdam marathon. This Saturday, I was one of 136 runners about to start the Lake Biel Ultra-marathon. The s...

Ewan Wilson

The New Forest 50km

Well it was cold. Very cold. Parked up the industrial estate in Ringwood and there was a bus as promised which ferried us to the event site. Usual set up with a registration tent and another drop bag tent which everyone was huddling in to avoid the cold. I made the mistake of arriving too early...

red.stiletto

V3K Ultra (Vegan Welsh 3,000s) (/Events/V3K Ultra

A super friendly race, with a fantastic HQ, awe-inspiring route, loads of support and the BEST vegan food (roast potatoes at one of the CPs, plates of hot food at the finish, just as examples!). This race was tough but achievable for me even as a slower runner because of the cut offs and lots of ...

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Sharnie100

Chester Ultra 100

2018 A great route with a real variety of terrain and something for every one whether you like hills and glorious views, rocky forest trails, rolling green countryside or canal or river running this has it all. Superbly supported with well stocked checkpoints and fantastic atmosphere. Well mar...

Pritch102

Chester Ultra 100

such a great event! My first 100 and what a pleasure it was! The trails were amazing and the staff at the checkpoints and the other runners made it a great experience! Looking forward to the next one.

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Rollings

Ridgeway 40

Ridgeway 40 - May 2018 A really gentle introduction to longer distances. This is a very well organised event. This was my first run over marathon distance and I specifically chose this event as I was hoping it would be a gentle intro into ultra marathons. Navigation is super easy, you basical...

   

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Third Lady at Marathon des Sables: An interview with Gemma Game

By Susie Chan

Gemma Game returned to the Marathon des Sables (MdS) this year after bagging herself a top 10 place in 2015.

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Tom Evans Q&A

Tom Evans’ star is continuing to rise. He bagged bronze at the World Trail Championships in May 2018 by clocking 8:49:35 for the 85.3km race. It was another stunning achievement for the man who leapt into the annals of history with his epic third place in the Marathon des Sables 2017. RunUltra’s Luke Jarmey interviewed him after the MdS about his background and his meteoric ascent in the ultra running scene.

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7 articles on depression, training stress, heart, mind and knees

By Elsa Trujillo

This week our selection of web articles comes full of body parts. In the best possible sense, of course.

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Ultra runner tribute to Manchester attack victims

By Alice Morrison

Nathan Rae, an ultra runner from Chorlton, has devised his very own tribute to those 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena atrocity a year ago. He ran 67 miles in a heart shape around Manchester.

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Antoine Guillon, Pere Lluís Garau and Tina Ameller win the race around Menorca

By Alice Morrison

The 2018 Compressport Trail Menorca Camí de Cavalls (TMCdC) a 185 km race around the island has ended in victory for Antoine Guillon of France and local boy Pere Lluis Garau for the men and Tina Ameller, also from Menorca, for the women.

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In Constant Motion - Global Premier

By Alice Morrison

"If you’re not moving, you’re dead,” is the mantra of ultra running star and Arc'teryx athlete, Adam Campbell. It’s a mantra which he challenges and lives out in his film, “In Constant Motion”, premiered online on May 9th.

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Rileforce

Cleaning Salomon Race Vests?

Hi all, Do any of you know how to clean and treat Salomon race packs? I was doing the Transvulcania ultra - a mixture of suncream, sweat, and lots of dust and dirt has made contact with my vest pack. It blooming stinks... what is the best way to clean this? Washing machine? Hand wash? Soap - what type of soap? All the best Pete

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jwoad

Ultra GPS

Does anyone know of a GPS (preferably) sports watch which will last roughly 18 hours? I have an old forerunner which is built like a tank but even that would struggle. Alternatively what is the best option for re-charging whilst at feed stations? Jon

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RideRunner

Humanity direct Tring 50k

Has anyone run this before? Its tagged as a beginner one, so I’ve chosen it as my first. (Sensible aren’t I?!) I have a GPS, will i need it? How is the navigation? I wasn’t able to find much info on elevation gain, how hard should I train the hills? I know as beginner it’s not going to be crazy, but is it flat ish? Otherwise, Anything else I should know? I am aware in September the weather can go either way, so I could be in shorts or thermals! :)

