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236

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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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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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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250

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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Race nerves and how to cope with them

By Sarah Cooke

Before writing this article, I asked some of my running friends and coaching clients about their experiences of race-related anxiety. None of these runners identified themselves as having an anxiety disorder or as suffering with debilitating nerves on race day.

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Heart Rate Training Part 3: How to analyse your training and use heart rate for racing

By James Eacott

In the first of this three part series, I detailed how to set your zones and continued with Part 2 on how to use those zones to improve your training. Now that you’ve started using a heart rate monitor in some sessions each week, we look at how you will use it both during and, importantly, after your session.

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How to lose weight and train for an ultra

By Alice Morrison

If you are a Slim Jim/Jane, look away now, this article is not for you. If, however, like me, you have phases where you ditch the exercise for the pleasures of the flesh and the pounds settle around your middle, read on.

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Dynafit Enduro 12L backpack Review

By Seth Grotzke

There are various reasons why you may find yourself running for upwards of eight hours at a time. Limiting those reasons to “Voluntary Pain Exposure” you could be training for a big race, running a big race, or just out for the day getting to places that few people ever see.

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SWhitt

Valle del Genal Ultra Trail

Holding legendary status among Andalucian runners, the 130km Valle del Genal added an extra category to its range of races this year (2018) with a 100 miler...and that's the race I've tackled. Starting on the coast at Estepona, in Malaga, the race kicked-off at 9pm with a 'parade' around the to...

jjbarrow

Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

I enjoyed this low key race. Nice balance between the country and the city. Course becomes a little sinuous and sees multiple road crossings in the final stages. Also clarity as to the actual course length would be appreciated. Good range of food and drink at the pit stops. Thank you to the f...

marc403572

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

Ran the half marathon as part of the Endurancelife event. The scenery was fantastic and so were my fellow runners but unfortunately that’s where it ended. The race briefing was poor and I was shocked that there was no DQ for dropping litter at what is a AONB, the race briefer jocked about awardin...

gioelepassoni2

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

I ran the CTS Gower Ultra in 2018. The place and the local people were amazing. Really great scenery and great race despite the bad weather. However, race organisation was really poor. I ran many other ultra trails around Europe before (including another one by Endurancelife - Dorset Ultra+ 2018)...

Martinilott39

Virgin Forest Ultra Trail

An extreme trail race of 162 Km with nearly 7000 M of ascent. Well organised with superb scenery through the mountainous Rhodope and Fraktou forests of Northern Greece.

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Maratonul Via Maria Theresia

2018 Ultra marathon Via Maria Theresia had a nice atmosphere, good trail condition and markings and many friendly volunteers to help throughout the race.

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Lakes in a Day Race Report

Brilliant Dan. Michelle too. Very inspiring in the conditions. Would love to do something like this one day.

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Exmoor Trail Running Challenge

2018 ultra distance. This was a really nice event, mostly well signed with lots of checkpoints, loads of snacks, on excellent landscape with some hardcore hillage. A great way to see some of exmoor and some exmoor coastline. Thoroughly enjoyable!

   

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Exclusive interview with the invincible Kilian Jornet

By Steve Diederich

Find out what drives Kilian, his challenges and inspirations, future plans and thoughts on the future of trail running and as a father to be.

The last time I saw Killian was at the Trofeo Kima in September in Italy. He had just broken his course record on the Skyrunning event and was walking back from the finish line through the crowds, that were cheering him like a rockstar.

 

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Jasmin Paris Interview: Mountains, Miles and Motherhood

By Luke Jarmey

Read all about Jasmin's journey to become the Skyrunner Extreme Series World Champion, her experiences running the Bob Graham Round record and her latest thoughts on motherhood.  

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How to pack for a multi day ultra

By Kathryn Bullock

Here is a super helpful video from Elisabet Barnes on packing for a multi-day race. Elisabet is the women’s winner of the 2015 Marathon des Sables and owner of MyRacekit.

