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160

km

The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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200

km

Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

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

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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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36

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GUTS Ultra

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

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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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Adidas Chill tights and Asics knee tights

From late Spring onwards, it is time to break out the three-quarter-length or knee-length running tights and free those legs and ankles to the sun and wind. I like a shorter length because they give you all the support you need while keeping you that bit cooler, also you can get a pair of calf sleeves on underneath quite comfortably.

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Helenbly

Ellis Brigham TrailBlaster 12 Ultra

Well organised race but did not enjoy the course. It consists of a 5k loop through the park and wooded areas. After the second wooded area and river crossing, it snakes through a field for over 1/2 mile. The field was pot holed and covered in freshly cut grass. After my third lap in over 30 degre...

Helenbly

Canalathon 50/75/100KM

A nice flat ultra along the Rochdale canal. If doing the 50k route you start in Manchester and finish at Sowerby bridge. It made for an excellent first ultra due the flat paths. Some beautiful countryside along the Pennines and into Yorkshire. Do make sure you check out the route map before you s...

Helenbly

Guernsey Ultra

If you're looking for stunning views, trails, climbs, roads and beaches then this is the race for you. 16 miles of challenging steps and elevation through the tree line, followed by 20 miles of roads. The route follows the coast and does a loop of Guernsey, starting and finishing in St Peters Por...

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PhilProctor

Liverpool to Manchester Ultra (L2M Ultra) (/Events/Liverpool to Manchester Ultra

Great event. Having been given a place after a friend became injured. There wasn't much time to do my homework regarding the route. I'd need not have worried. The route followed the Trans Pennine Way, which is well marked in itself. The team also marked sections with down direction arrows and ...

Becky7074

Pennine Barrier

Amazing event. I love the GB Ultra races, having already done their Chester Ultra earlier in the year. Well organised, with a very friendly Facebook group and optional recce runs in the months prior to the event. The RD really cares about the runners, whether they finish first or last. The race i...

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Pennine Barrier

The GBULTRA team seem to keep their races low key, by this I mean not mass entries. By doing this they ensure that you are welcomed and made to feel part of the family, with the Race Director and his team always acknowledging you and giving you that smile and this is all before the race itself, e...

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SarahCrunning

PETZL SOUTH DOWNS WAY 100

I ran this in 2017 as my second 100 miler. I completed NDW100 in 2016 and had a strong first 75 miles before beginning to struggle with the lack of sleep. After passing out at the 82 mile aid station I nearly pulled out but managed to finish after abandoning my sub 24 goal because I was literally...

Allyspeirs

PETZL SOUTH DOWNS WAY 100

2017 SDW100. A fantastic well organised race. Absolutely stunning views, brilliant aid stations and very lovely organised volunteers.

   

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7 articles on newbies, injuries, sponsorship, cycling and pushing yourself further

This week our selection of articles focuses mostly on a range of tips and advice to improve your training, and how to deal with and avoid injury. We also bring you some Ian Corless pictures of ultra runners and some interesting advice on netting sponsorship for running. Our very own article this week explores ways to push yourself harder both physically and mentally.

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What running shoes did Kilian Jornet use for Everest?

After Kilian Jornet’s staggering two-summits-of-Everest-in-a-week triumph, details are starting to emerge of how he attacked it and what kit he used. For every runner, shoes are THE vital kit component, imagine how high the stakes are if you are running up and down the world’s biggest mountain?

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How to Judge Mid-Ultra Whether to Tough It Out or to Quit

This guest post comes from California-based coach, ultrarunner and blogger Sarah Lavender Smith, who recently published the book, The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras. Sarah was voted RunUltra’s 2017 Overall Best Blogger for her blog, TheRunnersTrip.com.

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Boy killed during Alaskan Trail Race

A 16-year-old runner has been mauled and killed by a black bear during the annual Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on Bird Ridge south of Anchorage in Alaska.

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It’s back and it’s still Bad: Badwater 2017

Badwater turns 40 this year, a landmark for anyone, but for one of the world’s toughest races, it looks like it will be a birthday field to contend with.

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Western States introduces drug testing policy

The Western States Endurance Run has released a “Drug Testing Policy and Protocols” document to all runners entered in this year’s event. There will be drug testing for the first time in the Run’s 44-year history.

