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Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun

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

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The Coastal Challenge

11-Feb-2018 San José, Costa Rica

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Marathon des Sables

08-Apr-2018 Merzouga, Morocco

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You Gotta Have A Plan – Dontcha?

At least, that’s what all the lead characters in the great movies/TV thrillers have. In fact, they go further than that because they give at least one entire wall of their house/office over to The Plan which is then peppered with pictures, photos, lines, notes and pins.

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How to treat a stress fracture and get back to running

If you have read my article, How to diagnose a stress fracture, and have digested the bad news that you have, indeed, got a Bone Stress Injury (BSI), do not get too depressed. I have lots of advice for how to get you back to running.

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Make your training plan stick

Those nice people at RunUltra recently asked me if I had any ultra running case studies I might be prepared to share. Hmm. ‘Been coaching and training for 17 years now so average ‘x’ number of clients a year plus workshops makes… About one thousand and change?? All of which means that I had to come clean and admit that yes, I did have a few I could dig out.

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Black Friday Running Kit Bargains

Ahh, Black Friday, time to worship at the altar of consumerism. Before we lay out some of the best deals around for your delectation, a little nod to history. In the USA, Black Friday is really an extension of Thanksgiving which takes place on the third Thursday in November and so, cunningly, offers retailers a long weekend of shopping in the run up to Christmas.

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Crobba85

Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon ( Beacons Ultra ) (/Events/Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon

2017 Brecon Ultra - Was actually my first ultra, ever. Some thought it was a strange choice (not picking somewhere flatter) but I'd been to Brecon a few times and knew it would be a challenging but rewarding day out. I turned up early on the Saturday and made my way to the hall in-order to check ...

Brit

Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon ( Beacons Ultra ) (/Events/Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon

Had a great day. First proper ultra that was not chasing the corporate crowd. Totally under prepared due to injury. Longest run since September was one 17km run. No hill training what so ever. Decided at the last moment to use poles for the first time ever. First lap was tough but ok, ran the run...

pasc

OMM Original Mountain Marathon

Fantastic event. Everybody should do this once in their life! It is held end of October, so you can be guaranteed the weather will not be pleasant! I took part in 2017, in the short score. The weather was horrible on the first day, which made the navigation extremely difficult. Your orienteering ...

Jasonwalkley

Derby 50K Ultra Run

This is an incredibly well run event, watched some friends run this and it has inspired me to train towards racing here myself. Incredible experience

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Ilona

Golden Ultra

I love the Golden Ultra , it made me feel happy and complete.

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chrisk

Weald Challenge

I ran this in 2017 with a group of us from the Isle of Man. We camped in a lovley quiet campsite a short walk from the start line (and pub!). The run is mixture of roads and paths and on the day I ran it, very warm so the shade of the wooded sections was most welcome. The service was excellent an...

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chrisk

Isle of Man Mountain Ultra

I've run this race twice - once in the pouring rain with my hood up and once in blazing sunshine with no sunscreen (that hurt!). I've also marshalled on it a couple of times as it's such a good day out and I live on the island. The route is fantastic and I train on bits of it most weeks. I live i...

Noah2003

Robin Hood 100

A great mix of canal and trails of clumber and sherwood. Ronnie has thought of it all and although I failed to finish 53m this was still a super event. Not my day but really well organised, great support, fairly easy to navigate, more chairs at cp4, practice the dark runs as it can catch you out ...

   

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The Curse

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The 2017 Everest Trail Race is over

What a race! Every year, those of us who are not in the Himalayas look on enviously as the pictures of this magnificent event come through. Breath-taking in every way, the Everest Trail Race has 25 km of cumulative ascent over its six-day course, yes, you read that right, 25,000 metres of climbing.

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7 articles on myths, office training, competing spirits, logistics and stress fractures

In truth, we actually have 6 articles and 1 video. Our inspiration video for this week is meant to get you out there on these chilly November days when your inner voice is probably begging you to stay indoors.

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Marco Olmo wins Ultra Africa Race

Proving once again that age is no barrier to success, Marco Olmo from Italy, who celebrated his 69th birthday just over a month ago, has won the Ultra Africa Race.

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Pauline Walker makes her century!

Pauline Walker and Fiona Rennie are the Scottish twins who are an absolute fixture on the ultra scene in Scotland, easily recognisable by the mini kilts they wear over their leggings. After over 50,000 miles training and another 5000 in competition, Pauline has just completed her 100th ultra.

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Many of you will have enjoyed the training plans that our expert coach Andy Mouncey has delivered over the past year for RunUltra.

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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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RaeBlack

Chafing

Ok lets throw this one out there, whats everyone's preferred brand or should i say which has been their most successful. I currently use "moo cream" which applied generously works until you run in the rain, it seems to wear quicker and i find i'm reapplying mid race/run Anyone recommend any other brands

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Simon-Bourke

Punk Panther Ultra's - West and North Yorkshire

Please note: there are a series of 6 new ultra's for 2017. They all start in Otley, (West Yorkshire) and all end at Pool (with transit back to Otley). This the link - Punk Panther Ultra's First one starts 4th March and they range from 50k to 125k.