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Wins for Jordi Gamito and Purnimaya Rai in The Everest Trail Race 2018

By Alice Morrison

A fantastic win for Jordi Gamito of The Elements at this year’s iconic Everest Trail Race (ETR) winds up a brilliant year for him with podium positions at UTMB, Gran Raid Isla Reunion, and Ultra Pirineu.

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We’ve put together a simple check list on how to post a kit review.

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Win a pair of these super lightweight trail running shoes from HOKA ONE ONE in our latest prize draw.

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bennyhana22

Your thoughts - for a newbie

Hi guys I'm sure you get a lot of these types of threads, so apologies if they're a bit tedious...! A bit of advice. I'm currently navigating post-run blues having done the Great North Run on Sunday. A massive come down now after four months of pretty full on dedication. I ran the London Marathon in 2016 too, so have some experience of distance. I'm pretty sure I want my next challenge to be my first Ultra. I'm also always a bit stupidly ambitious, but have the mindset to achieve my objectives too. Having done a bit of research, I have my eye on the Race to the Tower next summer. So - am I entirely foolish even to think that my first Ultra would be a double marathon, or, so long as I was meticulous in my preparation, is that a reasonable goal? Let's throw that out there for starters! For reference, I'm male, almost 49, fit with no medical issues (other than OCD when training for a race...) and did London in 3h05m and the GNR in 1h28m. Your thoughts would be very welcome... Thanks! Ben

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PulmonaryGoose

Heart Rate vs Power

Hi All, I have just finished reading the 3 part series on heart rate training by James Eacott. It was very informative and I am opting to use the indicated zones for my next season of training. One thing I noted from Part 3 were the comments about heart rate lag during tempo training. I run with power (Stryd) and have been quite happy with the consistency of my power measurements. I have recently analysed some interval run data, while creating a training plan, and have found a relatively consistent relationship between my heart rate and power levels. The obvious caveats to this are that I have had to adjust the heart rate graph to account for lag and that the pointy heart rate peaks are not the same as the square looking power peaks. However, through all the pace changes my heart rate is roughly 0.65xPower. The point to the story! This post is some informative and some inquisitive. I have used power for my training zones a bit, but never related it back to heart rate zones. Has anyone tried this before or have any opinion on it? It would be interesting to set zones based on the LTHR test and convert everything to power in order to gain more accurate tempo control.

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SarahCrunning

The Everest Trail Race 2018

Billed as 'one of the world's toughest high-altitude ultra-marathons', the Everest Trail Race is an annual 6-stage race through the Solukhumbu region of the Himalayas in Nepal. It takes place at the start of the dry season, when visibility should be at its best. Runners race against the backdrop of some of the world's most magnificent mountains such as Everest, Lothse, AmDablam, Tamseku, Kongtega, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. The route changes each year and is only revealed once the runners have gathered in Nepal. They will cover approximately 100 miles with an altitude range of more than 25,000 metres. The race is divided into kilometre stages of approximately: 22, 28, 30, 31, 20 and 22k. Runners will leave their home countries on 4th November and arrive in Kathmandu on 5th November. Registration and race briefings take place on 6th November, before a long bus journey to camp on 7th. The race takes place 8th-13th November. Whilst the cut-offs allow for runners of a range of speeds and abilities to take part, they must be able to carry all of their overnight and safety equipment (food and water are provided) and to be prepared to survive in conditions which could range from -10 degrees at night to 18 degrees during the day. Last year saw local Nepalese runners take both the men's and women's titles - Suman Kulung came into his own in the final stages to beat Luis Alberto Hernando. Chhechee Sherpa Rai was the first female. This year, the Run Ultra team will be excitedly tracking the progress of our very own Alice Morrison (editor). She describes herself as 'the have a go tortoise', but we know she has been working hard. The race has five 5 star reviews on our listings page, so we're sure Alice is in for a treat. Good luck to all the runners.

