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236

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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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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250

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Marathon des Sables

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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A psychological approach to a training plan

Following on from Alice Morrison’s article on New Year’s resolutions and my article on motivation and running goals, I wanted to look more specifically at how I could apply my experience as a psychologist to formulating a training plan.

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Ironman To Ultramarathon, 20 Things You Need To Know

Here’s the good news: You’ll be used to running on tired legs. Here’s some more good news: No-one’s going to swim over you like you’re just not there. It’s all far more forgiving on your undercarriage. And the race entry fees are damn sight cheaper…

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Hill Repeats

No matter what you are training for, hill repeats will help strengthen your legs and improve your stamina. As you churn through the miles, fresh-feeling legs will be your best friends.

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Conti Thunder Run 2017

"I hope you f***ing die tomorrow" came the angry reply. I stare up at the temporary canvas roof and try to work out how much sleep I need to prepare for tomorrow’s challenge. I realise there’s not enough hours left.

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markgreen250

Salisbury 5 4 3 2 1

August 2017 - First trail marathon for me and my third marathon. Excellent organisation and stunning & varied scenery. Recommended. My time reflected both the 'advanced' classification with some good uphill sections and a massive lack of training.

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dgt39

Mendip Marauder 50/30 Miler

2017. 30 miler. If this is 'Intermediate' dread to think what 'Brutal' is like. Fantastic, well organised event with superb checkpoints. Great varied scenery and perfect finish on the beach.

johnstoneman

Stour Valley Path 100 Ultra Run ( SVP100 ) (/Events/Stour Valley Path 100 Ultra Run

I am a bug fan of this race having done it in 2016 and 2017 and I will be back aiming to win the black T-Shirt in 2018. Beautiful, challenging course through some exquisite countryside. Excellent checkpoints staffed by local running clubs that seem to try to outdo one another. The glow sticks for...

Jamiehrc

Salisbury 5 4 3 2 1

This was my second time at the salisbury 54321, last year I completed the 42k distance which was a similarly enjoyable experience. This year was a great challenge for my first 50k, the course was very well marked, not once did I think I may be off route. The support around the course was excellen...

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ivor

North Downs Way 100

As usual with all Centurion events, brilliantly organised. I already wrote a detailed summary of my day: http://blog.ivor.org/2017/08/ndw100.html so I won't go overboard with detail here. This was my first successful 100 after 5 failed attempts and I was glad I picked this one to finally crack it...

David Crerar

Volcanic 50

thanks for organising this amazing race: an international must-do for any ultrarunner. Excellent logistics and aid stations, and epic scenery. I was able to get a climbing permit for a few days after the race, for the ultimate all-round view of this scenic and destructive mountain.

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OCRAdam

Salisbury 5 4 3 2 1

August 13th 2017 Salisbury 54321 50k The Salisbury 54321 is a multi-distance off road trail event that loops Salisbury through some beautiful scenery. The parking was right next to the start and registration with ample spaces available. Registration was fast and friendly. There were mobile toile...

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RaeBlack

Run to the Castle Ultra

I ran the Winter edition of this event in Dec 16 as training towards another Ultra, and it was also the furthest i'd ran before so good practice for time on my feet and food/hydration intake. The event is ran by 'how hard can it be events' or www.codrc.co.uk with Denzil Martin as race director. T...

   

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THE PALEO RUNNER

The Paleo diet has received a great deal of attention recently, with many, including Dean Karnazes, using it as a good nutrition plan for runners. On the assumption that our physiology should be optimised to the diet of our evolutionary past, athletes who follow the Paleo diet believe that it can enhance performance and aid recovery.

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7 articles on healthy food, strong minds, heat and pregnant running

Well, here it is, our latest selection of running related articles from the web. This week we have articles on healthy fridges, mental habits for successful runners and an encouraging piece to make the most of the heat and incorporate it to your training. We also have tips for ultra newbies and tips for finding running grounds in unfamiliar territory.

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Amazing Stories To Inspire Your Ultra Running

The adrenaline and camaraderie of the start line of a race are a very special buzz – one that all ultra runners know and love. But what do you do when that begins to fade? Or you decide that being in the throng is not for you and you want to be out there alone in the great wilderness? You plan, train for and set out on a big adventure all on your tod, of course... But running alone takes additional motivation, so here are 3 of our favourite ultra stories to ignite your ultra ambitions...

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Your chance to win a male or female CRAFT Breakaway running jacket – you could be one of two lucky winners

You have two chances to win a great CRAFT Breakaway running jacket in our prize draw. These popular lightweight running jackets are specifically developed for running with mesh panels at the sides and a yoke for enhanced ventilation.

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Top Reviews July 2017

We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for July. Congratulations to Richard Bridgewater (@Squidge2406) who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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The Faith Runner falls 36km short of his 10,000km goal

Samir Singh had set himself the extraordinary challenge of running 100km a day for 100 days through the heat and chaos of Mumbai. He almost, almost made it. But the running Gods cheated him of his final goal.

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Moto

Watches: GPS and HR with navigation.

