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Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

11-Jun-2018 /Ai/Ais- Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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220

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GlobalLimits Albania - The Hidden Treasure

07-Sep-2018 Tirana, Albania

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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Ankle Sprain

By Karina Teahan

Most of us have heard of the term ankle sprain and many may have had an ankle sprain in the past. This is why it is often dismissed as a fairly straight forward and short term interruptive nuisance to our running. However, some ankle sprains can end up becoming a bit more complicated.

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Energy Depletion: At The Heart Of Every DNF?

By Andy Mouncey

All roads from a state of energy depletion can ultimately lead to a DNF, and even if this is not the primary cause, I put it to you that it is likely to be up there as a major contributing factor.

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7 schoolboy mistakes to avoid at your first ultra

By James Eacott

Us hardy ultra runners don’t really have an “off-season” but for all intents and purposes, the ultra racing season is about to kick off in the Northern Hemisphere. The first timers amongst us, particularly, will be counting and nervously recounting the number of weeks left until D-Day.

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Cimalp Twin2 3D-Flex shorts review

By Dan Stinton

I’d been given the offer of reviewing some products from Cimalp, a French based company specialising in hiking, skiing and trail running.

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Peter Telford

Pewsey Downsaround

A lovely run with beautiful scenery - it is completely self-navigate and I had some problems with directions and CP location/opening times which didn't matter too much as the weather was excellent and the views were great; plus I wasn't really worried about a time and used it as a training run. I...

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Ultra Tour Arran

2018's inaugural race delighted, surprised and did it's best to break the 300+ runners, with its wonderful range of scenery that was a real challenge. Day 1 incorporated hills and beaches, forests and peat bogs. The first real challenge was the alternating boulder-strewn beach and snaking, undul...

Garymas

The Race

Excellent event. Incredibly well organized. Volunteers & marshals are brilliant. The distances are slight different than website states. You start with “half marathon “, 24km run along quiet country roads with gentle rolling hills Stage 2 is 10km kayak if you manage to keep a straight line. As ...

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SarahCrunning

Calderdale Hike

I ran this in 2018, which was the race’s 40th anniversary year. The distance was increased to 40 miles to mark the occasion. There was also a 20 mile option. The event is organised by the 24th St. Paul’s Scout Group and is open to both runners and walkers. It has the same kind of friendly feel as...

odie65

Vale Coastal Ultra & 18 mile

My legs are just getting over the 34 mile ultra I ran this last Saturday. Last October I joined my brother for a small part of the Gower 50 organised by the same group. I was so impressed by the volunteers, the route organised and the overall atmosphere that I just had to try one out for myself. ...

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Kielder Ultra Trail

First Ultra 2018 Kielder Water 50k Ultra Marathon After a rather dull but quite famous half marathon road race last September, I thought I would set myself a challenge and signed up to my first trail marathon near my home town running 27.5 miles up the North East Coast. Whilst this was an amazi...

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The Kielder Ultra Trail by Simon Pryde

First Ultra! 2018 Kielder Water 50k Ultra Marathon High Terrain Events After a rather dull but quite famous half marathon road race last September, I thought I would set myself a challenge and signed up to my first trail marathon near my home town running 27.5 miles up the North East Coast. Wh...

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Thorr

Frozen Otter Ultra Trek

Joining the Frozen Few 2018 April 1, 2018 Brett Blanchard During my all too frequent exploration of winter races, I stumbled upon something called the Frozen Otter Ultra. Instantly I was fascinated with the details. Entering its 12th year, the 64 mile race averaged a 19% finisher rate, one of ...

   

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Marathon des Sables 2018 round up of bravery and blisters

By Alice Morrison

The Marathon des Sables 2018 was a great edition. First of all, many congratulations to all you champions who did it – GREAT JOB! The yearly trial by desert fire brought some exciting racing from the elites and the mid-field and some spectacular shows of true grit.

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A Chat with Anna Frost – Racing, Life and Beyond

By Luke Jarmey & Steve Diederich

Anna Frost is a name that has been intertwined with trail and ultra running in the last decade. One of the genuine stars of the sport, she has graced podiums the world over.

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7 articles on SCD, guiding, first injuries, first ultras, rules and vertical running

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Here's our new (and assorted) selection of interesting articles on ultra running found on the web.

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Marathon des Sables 2018 stage 5 and stage 6

By Alice Morrison

Marathon des Sables 2018 is over for another year with victories for Rachid El Morabity and Magdalena Boulet.

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Marathon des Sables 2018 Stage Four - The Long Stage

By Alice Morrison

The Long Stage of the Marathon des Sables is the big test of the race and often the one where it is won or lost.

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Marathon des Sables 2018 Stage Three

By Alice Morrison

It was stage 3 of the Marathon des Sables 2018 in Morocco on Tuesday which means the runners are already half way through this year’s race.

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Whydoesithurt

12hr race. Am I just kidding myself?

So, I am 44 years old and I would say, fitter than average. That said, up until 6 weeks ago, my running experience was limited to one sub 1hr 30min half marathon, three years ago, and more recent regular long runs of 8-10 miles. Then came a moment of madness, when I heard myself agreeing to take part in a 12 hour event, mid June!! In those last few weeks, my long runs have increased week on week to 4.5hrs. My question is 2-fold..... Am I kidding myself thinking I can be ready for a 12 hr event in the little time left, and how the heck do I structure my training to get the most out of the limited time available?