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JayEmJee

Splitting a long distance into two shorter sessions

Hi, My name is John and I am new to this site and ultras. A quick question re running twice a day. As I would find it difficult to run 10+ miles in one sitting during the week, is there validity and benefit in splitting that up into 5+ in the morning and 5+ in the evening?

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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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SarahCrunning

West Highland Way Race

This weekend if jam packed with races and WHW Race looks a spectacular one. At 1am on Saturday around 100 runners will start their 95 mile journey from Milngavie to Fort William. With 14760 feet of ascent, this is a tough race but appeals to many who are drawn by the stunning views on the West Highland Way. Is anyone who has run The Highland Fling (1st 53 miles of the route) or Devil O' The Highlands (second part of the route) tempted by to enter in the future? The current male course record is held by Paul Giblin who completed the race in a phenomenal 14:14:44 in 2015. Lucy Colquhoun has held the female record since 2007 and will take some beating. We currently have no runner reviews of this race, so if you have run it then we would love to know what you think: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/West-Highland-Way-Race#reviewSection

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Lavaredo Ultra Trail

Saturday 23rd June marks the start of The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail. This race is held in high esteem and features elite runners from around the world. This year's top runners hail from France, Lithuania, Spain, USA, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Australia, Nepal and the UK. Other entrants come from every corner of the globe. The race is fiercely competitive and forms part of the Ultra Trail World Tour. The route is 120km with around 5800 metres of ascent. As well as being a key race for many elite runners, many less familiar names are attracted to the breath-taking beauty of the Dolomites. Two French runners from Team Salomon are tipped to top the podiums - Caroline Chaverot and Francois d'Haene. Both won the Maxi Race this year and have a string of other podium places to their names. However, there are enough elites (male and female) with impressive recent race performances to make this open for some surprises. It isn't all about the elite runners. If you have run this race, are running this year or if the mountains are calling you there in the future then let us know your thoughts. We have no runner reviews of this race yet, so please help us (and other runners) out if you can: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Lavaredo-Ultra-Trail

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10Peaks: The Lakes

Another tough but rewarding race this weekend in 10Peaks The Lakes. This is a traditional fell race - there is no official route but entrants of the long course (73k) must navigate themselves between the ten highest peaks in the Lake District which amount to 5600m of ascent. There are no marked trails - this really is an event for runners who are confident going off the beaten track and being in the mountains. Does self-navigation put you off entering a race or does something self-supported appeal to you? Good luck to those running both the 43k and 73k routes. Let us know how you get on.

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Race to the King

Last year's Race to the King proved popular with new ultra runners and those upping their distance. The 53 mile route from Arundel to the burial place of the first kings of England in Winchester offers options for both runners and walkers. Entrants can choose to run the route as a single ultra or as a two day event of 23.4 miles followed by 29.8 miles. Who is getting ready to run it this year? Do you think a 53 miler or a multi-day event is the tougher option? If you ran it last year, what advice would give to this year's runners?

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Western States 100

All eyes are on Jim Walmsley for this weekend's WS100 as he aims to break the 14 hour barrier in the USA's oldest 100 mile ultra. However, the women's race is wide open with three former champions competing (Kaci Lickteig, Magdalena Lewy-Bouket and Stephanie Howe Violett) alongside other contenders including YiOu and Camille Herron. For the first time, there will be post-competition drug testing. You can read more about this policy in Alice Morrison's article: http://bit.ly/2shH19v Keep your eyes on our tweets and Facebook page for a round-up of the race results and let us know here if you have experience of this race or would like to share your thoughts on the competitors or the drug testing policy.

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SarahCrunning

The Wall

This weekend marks the 6th running of The Wall. Marketed by Rat Race as 'the UK's most iconic ultra', the 69 mile route from Carlisle to Newcastle follows Hadrian's Wall and is steeped in history. This is a fully marked route with plenty of checkpoints so may appeal to newer ultra runners. Is anyone running it this year? If you have run it before do you have any advice for this year's entrants or any comments on the route? You can read reviews of The Wall and post your own review here: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/The-Wall-Run

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