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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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250

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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TIMED

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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200

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The Namibia Crossing Wildrun®

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

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Low Back Pain in Runners

By Karina Teahan

Low Back Pain (LBP) is one of the most common conditions presenting to a GP or physiotherapist. 84% of people worldwide get one or more episodes of LBP at some stage in their lives.

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Training Tips For The Time-Poor Part 1

By Andy Mouncey

That’s most of us then – because most of us don’t get paid to do this ultra running lark. Most of us have jobs, a Significant Other and/or Small People, travel we have to do, deadlines we have to meet, bills we have to pay and a DIY list we have to get through.

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Heart rate training. Part 2: How to use your zones and optimise your training

By James Eacott

Last month, I suggested many of us could improve our ultra performance by utilising heart rate zones to optimise your training. I explained how to set your zones but, once you’ve done this, how do you use them to improve your training?

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Icebreaker Bodyfitzone™ 200 leggings and crewe base layers review

By Alice Morrison

Thunder and lightning crack over my house and the torrential Autumn rain freezes and turns to snow on the Atlas mountain peaks that surround me.

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Chefyego

Adventure into Wonderland

A few months ago. I was egged on to do a race. No i was challanged to do a challange. So i signed up for my 1st ever Marathon Not just any Marathon but a 28.8 mile hill race. There was also a 14 mile Mad Halfer and an 46 mile Ultra. Weather report has been storm and rain. I woke a bag of nerves h...

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KarenLawther

Half MDS Fuerteventura

2018 An unforgettable experience. Miles of sand, volcanic gravel and boulder fields made for a tough course which was much more technical than I had anticipated. Amazing scenery, fabulous runners and a super bunch of volunteers. Hated much of it, loved it all! Can't wait to do it again but hopi...

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SarahCrunning

The Limestone Way

I ran this in 2018 – the third edition of the race. It has the feel of a more well-established event with slick organisation and great volunteers. The event starts in Ashbourne, with the first 4-5 miles being relatively easy running on the Tissington Trail. You then join the Limestone Way and wor...

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ORowlands

Dorset Doddle

August 2018 - A stunning but challenging, hilly route along the SW coast path from Weymouth to Swanage. Even on a wet day the views were amazing! Navigation generally very straightforward although a couple of tricky bits where the path appears to split and is easy to miss the correct one if movin...

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ORowlands

Salisbury 5 4 3 2 1

August 2018 50k event - I enjoyed the race; organisation and marshalling were good. The route was nice - it was pretty damp this year, but I can imagine it would be stunning in the sunshine! :) Some checkpoints were well stocked - particularly the one around 21k in where there was loads of lovel...

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ORowlands

Pewsey Downsaround

I ran the 35mile route in 2016 as my first ultra and again in 2017. This is a lovely event, relatively low-key with excellent checkpoints, friendly marshals and generous cut-offs (it's a LDWA walking challenge event). It is self-nav and it can take some time to get used to the written route descr...

Peter Telford

A Run With No Witty Name

Ran this in October 2018 - and after a very hot summer this was a sharp reminder that October had arrived: cold, wet and very windy. None of this spoilt what is a lovely run in beautiful scenery and some very big houses! The trail is is on good tracks with limited tarmac and not that technical. T...

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The Cumbria Way Ultra

I did the Cumbria Way Ultra in 2018 and I would highly recommend it! The route is very scenic, not too difficult (considering it's the Lakes) nor too steep. The organisation was very good, with well stocked aid station. A great race!

   

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Top Reviews September 2018

By Luke Jarmey

We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for September. So congratulations to Ali Nash who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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Guide to our RunUltra Instagrammer Awards 2019

By Kathryn Bullock

We're excited to find out who you think is the best Instagrammer about long distance and ultra running.

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7 articles on female physiology, disordered eating, support running and injuries

By Elsa Trujillo

This week we have gender-specific articles with a couple of articles on female physiology and one on male eating disorders.

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Fears over safety as two runners die during Cardiff Half Marathon

By Alice Morrison

A review is underway after the tragic death of two young men during the Cardiff Half Marathon in the first week of October. The deaths have reignited the debate on the potential risks of running  and whether checks need to be introduced.

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Running for Good

By Alice Morrison

Running for Good is a feature-length film following Fiona Oakes’ attempt to set a new global record in endurance racing. She takes part in “toughest footrace on earth,” the Marathon Des Sables, a 250km race through the Sahara Desert.

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The search for the best running Instagrammer worldwide

By Kathryn Bullock

Nominations are now open for the best Instagrammer, in the world of long distance running and ultras, to win the #RunUltraAward in association with Suunto.

