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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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The Namibia Crossing Wildrun®

16-Jun-2019 /Ai/Ais- Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, South Africa & Namibia

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Marathon des Sables - Avoid the social media pitfalls

By James Eacott

So, rather than training, this article is about an often-unaddressed aspect of the final approach to the “toughest race on earth” for the unaware competitor: the social media noise -  with some top tips on how to manage it and harness its power.

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Completing A Mountain Multi-Stage Ultra: Coach & Competitor Compare

By Andy Mouncey and Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison is Editor here at RunUltra. She completed the Everest Trail Race back in November. RunUltra Coaching Contributor Andy Mouncey was on hand to help her

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Training for a Jungle Ultra

By James Eacott

Read some top tips from first hand experience of running jungle ultras and why you need them to avoid a DNF

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Dynafit Ultra Pro Pole Review

By Seth Grotzke

Are you looking for poles for a mountain race, multi-day event,

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Monduber Ultra trail

About the Author: Surrey Hills based trail runner. First time taking on a elevation event of this magnitude and first time using running poles. Instagram: runningswede On the 27th of October 2018 I took part in the Mondúver Ultra race in Xeresa, in the Valencia region of Spain. I was in pursuit ...


Run to the Castle Ultra

Ran the Summer 2018 edition and would echo everything that previous reviewers have said. A great mix of trails, beach running and coastal views with challenging climbs but a generous cut off time. Denzil and his team specialise in 'no-frills', high quality friendly races and this was a beauty. Ma...


Dead Sea Marathon

01/02/2019 I found the entry process a little difficult at first with it all being in Hebrew, and not being able to speak Hebrew. However, I was assisted very well by the race director and his team. They offered me advice on where to stay and how to get the dead sea area also. (flights from Lon...


HURT 100 Mile Endurance Run

2019-A year ago I witnessed my husband, Dion; tackle ,suffer and ultimately complete the HURT 100 where in the days after this accomplishment he said to me in all honesty ‘I don’t think you could finish this race’. He said this with 2 meanings; firstly he knew that kind of talk would challenge me...

Peter Telford

The Pilgrim Challenge North Downs Way Ultra

Ran this in 2019 - an excellent race, well organised and marshalled. The route is well marked and the scenery is spectacular - winter wonderland. The paths were muddy and slippy but it is February so what you would expect. Checkpoints were well stocked and with very friendly marshals. Whilst I am...


Ultra-trail Montnegre Corredor

2019 Fantastic organisation on the day and leading upto the event

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

CTS - Dorset 2018 Extremely demanding and slippery course especially for the first 5 hours under constant heavy rain. I sadly didn’t get to see much of the Jurassic Coastline due to very low & (as mentioned above) rainy clouds. The last loop in the dark was really magical. Great support from pub...


Marmot Dark Mountains

2019 near Ullswater. Fantastic event. A mixture of physical and mental endurance and the ultimate navigation test. Top quality mapping and course setting. Highly profesdional outfit running the event. Thanks guys.


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Monitoring Our Way to Good Performance

By Renee McGregor

Looking at specific blood biomarkers can help to ascertain what is really going on within the body

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I Wanna Run with Somebody Who Loves Me

By Dan Stinton

Some wonderfully romantic tales of love on the trail.

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Top Reviews January 2019

By Luke Jarmey

Luke announces his Top Reviews for January.

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Jeff Browning breaks course record at the 100-mile Tarawera Ultramarathon

By Dan Stinton

The latest results are in from the New Zealand Tarawera Ultramarathon

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Extreme conditions at the Arrowhead Ultra 135

By Dan Stinton

Dan takes a look at this race that still took place during the Polar Vortex, when it was "colder than Antarctica" in the US

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Exposure Lights HT1000 Head Torch prize draw

Our new prize draw launched today, and you could win a super bright headtorch by posting a review on one of our kit review or race pages between 15th February and Monday 15th April 2019. Read more about the T&Cs, the fantastic features of this headtorch and how to load a review here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/News/February-2019/Win-an-Exposure-Lights-HT-1000-head-torch Good luck