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What shoes to wear

Hi, I have my first ultra 100km in July and need to get some shoes. It is in the South Downs so nearly all on trail. I'm told if dry it will be fairly firm and stable ground. I over pronate so I have always worn Brooke's Adrenaline GTX on the road, although with the newest adrenaline 18s I have been getting a sore heel. Might not be the shoes though. On short distances off road I use innov 8s which are great feeling the track but I get a sore Achilles with the lower drop and there is nowhere near enough support or cushion for me to run 100 km in. Any suggestions of what shoes I can wear that has as good support and cushioning as adrenalines, not too low drop, and good off road with no rolling ankles? Does this shoe even exist? Thanks

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North Downs Way 50 2018

Just ran the last 18 miles today...Reigate to Knockholt - Very slow and boggy... got lost 3 times as well =/ Gonna study the route very carefully over the next month. Hopefully it'll dry out a bit. Anyone else doing it this year? It'll be my first Ultra =)

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SarahCrunning

Marathon des Sables 2018

According to The Discovery Channel, MdS is the toughest footrace on earth, and it's back for its 33rd edition. Starting in Merzonga, Morocco on Friday 8th April, over 1000 runners will aim to complete a 6 stage/7 day race across the Sahara. The route varies each year, but it is approximately 250km/156 miles. The long stage is usually at least 80km/50 miles. This race is undoubtedly a huge commitment, but our 14 five-star reviews speak volumes. The event attracts both elite and novice runners from around the world and all must contend with temperatures in excess of 50 degrees C, and they must carry their food and equipment. Runners are given a water ration and they have a tent to sleep in each night, but they are otherwise expected to be self-sufficient. They will encounter salt plains, desert mountains, ruined towns and sand storms in one of the world's most inhospitable environments. You can view race reviews, articles, tips and interviews via our listings page: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Marathon-Des-Sables As always, the class of 2018 includes some big names in the world of ultra running. This year's female contenders include 2016 winner Natalia Sedykh, UTWT champ Andrea Huser, Western States 100 winner Magdalena Boulet, and Half MDS Fuerteventura winner Anna Marie Watson. For Huser and Boulet, this is their first desert race, and it will be interesting to see how they get on. The favourite to win the men's race has to be Rachid El Morabity who won MdS Maroc last year as well as winning MdS Peru. He will face competition from his younger brother Mohamed who came second last year as well as MdS vets Abdelkader El Mouaziz and Aziz El Akad. You can read a full preview of this year's event and the frontrunners from Ian Corless: https://iancorless.org/2018/03/28/marathon-des-sables-2018-race-preview-mds-mds2018/

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Sky Gran Canaria

Sky running is becoming increasingly popular. Mountain races regularly attract a lot of interest both in terms of entrants and those tracking the events. On Saturday, sky runners will traverse Gran Canaria from Agaete in the northwest to Playa de Morgán in the southwest. They will cover 45 miles/72km and climb around 5,470 metres. The route includes the island's highest point, Pico de las Nieves, which reaches 1,954 metres above sea level. The cut-off time is 19 hours. There are also shorter races of 36km and 18km, but they will be anything but easy. Good luck if you are running, and please let us know how you get on.

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Mustang Trail Race

This weekend, up to 50 runners will be travelling to Nepal in preparation for an 8-stage adventure in the Mustang region. From the 17th-25th April, they will cover around 165km (over 100 miles) from Lower to Upper Mustang along an ancient trading route between Nepal and Tibet. They will climb 8200 metres and run in an environment where the oxygen levels are 75%-60% of those at sea level. The Mustang region is in western Nepal, behind the Greater Himalayan Range, and it runs northwards towards Tibet behind the Annapurna Massif. The area is more Tibetan Buddhist in culture, and features dry hill, monasteries, caves and villages. It has only been open to tourists since 1992. Runners are fully supported and sleep in 'tea-houses' along the route. It looks an incredible journey.

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100 Miles of Istria

100 Miles of Istria and its shorter siblings are the biggest trail running event in Croatia. The 100 mile race starts at 5pm local time on Friday 6th April in Labin on the east coast. It takes runners across the whole beautiful Istrian peninsula and is the Red/elite route. The Blue 110km race starts at midnight on Friday/Saturday in Lovan. The Green 67km event starts at 8am on Saturday in Buzet, and the Yellow 41km race starts at 2pm in Motovun. All the events finish in Umag in the west. The event started with 237 runners in 2013. The sixth edition this weekend will involve over 1000 competitors and is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour. The cut-off for the 100 mile event is 46 hours. This year's elite runners include Francesca Canepa, Julien Chorier and Paul Giblin. In this case, 'elites' are those who are UTWT supported athletes or who have 800+ (men) or 700+ (women) ITRA points. It looks set to be an exciting weekend and we will be watching closely.

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Badwater Cape Fear

On Saturday, 204 runners are scheduled to race either 51 miles or 50km from Bald Head Island, North Carolina. This is the first event of the Badwater Ultra Cup which concludes with the infamous Badwater 135 in July. All runners will complete a 12 mile 'warm-up' along the roads of Bald Head Island, before either one or two loops of the remote beaches of Fort Fisher along the Atlantic Seaboard. The renowned Cape Fear is so called because it constantly changes size and shape with the tides, and many ships have got into trouble in the deceptively shallow waters near its shores. One of this year's runners is 72 year-old Jay Birmingham. Jay was the second runner to successfully run between Badwater Basin and Mount Whitney (the Badwater 135 route) prior to the establishment of the Badwater race. He then bettered his time 23 years later by completing Badwater 135 at the age of 58. Good luck to everyone running. We currently have no reviews of this race, so please let us know how you get on.

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