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Cotswold Way Challenge

30-Jun-2018 Bath/Wootton/Cheltenham, Somerset, England, UK

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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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South Coast Challenge

25-Aug-2018 Eastbourne / Arundel, England, UK

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Thames Path Challenge

08-Sep-2018 Putney Bridge, Bishop's Park, Fulham, England, UK

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Wye Valley Challenge

11-Aug-2018 Chepstow / Hereford, Wales, UK

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Jurassic Coast Challenge

21-Jul-2018 Poole Harbour/Bridport, England, UK

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66

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Isle of Wight Challenge

05-May-2018 Chale Recreation Ground, Military Road, Chale PO38 2JF, England, UK

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Top 10 Running Tips for 2018

When asked to do this article I decided to reflect on my last couple of years running and pick out all the things that I have done well that have kept me running, and the things I neglected, or didn’t do quite so well, that may have contributed to injuries along the way.

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How to tackle your first ultra

Are you thinking of running your first ultra or looking at ways to improve your time for your second or third?

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5 healthy breakfasts in under 5 minutes

We’re all in a rush: whether it’s getting the kids to school, dashing for the tube to work, or getting an early training session in before the family wakes up.

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Baselayer group test review

With products from Craft, La Sportiva, Rab, Salewa and Salomon I certainly had my work cut out comparing them all, but have also had a great time running in the hills assessing just how cold and wet I was!

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DWRatcliffe

Wadi Rum Ultra

The best value ultra out there. Organised very well, epic and tough environment. Made life long friends, and it didn't cost me £2000!!!!

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rbyde

Tour de Helvellyn

I did this in 2017 as my first ultra (minus any swimming or other sports to relieve the legs). I chose carefully to play to my strengths; potential for proper winter weather, lots of hills, off road, the need to self-navigate and relatively low-key. It delivered on all fronts! Very friendly and e...

Lisa Walbridge

Ultra Ibiza

2017. Well organised. Good checkpoints. Tough course, especially the second half which has most of the steeper, technical sections. Additional option to do all 3 days (Evening 10km on Fri, Ultra 85km Sat and 10km on Sunday). Nice destination out of season.

chiripapo

Ultra Maratona Caminhos do Tejo

I love this race because it is based on a pilgrim path that goes from Lisbon to Santuary of Our Lady of Fatima. This race is mostly done on road, gravel and only at about 30km of the end it has some elevation. The support during the race is great and the path has a religious meaning.

bananas555

Tollymore Trail Ultra Marathon

2nd year on this course and the views around the forest park and Mournes are spectacular. Tough hills, though the decents are worth it! The events team are fantastic, great support and food and water in abundance. Great race.

Steve Atherton

6 Inch Trail Marathon

The 6 inch trail marathon ( ultra) is a 48km event held from the town of North Dandalyup through to Dwellingyup in West Australia. North Dandalyup is about an hour south of Perth ( main city) and is an easy spot to get too just along the South West Highway. The run takes you along the Mundi Bi...

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Mike_burke01

Hardmoors 60

Ran this first time in 2017 - Well organised, great views along the coast. Lots of steps but what do you expect cliff running? Will be back for more next year.

SadieKemp

Jedburgh Ultra Marathon - Three Peaks

2016 and 2017 A great introduction to Ultras if you are looking for one to try. The hill section is stunning and gives your legs a break from the running.

   

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Super Fit Training

Undertaking an ultra event, even for the experienced athlete, presents a major challenge, and requires plenty of preparation that will have a major impact on many, if not all, elements of the participant’s life.

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Top Reviews December 2017

We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for December. Congratulations to all of you who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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Joseph Grosvenor an ultra runner to watch

100 miles in 20hrs and 57mins is not an extraordinary time in itself, until you find out the runner is only 16 years old…

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Call for ultra running research volunteers

RunUltra has had a call for ultra runners who would be prepared to take part in some research on mental skills interventions. If you would like to join the study, the details are below. We will be publishing the results of the research here on RunUltra when it is concluded.

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Spine Challenger New Course Records

108 miles in 60 hours from Edale to Hardraw in January. How hard can it be? Pretty hard is the short answer. The MONTANE® Spine® Challenger set off at 8am on Saturday, January 13th and, as always, provided a great three days of racing.

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The winners of our 2018 RunUltra Blogger Awards

Thank you to all of you who took part in the voting for the 2018 Blogger Awards. Ultra running has really grown over the years and as testament to this we had a total of 105 bloggers from around the world who took part in our contest.

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clivep

Very lightweight UV protective run garments?