Hi All, Looking for a running watch with integrated heart rate and GPS. The catch is, I want to be able to download GPX files of pre-designed routes - which I know is possible - and for wrist/display based navigation. On some of the Garmin models I'm told the route shows up as a wiggly line which won't be good enough. What I'm after is something like a sat nav that will give me a turn indication on the display. Do these even exist? Let's pretend money's no object, for the sake of discussion, but actually would like to be sub £200. I'm looking at the TomTom Runner Cardio 2 or 3, as I think these might do it, but I've not been able to confirm thus far. (Interested in experienced opinions on the Tomtom range in general. Robust? Any good?) Happy to look at other suggestions. Thanks in advance. Moto x

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OCRAdam

Toe Strapping

I have rather challenging feet – shape, blisters etc. I have started strapping my toes (last two Ultras) however they do get loose. I have followed some de Sables advice on strapping and watch some demos on youtube – I am convinced it’s the quality of product. Does anyone have experience with the best (sticky) strapping?

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SarahCrunning

Hell on the Humber

At 7am on Sunday 20th August, runners of varying abilities will finish a race of varying times and distances. Hell on the Humber can be entered as a 6 hour, 12 hour or 24 hour event and as a solo runner or a team of three. Participants complete 4 mile laps of the Humber Bridge to challenge their endurance. The organisers describe this race as 'soul destroying and body breaking'. Despite this, it has received six 5 star reviews from our members. For some, the mental challenge of running the same lap for up to 24 hours will attract them to test their physical and psychological limits. For others, the idea of continuous running with no variation in scenery or terrain is pure hell. I'll admit that I'm in the latter category, but I'm also slightly fascinated by how people approach and cope with a challenge such as this. There are some impressive past performances on the bridge. The solo course records for the 24-hour event are held by Bobbie Irvine (116 miles) and Elizabeth Nairn (104 miles). We'd love to hear from anyone with experience of this race. Do you think it's easier or harder than a 100 miler that requires navigation and more technical terrain? Good luck to everyone running. Let us know what you think.

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Orange

Peneda-Geres Trail Adventure stage race

Has anyone ran Carlos Sa's Peneda-Geres Trail Adventure stage race in Portugal? http://carlossanatureevents.com/evento.aspx?idEvento=PGTA I'm looking for a European supported stage race, 6-7 days ideally and importantly two distance options so I can do the longer one and my wife can run the shorter one. It's a bit of a niche requirement, I accept, but this one seems to fit the bill, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience of it and could recommend it? (Staying in hotels rather than camping will be another plus for my wife too, I'm sure!)

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SarahCrunning

Ultra Great Britain 2017

On Saturday 19th August, runners will be setting off on the second Race Across Great Britain organised by Ultra Great Britain. This is a 200 mile route following the Trans-Pennine Trail from Liverpool to Hornsea. This is an incredible distance even by the standards of the most experienced ultra runners. However, our runner reviewers unanimously gave it 5 stars last year (7 reviews), suggesting it is well worth the effort. The cut-off for this race is 100 hours. This is not a multi-stage event - limited resting is permitted at village halls along the route, but it is a continuous race. If you have entered, how have you approached your training for this distance? If you have run this event or a similar distance before, do you have any advice for this year's runners? The Ultra Great Britain 2018 will be a Run Across Scotland - 214 miles along the Southern Upland Way. Does anyone have their eye on this for next year? Please share your thoughts and good luck if you are running.

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Leadville Trail 100 Run

In 1983, Lake County, Colorado had the highest unemployment rate in the USA following the 1982 closure of Climax Mine. The Leadville race series was Ken and Merille Chlouber's response to help the Leadville community get back on its feet. Today, the Leadville race series continues to support the community with a proportion of the entry fees (as well as charitable donations) going towards community projects via the Legacy Foundation and towards a $1000 scholarship for every local high school graduate going onto college. The route for the 100 mile trail race has changed 6 times since 2008, and this year sees a return to the route last run in 2012 when it was by Thomas Lorblanchat (16:29:27) and Tina Lewis (19:33:43). Last year's winners were Ian Sharman (16:22:39) and Clare Gallagher (19:00:27). Sharman returns to defend his crown in this year's race. Finishers who complete the course within 25 hours will receive a gold and silver trophy buckle and those finishing between 25 and 30 hours receive a silver buckle. The course is run through the Colorado Rockies on forest trails and mountain roads. The highest point is Hope Pass (12,600 feet). The 500 runners set off at 4am on Saturday 19th August (11am UK time) and they can expect huge variations in weather. This area can see temperatures in the mid to high twenties during the day and still reach freezing overnight at high altitudes. Keep your eye on this thread and our twitter account for updates over the weekend. Let us know if you have experience of this race or know anyone running it this year.

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SarahCrunning

Eastern States 100

At 5am on Saturday (10am UK time), around 200 runners will embark on a 100 mile circumnavigation of Pine Creek in Pennsylvania which cuts through the Appalachian mountains and contains over 20,000 ft of ascent. Last year only 66 runners made it to the finish. The winners were Devon Olson (20:30:36) and Michelle Leduc (29:26:34). This is a technical route involving steep single track running and climbing through an area known to be inhabited by snakes and bears. Many of the runners will be on their feet well into the second day. Keep your eye on this thread to see how the race goes this year and let us know if you have raced or paced a runner in the race.

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XNRG Chiltern Challenge

Are any of our members running this tomorrow (15th July)? XNRG suggest this is an ideal first ultra. There are no cut-offs and it's a marked 50k/31 mile loop starting and finishing in Princes Risborough, and covering trails through the Chilterns, an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty. Good luck if you are running and we would love to get your feedback on the race. You can join the discussion here in the forum and post a review on our race page: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/The-Chiltern-Challenge-Ultra#reviewSection Previous entrants have given high ratings and we'd love to hear your thoughts.

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