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Tweed Valley Ultra

Sunday's Tweed Valley Ultra has two distance options - 65km (40 miles) and 50km (31 miles). Both races are set in the Tweed Valley National Park, described as 'the main visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders'. The park is made up of a number of forests, and the races weave through forest tracks, ancient roads, riverside trails and over rolling hills with spectacular views. The route starts in Glentress, Peebles and is fully marked, making it an ideal event for new ultra runners as well as those with more experience. We currently have one review of the race, awarding it 5 stars. If you are running it this year, it would be great to get some more reviews here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Tweed-Valley-Forest-Ultra-Trail#reviewSection Good luck to everyone taking part - it looks a beautiful course.

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SarahCrunning

The Druid's Challenge 2018

The Druid's Challenge is a popular 3-day multistage event run on the Ridgeway - the oldest roadway in the UK, and one that has been used by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers since 3000BC. Around 140 runners will aim to complete 84 miles over three days. They start at Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire on Friday, and finish in Swindon, Wiltshire on Sunday. They will spend Friday night in Watlington and Saturday night in Didcot. Extreme Energy provide accommodation and food, and this year's guest speakers for the evenings are Rory Coleman ('20 years of the MdS') and Emily Denham and Maritsa Harrington ('A girl's guide to the MdS'). This year's event is the 10th edition of the challenge, and it's been a successful nine previous years. Our 9 runner reviewers all gave the event 4 or 5 stars. It is popular with those training for MdS, but by no means limited to this group. Good luck to everyone taking part.

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SarahCrunning

White Rose Ultra

White Rose Ultra is a popular event amongst our members - we have 12 runner reviews, and all awarded the race 4 or 5 starts. There are three distance options: 30 miles (1 lap), 60 miles (2 laps) and 100 miles (3 laps + 10 mile extension). The route starts and finishes in Holywell Green, Huddersfield on Saturday. Runners will be competing in the beautiful Colne Valley on parts of the Kirklees Way, Pennine Way and other local tracks and trails. The 30 lap includes 3865 feet of elevation. It is a well-marked, multi-terrain course, and around 250 runners are expected to take part. Completion of the race leads to 2 (30 miles), 4 (60 miles) or 6 (100 miles) new UTMB points. Good luck to everyone taking part.

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SarahCrunning

Magic Yeti

This weekend, the Sierra Espuna regional park in Murcia, Spain hosts a weekend of mountain running. The Yeti trail races offer options of 64km, 42km, 24km and 15km. The 64km Magic Yeti ultra takes place on Saturday. Anyone wanting a multi-day challenge can follow it up with the 24km Mini Yeti on Sunday for a double dose of spectacular views. This is the eighth edition of the race, and it attracts runners from across Spain as well as International runners looking for a mild November trail race. The race team plan to encourage more runners from overseas next year by offering accommodation packages with their registration. The pictures of the route look stunning, and well worth a trip.

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51st Original Mountain Marathon

The OMM is the UK's biggest mountain race and has been attracting the UK's greatest mountain runners and brands since 1968. Teams of 2 choose their kit, route and distance and must find a series of checkpoints across the mountains. This year's event is being held in the Black Mountains of Wales, but entrants don't find that out at the point of entry - details were released last month. Teams choose either a line or score based course. Line course participants cover a set distance each day and must reach all the checkpoints as quickly as they can. Score course participants have a set amount of time each day to reach as many as checkpoints as possible. A typical example of the courses (based on previous years) is: LINE COURSES Elite - Day 1 47km, Day 2 38km A - Day 1 36km, Day 2 29km B - Day 1 25km, Day 2 20km COMBINED COURSE - a line course one day and a score course the other day SCORE COURSES Long - Day 1: 7 hours, Day 2: 6 hours Medium - Day 1: 6 hours, Day 2: 5 hours Short - Day 1: 5 hours, Day 2: 4 hours The maps and requirements of each course are given to competitors on the start line, and they must choose their own route the the checkpoints. All teams must finish as the overnight camp on day 1 and are required to be self-sufficient and carry their tent and supplies. The course options cater for 1st timers through to elite mountain runners, but all will be vetted for their experience and suitability for their chosen course. There will be 2000 runners taking part, and 20 countries represented. Teams in the Elite group include Jonathon Albon + Gudmund Viljo Arponen Snilstveit and Nicholas Barber + Jim Mann. Good luck to all those taking part.

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