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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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The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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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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The Salewa Pedroc PTC Alpha jacket includes Polartec Alpha technology, which is a synthetic insulation that is said to regulate core body temperatures “during both dynamic and static activities”.

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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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SpectacularlyMediocre

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...

GNEHughes

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...

pasc

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

JBZA

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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blackdeathcrew

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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blackdeathcrew

Winter Run to the Castle

Lovely route. Well signed. SUPERB medal at the end. Highly recommend giving this one a go!

   

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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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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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Marvellous Mimi makes the half way mark across the USA

Somewhere in Kansas, over the weekend, Marvellous Mimi reached the halfway mark in her quest to conquer America. It is all downhill from now on…. Metaphorically speaking.

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Spartathlon Results 2017

It is THE classic ultra – the oldest recorded one in history. The first edition (arguably) took place in 490 BC, ahead of the battle of Marathon against the Persian forces.

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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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Rileforce

Waterproof trousers / pant | with taped seams | Mandatory Running kit

I was thinking about getting the OMM Kamielka Race Pants - however, I cannot justify these until the price goes under £90.00. Can anyone recommend some good trousers, ones that would pass inspection for UTMB? I'm not sure whether to just get some cheapo Tresspass 10 quid jobbies vs Good quality kit. I tend to run in shorts in all conditions, however, if the kits is needed, then the kit is needed. I plan to cycle JOGLE in August so I would also potentially be using these trousers for this for the Scottish HIghlands :) Any recommendations would be appreciated

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ivor

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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SarahCrunning

Limone Extreme Skyrace

It may not be an ultra distance, but Sunday's Limone Extreme Skyrace is certainly a feat of endurance. This weekend's races in Limone sul Garda conclude the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series 2017. There is a Vertical Kilometre, a 10k race and the 29km Skyrace. The route contains 2500m of ascent and the climbs include Punta Larici, Passo Rochetta, Cimu Mughera, Doss dei Ruer and Monte Carone. Up to 600 runners will be looking to put their mountain running skills to the test on the shores of Lake Garda. The 2017 Extreme and Ultra category champions have already been crowned, but this race will determine who takes the Classic sky distance titles and the Combined titles. This is the last chance for athletes to increase their points and looks set to be a fierce race. Names to watch this year include Jonathan Albon (extreme champion), Marco De Gasperi, Remi Bonnet and Stian Angermund-Vik in the men's field and Ragna Debats (ultra distance winner), Laura Orgue and Sheila Aviles in the women's field. It should be an exciting end to the World Series.

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SarahCrunning

Lakes in a Day

The Lakes in a Day ultra run is a 50 mile route starting from the height of the Lake District at Caldbeck and finishing at the bottom in Cartmel. In includes the summits of Blencathra, Helvellyn and Fairfield as well as the western shore of Lake Windermere. Runners must rely on their own navigation but will be treated to the best views the Lake District has to offer. The terrain is varied and tough and could be treacherous if we continue to experience high winds. The elevation over the 50 miles is 4000 metres, but those who can move uphill quickly and have the skills to negotiate tricky descents at speed may be richer by the end. There is £500 available to anyone who beats the course record and this gets rolled over if no one achieves it. The current course records are both from 2015: Kim Collinson won in 9:12 and Helen Leigh was first lady in 11:00. Can the records be broken this year? Good luck if you are running. Stay safe and enjoy the scenery.

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SarahCrunning

Saltmarsh 75

Saltmarsh 75 takes place over 2 days during which runners and walkers experience the Saltmarsh Coast. Starting in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex on Saturday 7th October, entrants complete 38 miles on day one and 36 miles on day 2. The coastline includes clifftops, the remote Dengie Peninsula, shingle beaches, coastal villages and the site of the Battle of Maldon. Competitors will also see the oldest Christian chapel in England (St. Peter's) and thousands of birds who migrate to the mudflats for the winter. This race is popular with ultra runners of all levels of experience. Good luck if you are running and please share any tips if you are familiar with the race or the route. It would also be great to get some more runner reviews of this race, so please leave us a review to let us know what you thought of the experience.

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