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Grossglockner Ultra-Trail®

27-Jul-2018 Hohe Tauern National Park, Salzburg, Austria

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200

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Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

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

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Marathon des Sables

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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105

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Swiss Canyon Trail

09-Jun-2018 Couvet, Neuchatel, Switzerland

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Training Plans

And thus dear reader, my gift to you at this most seasonal time of year is not one, not two but THREE Twelve Days Of Christmas Training Plans. Merry Christmas!

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Four ways to hack the long run in winter

As we all know, the long run is a crucial part of ultra running training. It forms the foundation of ultra run training and is key to improved performance. However, it’s with hushed tones that I suggest that not all of us enjoy the long run, particularly in winter. I hear gasps from the purists, but it’s true.

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Train as One

Plans are available everywhere; on all the running websites, published regularly in magazines, personal trainers will offer them, friends at work will recommend them and you can even do something incredible and make one up yourself.

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10 running Christmas Gifts for Him

It’s early December and #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday have passed. Like us, you’re probably still searching for those last (or first!) few Christmas presents. Show your love (or at least mild appreciation) for the ultra running man in your life with a gift this Christmas.

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SadieKemp

Jedburgh Ultra Marathon - Three Peaks

2016 and 2017 A great introduction to Ultras if you are looking for one to try. The hill section is stunning and gives your legs a break from the running.

SadieKemp

The John Muir Way Ultramarathon

If you like coastal running this race is for you. There are nice sections through the dunes and along the beach followed by green countryside. You are taken to the start by coach so parking and getting to the start is hassle free.

SadieKemp

Devil o' the Highlands Footrace

2017 I ran this race for the first time this year and I have to say I absolutely loved it. It is very challenging as it is so hilly but the views and the atmosphere make up for it. I love the logo too and sport my buff a tshirt with pride. :-)

pano1968

Fregona Trail Fest

We are standing full of excitement below the clock-tower in the city center. The race-countdown can be heard in the background: in only very few seconds we will start to a 82k run, and 4600 meters of climb. Fregona Trail Fest – our chosen annual (2017) challenge. 15 minutes later, we're already...

JohnC

Wooler Trail Marathon

I took part in the November 2017 event. I'd joined the facebook group for the event aand this provided good updates and pre run info. On the day, as i got to the hostel for the start, I realised it was opposite the house my great uncle had lived in in the 70's when I was last in Wooler, so I took...

TommyTrancePants

Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon ( Beacons Ultra ) (/Events/Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon

I was a little apprehensive going into this race. However I was very pleasantly surprised in many ways. Firstly the organisation of the event getting their parking up being briefed all seemed to go very smoothly from them, we were not organised. Secondly and for me the biggest factor was the ma...

antoniag

Mince Pi Run

Race: 17.12.17 I decided to go for 5 laps this year (a bit more than a half marathon - 25km), however, this time trailer shoes were a must and I wasn't wearing mine, it was very muddy (to start with the mud is frozen so it was ok, however, by 10:30 the mud was slushy and very slippery so I didn't...

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Neal

Winter Run to the Castle

09.12.2017 Beautiful route with some stunning scenery, especially with snow on the mountains! Very well organised and signed, friendly marshals at each CP with well stocked aid stations, very friendly and professional organiser. Medals are AMAZING! Can't wait to do this event again!

   

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How to deal with those akward running questions at Christmas

The holiday season is upon us, and for ultra runners this can provide some unique challenges. The endless supply of desserts and obligatory family lounging are not the issue, it is rather those niggling questions that will inevitably arise.

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Top Reviews November 2017

We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for October. Congratulations to Simon Bourke who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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Running and depression

I was asked to write an article about running and mental health. I am a clinical psychologist and an ultra runner, so this should be right up my street. However, I found myself stopping and starting and changing my mind over the best angle to take.

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The graphene trainer revolution

In a world first, inov-8 has collaborated with the University of Manchester to come up with a way to use graphene in trainers. Graphene is the thinnest material on earth. It is just one atom thick but is 200 times stronger than steel.

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Marathon des Sables Peru Results 2017

Desert legend, Rachid El Morabity from Morocco, and super-strong Nathalie Mauclair of France, are the winners of the first MDS to take place in Peru.

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Shortlist for the RunUltra Blogger of the Year Award 2018

Thank you to everyone who nominated a blogger for our Blogger Award. After much deliberation, and it was a very daunting task, we have chosen the shortlist for the RunUltra Blogger Award for 2018.

