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250

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

08-Feb-2020 San José, Costa Rica

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

07-Nov-2019 Lukhla, Nepal

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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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The value of a bespoke nutrition plan

By Renee McGregor

There is no doubt that interest in nutrition has risen significantly in recent years, particularly with the advent of Instagram. It seems that never before has what we eat been of such importance.

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How to eat your way to the finish of your next ultra

By Robbie Britton

One of the greatest ultra runners of all time, Ann Trason, once said that “ultra running is just an eating and drinking competition, with a little bit of running thrown in”. If you want to improve your ultra running then listen to Ann, she knows.

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Top advice on how to plan your first ultra

By Robbie Britton

Everyone is running ultra marathons now, it’s the cool thing to do. Lots are even skipping the initial marathon and jumping straight to the long stuff, but what should you think about before tackling your first ultra?

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Altra Superior 4.0

By Seth G

The Altra Superior 4.0 is more than a significant update to the Superior line. With an extremely comfortable upper and good traction, I would recommend these shoes for trail races less than 50 km. These are worth considering for those who love the zero drop feel and like a lot of room for the toes.

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alexlee993

South Downs Way 50

If you are looking around for your first 50 mile ultra and live in the UK then give this race some serious consideration - you won't be disappointed. Starting in Worthing on the South Coast and finishing in Eastbourne the race traverses the rolling countryside of the South Downs. Through quaint ...

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Mt Solitary Ultra

2019 - Another awesome event this year, not as hot as 2018, thankfully. Event run by a keen voluntary group, that does a great job. Easily one of the most scenic events on the calendar. The views from several points in this event are stunning. Mt Solitary is the hardest bit of the event and it ...

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Six Foot Track Marathon

2017 - Great event. A true classic run with a trail that goes somewhere. Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, this was an old Birdal path from the 1800's. Mixed terrain, mixture of fire roads and single track. One of the best organised events on the calendar and the volunteers from the Rural Fire Servic...

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Stromlo Running Festival 50K

2018 - Did the 50k (though it was actually 54km). Nice area for running, though only fire trails were used, no single track running even though the park has plently of them to use. The last 20km was to be run to the north, but this has been cancelled for the last 2 years due to a new suburb bei...

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Thorr

Rat Race Mongol 100

2019 Mongol 100 Race Report I have two Mastiffs. Individually, neither is a brilliant beast full of terrific decision making. Together, they become half as smart. Both could be said about me and my friend Kerry Robinson. Kerry and I have traveled together for 35 straight years, often finding our...

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MorphinTaylor

Hardmoors 55

Hardmoors55(50) Hardmoors55 gave you everything that should be expected in a Northern Ultra in March. Mud, rain, 70mph winds & someone shouting 'Chuffin eck as the slid down Roseberry. Start of the race was very hectic, all cramped in the sea cadets hall listening to the RD (Jon's) brief. Due to...

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Boris

The Oner Ultra Run

My toenails are still recovering from the Oner - Rab’s Ultra 2019. I started the race accompanied by another 92 fools like myself around 12pm on Saturday under the sunshine and unusually dry terrain but with a constant and rather annoying north-east facing wind that will not leave us alone until ...

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ultralouweezy

100 Miles of Istria

Currently sitting in Trieste airport, less than 24hrs after finishing the race, I'm finding myself eager to tell everyone about this Croatian jewel. I ran the 'red route', 100 miles of the finest towns, mountains and views that the country has to offer. There are shorter routes 😉 So. The race....

   

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7 weird and wonderful runner stories

By Kate Allen

Another collection of amusing stories from around the web to fill your coffee break.

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Race overload – finding the balance between challenge and obsession

By Sarah Cooke

Ultra-runners are a diverse breed – our distances range from a bit more than a marathon to hundreds or even thousands of miles. Some of us pick one or two races a year and dedicate our training to them. Others seem to be racing every weekend.

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Top Reviews March 2019

By Luke Jarmey

We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for March. So congratulations to Neil Johnson who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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Did you know we can now list multiactivity, virtual and beach races?

