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250

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Marathon des Sables

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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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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36

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GUTS Ultra

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

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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135

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The 9 Dragons

23-Feb-2018 Hong Kong

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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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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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...

cazdoesrunning

Ultra-Trail Australia

Magnificant, tough, well run - 21 May 2107 100km

erinvictoriaking

Hardmoors 55

Ran in 2015. Excellent race, loved the demotivational signage! The route was reverse this year, so there was a very tough first section to tire you out for the second half. Well organised, good aid stations and friendly marshals; well worth the entry fee.

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markfielding

Ham & Lyme 100k/50k

08Jul2017: This is what an ultra marathon trail race should be like - a good mix of elite runners, beginners and intermediates, pitting their determination and motivation into a beautiful course with gorgeous scenery. The event was very well organised, with adequate support at well-stocked check...

   

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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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Beware! Ibuprofen link to kidney injury in ultra runners

Many of us use ibuprofen during or after races to help with swelling and pain – I like to call it chemical stretching – but a new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that those who take the painkiller while running very long distances double their risk of acute kidney injury.

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7 articles on psychology, aid stations, running tricks, dreaming on your feet and walk breaks

This week it’s mostly about our heads, minds and hearts when running. The psychology you need to master to train and complete races, the power of human and calorie aid in the midst of an ultra, and tips on making running easier both physically and mentally.

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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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RunUltra Race Awards – We have some surprise winners!

A big thank you to those of you who took part in our #RunUltraRace Awards. We have some real surprises and the results show that even lesser well known ultra races with the right level of marketing and runner support can make a big splash in the ultra running world.

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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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cardie

TAILWIND TRIAL

been hearing good things about tailwind nutrition,so ive decided to order some. anybody tried it .if so how much do you take in relation to distances being run ?

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Coachdion

Training for Altitude

I live at sea level, and have entered a mountain race that climbs from 200m to 2100m and spends enough km over 1000m to make me try anything in my training to help me with the thinner air! are there any tricks out there that work?

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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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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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XNRG Chiltern Challenge

Are any of our members running this tomorrow (15th July)? XNRG suggest this is an ideal first ultra. There are no cut-offs and it's a marked 50k/31 mile loop starting and finishing in Princes Risborough, and covering trails through the Chilterns, an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty. Good luck if you are running and we would love to get your feedback on the race. You can join the discussion here in the forum and post a review on our race page: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/The-Chiltern-Challenge-Ultra#reviewSection Previous entrants have given high ratings and we'd love to hear your thoughts.

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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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Hardrock 100

In Silverton, Colorado just under 150 runners will set off on a 100 mile loop through the San Juan mountains at 6am tomorrow (1pm UK time). They will climb around 33000 feet including 13 passes in the 12000-13000ft range. This year's race is run counter-clockwise (it alternates direction each year) and finishers 'kiss the hardrock' rather than cross a finish line. The cut-off is 48 hours, and average time on this course is over 41 hours which gives you some idea of how difficult the race is (many 100 mile races have a cut-off of 30 or 36 hours). The terrain includes technical descents, snow and river crossings and the altitude puts runners at risk of oedema and sickness. The course records are held by Kilian Jornet (22:41 in 2014) and Diana Finkel (27:18 in 2009). Last year, Jornet and Jason Schlarb made headlines when they finished hand-in-hand and shared the win. Anna Frost won for the second consecutive year. All three winners are back this year. Kilian is on great form after his record breaking Everest climbs but Frost has had a difficult year with a DNF at Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira. Other contenders this year include Iker Karrera who won Tor des Geants in 2013, five time winner Karl Meltzer and Joe Grant who came second in 2012. In the women's field, Caroline Chaverot looks like a podium favourite after her Lavaredo win and Nathalie Mauclair (2nd in MdS) could do well. Keep an eye on this thread and our twitter account for race updates.

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Badwater 135

At 8pm tomorrow California time (4am on Tuesday, BST), the first wave of 100 runners will set off from Death Valley (280ft below sea level) on a 135 mile road race to Mount Whitney, California (8300ft above sea level). This is the 40th anniversary year of what is described as 'the World's toughest footrace' and ranked by National Geographic as top of its 10 toughest races. This year, athletes from 19 countries and 20 American States have been invited to compete (participation is by invitation only). The cut-off is 48 hours, with the third wave due to finish at 11pm on Wednesday 12th July (7am on Thursday, BST). This year sees the highest ever number of female entrants (31), and 57 of the 100 runners are Badwater veterans. Ages range from 28 to 70 with an average age of 47 - a great reminder of the diversity of ultra runners and the benefits of age and experience in endurance racing. In 2016, both course records were broken with Pete Kostelnick (USA) taking the title for the second year running with a time of 21:56:32. Alyson Venti (USA) broke the women's CR with a time of 25:53:07. Kostelnicj is back this year to defend his title but faces tough competition, including champions from 2014 (Harvey Lewis) and 2011 (Oswaldo Lopez). For the first time in 20 years, there are no former champions in the women's field, but there are a number of strong contenders including Brenda Guajardo who claimed second place in 2016 and Noelani Taylor who won last year's Badwater Cape Fear. This should make for an interesting race and it will be incredibly tough. Runners will face the desert heat in places such as the aptly named Furnace Creek and Devil's Cornfield but the race is entirely run roads and covers three mountain ranges - gruelling conditions by anyone's standards. The race organisers expect this year's winners to finish at close to course record times, so keep an eye on the forums and our Facebook page and twitter account for exciting updates.

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