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SarahCrunning

Run Ultra Instagrammer Awards 2019

Hi RunUltra Community, This year, we are on the look out for the best Instagrammer of the long-distance running world. Welcome to the 2019 RunUltra Instagrammer Awards in association with Suunto. This will have a similar format to the Blogger Awards of previous years, and there will be a Suunto 9 watch up for grabs for you, the voters. Once the voting phase has finished, a voter will be chosen by a random number generator to receive this prize. In addition, the overall winner will receive a Suunto 9 Baro Black GPS sports watch. We have started the list of nominees with some people that we already know are sharing their joy of running and ultras through Instagram. We need to know who you think should be added to the list. You can enter your nominees (it's fine to nominate yourself) in the comments section of our Instagrammer Awards news article here: http://www.runultra.co.uk/News/October-2018/The-search-for-the-best-running-Instagrammer-world Please also share the news on Social media using the hashtag #RunUltraAward You will need to log in or register to make a nomination. You can find our guide to the awards and FAQs here: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/October-2018/Guide-to-our-RunUltra-Instagrammer-Awards-2019 Nominations must be received by 25th November. We will release a shortlist ready for you to start voting on 1st December. Voting closes on 13th January, and the overall and category winners will be announced on 16th January. Please feel free to post any questions about the awards here and good luck to anyone nominated! Sarah RunUltra Social Community Manager

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RunStefRun

The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge

I am signed up for my first ultra and have decided to do "The Sunset to Sunrise Challenge". Training is going well, doing plenty of night running under head torch but trying to get my game plan in order... Has anybody done this event before? Any tips?

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SarahCrunning

Great Ocean Walk 100s Trail Runs (GOW100)

GOW100 is limited to 70 runners, who will follow the Great Ocean Walk trail for 100km from Apollo Bay, Victoria along the south west coast to the 12 Apostles near Port Campbell. The 12 Apostles is a collection of limestone pillars that were once connected to the mainland cliffs and now stand off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. Only 8 Apostles remain standing, and they are a popular tourist attraction. Runners will aim to reach them before the sun sets, but they have up to 18.5 hours to complete the race. Entrants set off at 5:30am local time on Saturday (Friday evening UK time). They will climb headlands, cross beaches, run through rainforests and across farmland and coastal heath. The views are stunning, and 75% of the course is single-track. Have any of our members completed this race or run in this area? It would be great to get some reviews of the event on our listings page.

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Ivan Sanders

Ultra Records

Where can one source the UK, European and world best times for ultra track distances for each age group? Hopefully when I source this fountain of knowledge the age groups will also emerge.

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SarahCrunning

Lakes in a Day 2018

On Saturday, 450 runners, including 19 with Type 1 diabetes, will be aiming to run from Cartmel on the northern edge of the Lake District, to Cartmel in the south - 50 miles and 4000 metres of elevation in one day. The route includes the summits of Blencathra, Helvellyn and Fairfield, and the western shore of Windermere. The terrain is carried and tough, and can be treacherous in bad weather. Runners must be able to navigate and look after themselves in the mountains between checkpoints. Every year, there is £500 available for anyone who breaks the course record, and this is rolled over if the record remains unbroken. Kim Collinson's record of 9:12 has been unbroken since 2015, so the men's prize money stands at £1500. Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn smashed the female course record last year with a time of 10:46, meaning the women's prize pot is £500. Good luck to everyone running and enjoy the stunning views.

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The Running Dutchman

Portland Coastal Marathon experiences

Hello, I’m a newbie in the ultra running world and looking for a first ultra experience in January or February 2019. Are there any runners who have participated in the Portland Coastal Marathon. It probably doesn’t qualify as a proper “ultra” as it is a marathon, but looking at the website it looks more like a ultra than a “normal” marathon. Thank you.

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SarahCrunning

Saltmarsh 75 2018

Saltmarsh 75 takes runners along the entire Saltmarsh coast. On Saturday, they set off from South Woodham Ferrers, Essex. After 38 miles, they will stay overnight in Steeple before completing a further 36 miles on Sunday to reach their final destination of Salcott-*****-Virley. The route includes clifftops, shingle beaches, coastal villages and mudflats. It is largely flat, but this can be deceptive - parts of the route, such as the Dengie Peninsula, are remote and exposed to whatever weather conditions prevail. The route is steeped in history - it includes the site of the Battle of Maldon and the oldest Christian chapel in England (St. Peter's). The route is also an ornithologist's dream - thousands of birds migrate to the mudflats for the winter. This race is popular with both new and experienced ultra runners. Good luck if you are taking part, and we would love to read your review of the event afterwards.

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SarahCrunning

Ultra Trail Atlas Toubkal (UTAT)

This weekend is the 10th anniversary edition of the UTAT. There is a 105km/65 mile ultra, a marathon (42km), a 26km race, a two day challenge comprising the 42km + 26km races, and a 12km race. The Ultra Trail Atlas Toubkal kicks off at midnight Friday/Saturday (local time), and runners have up to 36 hours to complete an incredibly challenging route with 6500m of elevation. They set off from Oukaimeden in the Atlas Mountains and traverse a series of mountain passes reaching up to 3550m above sea-level. The terrain is technical and brutal - rocks, loose scree, steep climbs and tricky descents. There are long distances between checkpoints, so entrants must be able to take care of themselves in the mountains. If they can, they will be rewarded with stunning scenery - mountain trails, deserted nomad territory and Berber villages virtually unchanged in centuries. Last year's winners were Daniel Jung (14:07) and Andrea Huser (15:38). The majority of runners can expect to be on their feet for twice as long. It looks an incredibly rewarding challenge. Good luck if you are taking part.

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