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Waterproof trousers for beginners mandatory kit

Hi, I'm just about to start out in ultra running (I think) i have completed 2 Marathons with 1 being the Brecon Beacons, I have a waterproof jacket but for the ultras I see require trousers, can anyone recommend any or what spec I should be looking for. Thanks Russ

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Tour de Helvellyn

This tough 38 mile event traditionally takes place on the shortest Saturday in December. This weekend, 150 runners will tackle 2000 metres of ascent and descent on the mountain trails and bridleways around Helvellyn in the Lake District (England's third highest mountain). The event is strictly limited to experienced and competent ultra runners who must be capable of being self-sufficient in the mountains in winter. This is a self-navigated event with minimal support. Crews are not permitted. The race was popular with our 5 runner reviewers who noted that the terrain is tough and technical but praised the great organisation and highly recommended it for experienced fell runners. Are any of our members taking part on Saturday? Good luck.

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Mince Pi Challenge

The perfect mince pie earner to the tune of Pi - this event is open to runners of all abilities and involves a 3.14 mile lap. Entrants can run from one to ten laps or choose the marathon option. Those completing 26.2 miles or 31.4 miles receive a marathon or ultra award. This is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, and there is also a 1 mile fun run for children, enabling runners to involve the whole family. Those taking part receive a bespoke Mince Pi medal and some actual mince pies. There are also chocolates and homemade soup on offer. This is a popular event - we have 14 runner reviews and all gave it 4 or 5 stars. Have fun if you are taking part this year!

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Blood Rock 100 and 50 mile trail runs

Blood Rock 100 and Blood Rock 50 are the final events of the Southeastern Trail Series. They both start on Saturday 9th December from cabins on Tranquility Lake in Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama. The 100 mile race is two laps of the 50 mile course and contains over 40,000 feet of ascent. It has a 35 time limit with 18 hours allowed for the 50 miler. Double Oak Mountain is part of the Appalachians and its trails are rugged, steep and technical with some treacherous descents. Around 90% of the race is run on narrow single tracks. The inaugural 50 mile race took place last year, and 2017 is the first running of the 100 miler, so course records will be set. It promises to be an exciting race. Good luck if you are taking part!

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Cape Wrath Ultra 2018

Hi folks, Would anyone be interested in taking part in the 2018 Cape Wrath Ultra? I entered the inaugural race, but a couple of months beforehand I suffered a bad knee injury, requiring mosaicplasty ( cartilage transfer ) surgery. So I had to defer my entry to the 2018 race. The surgeon told me that if successful, I could get back to running about a year post surgery, giving me a year to train for 2018. Unfortunately the surgery wasnt successful, so I’m facing another operation, and therefore can’t take part in 2018. In fact, I think my running days are over, and I’m truly gutted! So I have a place available for 2018 that is up for grabs. The entry fee was £1600 and its now sold out. Would anybody be interested in buying my entry at a discounted price?

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MDS Peru

On Sunday, around 500 runners will arrive in Lima ahead of the first edition of Marathon Des Sables Peru. The 6 stage race starts on Tuesday 28th November and replicates the distance of MDS Maroc (250km). It takes place in the Ica Desert which is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes and is one of the driest regions in the world. There are some high-achieving ultra runners with an eye on the podium. Contenders in the men's field include this year's winner of Cappadocia Ultra Trail, Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania); 5-time winner of MDS Maroc, Rachid El Morabity (Morocco); France's Julien Chorier - a Hardrock 100 winner but new to desert races; and Peru's Remigio Huaman Quispe who won the first Half MDS Fuerteventura this year. Contenders in the women's field include Nathalie Mauclair (France) who has won MDS Maroc twice as well as UTMB and the IAU Trail World Championships, and Ruthann Sheahan (Ireland) who is an impressive road ultramarathoner but new to the desert. Peru's Elba Rocio Carrion Conde and Valerie Nossar are also ones to watch - they are both past winners of Yumax 80km. We will keep you updated.

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CTS Dorset

Tomorrow's (2nd December) Coastal Trail Series Dorset takes place on the Jurassic Coastal Path. The start and finish point is at Lulworth Cove and runners have 5 distance options: 6, 16, 27, 33 or 45.5 miles. The Ultra and Ultra Plus options involve additional loops past the start to extend the 27 mile course. Our fifteen runner reviewers have all given this race 4 or 5 stars, but several mention the mental strength involved in having to pass the start and carry on. The Ultra Plus 45.5 mile option has over 8000 feet of ascent. Endurance Life has rated the terrain as 'extreme' - one of only 2 of their events to rank at this level of difficulty. It looks like the views are worth the effort. Good luck if you are taking part and let us know how you get on.

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