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The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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Marathon des Sables

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

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

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Lose weight while running long

Nutrition for ultra runners is about delivering enough energy to working muscles, enabling you to complete those tough sessions, which will allow for progression and improvement; it is also about recovery and developing strength.

But what if your motivation to increase your distance is related to an actual requirement to dropping a few pounds.

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Treadmill or Dreadmill - 3 sessions to keep you fresh

Love it or loathe it, the treadmill should have a place in every ultra runner’s armoury. It shouldn’t solely be saved for the grimmest of grim days, either. There are, of course, days when the weather is somewhat Biblical and a treadmill comes in handy, but the main reason for using one for certain sessions is down to the resulting higher quality session.

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The psychological profile of ultra success

There is an increasingly large body of research exploring personality traits associated with sporting success and with endurance performance. This research can help us to understand what makes the successful athlete tick, but it may be frustrating for an aspiring ultra runner who may, or may not, possess these seemingly desirable traits.

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dunsrunner

Four Passes

I ran this race in October 2017. The name of the race tells the story: you run over four fantastic passes in the Lake District. The basic stats show around 18.5 miles of distance and 5500 feet of ascent and equally important, descent. I say this because the descents are very tough. This is run b...

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SarahCrunning

Four Passes

I wrote a full review of this event after its first running in 2016 (see below). The minor issues I mentioned from last year were fully resolved and everything was organised to perfection. I just wanted to briefly update my review as I had a very different race this year. The conditions were incr...

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Gower Ultra 50

If you have never been to the Gower, go for a visit. It's stunning. But if you love to run and want to see the best bits of this area of outstanding natural beauty, do this Event! (it will help enormously if you don't mind suffering whilst enjoying the views.) Well marshalled parking followed by...

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10 Peaks Brecon Beacons

The 2017 long course was my 5th ultra but probably way harder than anything I'd done before. Registration was the most efficient I've been through, hand in photo ID, have your photo taken, kit check, numbers issued, gps tracker strapped to bag, collect t-shirt and you are done,all in just a few m...

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Round Ripon Ultra 35

Nice introduction to ultra distances. Mixed terrain, maybe a bit too much tarmac for my liking. As said before, navigation is a bit tricky, it is worth sticking to the locals ;-) Good check points, with water, gels and cake, plus savoury food at half way. Very friendly and supporting staff.

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Jude dayne

Gower Ultra 50

October 2017...the gower 50 is well worth entering,,overnight stay on site,brilliant atmosphere,very well organised event that challenges the runner,will be doing this again

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Rhodes Run

2016 The Rhodes Run is a highlight on the ultra running calendar in South Africa and for most trailies, their best chance to see snow and run in sub-zero temperatures. The race is made all that more special because it's limited to a number of runners, most of whom are returners each year. I was ...

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The Wall

A well organised, nice and 'runnable' event. Registration the night before was fast and easy. Biggest stock of food I've ever seen at the checkpoints. Well marked route, and great support from the marshalls too

   

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The 5 toughest stage races

I thought choosing the  toughest single-stage ultras was hard, but it turns out that selecting the toughest stage races is even more difficult. Not as difficult as running them, obviously! The problem is trying to compare them: mountains v jungle, desert v glaciers.

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LEJoG

In 2014 I ran the Thames Path, from the source to the barrier. By myself. Carrying my own stuff. In 2016 I ran the North Downs Way. This time dragging my husband with me. Carrying all our own stuff.

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7 articles on finishing, stomach distress, music, food breaks and Ironman

This week our selection of articles from the web includes a novelty, we have a podcast for you on stomach health.

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UTMB Champion smashes John Muir trail record

François D’Haene, has set a new record of 2 days, 19 hours, and 26 minutes on the 210-mile John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Marvellous Mimi pulls out of cross USA world record attempt

Mimi Anderson, Marvellous Mimi, has been forced to withdraw from her attempt to set a new female Guinness World Record for crossing the USA due to serious knee issues.

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Fernanda Maciel breaks Kilimanjaro ascent record

Fernanda Maciel of Brazil has broken the women’s record for the fastest ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She ascended and descended the 5,895-metre peak in 10 hours and 6 minutes.

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Millet Sports sells apparel, equipment, footwear and more items for different sports. Use voucher codes and promo codes for extra savings. www.onlinecouponisland.com/millet-sports-discount-voucher-codes

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Running Kit Discussion

This is a thread to discuss running kit - trainers, packs, jackets.... socks! Whatever bits of gear we use when training or racing. What works for you? What doesn't? Any recommendations? Any useful mods? etc. etc. Any valuable information we can share to help one another out would be awesome. Cheers! Luke

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Centurion Autumn 100

Unlike the other Centurion 100 milers which are point to point races, the Autumn 100 route forms a cross shape with four 12.5 mile spurs. These are run as out and backs with the central start/finish point in Goring-on-Thames. Legs 1 and 4 are run on the Thames Path and legs 2 and 3 are on the Ridgeway National Trail. This allows runners to access their drop bags every 25 miles and our runner reviewers enjoyed the way the route enabled them to see more of their fellow competitors and found it to be neither a flat nor a hilly route. All three reviewers awarded the race 5 stars and recommended it as an ideal first 100 miler. However, although the route is very runnable, the time of year makes for unpredictable conditions with the possibility of a significant drop in temperature overnight. Last year's winners hold the course records for this race (14:07 and 15:22), but there is every chance that these could be broken this year. Unusually, there is a clear favourite in both the men's and women's field. James Stewart is making his Centurion debut. He has competed at international level and in the last 12 month has run a 258km race, claimed the course record at Tooting 24 hour and won Rocky Raccoon 100. James Elson (race director) has tipped him for the first ever Centurion sub-14 100 miler. In the women's field, Mari Mauland is the favourite after winning both TP100 and NDW100 and coming 4th in SDW100. She leads the women's Grand Slam and would break the women's 100 mile Grand Slam record if she completes this race in 16:51 or faster. Things can always go wrong for any runner, and there are plenty of other strong competitors with an eye on podium spots. This race will also determine the final 100 mile Grand Slam rankings. Dan Masters is leading the men's Grand Slam so far and will set an overall record if he breaks 17:24. Nick Marriage is 2nd in the Grand Slam and very consistent and Ed Knudsen could be a contender if he can maintain his speed over the distance. Amongst the women, Wendy Shaw is having a strong year after winning Ultrafest 24 hour and coming 2nd in GUCR. Linn Sahlstrohm won Sussex CTS and could do well. Centurion races are never just about the frontrunners. Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and let us know how you get on.