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SarahCrunning

Racing The Planet: Patagonia

The 10th edition of Racing The Planet starts on Sunday 12th November. This event takes place in a different location each year and is part of the 4 Deserts Race Series. This year, around 300 runners from nearly 50 countries will set off from Bariloche, Argentina on a 250km/155 mile journey through Patagonia. They will complete 6 stages over 7 days, and the terrain includes grasslands, desert, forests, mountain lakes and numerous mountain trails through the Andes. This includes El Tronader, an extinct volcano, and the glacier Ventisquero Negro. Competitors have been arriving in Bariloche today. They will attend a race briefing tomorrow and head to camp ready for the first stage on Sunday. According to the 4 Deserts team, the top contenders include two British runners - Northern Ireland's Neil Weir who finished second in Atacama Crossing last year and Sarah Sawyer, who finished first in 2015's Racing The Planet: Ecuador. Good luck to everyone involved - Patagonia looks stunning and it promises to be a memorable experience. We will aim to update this thread as the stages progress.

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Hariá Extreme

This year's Hariá Extreme ultra takes place on Saturday and is 94km. There is also a mountain marathon option, a 23km race and a 10km race. The ultra begins as a fast flat race from the National Park of Timanfaya in southern Lanzarote along roads surrounded by lava fields. Entrants will then run through the heart of the island and encounter steep ascents and descents to finish on the beaches and mountain trails of Hariá in the north of Lanzarote. Our runner reviewer, UltraBoyRuns, described this race as an 'absolute delight'. Good luck if you are taking part.

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Peak District South 2 North Ultra

This is the second running of PS2N. Last year, the conditions were incredibly tough and most entrants chose to run only one of the days, so course records will be up for grabs. There are three options on this race - Saturday's 50km White Peak Trails, Sunday's 43km Dark Peak Challenge or a 2 stage 93km event taking in both. Stage 1 begins tomorrow in Ashbourne and will see competitors racing on runnable limestone trails before a tough ascent up Mam Tor to finish in Edale. Stage 2 is less easy to navigate and includes some minor paths, steep climbs and high moorland from Edale to Marsden. Much of the route is on the Pennine Way and it includes the Yorkshire 3 Peaks: Kinder, Bleaklow and Black Hill. Runners will also tackle Jacob's Ladder. Last year, entrants encountered waist deep snow and ended up running in groups to carve their path through. The winning group completed day 2 in 9 hours 15 minutes. For day 1, the current course record is held by Rob Graveley who finished in 6 hours 33 minutes. The cut-off times are generous on this race as it is open to walkers as well as runners. This should enable trail runners of all abilities to take part and enjoy the beautiful Peak District scenery. We currently have no runner reviews of this race, so if you are taking part then it would be great if you could leave us a review afterwards. Good luck everyone!

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Patagonian Expedition Race

From 17th-30th November, teams of 4 will run, trek, climb, kayak and mountain bike around 701km/435 miles through the Magdallanes and Chilean Antarctic regions of Patagonia. This race is described by the organisers (Nigsa) as 'the adventure at the end of the world'. It has also been billed as: - One of the 'ten great races in amazing places' - National Geographic - 'the world's toughest adventure race' - Reuters - 'the world's wildest race' - Telegraph Teams will self-navigate the remote southern Patagonian region. The route changes every year but is likely to include plains, mountains, glaciers, forests and swamps and will definitely involve harsh and unpredictable weather. Nigsa state that this race 'changes lives'. It's a bold claim and we currently have no runner reviews of this event but would love to hear from anyone who has previously taken part - did it change your life?

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Everest Trail Race 2017

The exact route of this six stage race changes every year and the details of each stage are only revealed just before the start. This year's stages will be made public on 8th November when competitors are given their road book. The overall distance will be around 100 miles/160km with over 25,000m of ascent. Around 50 runners will set off from Lukhla, Nepal on 9th November on a footrace through the Solukhumba region of the Himalayas. They will see some of the world's tallest mountains, including Everest, Lothse and AmaDablam. They are provided with food and drink but must carry their own equipment and be prepared to cope with an extreme drop in temperature overnight - it can fall as low as -10, but may be up to 18 degrees during the day. This year's entrants arrived in Kathmandu today. They will spend two nights in a hotel and enjoy sightseeing and race briefings before heading to their campsite on Wednesday. The race itself takes place between 9th and 14th November. Local people make up the race officials, medical team and supporters on a route that is only accessible by foot. It is open to elite athletes, mountain walkers and trail runners. The organisers describe it as 'ideal for runners who wish to push the limit of their own physical and mental ability'. It is held at the beginning of the dry season when visibility is good and competitors should be able to see the surroundings at their best. This year looks set to be an exciting race. Amongst the entrants is Luis Alberto Hernando who has already featured in several of our race forum threads this year. He is currently IAU World Trail Champion and Migu Run Sky World Series ULTRA champion. Elisabet Barnes and Ester Alves are likely to be frontrunners in the women's field. Keep your eye on this thread for updates.

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