Hi, following a major illness I now must take imuno-suppressants for 2 years. This leaves me at greatly increased risk of skin cancer due to sun exposure. I have come back to running and am enjoying it greatly but I am concerned that when the days get longer sun exposure will become a problem. I recall seeing Dean Karnazes do a piece for UK TV in Death Valley where he produced some really lightweight gear to keep the sun off him and I wondered if anyone on this forum might be able to recommend something like that for me? I don't know where to start here in the UK, UV is seldom a problem and thus I think this type of clothing will not be available here. Can anyone help?

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braveluke

50 miles Ultra marathon in 6 month

Hi guys, I'm Luke. I'm beginner runner as I've just begun my running activities since August. I'll have my second half marathon on 10/29/2017. From this day to April, We have a contest called Vietnam Jungle Marathon. I decided to take part in 70 kilometers distance... Howerver, I don't have any training plan. I even know that it's hard to complete but I really want to train for this. Please help me.

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SarahCrunning

The Spine Race and Spine Challenger

The Montane Spine Race and Spine Challenger are probably two of the toughest British ultras both physically and mentally. The Spine Race starts on Sunday 14th January, and runners will cover the full 268 miles of the Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish borders over 7 days. The Spine Challenger starts on Saturday 13th January and covers the 108 miles from Edale to Hardraw with a 60 hour time limit. This is a particularly technical and challenging section of the Pennine Way and no mean feat. The Pennine Way is iconic and also one of the toughest National Trails in Britain. It runs through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park and the Cheviots. Not only is the terrain challenging, the time of year means competitors are likely to face any combination of gales, snow, ice, fog, bogs, hail and rain. They will need all their concentration to navigate and be aware of the ground beneath them. Add in sleep-deprivation, fatigue, long hours of darkness and a heavy kit list, and you can see why these races are a huge test of mental strength and physical stamina. The DNF rate is around 2/3 of entrants. These races are non-stop rather than staged, and there are many hours and miles between checkpoints, so entrants must be able to be self-sufficient in extreme conditions and make tough decisions about when to rest. Our four runner reviews (two for the Spine Race and two for the Challenger) all gave the events 5 stars, despite not all of them reaching the finish. We wish all this year's runners the very best of luck. I am looking forward to some exciting dot watching this weekend!

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SarahCrunning

Country to Capital 45

C2C is viewed by many as the opener to the ultra race calendar in the UK. This is a popular event, and we have 14 runner reviews, showing that it is a race that caters for all abilities. The combination of runnable trails and towpath would make this an ideal step-up from shorter distances. It is also viewed as a fast course for those wanting to race competitively. Starting in Wendover, the first half of the route is undulating and muddy trails. The second half is run along the Grand Union Canal towpath, finishing in Little Venice. Previous entrants have mixed views about this part of the route - some find it dull and too flat, whereas others appreciate the opportunity for some fast running. Even those who were less keen on the scenery praised the organisation and friendly feel of the race, and it is one that many people go back to to try and beat their previous times. This year's race (Saturday 13th January) is the tenth anniversary edition. Good luck if you are taking part, and let us know how you get on.

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CotswoldAMJ

Tenerife Bluetrail

Afternoon Just wondering if anybody has any experience of the Bluetrail event on Tenerife in June? Struggling to find any online reviews. Am leaning towards the Marathon (43km) but slightly tempted by the Trail (66km). Any experiences from the various events on offer would be gratefully received. Arthur

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SarahCrunning

Bogong to Hotham: The Rooftop Run

On Sunday, another group of experienced mountain runners will take on 64km/40 miles of Australia's toughest mountain trails in an attempt to break a course record that has stood since 1996. They will set out from Mountain Creek, Victoria and experience three incredibly tough climbs and some brutal descents. The total elevation gain is over 3000 metres, and with a 12 hour cut-off, many will not reach the finish at the summit of Mount Hotham. The route includes the Staircase Spur to the top of Mount Bogong and the T-Spur descent to Big River. Runners can expect everything from blizzards to extreme heat and must be capable of being self-sufficient in the remote backcountry. There are no medals or glamour - the organisers describe it as 'pure grass roots trail running'. Have any of our members attempted this race? It would be great to hear from you if you have. Good luck to everyone taking part.

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Theelk

South Downs way

Hi- has anyone ever done the South Downs way organised by race to the king. Was thinking of enering as my first long ultra (have done 32 mile ultras in the past) Thanks

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SarahCrunning

Hardmoors 30

On New Year's Day, around 200 runners will be starting 2018 with a 30 mile circular route from Robin Hood's Bay along the Cinder Path and Cleveland Way. The route is a mix of runnable trails and muddy, undulating and exposed coastal paths and includes Ravenscar and Hayburn Wyke. All 6 of our runner reviewers have given this race 4 or 5 stars and praised the organisation of the Hardmoors team. Hopefully there won't be too many hangovers amongst the entrants at 9:30 on Monday morning. They will be finished by 6:30pm and will have earned their belated New Year celebrations! Good luck if you are taking part.

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