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Ultra X Sri Lanka

15-Apr-2019 Colombo, Sri Lanka

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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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

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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GlobalLimits Bhutan - The Last Secret

24-May-2019 Punakha Dzong

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

By Andy Mouncey and Alice Morrison

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Training for a Jungle Ultra

By James Eacott

Unless you live in tropical climes with access to rainforests, I believe a jungle ultra is the hardest type of environment to train for.

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The need for speed - how to run faster

By Simon Mesner

There are many ways to increase your running speed from physical training to diet and adequate rest. This article will focus on selected physical training drills for down-hill speed; speed on the flat and finishing speed.

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Columbia Trail Running Set Review

By Ilsuk Han

The Caldorado II jacket, while not as packable, I found to be much better at regulating body temperature than others, and as result is getting a lot of use in what has admittedly been a fairly dry Winter.

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Fuller

1st Annual Headtorch Marathon

I ran this in December 2018. What's not to like! Enjoying the company of people you've spent time with on the trails at different races and meeting new runners. Getting in some post Christmas miles, climbing and mud. Exchanging nutritional tips, penguin biscuits, half a snickers and a shot of w...

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Peaks Princess

Peak District South To North

I did this in 2017 and loved it. Well, I loved almost all of it apart from the first 16 miles of the first day along the Tissington Trail. The second half of the day it got considerably more interesting and the best bit was heading towards the best pub in Edale - The Old Nag's Head! The race H...

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Peaks Princess

Skye Trail Ultra

I DNF'd this race in 2018 due to my glass back but it really is an amazing route. Jeff the RD is bonkers but he'll look after you and I really can't recommend going to run this route more highly. Although I only made it to Portree, 25 miles and 8 hours later (yes, that's the average time it tak...

Dill

1st Annual Headtorch Marathon

Amazing night out. Totally different concept of a mass group run that's free. No racing just a big old social run out followed by drinks and food at the village hall. This was my second run at this and it was another fantastic event. It started at 7:30 and finished about 3am with some of the best...

HDann

1st Annual Headtorch Marathon

Friendly, informal and fun, a great way to burn off the mince pies

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1st Annual Headtorch Marathon

I ran this in December 2018, what a bizarrely bonkers & brilliant run! Starting at 7:30pm on a Friday night when most people are are pulling on their finest for a night on the town a group of c.40 intrepid runners donned head torches & trails shoes & headed off for a guided marathon in the Surre...

Spencem875

1st Annual Headtorch Marathon

I ran this in Dec 2018. Lovely trails around Surrey a stones throw from London. Plenty of hills to break up the route and even an impromptu aid station with mulled wine and biscuits. Was amazing to go up box hill steps not long before finishing back at the village hall for food and a raffle.

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Peaks Princess

1st Annual Headtorch Marathon

I ran this in December 2018 and had a great laugh. Mark Thornberry designed the course and it was a fantastic run - considering we were running through the heart of Surrey, not far from London, we barely touched any road except to cross it. Fabulous trails through woods and fields even though i...

   

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Top Reviews December 2018

By Dan Stinton

Top Reviews December 2018

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Hip Pain in Runners

By Karina Teahan

If you think you have the symptoms discussed in this article it would be well worth your while having it seen to and address the issues sooner rather than later.

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THE PROCRASTINATOR’S GUIDE TO RUNNING SUCCESS

By Sarah Cooke

I put off writing this article in favour of shorter, easier tasks on my to-do list. Then December hit and I realised I needed to send cards and buy Christmas presents, so I sat down to write instead. Sound familiar?

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Jasmin Paris wins the Montane Spine Race Outright and smashes the course record

By Dan Stinton

The scale of this achievement is immense.  Not only taking the overall record, Jasmin also broke the previous ladies record by 26 hours (enough time to fit a Spine Challenger in as well?)

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RunUltra Instagrammer Awards 2019

By Kathryn Bullock

Find out the names of the winners in our 2019 Instagrammer Awards and voter prize draw. A big thank you to all who took part. 

