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250

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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TIMED

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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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236

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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Running in the heat

By James Eacott

Whether you lace up your kicks in Japan or California, France or the UK, chances are you’re preparing to hit the trails under a fairly intense sun. The world over trails are parched and runners are struggling to cope with training and racing in the heat.

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Are you ready to tackle your first ultra?

By Andy Mouncey

Welcome to ultra running where the normal rules don’t seem to apply and it’s absolutely OK to jump right in.

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Race to your potential and execute your best ultra

By James Eacott

The best predictor of how well you might perform at your next ultra is your training. We believe – rightly so, to an extent – that the better we train the better we’ll perform. Indeed, the amount of work you put in generally equals what you get on race day.

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Lakeland 50 Race Report

By Dan Stinton

“You do realise we're running sub-7.5 minute miles don't you?” says Helen, my new ultra-running buddy, as we pass through Coniston.

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Ehunmilak Ultra Trail

ONE OF THE BEST ORGANIZATIONS. THIS YEAR ONLY COULD RUN 43KM BEACUSE IT SUSPENDED STORM RAYS

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Ultra Trail Bosques del Sur

BEAUTIFUL RACE, PRECIOUS LANDSCAPES, AND CHEAP

Jana

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

The SVP100 is a challenging, beautiful and greatly organized race. The information provided on the web page is excellent. I loved the frequent updates before and after the run. That makes you feel that you are really welcome as a runner and that the RD and his team enjoy the event at least as muc...

Debwatson

Mizuno Endure 24 Leeds

Did the 2017 race with our running club which we had 3 teams entered. Fantastic experience. There could have been more portaloo’s ans showers but we didn’t let that spoil our experience. Could have been more available during the night stall wise for people providing support along the start/finish...

Giubi86

Downland challenge

The Downland Challenge was my first marathon and ultramarathon that I ran, with my husband (although we went our own ways!), after a good 5 months training. I picked it over other races because it was conveniently located less than an hour by train from London, where we live, and because it was e...

Runmoor

Pennine Barrier

A fantastic event, The Pennine Barrier by the 'GB Ultras' team certainty put the great back into Ultras, and the British (more so I would say quintessentially English) back into Ultras but certainty don't put up any barriers to welcome all to the Pennines to run the 3 Yorkshire Peaks, Fountains F...

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The Roseland August Trail

The Black RAT (32 miles) 11th August 2018 Having run the 20 mile route last year I was keen to take on the 32 this year. It's a lovely route with stunning scenery with lots of steep hills and steps. The organisation is great as is the support from the marshals and spectators along the way; well...

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Devil o' the Highlands Footrace

I ran this race on 4th August 2018. I have run a few 50k ultras, so this was a step up in terms of distance. When combined with the terrain, this resulted in an even bigger step up in terms of time on feet. In case you don’t already know, this is the second part of the whole West Highland Way rac...

   

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7 articles on jitters, walking, learning to run, high altitude, poles and Goldilocks

By Elsa Trujillo

Summer in the northern hemisphere is all about the heat and that great mountain festival of running - UTMB. If you’re heading that way, you probably know all about what we’ve selected this week but it’s never too late to learn something new. 

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The professionalisation of ultra running – good or bad?

By Alfie Pearce-Higgins

Few topics divide opinion among endurance runners more than its transition into a full-blown commercial sport.

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Crewing Badwater

By Susie Chan

Badwater 135 is known as one of the toughest races in the world for a reason. The race route goes from the lowest point in continental US to the highest you can go without a climbing license. Susie Chan tells us what it is like to crew one of the world’s toughest races.

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Leadville 2018 Results

By Alice Morrison

It’s been a great weekend for US runner Rob Krar who won the Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva on Saturday night after a tough couple of years for him when he has been dogged by injury.

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Two chances to win a Dynafit Enduro 12 Backpack

By Kathryn Bullock

You have 2 chances to win this ultra light 12 litre ultra running backpack from Dynafit in our latest prize draw. This 289g pack was specially designed with endurance athletes for ultra running. It carries a good volume of water for all running conditions with waterproof and phone pockets for your running essentials.

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By Kathryn Bullock

Tell us how we can improve for a chance to win a breathable essential running kit (Essential 2 in 1 shorts and Eaze SS Melange or Tee 1) from CRAFT – for men or women. We’re giving away 6 kits so you’ve got 6 chances to win.

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Noah2003

Any runners completed the Cleveland Way?

Seeking advice from others out there who have ran parts of or all of the Cleveland Way. I would prefer Helmsley to Filey over 2 to 3 days. planning to be alone but to stay in b+b and have family / friends on route to help. Would really like to know about previous experiences thanks for reading

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LarryBoyd

why is it so hard to buy decent shoes anymore?