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Ragna and Rachid take the top spots at the Marathon Des Sables

By Dan Stinton

Since Cactus finished stage 3 of the Marathon Des Sables, he’s caused quite a stir on social media and had even managed to obtain his own tracker to allow his fans to keep an eye on his progress for the later stages of the race.

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Pawfect finish at the Marathon Des Sables

By Dan Stinton

Four legs are better than two, right? It seems that the on-going Marathon Des Sables (MdS) has gained a rogue entrant when a dog decided to show us humans how to get through a multi-stage ultra. We also update you on the human entrants so far.

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Another year with no finishers at the Barkley Marathons

By Dan Stinton

It’s been a great few days as my Twitter feed has taken on a new life during the Barkley Marathons.

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Muffles

Calf injury

Hi all, I'm trying to get into running after time away doing some rowing and cycling but have developed a problem in my calf. It keeps tightening up after about 20 mins similar to a cramp feeling so that I cannot run on it anymore. There is also tightness in my left glute. Can anybody recommend a running sports injury specialist? I'm based in Milton Keynes but happy to travel for the right person. Thanks Dave

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chloanne

Running watches

Just curious as to what watches folk are using on their long runs . Having always got by using a faithful Garmin , i now feel i'm going to be i need of a watch with longer battery life . Have St Cuthberts Way at end of June , so realistically needing something that can last 15-16hrs And not be too hefty on the bank balance. Suggestions and advice please !

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Badwater Salton Sea 2019

Badwater Salton Sea is the second race in the 2019 Badwater Ultra Cup. This year, 16 runners are attempting the Cup - Badwater Cape Fear, Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater 135. In total, 110 runners are expected on the start line on Sunday. They make up 43 teams of either 2 or 3 people. Teams have to run together throughout the event. They will set off at 6:30 local time (2:30pm UK time) on Sunday and have up to 28 hours to complete the 81-mile route. This means most will finish on Monday. The start line is on the shores of Salton Sea in Salton City, California. Salton Sea is a lake known for its high salt levels and it is 243 feet below sea level. The race finishes on the summit of Palomar Mountain, which stands at 5500 feet above sea level. Along their journey, the runners will traverse the deserts and mountains of Southern California and climb a total of more than 9000 feet. The route is a mixture of road and trails, and 8 miles are run through the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The fastest team in 2018 completed the route in 15 hours and 36 minutes. We'll be watching to see if any teams top that this year. Good luck to everyone involved!

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Highland Fling Race 2019

The Highland Fling Race is one of the biggest UK ultras with 1000 successful ballot entrants and an average of around 800 runners taking part each year. The 53 mile event hosts the Scottish Ultra Trail Championships with Scottish Championship medals awarded to the top 3: men, women, vet men, vet women, male teams and female teams (provided they are members of Scottish Athletics). The route covers the southern section of the West Highland Way from Milngavie (near Glasgow) to Tyndrum. The West Highland Way is Scotland's oldest official long distance footpath at around 95 miles. The remaining 42 miles from Tyndrum to Fort William form the Devil O' The Highlands Ultra in August. There is also the full West Highland Way Race covering all 95 miles in June. The Highland Fling route takes runners through the breathtaking Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The scenery is stunning, and the views are well worth the 7500 feet of climbing. Although there is a more technical section of around 7 miles along the lochside, the remainder of the route is runnable, and the event attracts both seasoned and new ultra runners. The cut-off is 15 hours. Last year's winners were Kyle Greig (7:06:58) and Rachel Normand (8:22:23). It looks like there may be some light rain on Saturday, but that is unlikely to hold back this year's runners. Good luck everyone.