 

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It sends shivers down my Spine

By Dan Stinton

If 108 miles just isn’t enough, tomorrow sees the start of the non-stop 268 mile Montane Spine Race encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way

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Charon

King MT or X-Talon Ultra 260

Hi All, I have an ultra (30 miles) coming up in March that requires a shoe that can handle both mud and road sections. I have wide feet and currently use the Inov 8 Terraultra 260, but this simply doesn't offer enough grip in mud especially on climbs. I've narrowed my choice down to the X-Talon ultra (I've used X-Talon 200s in the past) and the Altra King MT 1.5 (I use the escalante on road and love it). Does anyone have experience of these shoes? The King has a rock plate and will also probably fare better on the road sections. The X-Talon, lacks a rock plate and won't be as comfortable on road, but is tried and tested in the mud... I suspect, either will work, but any and all advice much appreciated. Thanks

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Recommendations for first UT vest

Hi all So, I did it - have signed up for the 2019 Race To The Tower. I'm equally excited and apprehensive, but I've also started to think about kit. I'm certain that for 52 miles I will want a vest and it will be the first time wearing one. So, I'd quite like to get it soonish, so I can get used to it. After a bit of research I've been looking at the Ultimate Direction Jurek FKT Vest. My main question is, is it 'too much'? Does it have too much storage and features for a summer (albeit British summer...) 50 mile run? Your thoughts would be super welcome! Thanks Ben

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The Spine Race and Spine Challenger 2019

The Spine Race and Spine Challenger are two of the most iconic races in the UK ultra calendar. They are literally run along the spine of Britain - the Pennine Way. This is one of the toughest National Trails in Britain and includes parts of the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park and the Cheviots. The Spine Race covers the entire Pennine Way - 268 miles from Edale to Kirk Yetholm and starts on Sunday 13th January. Runners have up to 7 days to complete the race, and many will use most of that time. However, the course records stand at 95 hours 17 (Eoin Keith, 2017) and 109 hours (Carol Morgan, 2018). Given the time of year, the race usually includes at least some of the following elements: gales, snow, ice, fog, bogs, hail and rain. When you consider the long hours of darkness and the cumulative effect of fatigue and sleep-deprivation, this race is a real mental and physical challenge as entrants seek to navigate and negotiate the tough terrain. They must choose where and how long to sleep and be prepared to be self-sufficient for many hours between checkpoints. They must also carry a heavy kit list. Not surprisingly, the DNF rate is generally over 50% and often around 2/3 of entrants. The Spine Challenger starts on Saturday 12th January and covers the 108 miles from Edale to Hardraw. Runners have up to 60 hours to finish the race on this particularly technical section of the Pennine Way. Last year's winners set new course records of 25:44:21 (Wouter Huitzing) and 29:39:35 (Emma Hopkinson). We will be following both events closely and will keep you updated. Contenders this year for the Spine Race include the current record holder Eoin Keith who had to pull out last year with an injury, and Jayson Cavill (5th in Lakeland 100 2017). The women's race sees Jasmin Paris make her Spine debut. Amongst her many successes are records on the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Ramsay Rounds and a win at Dragon's Back Race. This year's Spine Challenger looks really exciting. Last year's winner, Wouter Huitzing, returns to defend his record. He will face tough competition from, amongst others, Jim Mann, who was leading the Spine Race last year until he sustained an injury. Last year's 3rd female, Jen Scotney, is returning. She also finished 4th overall in last year's Northern Traverse. Her competition includes 2018's Spine Race winner and record holder, Carol Morgan.

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Australia Day Ultra

Australia Day (26th Jan) is the country's official national day and marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of British ships at Port Jackson in 1788 and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove. Australia Day Ultra takes place at the weekend before Australia Day and has options of 100k, 75k, 50k and 25k events. There is also a children's race. The start and finish of the race is on the Australind Foreshore in Western Australia. It is a 12.5km out and back route - the 100km event is 8 loops. At this time of year, temperatures can reach 30 degrees C, and the races start at night. The 100km race starts at midnight, the 75km at 1am, the 50km at 3am, the 25km at 6am and the kids' race at 9am. This race is ideal for anyone looking for a distance PB - it is a fast, flat road race with water stations every 3-4km, so runners don't need to carry water. The current course records for the 100km event are 7:35:56 (Richard Avery, 2017) and 8:27:39 (Bernadette Benson, 2018). It sounds a great way to celebrate Australia Day. Good luck to all involved.