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SarahCrunning

Salomon Cappadocia Ultra-Trail

Now an official race in the Ultra-Trail World Tour, the Cappadocia Ultra-Trail is approximately 114km with 3350m of ascent. There are also 61km and 35km races. The route starts in Urgup in the historical Cappadocia region of Turkey. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of hills and valleys formed from volcanic rock. Some of the ancient rock has eroded to form 'fairy chimneys', and early Christians carved churches and monasteries directly from the rock deposits. The area is home to a number of underground cities which were once used as hiding places when Christianity was illegal. Lucja Leonard (@Runningdutchie) ran this race in 2015 when only 122 of the 200 entrants completed the 114km. She gave the race 5 stars and described the region as 'a geological oddity with fairytale topography'. This year, Great Britain's Robbie Britton is among the competitors taking on the beautiful but challenging route. We wish him the best of luck.

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SarahCrunning

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Ultra

Ranger Ultras' Yorkshire 3 Peaks Ultra is part of the Peaks, Vales, Moors & Trails series - that title alone is enough to intrigue me and make me think I would enjoy this route. This event was new to the ultra calendar in 2016. As yet, we have no runner reviews, so if you ran it last year or are running it tomorrow, then we love to hear about it: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Yorkshire-3-Peaks-Ultra#reviewSection This classic route is 70km/43 miles long and consists of historic limestone trails and the three peaks of Whernside, Ingeborough and Pen Y Ghent. The race utilises the Cam Road and the Pennine Way, and the organisers suggest that it offers an ideal mini-recce for the Spine Race. Whilst some navigation is required, a gpx file of the route is available and it is run on waymarked trails. Ranger Ultras are keen for this event to cater for all abilities, and a cut-off of 24-hours makes this achievable. They also offer overnight facilities and catering, encouraging competitors to enter into the adventure spirit together for the weekend. Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and I hope the weather is fairly kind. Let us know how you get on.

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Piglet Plod

I ran in the Saxons, Vikings and Normans 'Piglet Plod' at the weekend... dressed as Eeyore: Race report This was my first S.V.N. race but I had wanted to do one for ages, simply because their medals look awesome... and cake. mainly cake. It's just most were based in the depths of Kent, however one caught my eye closer to home. The Winnie The Pooh challenge is on Saturday and Sunday in the Ashdown Forest, but 1. I'd left it too late to get a place in the Saturday event and 2. Family stuff. So Sunday in the Ashdown forest it was. Having not done an SVN event before, I wasn't sure quite what to expect, but reckoned that from the race descriptions and general tone that these were going to be 'my sort of people'. I wasn't disappointed, really low key but clearly really well organised, friendly and brilliant atmosphere all around. I appeared to be the only Eeyore on the day, probably understandable since the "Eeyore Expedition" had been yesterday's event. :) Never mind, at least a 6'2" donkey at speed should get some attention. Well the plan *had* been to have fun, dress up, take it easy and have a laugh. Clearly as soon as the start was shouted my brain clicked over to autopilot race mode, I leaned forwards surged on and belted off at a suicidal pace. Oh well. Anyway, 5 hours 41 minutes later I'd had enough and called it a day, I'm not entirely sure that time limited rather than fixed distance events are my thing but I'd definitely recommend SVN events, just the right balance of crazy and really well organised with an admirable dedication to chocolate and cake.

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Rileforce

Autumn 100

Hi guys, This is my first 100 - I have been injured for the last month so not been able to train. Does anyone have any tips for the race? What leg out of the 4 is the hardest? Also, will I need to purchase a map for this or is it well marked?

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SarahCrunning

Jungle Marathon

The Jungle Marathon is an eco-race taking place in the Brazilian Amazon jungle. There are three distance options: a marathon on 11th October, a 4-stage 127km race from 7th - 11th October and a 6-stage 254km race from 7th-14th October. Competitors may encounter anacondas in the swamps, caimans and piranhas in the rivers and jaguars in the jungle. They can expect temperatures of 40 degrees and 99% humidity. They must be self-sufficient and they will sleep in a hammock under a mosquito net amongst the jungle flora and fauna. Despite this, there are no specific entry requirements and the organisers stress that mental stamina will be just as important in surviving the jungle as physical fitness. Around 75 runners will arrive in Alter do Chao on Friday 5th October and be taken to base camp by river-boats on a journey of 10-12 hours. They will reach camp on Saturday and have their kit checked. Sunday will involve a series of essential safety and pre-race briefings prior to stage 1 on Monday 8th October. The terrain of this race is certainly varied, with trails, beaches, swamps, river crossings and slippery jungle climbs. Does anyone have experience of running in the jungle and what tips can you offer to this year's Jungle Marathoners? Does the idea of sleeping in the jungle appeal to your sense of adventure or give you nightmares? Good luck to everyone running - it sounds an incredible experience!

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