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Suunto Movescount Query

Hi all I have a question about mile splits on Movescount. I have a relatively new Suunto 9 and really like it. I'm getting used to navigating around the Movescount desktop software and am OK with it, after the simplicity of Garmin Connect. But, there seems to be inconsistency between runs in the information uploaded when I sync using the USB cable. Of the seven runs synced, all in the same way, four of them show me 'laps' breaking down the run into mile splits with data on each, and the other three show me just ONE lap, recording the run as just a single entity, rather than its constituent miles... Anyone know why? I don't think it's anything I've done/am doing in the activity settings... Any guidance would be most gratefully received. Sorry for always seeming to come here with a question I need answering! Ben Now, I'm not a

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The Coastal Challenge 2019

The Coastal Challenge (TCC) is known locally as the 'Rainforest Run', and this Sunday will see the start of the 15th edition. It is a 6-stage race taking place between 10th and 16th February and is run along Costa Rica's Pacific coastline. The route and stages vary each year, but it is roughly 236km/147 miles which typically include 2 or 3 'ultra' days of more than 26.2 miles. Runners can enter as individuals or teams and choose either the Expedition or Adventure category. The Expedition runners run the full course against the cut-offs, but can drop down to the Adventure category during the race if needed. The Adventure category is typically around 155km. Both categories are supported - there is food and water at checkpoints, and luggage is transported to overnight camps. This is all designed to ensure that the event is achievable for runners of a range of abilities. It attracts some well-known names at the elite end, but is also a fantastic adventure for those who want or need to take things more slowly. The route weaves in and out of the Talamancas and offers great variety - a real mix of jungle, alpine and trail running. Entrants will run along beaches, pass reefs, cross clear river estuaries and climb rocky outcrops to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Corcovado National Park and home to a spectacular rainforest. Despite the support, this race is definitely a challenge. Temperatures can reach 35 degrees C, and the humidity is intense. the total elevation gain is over 34,000 feet. Our reviewers suggest it is well worth it - we have 10 reviews which all awarded the race 4 or 5 stars. The 2018 event was full of drama. Marcus Scotney was on track for a podium place until he accidentally made a navigation error that disqualified him. Tom Evans and Hayden Hawks were virtually neck and neck in almost every stage. In the end, Tom finished with a new course record of 21:44:11 - just 4 minutes faster than Hayden Hawks. Ragna Debats smashed the female course record with a time of 26:14:39. The 2019 event looks set to be even more exciting. There is an $8000 reward purse. Each day, $250 is available if stage records are broken. If either course record is broken, the winner will receive $2500. The elite line-up is looking phenomenal. Marcus Scotney is back with unfinished business from last year, and Ragna Debats is back to defend her record. They will face some great competition, including Jordi Gamito (winner of the Everest Trail Race), Lucy Bartholomew (winner of the Big Red Run at the age of 17, and 3rd in WS100 last year), Ida Nilsson (CR holder, Transvulcania), Holly Page (Sky World Series Classic Series winner) and Lina and Sanna El Kolt (winners of the TransAlpineRun 2017 and 2018). Will be following the event and aiming to bring you photos from the race, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed and Instagram.

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Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2019

On Sunday, 87 athletes from over 20 countries will embark on the 16th edition of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. The distance options are: 430 miles, 300 miles, 100 miles and a marathon. Almost half the entrants have signed up for the 430 mile distance, and they can choose to cover the route on foot, mountain bike or XC-skis. However, more than 90% are runners and choose to travel on foot. Last year, due to even tougher than usual conditions and multiple cases of frostbite, only Jethro De Decker was still in the race at the 262 mile point. He was ready to continue, but the race team decided to make that the finish line for 2018 for safety reasons and he was declared the winner. The race is billed as the 'world's coldest and toughest ultra'. It takes place on the Yukon Quest Trail - the route of the world's toughest Sled Dog Race. The start is in Whitehorse, Canada and the event is non-stop, with participants covering 26-44 miles between checkpoints and, on one occasion, 65 miles between them. They must be self-sufficient and tow their food and shelter in 'pulks' (sleds) and melt snow for water. Temperatures can drop to -50 degrees C, making what would otherwise be minor situations potentially life-threatening ones. For this reason, entrants are offered training prior to the race to increase their likelihood of being able to keep themselves safe. One of this year's runners aiming to complete the 430 mile distance is Montane Ambassador Javed Bhatti. He is the only person to have doubled the Thames Ring Race (500 miles) and the only person to have doubled the Montane Spine Race (546 miles). He is also an experienced cyclist and skier, meaning he has plenty of skills that should be of use in this event. The current record holder for the 430 mile distance on foot is Casper Wakefield with a time of 186 hours 50 minutes. Can this be beaten? We'll find out between 3rd and 16th February.