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Country to Capital 2019

The 11th edition of C2C takes place on Saturday. Around 400 runners will be lining up in Wendover ready to take on what is viewed by many as the opener to the UK ultra calendar. It has been a sell-out for the last 5 years. This event has 16 runner reviews on our listings page, reflecting it's popularity with runners of all abilities. The combination of runnable trails and towpath makes it ideal for those stepping up from a marathon or 50km distance, and also presents the opportunity for a distance PB for fast runners. The route is around 45 miles, with the first half being undulating Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire trails. These are runnable, but can be very muddy in winter. The second half of the route is run along the Grand Union Canal towpath to the finish in Little Venice. Some runners will relish the chance to really push the pace in this section, whereas others may prefer the scenery of the first half. The course was changed slightly last year, meaning the winners established the course records - 5:30:39 (Barry Miller) and 5:53:55 (Gemma Carter). This year's line-up includes France's/Raidlight's Christophe Le Saux who has chosen the race as his first English ultra. Good to luck to everyone taking part.

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Hardmoors 30 2019

Not everyone will be toasting the New Year when the clocks strike midnight. The Hardmoors 30 entrants will hopefully be tucked up in bed ready to welcome in 2019 by running 30 miles on the Cinder Path and Cleveland Way on January 1st. They have up to 9 hours to complete the race, and then there will be double cause for celebration before the first day of the year is done. Hardmoors 30 is a circular route that starts in Robin Hood's Bay and follows old railway lines to Whitby. Runners then follow the Cleveland Way back to Robin Hood's Bay before picking up the railway lines again en route to Hayburn Wyke. From there, they rejoin the Cleveland Way to return to Robin Hood's Bay. The route is a mixture of runnable trails and muddy, hilly coastal paths. The event has 6 reviews on our listings page, with all runners awarding it 4 or 5 stars. It is a beautiful part of the country and looks the perfect start to the year. Good luck to everyone running.

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Winter Cross Ultra 2018

If you're looking for a way to motivate yourself to keep active during that period between Christmas and New Year, then this could be the event for you. On 27th December, around 150 runners will be running 45 miles (72km) in the shape of a cross (there is also a 50km option). The race consists of four out and back legs and plenty of variety. They are run in this order: North - 9km of flattish running on an old railway line. East - 21km with a couple of big climbs. This is mostly footpaths and includes part of the South Downs Way. If it's a clear day, then you will be able to see across the Solent to the Isle of Wight on the return leg. West - 21km - a mixture of villages and trails. South - 21km of an old railway line on the Meon Trail. The challenge is to set off at dawn (7:30am) and finish before dusk (4:30pm). The route is all runnable and not likely to be muddy. However, the chalk on the South Downs Way can be slippery if wet or frozen. This sounds like a perfect festive event. We currently have no runner reviews, so if you have run the race in the past or are running this year, we would appreciate your feedback: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Winter-Cross-Ultra#reviewSection Good luck everyone!

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Mince Pi Run

There are mince pies a-plenty and up to 10 laps of Pi... The Mince Pi run is a 3.14 mile off-road lap in Surrey. Entrants can choose to run anywhere from 1-10 laps or a marathon distance. There are special awards for anyone completing a marathon or the 31.4 mile ultra. All entrants receive a bespoke Pi Pie medal as well as actual mince pies. The event actively encourages ultra runners to sign up, with 10 laps/31.4 miles being the most popular distance. There is a also a 1-mile fun run for the kids, so this can be a family event. We have 15 runner reviews of the race, all awarding it 4 or 5 stars, so this promises to offer bags of festive fun. Last year, 19 runners completed 10 laps - can more of you do it this year? Good luck to all taking part on Sunday.

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