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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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79

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Atlantic Coast Challenge

06-Oct-2017 Padstow to Lands End, Cornwall, England, UK

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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250

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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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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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Wind, sand and ever changing plans - racing my first ultra

This is it, four months of specific training all for this moment, to toe the start line of my first ultra race, the 60 van Texel. A new adventure, away from the marathon and into the unknown.

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Ogilviewilliams

Severn Path

2017, a tough race, because you need to navigate and some of the paths are overgrown. But really good fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is currently a low key event, 5 checkpoints, 60miles point to point. Steve's pricing makes this a very accessible event and I would do other events with U...

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Richardpduffy

Connemara Ultra Marathon

Wow is the first thing I would say. I am unsure you will get two more different race experiences. In 2016 this event was nothing short of brutal largely because of the conditions. So much so that returners from 2016 got a round of applause in the briefing!!. I was glad I can back as 2017 was a st...

ChrisV

Marathon Des Sables

I did the MdS in 2016 and it was without a doubt one of the best weeks of my life. I came back, battered , bruised and blistered vowing never to do it again. That lasted 48 hours and I'm doing it again in 2018. The whole organisation was fantastic, the camaraderie out of this World, there was nev...

paulcab

Tengri Ultra Trail

May 2017 - This was my first ever Ultra so I’ve nothing to compare it with unfortunately. Absolutely loved the course...it was all central asian steppe but took in a varied and often stunning mixture of almost microclimates. There was a Marathon Des Sablesesque part that was very surreal, gorges,...

pbfvoo

Pick Your Poison Trail Run

It wasn't until about 2.5k into the start of the race that I noticed that my shoelaces weren't even actually tied. And so began my day traversing the hills of Horseshoe Valley. [Pre-race] For a number of years I'd heard about, seen and wanted to participate in the Pick Your Poison Trail Run. ...

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Marathon Des Sables

I completed the MDS in 2012 (after waiting for a number of years!) but I have to say I still toy with the idea of doing it again! I can only repeat what all the other reviews say and add that if you only EVER do one multi day/desert race then this is the one to do! I know it may not be the 'tough...

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HarrietC

Connemara Ultra Marathon

Well organised road run through a very beautiful rural part of Ireland. Pretty flat (max elevation 400ft) and water stations every 3-5 miles, with the option to store your own nutrition at 2 points along the way, and portaloos along the route. All on tarmac so a good option for those going for a ...

Cher

100km of Namib Desert

December 2016 Cher East WOW!! what a spectacular run? I entered 100km Namibia run as preparation for the Marathon Des Sable, I wanted to get heat, sand and back to back training in a few months before MDS so that I would have plenty time to make any adjustments to my running kit, so basically N...

   

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Join the international teams taking part in the 2nd edition Pyrenees Stage Run (PSR)

The Pyrenees Stage Run will take place from the 3rd to the 9th of September 2017, 240km from Ribes de Freser to Salardú in the Spanish Pyrenees.

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Altra Lone Peak Winner!

Congratulations to Robert Gale, who swiped a tasty pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.0s in our recent prize draw. We asked him a few questions to learn more about himself and his running adventures.

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7 videos and articles on hot and cold ultra running destinations, cake frosting and a bit of Greek history

Back by popular demand, our latest selection of videos and ultra running articles from the web, for rookies and experts alike. This week we have videos on two completely different running adventures, the hilly heat of a Spanish island and the cold snow flats of northern Norway and the unique personality of US ultra runner Claire Gallagher.

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No kit? No problem! Woman wins ultra in rubber sandals

María Lorena Ramírez, from the Rarámuri community in Chihuahua, Mexico, won the females’ 50-kilometre category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo, wearing a pair of basic sandals with soles made from recycled tyre rubber.

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Antoine Guillon wins the 2017 Trail Menorca ultra marathon

The sixth edition of the Trail Menorca Camí de Cavalls, held over the weekend on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Menorca, saw 1200 ultra runners set out from the start line at Ciutadella on the western coast.

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Ultrarunner Jornet summits Everest oxygen-free in 26 hours

He’s done it! Kilian Jornet has summited Everest without fixed ropes or oxygen. In an absolutely astounding feat of endurance, Kilian Jornet reached the summit of Everest at midnight of 21st to 22nd May (local time +5:45 GMT) in a single climb.

