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160

km

The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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36

miles

GUTS Ultra

23-Sep-2017 Barnes KT24 5HX, London, England, UK

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200

km

Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

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

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236

km

The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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250

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Marathon des Sables

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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Which race shall I run this year?

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A psychological approach to a training plan

Following on from Alice Morrison’s article on New Year’s resolutions and my article on motivation and running goals, I wanted to look more specifically at how I could apply my experience as a psychologist to formulating a training plan.

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Ironman To Ultramarathon, 20 Things You Need To Know

Here’s the good news: You’ll be used to running on tired legs. Here’s some more good news: No-one’s going to swim over you like you’re just not there. It’s all far more forgiving on your undercarriage. And the race entry fees are damn sight cheaper…

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Hill Repeats

No matter what you are training for, hill repeats will help strengthen your legs and improve your stamina. As you churn through the miles, fresh-feeling legs will be your best friends.

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Adidas Chill tights and Asics knee tights

From late Spring onwards, it is time to break out the three-quarter-length or knee-length running tights and free those legs and ankles to the sun and wind. I like a shorter length because they give you all the support you need while keeping you that bit cooler, also you can get a pair of calf sleeves on underneath quite comfortably.

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DamonW

The NoMad Ultra

My second time running this event..50K..and It's ever better than last. By far this is the best pound for pound race I've done. A very friendly race and excellent for a those new to the world of ultra. Level canal paths through to around 18/19 miles.....the final 12/13 becoming steeper and more t...

Ultrarun28

The NoMad Ultra

Great price, great course (50 mile) and great marshal support along the way!! May not not have the hills of the Peak District but don't be fooled into thinking it's easy!! Undulating, a variety of surfaces (tarmac, smooth-rutted-overgrown trails), unending stiles, cheeky cut throughs, steps, cows...

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Pecorari

Coastal Trail Series - Dorset (CTS) (/Events/Coastal Trail Series - Dorset

Great race, beautiful scenery however it's pretty painful having to loop round the start again!

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Pecorari

Midnight Mountain Marathon

Brilliant! Well organised and really fun. Great views, would definitely do it again :)

lankytoreador

Ultra-trail Cape Town

What an event! From the jaw dropping scenery to the varied terrain to the impeccable organisation - everything about this challenge is epic. I ran the 100km in December 2016 and despite having done a couple of 100milers previously this easily ranks as the hardest thing I have ever put myself thro...

Davidsearle

Salomon Ultra 50K Trail Race

Ever since getting into off road running and reading Richard Askwith’s brilliant Feet in the clouds I have been longing to visit the area and run. I have been keeping a look out for races in the Lake Disitrict that would be a challenging distance and course profile and would also provide me with ...

Helenbly

Ellis Brigham TrailBlaster 12 Ultra

Well organised race but did not enjoy the course. It consists of a 5k loop through the park and wooded areas. After the second wooded area and river crossing, it snakes through a field for over 1/2 mile. The field was pot holed and covered in freshly cut grass. After my third lap in over 30 degre...

Helenbly

Canalathon 50/75/100KM

A nice flat ultra along the Rochdale canal. If doing the 50k route you start in Manchester and finish at Sowerby bridge. It made for an excellent first ultra due the flat paths. Some beautiful countryside along the Pennines and into Yorkshire. Do make sure you check out the route map before you s...

   

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Gavin Boyter Q&A: The Long Run

We love hearing tales of normal, everyday runners going out there and taking on great challenges… but also documenting them in an interesting way. Gavin Boyter is one such runner and in this Q&A, we dive into his Lands End to John O’Groats run which he has turned into a book and upcoming film – aptly named ‘The Long Run’.

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7 articles on newbies, injuries, sponsorship, cycling and pushing yourself further

This week our selection of articles focuses mostly on a range of tips and advice to improve your training, and how to deal with and avoid injury. We also bring you some Ian Corless pictures of ultra runners and some interesting advice on netting sponsorship for running. Our very own article this week explores ways to push yourself harder both physically and mentally.

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What running shoes did Kilian Jornet use for Everest?

After Kilian Jornet’s staggering two-summits-of-Everest-in-a-week triumph, details are starting to emerge of how he attacked it and what kit he used. For every runner, shoes are THE vital kit component, imagine how high the stakes are if you are running up and down the world’s biggest mountain?

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New host for the 2018 Trail World Championships

Following the 2017 next Trail World Championships, to be held in Badia Prataglia in Tuscany (Italy) this coming June, the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), in association with the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) has already announced the location and dates for the 2018 edition of the Trail World Championships.

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Sandes and Bradley take Western States 100 2017

It’s the oldest 100-miler in the USA and always a hugely-competitive race. The Western States 100 M Endurance Run starts in Squaw Valley, California near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and ends 100.2 miles later in Auburn, California.

