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GlobalLimits Cambodia - The Ancient Khmer Path

29-Nov-2019 Phnom Penh / Angkor

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

08-Feb-2020 San José, Costa Rica

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The Everest Trail Race

07-Nov-2019 Lukhla, Nepal

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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The Namibia Crossing Wildrun®

16-Jun-2019 /Ai/Ais- Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, South Africa & Namibia

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Planning the Training Peak for your Big Race

By Andy Mouncey

How to plan a workout that gets you to the start line feeling confident about your abilities and proud of your work

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Marathon des Sables - Avoid the social media pitfalls

By James Eacott

So, rather than training, this article is about an often-unaddressed aspect of the final approach to the “toughest race on earth” for the unaware competitor: the social media noise -  with some top tips on how to manage it and harness its power.

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Completing A Mountain Multi-Stage Ultra: Coach & Competitor Compare

By Andy Mouncey and Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison is Editor here at RunUltra. She completed the Everest Trail Race back in November. RunUltra Coaching Contributor Andy Mouncey was on hand to help her

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Osprey Duro 15

By Seth Grotzke

Finding the right pack is like trying to find the perfect porridge… except there are no bears threatening to show up. If you are looking for a pack in the 10-20 litre range, the Osprey Duro 15 is a great option for all-day treks in the mountains or multi-day running excursions.

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M1k3

Lulworth Cove Trail Running Race

This was my first ultramarathon and what a beautiful one to pick! The scenery is truly wonderful, and not a little bit distracting! In fact that would be my main point its really hard to carry on running and not stop every 30 minutes or so and just stare. I have nothing to compare the organisatio...

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Chester Ultra

2019 Chester Ultra 50 mile race . This is my first year of ultra running and I was introduce to GBULTRA. I did my first race Chester 50. I have to say what an amazing event and GBUltra team are amazing . Such a great group of people , free training runs and all welcome . The event was well organ...

neddyjohns

Hardmoors 55

My mood was about as dark as the rain clouds as we arrived at the start of this years Hardmoors 55. I'd felt under the weather all week and for the next 16 hours or so I was about to be under the weather for a little longer. Briefing and checks done, it was then up onto the Cleveland Way along s...

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Peaks Princess

Hardmoors 55

All the Hardmoors races are fantastically organised and run. This particular event didn't let us down with gale force winds and a month's worth of rain in a day! The double ascent of Roseberry Topping was the cherry on the top. The race tends to alternate the direction and this year it was Gui...

petem

Hardmoors 55

2019. Run Guisborough to Helmsley this year, the event was certainly tough. Weather was testing with strong headwinds for much of the route, and almost constant rain through the day. Most of the hilly stuff in the first half, with a double climb of Roseberry Topping so that the runners all got to...

Wareing

Chester Ultra

2019 Chester Ultra. Free recces. Great and caring RD. Wonderful support crew/volunteers. Lovely scenic course. Great tracking system. This is a must do event for first timers. Me and my son loved it

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Chefyego

Chester Ultra

Chester Ultra March 2nd 2019 Last year i ran my 1st Trail Marathon 28.2 miles This year was my 1st Ultra and i thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my run even though i got as far as 34.4 miles check point 5 for a DNF and it was awesome We arrive to the Waverton Village Hall for kit inspection num...

mike_l86

Scafell Sky Race

Scafell Skyrace 2018 was truly brutal. After several months of unprecedented scorching sunshine and high temps in the UK left the land scorched and the rivers and streams that’s served as water refills bone dry. The race had one aid station mid-way which felt like a million miles away in that hea...

   

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Top advice on how to plan your first ultra

By Robbie Britton

Everyone is running ultra marathons now, it’s the cool thing to do. Lots are even skipping the initial marathon and jumping straight to the long stuff, but what should you think about before tackling your first ultra?

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Maintenance on the countdown to race day

By Karina Teahan

Many of us are well into our 2019 training plans with various races and long training runs on the horizon.  With this in mind, rather than focus on a specific injury, this month’s article takes a broad view of what we can do leading up to race day and what to consider if you get an injury in those final few weeks/days.

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The Journey to my First 100 Miles Part 2

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Read part 2 of Tom's journey to train for a sub-24 hour 100 mile race at Endure 24 in June.

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The winner of the Hoka ONE ONE Prize draw

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We talk to the latest winner of our kit and race review prize draw.