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First 100km event - training

Hello all I've just signed up for my first ultra. A 100km even in May 2018. At the moment my longest run each week is around 20km. I've never run a marathon because I don't have that much interest in slogging over pavement in a crowd for 26 miles. I don't want to set any records, I just want to enjoy it and finish it without injury. There's a 15 hour time limit. Am I setting myself too much of a mountain to climb? Is it doable with the right training? I've found training plans online but these all seem to be geared towards people who have marathon experience. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Rileforce

Running Poles

Hi all, I did the Excalibur Mountain Marathon at the weekend which was a bit of a wake up call for me. 5500ft elevation was not what I needed the day after doing a Triathlon. I am doing Lakeland later this year and plan to also book onto Transvulcania today :o) So, I need some extra help on these hills! Can anyone recommend some good walking poles? Ideally light / sturdy and can fold up nicely. I don't really want to spend more than 70 pounds. Luke > Many thanks in advance :P

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Wallman

Transvulcania

Is anyone heading over to La Palma next week for Transvulcania? There's a wealth of information here-https://www.facebook.com/groups/transvulcania2016/ Thanks Wallman https://www.facebook.com/01wallman/

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roama57

Tuscany Crossing, April 23, 2016

Are you dreaming to race an ultra-trail in the sweets Tuscany hills? You can do it in some of the most extraordinary UNESCO SITES, one of this unique places is Val d’Orcia with its unbelievable landscapes. The course remembers the journeys of pilgrims that for centuries have traveled in this land that in Roman age connected Rome with the rest of its empire thanks the Romea, Cassia and Francigena roads. Val d’Orcia is rich of castles, fortifications and medieval churches where travelers, pilgrims, warriors and important persons same as Sigerico bishop of Canterbury found refuge. To run the Tuscany Crossing 100 km is as to “DREAM” to be one of these ancients travelers. The race “The dream long 100 km” starts the 26th April 2016 at 5 am. As the ancient travelers you will pass through woods, fords, vineyards treading and white roads. To reach Bagno Vignoni with its water plaza, Pienza the city of Pope Pio II, San Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino the homeland of Brunello wine you’ll wade across the Orcia river, but it is still not over, now you will be only halfway, Sant’Antimo Abbey, Castelnuovo Abate and the long uphill to the Vivo d’Orcia with its fresh springs and its magical wood will be waiting for you and also the arrival to Castiglione d’Orcia. visite the site: www.tuscanycrossing.com

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philbranigan

Wings for Life Cambridge 7 May 2017

Is anyone else going? If so, I'd be interested to see what tactics you are using as I can't decide between a negative split and just trying to run 'eyeballs-out' all the way :) Wings for Life Cambridge

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andersmac100

Round Reading Ultra

Who's in for this new 50/100km ultra around Reading? 6am kick off on Saturday August 5th and looks like a great route. UTMB points up for grabs too.

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CarlosUltrarun

Run in Paradise: Formentera to Run

A wonderful holiday made of sea, sport and nature in the last paradise of the Mediterranean sea, Formentera, in the Balearic Islands. The program is very well experienced: 5 legs in 5 days, 10,13,9,10,21 Km to be ran along the beautiful trails and small roads of Formentera. The total distance is 63 km with a full rest day in the mid of the week. Some new features in the legs made tha race even more appealing. Enjoy a week holiday of running and relax...

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CarlosUltrarun

Run in Namibia: 100km of Namib Desert

Namibia has the oldest desert in the world and one amazing race in it that you can enjoy at the beginning of december. 100km of Namib desert is a race with a new concept. It doesn't have to be a brutal accommodation to go Ultra, so we are staying in the luxury Sossusvlei lodge at the entrance of the Namib Naukluf National park and you will be able to have a great rest and amazing meals to recover from the 4 hard stages in the desert. 4 stages to complete 100km. Stage1: 15 km enjoying the astonishing African sunset Stage2: 21 km in the Sesriem canyon. Stage3: a full marathon in the sand dunes. Be strong, is not finished yet. and the final stage4, climbing the Crazy Dune, the highest sand dune in the world. Want more? Write me. The best option to test your gear before MDS......

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