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SarahCrunning

Hardmoors 160 and Hardmoors 110

If Hardmoors 55 and Hardmoors 60 aren't tough enough for you, then Hardmoors 110 combines both routes into a single stage race. If you think that's a huge undertaking, then consider the runners brave/nuts enough to take on Hardmoors 160 (AKA The Ring of Steele) - this route starts in Sutton Bank, Scarborough at 5pm tomorrow. Runners head towards Helmsley and then pick up the Tabular Hills Route to Scaby and join the clifftops of the Cleveland Way. They then pick up the final 100 miles of the Hardmoors 110 route to finish back in Helmsley. They have 50 hours to complete the race. This is the 3rd edition of the event and an immense challenge. The Hardmoors 110 runners set off from Filey at 8am on Saturday, and they have 36 hours to complete the route along the Cleveland Way, encircling the North York Moors and taking in the Cleveland Heritage coastline. These routes are stunning, but they are not easy running, even in daylight. Good luck to all those taking part - we'll be tracking!

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Grand Union Canal Race

The Grand Union Canal Race is one of Britain's longest continuous ultras. At 6am tomorrow, around 90 runners will set out from Gas Street Basin, Birmingham with the aim of running the full length of the Grand Union Canal towpath to Little Venice in London. The distance is 145 miles, and they have 45 hours to complete it. One of this year's runners is Mark Thornberry - he was due to run the race last year, but was undergoing treatment for newly diagnosed liver cancer instead. Following a terminal diagnosis, he ran the route over 3 days later in the year to raise money for research into treatments for liver disease and liver cancer. The doctors did not expect him to be alive for this year's race, but they underestimated his determination. Good luck to Mark and all the runners - I'll be tracking.

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Maxi-Race France

This weekend sees the 8th edition of the Maxi-Race, France - an event that centres around trail running but also includes other outdoor pursuits such as kayaking and orienteering in a celebration of the natural beauty of the Lake Annecy area. The organisers are involved in a number of social, environmental and humanitarian projects, and there will be schemes such as shoe recycling and partnerships with local sports organisations evident throughout the weekend. There are races of a range of distances as well as children's events, to allow runners of all abilities to take part. The attention of the ultra world will be focused on the 85km Maxi Race and the 116km Ultra-Race. The latter was new in 2017 and contains 7360m of ascent with a time limit of 30 hours. The races offer stunning views of Lake Annecy from the shores at Albigny Beach and the summits of the surrounding mountains. These are mountain events, and attract some of the top elite mountain runners. The 116km race starts at 1:30am on Saturday (local time). Favourites include Julien Chorier, Miguel Meras, Hugo Galeote, Mimi Kotka and Denise Zimmermann. The 85km Maxi-Race starts at 5am on Saturday (local time). Francois d'Haene has to be a favourite for a podium spot - he won the inaugural Ultra-Race in 2017, but has chosen the shorter event this year. He will face competition from the likes of Jordi Gamito and Mohamed El-Morabity. In the women's Maxi-Race, Brit Jo Meek is a strong contender, and others include Katie Shild and Lisa Borzani.

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Cape Wrath Ultra

Launched in 2016 by the team behind Dragon's Back Race, Cape Wrath Ultra is back for its second edition. The race consists of 8 stages between 20th and 27th May. In total, runners will complete 400km/250 miles, with an average of 50km and 1400m of ascent each day. However, the distances vary from 37km-72km a day, with the longest days being 6 and 7. This looks a spectacular route - it starts in Fort William and follows the natural lines through the glens of the Highlands to Cape Wrath - the most northwesterly point in the British Isles. Entrants will be treated to lochs, glens, mountains and spectacular scenery as they follow ancient footpaths and remote tracks. They must face around 100 river crossings, and much of the terrain is tricky and technical. Our runner reviewer praised the organisation of the event and the stunning scenery. Good luck to all those taking part - however tired you feel, don't forget to look around you.

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SarahCrunning

Monarchs Way Ultra

This race is the longest single-stage ultra in Britain and currently has a DNF rate of 100%. In 2016, 3 runners started the race and all had dropped out by day 4. Last year, 3 runners started. Two of them reached day 10 but then dropped out. The route follows Britain's longest inland path for 615 miles from Powick Bridge in Worcestershire to Shoreham-by-Sea. It is the route followed by King Charles II in 1651 after he was defeated in the Battle of Worcester. This year's 12 entrants set of at 10am on Saturday and must run an average of 43 miles a day (for 14 days) if they are to reach the finish by the cut-off of 10am on 2nd June. They are not allowed any crew or pacers, and checkpoints are roughly 40 miles apart. Do you think anyone will make it this year?

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