Hello, There was a time, not so long ago, that I could walk into the shoe department of any department store or athletic shoe vendor, ask to try on a nice-looking pair of size 10.5s (US) and be on my way in a matter of a half hour. Now, three quarters of what I try on runs way big or small, or it fits right but has some weird manufacturing defect or other (and not a cosmetic one, but something like an unevenness in the insole that pokes into a weird part of your foot or something). And they'll often only have one pair in a particular size, so if you get a bad one, well, you're screwed and it was a wasted trip to the store. And I have no better luck (actually worse) with shoes bought online. Is is just that everything's gone to ever-cheaper Asian manufacturers (Chinese made stuff gets better, but then the labor gets too expensive, so they move to Malaysia)? Any help will be apprecited. I didn't find the right solution from the Internet. References: https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1286341 HR Software Example Thank you.

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SarahCrunning

Ultra Great Britain (Scotland)

Last year, the inaugural UGB200 sent runners across England on the Trans-Pennine Trail - a 200 mile route from Liverpool to Hornsea. This year, entrants will be racing across Scotland. On Saturday, they will set off from Portpatrick and follow the Southern Upland Way for 214 miles to *****burnspath. It looks a beautiful trail and has 7648m of ascent. It is steeped in the history of the battles between England and Scotland. This is a non-stop race. Runners can sleep in various village halls along the route, but they must complete the course within 100 hours to finish. This is a phenomenal challenge, but the 8 five star reviews of last year's event suggest it is well worth the effort. We'll be tracking!

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Hell on The Humber

In 2011, a new event appeared on the UK endurance scene and runners signed up to run 4 miles laps of The Humber Bridge repeatedly for 12 hours - to the admiration of some and incredulity of others. In 2014, a 6 hour and 24 hour option were added to the race. Running across a bridge for 24 hours has always been something that divides runners as definitely as Marmite divides toast lovers - some are irresistibly attracted to the mental challenge, whilst others find it impossible to understand why anyone would choose to torture themselves in this way. That being said, the race has received 6 five star reviews on our website. This year it's getting even more challenging/crazy - there is now a 36-hour option. That's right, some runners will start at 7pm on Friday and keep running over the bridge until 7am on Sunday. In order to complete the race, they must log at least one lap in each 3 hour segment, and they must not finish until the final 30 minutes of the race. Whilst I prefer to run on varied and beautiful terrain, I am in awe of anyone that can complete this event. The organisers give a guarantee that 'you will hurt and you will want to quit' - does that inspire you or fill you with horror? Good luck to all those taking part.

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GeorgeCPT

The Royal Parks Half Marathon - The Cure Parkinson's Trust

Online entry availableYes RACE DESCRIPTION The Royal Parks Half Marathon has quickly become one of The Cure Parkinson's Trust's (CPT) biggest challenge events of the year, and we want you to join us! Take part as an individual or get together with friends, family or colleagues and enter as a team. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience London's beautiful Royal Parks in autumn while conquering the spectacular 13.1 mile route through Central London's closed roads, past Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Albert Hall, as well as through four of the capital's beautiful Royal Parks. The deadline for entry is Friday 24th August - this year we are asking for runners to commit to raising £400 each for CPT and there is a non-refundable deposit of £20 to take part in this event. If you would like to take part or know someone who may be interested please email george@cureparkinsons.org.uk or visit our website for more information.

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SarahCrunning

The Berlin Wall Race (Mauerweglauf)

On Saturday, around 350 runners will follow the former course of the wall that divided East and West Germany. This 100 mile race commemorates those who lost their lives as a result of the separation, and the medals show a portrait of someone who died trying to defeat the barbed wire and concrete of the wall. Former GDR civil rights activist Rainer Eppelmann in a patron of the event. The route is mainly flat and includes paved urban running, forests, meadows and fields. Competitors have up to 30 hours to complete the 100 miles, but the frontrunners are likely to be running for less than half that time. The male course record is held by British runner Markin Perkins, who completed the route in 13:06 in 2014. The female course record is held by Patricia Rolle who crossed the line in 15:57 in 2015. Those who finish in under 24 hours receive a buckle. The course alternates direction each year - this year it is being run clockwise. Good luck to all the runners. We will be tracking and also thinking of those whom the race seeks to remember.

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UTMB

Is there a list of UK qualifying races to get UTMB points?

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SarahCrunning

Montane Lakeland 50/100 2018

These races are two of the most popular and quickest to sell out ultras in the UK. The Lakeland 100 starts at 6pm on Friday, and runners have up to 40 hours to complete the route - considerably longer than the cut-off for many other 100 milers, and this reflects the difficulty of the terrain and navigation. The DNF rate is typically 50-60%, and the 105 mile route contains 22,493 feet of ascent. It is a circular route starting and finishing in Coniston. It weaves across the whole of the Lake District feels, but takes runners on less well-travelled paths, avoiding the summits most popular with tourists. Last year's winner, Michael Jones, beat his own winning time from the previous year and finished in 20:22:29. Sabrina Verjee was the winner of the women's race, having won the Lakeland 50 the year before. The Lakeland 50 starts at 11:30am on Saturday in Ullswater, and runners have 24 hours to get to the finish in Coniston. Couple Caspar and Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn were first male and first female, with Katie finishing 3rd overall. The heat could make this year's events especially tough. Good luck to all those involved.

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