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The Fellsman 2019

The 57th Fellsman takes place this weekend. Runners will set off from Ingleton at 8:30am on Saturday, and they have until 3:30pm on Sunday to reach Threshfield - a route of around 61 miles across the Yorkshire Dales. The majority of the route is not a set course - runners must find their own route between the checkpoints. The majority is run on private land - these are not footpaths marked on a map, so navigation skills are a must. As most of the route is off-limits for the rest of the year, it cannot legally be recced prior to the race. This is a traditional fell race and certainly a challenge. The terrain can be boggy and is often remote, and the total elevation is around 11,000 feet. For safety, participants must run in groups of four during hours of darkness. Anyone not already in a group will be held at a checkpoint until a group can be formed by the marshals. They will be awarded waiting time for this. Groups must stay together until otherwise instructed by marshals once it is daylight. Despite the obvious difficulty of this event, all nine of our runner reviewers awarded it 5 stars. RunUltra's Web Administrator, Kate, is running this year. Her blog gives you some idea of the extensive kit list required to undertake this event: https://peaksprincess.com/2019/04/19/my-last-will-and-testiment-before-fellsman/ Good luck to Kate and all of this year's entrants.

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Manchester to Liverpool Ultra

Around 300 runners will be spending Good Friday running 50 miles from Manchester to Liverpool along the Trans-Pennine Trail and banks of the River Mersey. The route reverses the popular Liverpool to Manchester Ultra (L2M Ultra) from previous years. GB Ultras events are some of the most visited pages on our listings site, and our 10 runner reviewers were full of praise for the L2M event. Runners set off from near Manchester United's Football Ground at 6am and have until 7pm to finish the route. The event is part of the GB Ultras 50 Mile Grand Slam. Given the 4-day weekend (for many), they will have plenty of time to recover and enjoy their Easter Eggs. The event is sold out, and we expect that a number of our members are running. Good luck to all involved!

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Marathon des Sables 2019

This year's race kicks off on Sunday 7th April, but runners will be arriving in Morocco tomorrow (Friday) and undergoing essential briefings and checks on Saturday. As always, it looks likely to be a fantastic race this year. This year is the 34th edition of MdS. Whilst claiming to be the 'toughest' race is never without controversy, the Discovery Channel did rate this one as 'The Toughest Footrace on Earth'. MdS is a 6-stage, 7-day race across the Sahara Desert - one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. The exact route and length of each stage varies each year, but it is approximately 250km/156 miles, with the long stage tending to be at least 50 miles. This race is one of the few ultras to have made its way into the mainstream public eye. It attracts both elite and novice ultra runners - the competition at the sharp end is always fierce, but the cut-offs allow for runners of a range of abilities to take part in the adventure. None of this means it is at all easy. Temperatures can climb higher than 50 degrees C, and runners will encounter salt plains, desert mountains and sand storms. Their feet will likely look like something from a horror movie by the end of the race. They are given a water ration and a tent at night. Beyond that, they must be completely self-sufficient and carry all their food, clothing and supplies. Last year, Rachid El Morabity claimed his 6th victory, with little brother Mohamed finishing 2nd for the second time. Both are back this year and will face tough competition from runners such as Julien Chorier, Aziz El Akad and Merile Robert. Chorier is an MdS virgin, but El Akad has been in the top-5 seven times, and Robert finished 3rd last year. In the women's field, it's great to see GB's Gemma Game back again - she took 3rd place last year. She has some tough competition - Trail World Champion Ragna Debats is making her MdS debut, and 2013 winner Meghan Hicks is back for more. We'll be keeping track of the various stages, and RunUltra ambassador Susie Chan is on the media team and we'll be following her posts too.

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The Oner - Rab's Ultra

On Saturday, around 100 runners will be transported from Race HQ in Portland to their starting point in Charmouth, Dorset. From midday, they will have up to 24 hours to run the 82 miles back to Portland along the Jurassic coastline. This won't be easy - last year's winners recorded times of 18:45:09 (Anthony Gerundini) and 19:47:09 (Josephine Adams), with most finishers taking considerably longer. The DNF rate tends to be around 50%. Last year, 34/64 men and 5/10 women were able to complete the route within the time limit. The Jurassic coastline is beautiful but brutal. Runners will climb over 10,000 feet and encounter tricky terrain and considerable hours of darkness. However, all 4 of our runner reviewers awarded the event 5 stars, praising the organisation and scenery and confirming how tough a challenge it is (but ultimately worth it). Good luck to all this year's runners.

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