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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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200

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Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

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

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

05-Nov-2017 Lukhla, Nepal

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Salt -The Missing Link to Performance Success?

Most runners are keen to enhance their performance, regardless of what distance they run or level they are at. They will research kit, training, nutrition and hydration and with so much information now available, it can be a bit of a minefield.

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How to burn fat without running – 5 simple ways

There are various ways in which you can incorporate fat burning into your ultra running training, by both manipulating your physical training (HIIT, fasted etc) and your nutrition (timing, nutrient content).

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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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inov-8 Trailroc 285 review

As I pull open the box of a brand-new pair of Inov-8 Trailroc 285s, I look down and a smile stretches across my face. I’m back to being 14 again and thinking that I’m going to look like the coolest kid at the disco.

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SarahCrunning

Chiltern Wonderland 50

I ran this in 2017 as my third race in the Centurion 50 mile grandslam. As expected, Centurion really delivered on the organisation and atmosphere. The route was exceptionally well marked and I never needed to use the GPX file on my watch in order to navigate. The checkpoints were well stocked wi...

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Ultra Tour Monte Rosa

2017 UTMR: Ultra Trail Monte Rosa 2017, 4-stage race 170km, 11400 m +/- Having not got a UTMB place through the ballot I had decided on the UTMR as an alternative event for the focus of my season. I can’t quite remember where I read about it or why I chose the 4-stage, but I’m glad I did! The ra...

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The Ultra Tour of Snowdonia

I've run the Snowdonia 50 twice, 2016 and 2017. The staff/volunteers/marshalls are all superb and are amazing at each checkpoint in psyching you up for your next leg and providing a surreal 'party in your front lounge' vibe at the last checkpoint in Capel Curig. The food on offer at each checkpoi...

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10 Peaks Brecon Beacons

This was my second attempt at the Brecon Beacons Long Course after a technical DNF in 2014. It is a great event with excellent support from start to finish. The terrain is tough and often trackless and the climbing and descending relentless from start to finish. Fantastic camaraderie with other c...

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Superior 100 Mile Trail Race

Ran in 2015. I figure enough time has elapsed to add a review. My therapist says we have worked through enough of the suppressed memories from the race that I can begin to open up…a little. Superior 100 I finished. There were times during the race that I thought that I wouldn't, that I couldn't, ...

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guyemmo

Thames Path Challenge

Thames Path Challenge September 2017 (50km) I decided (after reading reviews on this site) to run the 50km rather than 100km as my first Ultramarathon experience. I have previously run 5 marathons but had never gone beyond the 26 mile distance. Overall, I was really impressed with the organisatio...

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Lost Soul Ultra

LSU was my first Ultra, when I completed the 50K back in 2012. I've gone back almost every year since! The race directors do a great job organizing the event, and the volunteers are always amazing! The aid stations are stocked with a lot of great food options, and a lot of support. The course is ...

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Simon-Bourke

The Urban Legend Ultra

The sun always shines for Punk Panther. This race was the fourth in this new series of Ultras; see also review for The Welcome Ultra, A Bridge Too Far and Reservoir Dogs. As for the other three races, the sun did come out, but not before we started in a downpour and encountered another and also ...

   

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Crewing the CCC

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is the biggest mountain race of the year and attracts the best ultra runners in the world. UTMB is a week-long festival of ultra running that includes different events. James Eacott describes his experience crewing for one of them, the CCC (Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix) for ultra runner, Kerry Sutton.

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7 articles on inspirational women, mental health, bears, shin splints and self-supported runs

For many of you, summer and the holidays are over, and your autumn days are filled with new activities or others that had been abandoned for a few weeks. We’ve put together a new selection of articles that we’ve come across on the web so that you can easily get back into the habit of reading about running.

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A chat with ultra runner Joe Grant - Tour de 14ers Colorado - Part 1

For anyone who's visited Colorado they'll know it has some pretty high, snowy mountains. But can you imagine setting off on your own self powered ultra adventure on your bike with a bit of kit to run up every mountain above 14,000 feet?

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Top Reviews August 2017

We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for August. Congratulations to John Ryan (@ultraventure) who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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Kilian Jornet wins the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline is a 55km combination of running and scrambling with £4000 as a first prize. This year it attracted Kilian Jornet as well as over 1500 other participants from 30+countries for the weekend of racing in Scotland.

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Rob Pope just keeps on running

One of our favourite ultra nutters, sorry ultra runners, Rob Pope is still at it and has just dipped his toes in the sea again.

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Carl1974

Hoka trail shoes.

Hi and good evening, I would like some advice on the above please, I am looking at getting a new pair of trail shoes and I'm contemplating Hoka'. The reason behind this is I run in hoka Clayton's at present and find them to be a good shoe for the road. I have used salomons for trails in the past but it time for a change. Has anybody got any experience with these trail shoes please.

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Stuartc

Bloomin' Stinging Nettles !!

So I have just moved out to the country (from the shores of South Africa) and went for a run this morning. In the process I got attacked by the attack of the killer nettles... as a result my thighs are on fire! Any advice on fixing this? Will standard running tights do the trick or do the nettles attack you through those as well? Any ideas? Thanks!

