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36

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GUTS Ultra

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

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250

km

Marathon des Sables

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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135

km

The 9 Dragons

23-Feb-2018 Hong Kong

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160

km

The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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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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236

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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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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Rab Flashpoint Jacket

Ultra-lightweight waterproof shells are definitely at the sexier end of running products. Why is this? Well, it’s kinda strange really, as it is something you don’t necessarily wear that often. But with a large portion of our running taking place on remote trails, within the turmoil of inclement weather systems, it often pays to be prepared.

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Recent Member Reviews

mike_l86

Midnight Mountain Marathon

My first ever marathon and this was sadistic! Very well organised, cant say much of the views as we were battered with very poor weather on the tops but I would certainly do it again.

sobrownlee

The Chiltern Challenge

Ran this as my first ultra and was overwhelmed by the support, enthusiasm and energy of everybody involved. The race could not have been better organised or supported, sign-posting was clear, and a lovely quality medal too. Great route and views - would definitely recommend!!

helloimraissa

The Chiltern Challenge

This was my first ultra event and I'm already looking forward to running it again next year! The race was organized well, the route was clear, and every 10k or so, there was more than enough refreshments to keep the runners going. Thank you all so much who got involved in the race and cheered us ...

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squidge2406

Race to the Stones

Its the day after, the day after, the day after my epic adventure at Race To The Stones and I'm still buzzing about it. Genuinely one of the greatest things I've done and in the next few paragraphs I'll try and tell you why. I wanted my first 100km to be as 'easy to organise and safe' as possibl...

TC

OHM Trail

Nice trail in Belgium. Small scale organisation and friendly atmosphere.

TC

Eiger Ultra Trail

The Eiger run in 2015 was magnificent. Well organized race in a beautiful area!

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OCRAdam

Ham & Lyme 100k/50k

July 2017 This was my first Ham & Lyme Ultra and my first with Albion running so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did have to change from 100k to 50k due to time restraints. The organisers were very accommodating and made to switch with no fuss. I got to the starting area at Ham Hill Country...

CS

10 Peaks The Lakes

Short course: a beautiful course that includes plenty of rock and bog, some less commonly visited areas as well as some very well-trodden paths, some steep (stepped) climbs and technical descents but also plenty that is runnable. Navigation is important with most of the highest ground in cloud as...

   

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7 articles on trails, DNFs, the Appalachian Trail, Badwater 135 and mountain ultra runners

By now half of the planet is in the midst of summer and for many runners this means higher temperatures and more free time to run the trails. This week, in our selection of articles and videos, we have some tips if you’re new to running away from the roads, some kit suggestions on what to carry and some debate on trail running perceptions.

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How to plan your own ultra or self supported adventure

You don’t have to pay for the privilege of a race number to have an ultra-distance adventure. Sure, it’s easier to just rock up after someone else has done the donkey work for you, promise to play by their rules, hand over the cash and then give it your best shot – but after you’ve done that for a wee while strange things start to happen (in some of us at least).

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Running and Social Media: are you working the net or caught in the web?

Sport and fitness are traditionally social activities – played in teams and/or against other people in front of a crowd. As runners, we may ‘compete’, but most of us race to meet our personal goals with no hope of a podium finish and our training may well be solitary.

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Top Reviews June 2017

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

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Race to the Stones 2017 results

This weekend saw a bunch of brave hearts take on the Ridgeway for the 100km Race to the Stones. The main event is a 100km non-stop, fully-supported race along the oldest path in Britain, the Ridgeway.

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Badwater winners 2017

Badwater 135 is one of THE legendary races on the calendar. The conditions make it one of the toughest, and each year it delivers outstanding results. 96 runners (out of the maximum 100) were there at the start in Death Valley this year.

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Come and join the world's fastest growing ultra running community. Here you will find just about every ultra-marathon and event that is happening around the world. Share ultra marathon training tips and stories with the thousands of other runners in our community. Find out which is the best running gear through our kit reviews and keep up with the latest ultra and trail running news...

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Moto

Watches: GPS and HR with navigation.

Hi All, Looking for a running watch with integrated heart rate and GPS. The catch is, I want to be able to download GPX files of pre-designed routes - which I know is possible - and for wrist/display based navigation. On some of the Garmin models I'm told the route shows up as a wiggly line which won't be good enough. What I'm after is something like a sat nav that will give me a turn indication on the display. Do these even exist? Let's pretend money's no object, for the sake of discussion, but actually would like to be sub £200. I'm looking at the TomTom Runner Cardio 2 or 3, as I think these might do it, but I've not been able to confirm thus far. (Interested in experienced opinions on the Tomtom range in general. Robust? Any good?) Happy to look at other suggestions. Thanks in advance. Moto x

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SarahCrunning

Paul Wheeler - 3000 miles across America

Paul Wheeler is a British Army Veteran aiming to run unsupported across America in aid of the Royal British Legion. He set off from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge on 1st June and hopes to reach New York's Brooklyn Bridge by 1st October. This will involve running around 3000 miles during which he will push his distinctive buggy 'Wheelson'. He is currently in Nebraska and approaching the half-way point of his journey. You can read more about Paul, track his progress, send him a message, donate and/or arrange to run with him via his website: www.run-across-america.com. If any of our American members are able to show their support he would very much appreciate it - even better if you fancy running a few miles with him. Paul's challenge is certainly inspiring and we will aim to follow his progress. Stay tuned.