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Jeff Browning breaks course record at the 100-mile Tarawera Ultramarathon

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The latest results are in from the New Zealand Tarawera Ultramarathon

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9th Year Ultramarathon in Philippines Around a Volcano

We are new here but we have been running the 360 Run Around Mayon Volcano on May 4, 2019. http://www.dronestagr.am/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Mayon-Dawn-2-1200x800.jpg https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Mayon-360-Ultramarathon

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Box Hill for Ultra Runners

https://www.surreyhills.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/box-hill-250x300-002.jpg When it comes to ultra running, it's not secret that the Box Hill area, with its steep hills & sweeping views is a fantastic training ground for aspiring (and accomplished) ultra distance runners living in the Surrey Hills and South West of London. I though about starting this new thread for a while and share my "wisdom" of Box Hill with the ultra running community. My personal favourite topics are trail names and ultimate training Box Hill loops... :-) #geek Have you heard of the White Honky and Old Winter Road trail segments? Or have you ever got lost in the mist and rain while trying to find the "China Pig" trail? So ask me anything and feel free to share your Box Hill running activities and recommendations on this thread!

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SCOTT Dark Skies @Kielder

Dark Skies @Kielder starts at 5:30pm on Saturday. If last year is anything to go by, the winner will be finished before 8:30pm. The final finishers will cross the line after midnight. The 26.5 mile route takes runners on the Lakeside Way path around Kielder Reservoir in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. This is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe and was awarded gold tier Dark Sky Park status in 2013. On a clear night, the moonlight reflecting off the reservoir means runners may switch their headtorches off for sections of the race. Even in poor conditions, the chalk surface reflects headtorch beams, making this an ideal location for a night run. The route is fully marked and contains 2,188 feet of ascent. Both course records were broken last year, and 3 runners finished in under 3 hours. The current course records are 2:51:42 (Cees Van Der Land) and 3:30:14 (Victoria Nealon). Can they be broken this year? Watch this space.

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Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)

If you've been following the progress of Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra this month and thought that was hardcore, here is something to top it. ITI starts on Sunday at Knik Lake, Alaska. It is billed as the world's longest winter ultra-marathon and attracts the best international winter ultra athletes. There are 75 places, and entrants compete on foot, bike or skis. ITI150 athletes have up to five days to complete 150 miles. To be eligible, they must already have completed at least one snowy, trail winter ultra of 100+ miles. If they successfully complete the 150 and one other qualifying race, they are eligible to apply to enter the more competitive 350 mile event. The ITI150 winners will automatically qualify. ITI350 athletes have up to 10 days to reach the finish in McGrath. They must carry all of their gear, and there are only six checkpoints and two supply drops. They will encounter mountains and temperatures as low as -50 degrees C. Many of them will be completing this event in order to qualify for the epic 1000 mile race - the distance that earns ITI its 'longest winter ultra' badge. In order to be eligible to apply to enter ITI1000, athletes must have successfully completed ITI350 as well as demonstrating sufficient mastery of winter survival skills and self-reliance in the Alaskan wilderness. Even then, only the most qualified applicants will be selected each year. Such a high bar is not misplaced - the race has seven checkpoints and three supply drops in the first 500 miles. In the second 500 miles, athletes receive no support at all. They can post supplies to remote villages along the route ahead of the race, but everything else must be carried. They will cover the entire Iditarod trail and finish in Nome. They have up to 30 days to complete the distance and are likely to encounter, gales, rain, blizzards, waist-deep snow, mud, glare ice and more. The winner of last year's ITI1000 was Jay Petervary on his bike. He finished in 16 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes. The fastest runner, Peter Ripmaster, took 26 days, 13 hours, 44 minutes. Clearly, runners can reasonably expect to be out in the frozen wilderness for around a month, with at least half of that with no support. This is a huge and risky adventure, although there will obviously be emergency help sent to anyone needing to be airlifted from the trail. The Iditarod trail only exists in its entirety in February and March. It melts in the spring and then becomes impassable. It is only accessible by snowmobile or bush plane. It follows frozen rivers and swamps, crosses the Alaska Range, runs alongside 150 miles of the frozen Yukon River, takes athletes across frozen sea ice along the Bering Sea Coast before finishing in the gold-rush town of Nome. The event has inspired a series of winter ultras that act as qualifiers in Alaska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Idaho, Canada, Norway and Finland. Most of these have been set up by former ITI athletes. There is also an annual 5-day winter training camp to help athletes prepare. We will be following the event and updating this thread.