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Cotswold Way 100 - 4 day

Hi all. I'm going to be doing the 4 day 107mile Cotswold Way in May this year. I thought it would be a good first entry into the world of ultras. Only ever covered a marathon distance once so expecting this to be lots of walking. One of questions is poles? I know this to be a hilly route so would i benfit from poles or just find them sitting on my pack fro 90% of the time? Thanks

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Tarawera Ultramarathon 2019

Tarawera Ultramarathon is in its 11th year and is New Zealand's most prestigious ultra. The 102km Ultramarathon is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour and has an impressive history The current course records were both set in 2017 by Jim Walmsley (7:23:32) and Camille Herron (8:56:00). The shorter distances this year are 50km and 20km. The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run was a new distance last year. It was won by Adrien Prigent (19:38:32) and Sally McRae (21:11:10). It looks set to become a firmly established race and has attracted some interesting elite names this year. Camille Herron (record holder for the 102km) and Jeff Browning (WS100 and HR100 double record holder) have to be favourites. The 102km event is typically star-studded this year. Contenders include Courtney Dauwalter (WS100 champion 2018), Ryan Sandes (joint holder of the FKT for the Great Himalayan Trail), Cody Reed (2nd place last year) and Sally McRae (winner of the 100 miler last year). The Ultramarathon takes place in the Rotorua (Bay of Plenty) area of New Zealand. it includes lakes, rivers, farmland, forests and waterfalls and is an area of cultural significance to the local Maori people. The 100 mile event also includes a boat crossing over Lake Rotomahana, volcanic land, and three big climbs: Ridge Dome on Mount Tarawera, Whakapounakau and Tuhoto Ariki. The races take place during a 5-day event week. On Wednesday, there is a tour of Tarawera Forest and a BBQ. Thursday includes a river cruise, the expo and a team fun run. The 20km event takes place on Friday. The 100 mile event starts at 4am local time on Saturday (that's 3pm on Friday UK time). The 102km starts at 6am, and the 50km at 7am. Prize giving takes place on Sunday once all events are complete. There are around 2000 runners taking part across the events, and the cut-offs allow for a range of abilities. It isn't just about the elite athletes, and it looks a stunning route for everyone. We'll be following the action.

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Pilgrim Challenge

The Pilgrims' Way is the historical route taken by pilgrims from Winchester to Canterbury. mostly on the North Downs Way. The Pilgrim Challenge (this weekend) uses 33 miles of this route from Farnham to Redhill. You can either run out to Redhill on the Saturday, from Redhill to Farnham on the Sunday, or you can take part in the full 2-day event where you stay overnight in Redhill and run back to the start on the Sunday (66 miles over 2 days). The XNRG team offer a package that includes your accommodation, meals and showers overnight, or you can opt to find your own accommodation. Runners also have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers on the Saturday night. This year's speakers are our very own Steve Diederich (Managing Director of Run Ultra and organiser of races such as Marathon des Sables and the Coastal Challenge) and the ever-popular Susie Chan. This event is popular for those who are new to multiday events. It is also commonly used as a training event for MdS - the North Downs Way is usually very muddy at this time of year, and probably the closest many people can get to running on sand. The North Downs Way is a beautiful trail and has the challenge of decent elevation whilst being mainly runnable. I ran this event as my first multiday ultra in 2016, and it was a great experience. We have seven runner reviews of the event, with all awarding it 5 stars. I hope this year's runners also have a good experience. Good luck!

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Viking Way Ultra Winter Edition

On Saturday morning, 60 runners will set off from the Humber Bridge with the aim of running the Viking Way all the way to its finish near Rutland Water. That's 237km/147 miles non-stop. The trail is not super-hilly, but don't be deceived - it isn't flat and it is likely to be extremely muddy. There are also tight cut-offs with an overall time-limit of 40 hours. This race isn't designed for the in-experienced - GPS devices are banned, as are poles and pacers. The Viking Way is waymarked, but runners will need some map-reading abilities and be confident about finding their way during the long, cold winter nights. Checkpoints are 15-20 miles apart, so some experience of being self-sufficient is essential. The route winds through the historic countryside of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The finish rate is around 20%, so finishing is a huge achievement. Good luck to this year's runners!

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