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Lakeland 50/100 (UTLD)

This weekend will see runners attempting to complete both the Montane Lakeland 50 and the Montane Lakeland 100 (Ultra Tour of the Lake District/UTLD). These events are both incredibly popular and incredibly tough. They sell out in minutes with those with the fastest fingers getting a place. Around 50-60% of those attempting the 100 tend to DNF. This highlights the difficulty of the terrain and the level of navigation involved. However, all of our reviewers have given the races 4 or 5 stars and the finisher's medal is one of the most coveted in UK ultra running. The Lakeland 100 kicks off at 6pm on Friday and there is a 40 hour time limit. Last year's winners completed the course in 30:30:03 (Michael Jones) and 21:29:36 (Beth Pascall). The race starts and finishes in Coniston and encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells. The route is actually 105 miles with a quad-busting 22493 feet of ascent. The Lakeland 50 starts at 11:30 am on Saturday at the Dalemain Estate in Ullswater. The time limit is 24 hours. Last year's winners were Jayson Cavill (7:38:48) and Sabrina Verjee (8:54:39). The 50 mile route has 9728 feet of ascent. If you have entered either event this year, how are you feeling as the weekend approaches? If you have run one of the Lakeland races before, do you have any last-minute tips for this year's runners? Good luck to everyone involved.

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EmilyNSPCC

Berlin Marathon 2017 - Your last chance to take part!

Hello fellow runners! If you missed out on a ballot place and are keen to take part in this famous race then look no further - we have handful of place's left for the Berlin Marathon in September and would love to welcome you to the team! With 40,000 runners taking part in this part of the World Marathon Majors Series, this ever popular marathon is a fantastic way to experience Berlin. Starting and finishing in Berlin's beautiful Tiergarten, near the iconic Brandenburg Gate, you'll pass a whole host of fascinating landmarks along the way, including the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz and Berlin Cathedral. Every mile you run and every penny you raise will mean that when a child needs us, we’re there. Together we can rebuild children’s lives and prevent abuse from ruining anymore. To secure your place on the Berlin Marathon will cost only £30 in registrations fee's, all that is left is to raise £950 for the NSPCC by the end of October 2017. By choosing to be part of the our team we are here to support you in any way we can. As an NSPCC runner you will receive: - full support with your fundraising and training - a dedicated fundraiser to support you with any questions you may have - a personalised training plan to suit your own lifestyle and fitness levels - regular team emails with top tips to help you boost your fundraising and fitness -a fundraising pack (which contains sponsorship forms and lots of info) and a free running vest and vest letters for you to wear with pride on race day! For further information on how to join the team and secure your place on the 2017 Berlin Marathon please head over to our website www.nspcc.org.uk/berlin-marathon, or give me a call on 0203 772 9101. Emily - NSPCC

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Gran trail Courmayeur (105 km + 7000 m) - my GoPro video + race report

Hello ! 2 weeks ago I ran the Gran trail Courmayeur (105 km + 7000 m) which is a wonderful trailrunning event in Italy, next to the Mont Blanc. The runners have 30 hours to finish the longest course, I reached the finish line in 26 hours and 18 minutes. The route often offers great views to snowy peaks, green valleys and to the Mont Blanc. The route twice follows the route of the legendary race, the UTMB (Ultra trail du Mont Blanc). The lowest point of the race is at ca. 1000m, while we ascended above 2800 m, just opposite of the Mont Blanc and its glaciers. Of course I recorded video and took photos, so now I'm happy to share my best of video about this great race and within 1-2 days I will share my race report about it with several photos (today I start to translate it). I hope You like it ! :) Gábor Url of the video: Gran Trail Courmayeur - GoPro video The coverphoto of the video :) http://gyorgyigabor.hu/2017kepek_alp/2017_Grantrail-Courmayeur_BEST_logo_v2.jpg

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SarahCrunning

Eiger Ultra Trail

The Eiger Ultra Trail is a 101km race starting in Grindlewald and covering breath-taking trails through the Swiss Alps and up the north face of Mount Eiger. This mountain was first summited in 1858 but the north face remained unconquered until 1938. Competitors are partially self-supported and have a time limit of 26 hours to complete the course which involves 6700 metres of elevation change. The views look stunning and those hoping to enjoy them this year include local mountain runners Andrea Huser and Urs Jenzer as well as Brit Thomas Evan (3rd in MdS 2017), Scotty Hawker and Western States 100 WR holder Timothy Olson. We currently have no runner reviews of this race, so if you have taken part in the past, we would love your feedback: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Eiger-Ultra-Trail#reviewSection

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Rileforce

London to Brighton

Is anyone else taking part in the L2B Sussex Trail events ultra? This is my last race before the Autumn 100. My navigation is horrendous, I am just checked to see if anyone else is going, and what they are doing logistic wise to and from the event.

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SarahCrunning

Race to the Stones

With 26 runner reviews (https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Race-to-the-Stones#reviewSection), this race is incredibly popular, and our members have rated it highly as an ideal first ultra or first 100k race. There are several options - you can run 50k or you can take on the full 100k route either non-stop or over two days. The race is run on the Ridgeway, which is officially the UK's oldest path boasting Iron Age forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings. It finishes at Avebury stone circle. This event won Best Endurance Event in the UK in the 2016 Running Awards, perhaps reflecting its popularity with newer ultra runners. The route is fully marked and there is plenty of support at checkpoints. Good luck to everyone who is running Race to the Stones this year - join the discussion to let us know about your preparation and your expectations. If you have run the race before, do you think it deserves its Best Endurance Event in the UK award? What advice would you give to this year's entrants?

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