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200

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The Namibia Crossing Wildrun®

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

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236

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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TIMED

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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The need for speed - how to run faster

By Simon Mesner

There are many ways to increase your running speed from physical training to diet and adequate rest. This article will focus on selected physical training drills for down-hill speed; speed on the flat and finishing speed.

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Mojo Masterclass: Keep training this winter

By James Eacott

Let’s face it, training for an ultra marathon through winter is tough. Whatever way you cut it, however committed you are, I defy anyone who says their motivation doesn’t wane even momentarily through the dark, cold months.

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What is Metatarsalgia and how to treat it

By Karina Teahan

Metatarsalgia is a common overuse injury in runners. It is a general name describing pain under the heads of your metatarsal bones. This is an area on the sole of your foot, often referred to as the “ball” of your foot.

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Brooks Cascadia 13 trail running shoe review

By Alice Morrison

Brooks once saved my life, or at least my feet. I was doing a world first trek from the Atlas to the Atlantic in 2015 and as it was hiking with tent, supplies etc was wearing my much-loved Scarpa boots.

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solmol

Soria Moria til Verdens Ende

2018, 100 miles, a well organized race with a personal touch. Starts with a great view, high above Oslo, runs through outskirts of cities and towns, through woods and recreation areas and ends on a beautiful coast, the end of the world (the meaning of Verdens Ende). Good choice of food and for d...

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Oman by UTMB®

This is a very well organized but true challenge, in a Grand Canyon like environment. Parts of the trail on exposed edges and cliff shelves, not for the faint hearted and only short distances invite for running. Well marked route, day and night, and plenty of choices to eat and drink at the check...

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Jim

Coastal Trail Series - Dorset (CTS) (/Events/Coastal Trail Series - Dorset

Fantastic route, depending on your distance. Staff are very friendly. Endurance Life cater for 10k, Half, Marathon, Ultra and Ultra Plus, which is obviously a very difficult thing to do. The Marathon makes good use of the whole course without any repetition, but any of the longer distances requir...

Alfie

Oman by UTMB®

Great organisation, spectacular scenery, highly technical course.

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Burgessking1

Hurtwood 50k Endurance Run

What a fantastic event. The volunteers, organisers, facilities, marking and brutal hills. A fab medal and Cotton Tee (although I'm not on for Tees as Environment and all that) This event caters for all levels with a good cut off and all in all a great team behind this one. I definitely recommend ...

TommyTrancePants

The Black Mountains

Incredible. It takes a special kind of person to stand out in the freezing rain to Marshall these events. But they were fantastic. Was a well organized event. In a beautiful location.

Peter Telford

Hurtwood 50k Endurance Run

This is an excellent event - well organised, well marked and brilliant marshals. The pre-race information was well structured, timely and answered all the questions you could expect. The pre-race logistics were well organised and then we were off - running down Dorking high street with marshals c...

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Bad Apple Ultra Run

2017 I ran Bad Apple Ultra in 2017 (and also 2015 and 2016). This is a great, low key race. It's a 4 mile loop around and through an apple orchard. You run on grass, dirt road and single trail. Mostly flat. The race organizer, his family and volunteers are all awesome, cheering you on for 12+ hou...

   

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Top 10 Xmas gifts for Her

By Alice Morrison

I love men with all their strange ways and dangly bits but I have to say that – and I am truly sorry to be so stereotypically sexist in these gender fluid days – man’s ability to buy gifts for woman is often ….. variable.

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Him

By James Eacott

It’s that time of year again. #BlackFriday, #CyberMonday and #GoNutsWednesday are all behind us. But you still don’t have a present for your trail running significant other.

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What goes on in your head during your first 100 miler?

By Stephen O’Hara

Firstly, there is a shed load of information available about how to run an ultra. If you are a methodical detail-oriented type then you can spend a few hours (or months in my case) googling (other search engines are available...I think) and preparing your own ‘How to’ guide.

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Camille Herron sets new women’s world record for 24hr running

By Alice Morrison

Camille Herron ran 262km over 24 hours at the Desert Solstice Invitational 24hr race in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend to take the women’s world record.

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Skyrunning UK and Ireland Series 2019

By Alice Morrison

There are new races and old favourites as Skyrunning UK announces its 2019 calendar for the UK and Ireland Series.

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Damian Hall and Beth Pascall attempt Cape Wrath FKT

By Alice Morrison

On December 8th Damian Hall and Beth Pascall will be starting their quest to get the fastest known (FKT) time for the Cape Wrath Trail which starts in Fort William and goes to the north-western tip of Scotland, Cape Wrath, over 230 miles of rugged Scottish countryside.

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spadekevin

Where do you buy your sportswear?

HI, Just curious where other people buy their exercise clothes as I struggle to findthings. TK Maxx is pretty good for some things but "sports" shops like JJB and JD sports seem to have less and less clothes for actually exercising in each time I go into them! I've even tried addidas and nike shops as they are sportswear brands but most of their stock is sporty looking clothing not intended for exercising in. I was lucky to find a swimming costume in my size in TK Maxx after much looking around (often they just have a choice of size 6 or size 26!) and a long sleeve runnign top in Nike after trying everywhereelse! Are there other places that I should be looking? Is this just a problem for women? (women's sections always seem to take up a miniscule section in sport shops) or am I just too fussy? Please help. I did not find the right solution from the internet. References: http://www.veganfitness.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16232 Logistics Video Thanks!