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Boy killed during Alaskan Trail Race

A 16-year-old runner has been mauled and killed by a black bear during the annual Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on Bird Ridge south of Anchorage in Alaska.

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Rileforce

Salomon ADV SKIN3 12 SET 2017 Backpack

Hi guys, I just need some help... I have purchased this race vest however have no idea how to attach my poles to this? Any suggestions would be appreciated? FYI I have the Distance Carbon FLZ Trekking Poles.

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Mikedrover

Advice for a newbie

Hey there. Im after some advice really. Ive been running seriously for a little over a year now. I ran a lot when I was in school, ive kept reletively fit during my time in the Army but didnt start taking running serious until the start of last year. I run various distances up to half marathon. Ive competed in a few different events but none longer than a half marathon. Im really drawn in by the idea of running an ultra though! I love reading stories of people taking part in them and relish the challenge as im bored of short runs. I really want to do one but im worried i may be getting ahead of myself. Any advice? Many thanks

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Western States 100

All eyes are on Jim Walmsley for this weekend's WS100 as he aims to break the 14 hour barrier in the USA's oldest 100 mile ultra. However, the women's race is wide open with three former champions competing (Kaci Lickteig, Magdalena Lewy-Bouket and Stephanie Howe Violett) alongside other contenders including YiOu and Camille Herron. For the first time, there will be post-competition drug testing. You can read more about this policy in Alice Morrison's article: http://bit.ly/2shH19v Keep your eyes on our tweets and Facebook page for a round-up of the race results and let us know here if you have experience of this race or would like to share your thoughts on the competitors or the drug testing policy.

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10Peaks: The Lakes

Another tough but rewarding race this weekend in 10Peaks The Lakes. This is a traditional fell race - there is no official route but entrants of the long course (73k) must navigate themselves between the ten highest peaks in the Lake District which amount to 5600m of ascent. There are no marked trails - this really is an event for runners who are confident going off the beaten track and being in the mountains. Does self-navigation put you off entering a race or does something self-supported appeal to you? Good luck to those running both the 43k and 73k routes. Let us know how you get on.

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South Wales 100

Last year a new ultra burst onto the scene in the shape of South Wales 100 (and South Wales 50). In its first year, only 7 of the 27 entrants completed the 105 mile route through the valleys of South Wales and into the Brecon Beacons. With around 6400 metres of ascent, this is a real test of endurance. Is anyone braving it this year? It starts on Friday evening and runners have 40 hours in which to complete it. What do people think about entering a race with such a high DNF rate? Does the challenge make it more or less appealing?

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Race to the King

Last year's Race to the King proved popular with new ultra runners and those upping their distance. The 53 mile route from Arundel to the burial place of the first kings of England in Winchester offers options for both runners and walkers. Entrants can choose to run the route as a single ultra or as a two day event of 23.4 miles followed by 29.8 miles. Who is getting ready to run it this year? Do you think a 53 miler or a multi-day event is the tougher option? If you ran it last year, what advice would give to this year's runners?

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West Highland Way Race

This weekend if jam packed with races and WHW Race looks a spectacular one. At 1am on Saturday around 100 runners will start their 95 mile journey from Milngavie to Fort William. With 14760 feet of ascent, this is a tough race but appeals to many who are drawn by the stunning views on the West Highland Way. Is anyone who has run The Highland Fling (1st 53 miles of the route) or Devil O' The Highlands (second part of the route) tempted by to enter in the future? The current male course record is held by Paul Giblin who completed the race in a phenomenal 14:14:44 in 2015. Lucy Colquhoun has held the female record since 2007 and will take some beating. We currently have no runner reviews of this race, so if you have run it then we would love to know what you think: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/West-Highland-Way-Race#reviewSection

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Lavaredo Ultra Trail

Saturday 23rd June marks the start of The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail. This race is held in high esteem and features elite runners from around the world. This year's top runners hail from France, Lithuania, Spain, USA, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Australia, Nepal and the UK. Other entrants come from every corner of the globe. The race is fiercely competitive and forms part of the Ultra Trail World Tour. The route is 120km with around 5800 metres of ascent. As well as being a key race for many elite runners, many less familiar names are attracted to the breath-taking beauty of the Dolomites. Two French runners from Team Salomon are tipped to top the podiums - Caroline Chaverot and Francois d'Haene. Both won the Maxi Race this year and have a string of other podium places to their names. However, there are enough elites (male and female) with impressive recent race performances to make this open for some surprises. It isn't all about the elite runners. If you have run this race, are running this year or if the mountains are calling you there in the future then let us know your thoughts. We have no runner reviews of this race yet, so please help us (and other runners) out if you can: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Lavaredo-Ultra-Trail

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