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Hardmoors55(50)

Hardmoors55 gave you everything that should be expected in a Northern Ultra in March. Mud, rain, 70mph winds & someone shouting 'Chuffin eck as the slid down Roseberry. Start of the race was very hectic, all cramped in the sea cadets hall listening to the RD (Jon's) brief. Due to the amount in there the race started 15 mins late. On leaving the hall & meeting up with Gary who I've run s few events with we were off. Up the hill & into a queue waiting to get over a style. Approx 15 mins to get over this & off again, slipping & sliding in the muddy fields & regretting my choice of ro*****es after choosing them over mudclaws(we will cone back to this later). The assent up to Roseberry was a muddy slog with mud I've only ever seen in footage of the Somme. Up we went for our first assent, & down to CP 2, before the 2nd assent of Roseberry. After this it was a nice run to Kildale 10 miles in. The next section was about to cause chaos amongst the runners. Kildale to Osmotherley. Off we went up the Moors towards Clay bank. The food of the Moors we encountered 70mph wind & driving sleet & rain. This is where my choice of ro*****es proved to be the right choice. Hard paths, flooded paths with slippy rocks. In the past I've struggled with speedcross in these conditions, & I saw a few struggle in mudclaws. We made our decent down to Clay bank, I'm quicker ascending so passes 20 or so runners. Thinking Gary was behind me I got into the CP at 1.39pm. I'd lost Gary on the assent & waited for 10 mins for him to appear. It was hear that he pulled out, along with a number of other runners. The conditions really took there till, & wainstones was just as brutal. After running & decending to a CP at Scugdale at 26 miles. Felt really good in myself & the weather was getting slightly better. Scugdale time 3.48pm. Off towards Osmotherly up & over Scarth wood moor, finally running into the beautiful village of Osmotherley. Reaching Osmotherley at 5.03pm, quick cuppa & a jam sponge. Lots of people getting s change of clothes, never bothered with a drop bag, I'd layered up well & apart from a bit of damp near my zip my OMM jacket had worked well, along with my salomon bonatti WP pants. Saw a number of further runners drop out here, lots of shivering & doubts in there minds. 10 mins & off I went. Next section to Snack Yate & white horse had some good runnable sections. Took a bit of a wrong turn, which added a mile on to my distance, taking 2 runners with me(sorry lads). The assent into the Cp at white horse is one to get you moaning. Steep steps & mud, lots of slagging off the organisers going down here. Into white horse at 9.23pm & off up the horrible steps to accend towards the finish. Last section towards Helmsley was mud filled paths, runnable trails & one final assent towards the finish. Eventually getting in before Cut off at 12.05am. Finishing the race in 15 hours 49 mins. Enjoyed every thing Hardmoors had to offer, the horrible relentless weather made this race what it was. The Marshall's where amazing, the CPs couldn't be faulted & the Cleveland way is a beautiful place. I will be back to run it again, & will be looking into other Hardmoors events in the future. Highly recommend to any runners who love a great challenge.

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SarahCrunning

Badwater Cape Fear 2019

Badwater Cape Fear takes place on Saturday and is the first event of the Badwater Ultra Cup. At 51 miles, it is also the shortest. There is also a 50km option. Cape Fear is so called because it changes in shape and size with the tides and has historically caused many ships to get into trouble in the deceptively shallow waters. At 7:45 on Saturday (local time), runners will set of from Bald Head Island, North Carolina. The first 12 miles are run along a traffic-free road on the island before the runners head to the wild and secluded beaches to Fort Fisher for one or two loops. They will have views of Frying Pan Shoals to the East and marshlands to the West. Last year's winners of the 51 mile event were Eric Hunziker (6:39) and Suzi Swinehart (7:47). Good luck to all those running the 6th edition this weekend.

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Hardmoors 55 (50)

Every March since 2014, Hardmoors runners have raced 55 miles either from Helsmley to Guisborough or Guisborough to Helmsley on the Cleveland Way. This year, the North Yorkshire Moors are celebrating 50 years of the Cleveland Way National Trail. Hardmoors are joining the celebrations by making the 6th edition of Hardmoors 55 a special Hardmoors 50 - a few tweaks to the route have made it a little shorter but with extra elevation. Saturday's runners will be running from Guisborough to Helmsley through the North Yorkshire Moors and Cleveland Hills. The route includes Roseberry Topping and the Three Sisters. It's a tough route with a 16-hour cut-off, but all six of our runner reviewers gave it a fantastic write-up. Last year's event coincided with the Beast from the East. Whilst faster runners were able to complete the race, others were stopped at Kildale as a safety precaution. The forecast for this year currently looks wet and windy. Hopefully it won't stop people having a great day.

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Humanity Direct Amersham Ultra

Extreme Energy's Humanity Direct races replace their entry fee with two options - a donation to Humanity Direct, or you can set up a fundraising page and try to raise as much as you can. All the money raised goes directly to Humanity Direct. On Saturday, this year's runners will be funding surgery for children in developing countries. Some of this surgery may be life-saving. All of it will be life-changing. The route is around 50km (31 miles) and starts and finishes at Dr Challoner's Grammar School. It takes runners through areas of natural beauty in the Chilterns, and there is no cut-off. It would make an ideal first ultra. Good luck to everyone running and well done for supporting a great cause.

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