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Monster Ultra

The Monster Running Fest this weekend includes an ultra, a marathon and a half-marathon. The ultra is a flat 42 miler starting at Ely Cathedral and including a mixture of trail, road and towpath along the banks of the River Great Ouse, through the Cambridgeshire Fens and along the River Cam to the outskirts of Cambridge. It is an out and back route that is well-marked and also follows National Cycle Route 11 so should not require any navigation skills. Our runner reviewer praised the organisation of the event and described the terrain as being well-suited to new ultra runners. Monster Racing suggest that this race would be ideal for those filling the gap after Ironman season. Unusually for a small event (100 places), there are cash prizes - £100 for first man and woman and £60 for second. Good luck to anyone running, especially if this is your first ultra. If you have run this race before, then we would love to get some more reviews: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Monster-Ultra#reviewSection

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Salomon Ultra Pirineu

If last weekend's skyrunning in Scotland whetted your appetite for the mountains then you may want to keep your eye on the Barcelona area this weekend. The final ultra in the Migu Skyrunner World Series is the Salomon Ultra Pirineu - the climax of a weekend of mountain running in the Cadí Moixeró Natural Park. The programme includes a 5km race on Friday, a marathon on Saturday and then the 110km/68 mile ultra on Saturday and Sunday. Anna Frost is a contender for a marathon podium spot. Around 1000 runners will set off at 7am on Saturday (6am UK time) on the ultra and can expect to climb around 6800 metres. They will be allocated a bib colour based on their proven ability either in a previous running of this race or in a similar race. Only those judged to be in contention for a top 10 spot will wear an elite red bib. Those who have previously completed the race in under 18 hours or have shown equivalent ability in another race and who are deemed likely to finish in the top 60 will wear a blue bib. The remaining runners will wear green bibs. Podium finishers will be awarded prize money with the first man and woman arriving back in Baga receiving 1000 euros. The photos of this race show that those with the ability to endure tough mountain trails will be treated to some of the most stunning views the Pyrenees have to offer. The course records are held by Kilian Jornet (12:03:27) and Emile Forsberg (13:39:33) from the inaugural 2015 race. After both winning at Glencoe last weekend, these two really are the kind and queen of skyrunning. Can anyone come close to their times this year?

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Salomon Skyline Scotland

This weekend sees Kinlochlevan hosting four races in the skyrunning tradition: Mamores Vertical Kilometre on Friday, Ring of Steall Skyrace (29km) on Saturday and two incredibly tough ultras - Ben Nevis Ultra and Glen Coe Skyline. BEN NEVIS ULTRA This takes place on Saturday 16th September and starts from the southern shore of Loch Ness and passes through remote Scottish Highland Glens. It traverses the Carn Mor Dearg Arete ridge leading to the summit of the UK's highest mountain and finishing in Kinlochlevan. The route is 68 miles/110km with over 4000m of ascent and includes technical single tracks, trackless ridges and river crossings. The race organisers describe it as 'almost certainly the UK's toughest 100km+ ultra route'. Both this race and Glen Coe Skyline warn that runners face 'risk of serious injury or death'. All possible safety measures are taken to reduce these risks, but the reality is that this is remote mountain running in often extreme and rapidly changing weather conditions. GLEN COE SKYLINE This race is 34 miles/55km with 4750m of ascent and includes the most challenging Scottish mountain terrain. It is the final race of the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series Extreme category and is seen as the global flagship event for extreme mountain running. It has inspired Kilian Jornet to race in the UK for the first time, and he is the favourite to win the men's race. Emilie Forsberg is the women's favourite and she won the inaugural race in 2015. This race takes place on Sunday and is predicted to draw huge crows. However, there will be no supporters on the remote and exposed ridges which require sustained periods of scrambling and where it is warned that a slip or trip 'could result in death'. This promises to be an exciting and inspiring weekend of the toughest mountain running. We will keep you updated.

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Chiltern Wonderland 50

Saturday 16th September sees the third Centurion 50 miler of the year and the third race for the 50 mile Grand Slammers. Starting and finishing in Goring-on-Thames, this loop begins on the hilliest section of the Thames Path National Trail before joining the Chiltern Way for some significant climbs and rolling countryside, including Christmas Common at 800ft. Later sections of the race include sections of the Ridgeway and the Chiltern Extension. The route contains 5600ft of elevation and this is the race's second year. The course records are currently 6:25:56 (Jon Ellis) and 7:58:03 (Edwina Sutton), but will be up for grabs. Jon Ellis returns to defend his record and is currently leading the Grand Slam after winning both SDW50 and NDW50. However, he faces competition from several strong males, including Neil Kirby who was neck and neck with him last year until he had to drop. Neil was 2nd in WW50 in November. In the women's field, Svenja Espenhahn is tipped for a podium spot after coming 2nd in NDW50. Charley Jennings is currently leading the women's Grand Slam and Janette Cross has also been running strong across a number of races. Keep an eye on this thread for the results of what looks set to be a great race.

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Hardmoors 60

On Saturday 16th September, Hardmoors runners will set off from Guisborough on a 62 mile/100k journey along the Cleveland coast to Filey. The route includes coastal resorts and fishing villages such as Saltburn and Robin Hoods Bay and is mostly run on cliff top trails. All 10 of our reviewers have given this race 5 stars. Having run Hardmoors 55 last year, I can vouch for the excellent organisation of the Hardmoors team. I am considering the 60 for 2018 and will be watching with interest this year. The route is renowned for its steps which aren't to everyone's taste, but the scenery looks beautiful and the climbs promise to be rewarding. Good luck to everyone running and let us know what you think of the race.

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Tor des Géants

Tor des Géants is an incredible 200 mile race with 24000 metres of ascent starting and finishing in Courmayeur, Italy along the Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 of the Valle d'Aosta. Five hundred mountain runners from 66 countries will set off on Sunday along the paths at the foot of the highest Alpine four-thousanders in and through the Gran Paradiso National Park and Mont Avic Regional Park. They have up to 150 hours to complete the race, but there are no official 'stages'. A unique selling point of this event is that entrants choose when, where and how long to rest. This year's competitors include Joe Grant and GB ultra runner Debbie Martin-Consani. It should make for exciting tracking!

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