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lukejarmey

Running Kit Discussion

This is a thread to discuss running kit - trainers, packs, jackets.... socks! Whatever bits of gear we use when training or racing. What works for you? What doesn't? Any recommendations? Any useful mods? etc. etc. Any valuable information we can share to help one another out would be awesome. Cheers! Luke

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SarahCrunning

Mince Pi Run

There are mince pies a-plenty and up to 10 laps of Pi... The Mince Pi run is a 3.14 mile off-road lap in Surrey. Entrants can choose to run anywhere from 1-10 laps or a marathon distance. There are special awards for anyone completing a marathon or the 31.4 mile ultra. All entrants receive a bespoke Pi Pie medal as well as actual mince pies. The event actively encourages ultra runners to sign up, with 10 laps/31.4 miles being the most popular distance. There is a also a 1-mile fun run for the kids, so this can be a family event. We have 15 runner reviews of the race, all awarding it 4 or 5 stars, so this promises to offer bags of festive fun. Last year, 19 runners completed 10 laps - can more of you do it this year? Good luck to all taking part on Sunday.

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Orange

Peneda-Geres Trail Adventure stage race

Has anyone ran Carlos Sa's Peneda-Geres Trail Adventure stage race in Portugal? http://carlossanatureevents.com/evento.aspx?idEvento=PGTA I'm looking for a European supported stage race, 6-7 days ideally and importantly two distance options so I can do the longer one and my wife can run the shorter one. It's a bit of a niche requirement, I accept, but this one seems to fit the bill, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience of it and could recommend it? (Staying in hotels rather than camping will be another plus for my wife too, I'm sure!)

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SarahCrunning

Gold Coast 50

Gold Coast 50 describes itself as 'Australia's most spectacular 50km road race' (there are also, 30km, 15km, 5km and relay options). It is run on the roads and footpaths adjacent to the Gola Coast coastline of Queensland. The 50km event is an out and back from Kurrawa to Coolangatta. It starts at 5am local time on Sunday (Saturday morning, UK time) - this is Australia's summer and the temperatures are likely to soar as the day goes on. The current course records are held by Vlad Shatrov (3:09:34 in 2017) and Elkie Belcher (3:35:47 in 2016). The event has two patrons - Steve Moneghetti and Gary Parsons. Amongst a huge number of other running achievements, Steve ran the Berlin Marathon 1990 in 2:08:16, making him Australia's fastest marathoner at the time. He also won the 1994 Commonwealth Games marathon. Gary's achievements include winning the World 1000 mile track championships in 1994 and 1996, breaking a string of World Records. He also holds the record for the furthest/fastest continuous run - 19,030km over 274 days - this broke four World Records. Good luck to everyone running.

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SarahCrunning

Wicklow Way 100 & 50 Mile

The Wicklow Way races are one of the last opportunities in the calendar to acquire UTMB points. The 100 mile event starts at 2pm on Friday in St. Columba's College Grounds, Dublin. This is an out and back version of the 50 mile route - entrants run on the Wicklow Way to Shielstown Forest and back. The 50 mile event starts at Shielstown Forest at 7am on Saturday. Storms are forecast for Ireland this weekend, which could make for some very wet and muddy running. The Wicklow Way offers a mix of terrain - mud, lots of rocks, flat fast trail, technical trail, fast descents, scenic uphills, river, heather and more besides. The cut-off for the 50 miler is 15 hours. For the 100 miler, it is 36 hours. This will be a long day or two, but entrants will be rewarded with the views across some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery. There are some great names running the 100 miler this year, including Florent Bouguin, Patrycja Bereznowska and Cate Airoldi. We do not yet have any runner reviews of this event, so if you are taking part (or have in the past), we would love to hear what you think: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Wicklow-Way-100#reviewSection Good luck everyone!

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SarahCrunning

GlobalLimits Cambodia - The Ancient Khmer Path

GlobalLimits Cambodia is a 220km/137 mile 6-stage race starting in a Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh and finishing in front of the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. Runners camp in ancient temples used in the filming of 'Indiana Jones', run through aboriginal villages and take in spectacular waterfalls. They can expect temperatures ranging from 22-30 degrees C. One of this year's competitors is Great Britain's Kevin Webber. Kevin has terminal prostate cancer and has raised over £200,000 for Prostate Cancer UK by completing over 30 marathons and other challenges. Alice Morrison interviewed him for Run Ultra following his completion of Marathon des Sables: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/May-2017/Running-with-terminal-cancer-Q-A-with-the-inspirat Runners arrive in Phnom Penh on Friday 30th November and head to their first camp for race briefings and checks on 1st December. The race begins on Sunday 2nd December. The stages are as follows: Sun 02/12 - Stage 1: 30.6km Mon 03/12 - Stage 2: 36.0km Tues 04/12 - Stage 3: 62.2km Wed 05/12 - Stage 4: 29.7km Thurs 06/12 - Stage 5: 45.1km Fri 07/12 - Stage 6: 16.6km

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Santa Virtual Ultra Challenge

The Santa Virtual Ultra Challenge is open to runners from all countries. You don't have to travel to a race and you can choose the route and terrain. If you fancy an incentive to get yourself moving through December, then this could be for you. The challenge runs from 1st December to 24th December and is organised by XNRG in association with Run Ultra. Entrants join a virtual community and can link their GPS watch/Fitbit/Strava account to the challenge. The data automatically uploads, and there are a range of prizes available: Challenge 1: Run or walk a minimum of 50km in a single day during the challenge period to receive a medal and buff. Challenge 2: Run or walk as many miles as you can in a single day. Challenge 3: Run or walk as many miles as you can over the full 24 days. There will also be additional prizes - for example for best photos and fancy dress. If you have entered the challenge, then we would be interested to know where you are running, how far and how you are getting into the festive running spirit. Enjoy!

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