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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

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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105

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Swiss Canyon Trail

09-Jun-2018 Couvet, Neuchatel, Switzerland

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110

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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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236

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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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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johnson1990

The Most Beautiful Thing TMBT

TMBT 100k Finisher I have been to TMBT (The Most Beautiful Trail) or also called the The Most Brutal Trail otherwise for 3 years now. First year was a DNF in the 50k race in 2015, then finishing the 50k race in 2016 and here I am at race day for 100k with a bunch of friends. The race itself h...

liznelson

Lost Soul Ultra

Lost Soul Ultra...I ran the 50k in 2014 and 2016. Plan on going back in 2018 because it's amazing!!! Such a great atmosphere, awesome and challenging course, fantastic aid stations and volunteers. Best organized race I've ever done!

Remco1971

3 Bruggen Ultra

Nice ultra race in NL.... Was my comeback after moving to Finland in 2016. Great surroundings to run in...water on your right keerring the whole time....it is a ultra race around the "ketelmeer" in kampen nl...3 briges you have to pass before ypu comeback to kampen to finish the race. Every 3 y...

blairnoel

Lost Soul Ultra

When the registration opened I had an ipad and a laptop going to ensure I got in as I had waited too long the previous year. Like many ultrarunners I have always wanted to get in to WS100, although for me this dates back to the 80's when endurance sports were not mainstream and had more cult figu...

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Aussi

West Highland Way Challenge

This 95mile race is held on the last weekend of May with the race starting at 00:00:01 on the Saturday morning. Your do not require a support crew or to enter a ballot and there are CP's roughly every 7 miles with food and drinks. It is really well organised and everyone is very friendly. At mile...

ttoffelmire

Lost Soul Ultra

Amazing race! I ran the 100k in 2016 as my first 100k, and came back in 2017 for the 50k. It has the best aid stations, hands down. They have everything and anything you can imagine. The race swag/shirt is always really high quality. Don't underestimate the difficulty of the course, the coul...

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UltraBoyRuns

La Sainté Lyon

I've just returned from my second time at the SainteLyon and can confirm that this is my favourite ultra marathon. I mean what's not to like? A French classic, a midnight start in December and icy conditions? When I first went in 2015 I had near perfect conditions, the trail was hugely runnable ...

Jaymie

Lost Soul Ultra

2017. My first ultra. OMG. Why am I doing this? So much fun. So hard, hot and smoky. It seems this run is trail running with Tourettes ;-) You get to the bottom of a hill and start swearing under what is left of ypur breath! The crew is fabulous, friendly and helpful. The aid stations are fanta...

   

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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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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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Russ1

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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Richard0802

Looking for a running buddy, Bury

I am looking for a training partner around the Bury area. I usually run about 3-5 times a week, but recently lost my mojo. I am desperately trying to get it back! My aim is to complete my first marathon next year, I have not chosen which one at the moment. Then ultimately, move to ultra. The thought of running 50k is insane, but it sounds like a huge journey of discovery that will push my limits more than I could ever imagine. If anyone is out there who would like to help me by training with me, or even if you are like me and have thought about it for a while but done nothing about it, please message me. Thank you Richard

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Smff73

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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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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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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Montane Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra

This event pits runners against the elements in a 55 mile loop of the largest hills on the England-Scotland border. The race is named after one of the few animals hardy enough to survive the winter on the tops of the Cheviot Hills - livestock are brought down to less harsh surroundings. Around 100 runners will set off at 5:30am on Saturday 2nd December, and they have up to 24 hours to complete the race, which contains around 9500 feet of ascent. These will mainly be experienced runners, and the cut-off demonstrates how tough the conditions can be at this time of year. This is a very sparsely populated area and much of the route is inaccessible to vehicles. The route is not marked, but maps and a GPX file are available, and there will be volunteers keeping warm in tents along the route. This looks a tough but rewarding addition to the ultra calendar. Good luck if you are running and let us know how you get on. It would be great to get some reviews of the inaugural race to help other runners decide if it may be for them next year.

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Ultra-Trail Cape Town

Salomon's Ultra-Trail Cape Town is the final race of the 2017 Ultra-Trail World Tour and it takes place on Saturday 2nd December. The route traverses the mountains of Cape Peninsula including sections of Table Mountain, the Constantia Winelands, Kirstenbosch Nature Reserve and Devil's Peak. The 100km course includes 4200 metres of ascent. There are also 65km and 35km race options. This race includes technical terrain and the temperatures can vary from sub-zero in the early morning to 30+ degrees at the top of Table Mountain. Despite acknowledging its toughness, all 7 of our runner reviewers gave it 5 stars. The finish line under Table Mountain and overlooking Cape Town sounds magical and is lined with supporters. Each runner is announced separately and rung in by cowbell. Do we have any members taking part this year?

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