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07-Dec-16

Ultra runner highlights of Kendal Mountain Festival - part one

The festival is held in the small pretty town of Kendal, strategically placed at the entrance to the Lake District with a strong closely knit community of fell runners and mountain bike enthusiasts. I wasn’t sure what to expect, never having been before, but I enjoyed the vibe. This is the first of a two-part series on the highlights of the festival so do look out for Part 2 – coming soon.

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16-Nov-16

The Scottish Ultra Running Scene

The UK is blessed with a huge variety of trail and ultra routes right across the country. Arguably, though, if you want to experience the wildest, toughest, roughest, wettest, most spectacular running in Britain, you will be signing up for one or more of the great Scottish ultras.

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15-Sep-16

6 Jungle ultras you just have to try

Mountains? Tick. Desert? Tick. 100milers? Tick. Snow and Ice? Tick. Multi stage? Tick. This is where your crazed, travelling ultra runner starts to scratch their head as they look round for a new challenge. Look no further.

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27-Aug-16

The Power and the Glory: UTMB Wrap Up

UTMB is the ultra running world's iconic race. 170km around the beautiful Mont-Blanc, with 10,000m of climbing, it extracts a toll on all who dare to try it. Here we look at this year's race.

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20-Apr-16

Marathon des Sables 2016 – Thoughts from the Course

Steve Diederich is the head of RunUltra and he has been organising the British contingent at the Marathon des Sables for many years. There is nothing he does not know about the race and the conditions and challenges that the competitors face. Here are his thoughts from this year.

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31-Mar-16

The final countdown: MdS 2016

MdS 2016 is upon us and the heroic runners are getting their kit and heads in order to launch their quest for desert glory. It is a race like no other and is there for anyone brave enough to take it on, whether they be an elite or a plodder. You need a good attitude, strong feet and a capacity for enjoyment in the face of extreme heat, an awful lot of sand and seemingly endless dunes.

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21-Mar-16

Top Ten Desert Ultras

The heat, the dust and the damned flies… we love them all. Desert races have a very special magic. The vast, empty stretches of sand, the coruscating sun, the dazzling skies and the delicious silence mean that once you have done one, you definitely want to do more. Of course, your blistered and bleeding feet may not agree but you know that once you are out there, facing the dunes, it’s going to be a life-affirming adventure. Here are my top ten desert ultras.

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04-Feb-16

Mud, snow, cold and runny noses - What’s not to love about trail running in winter?

If you're in winter right now and it's chilly, you've probably already had your choice of seasonal flues and colds. Here's our latest compilation of running-related articles found on the web in case you've taken the month off in your training or you have time to read while you commute.

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03-Dec-15

Highlights from the 4th MDS Expo

For the uninitiated this is the go-to show if you’re taking part in the famous Marathon des Sables (MDS) in April 2016 which kicked off with the revelation that one of the attendees had come from as far afield as Azerbaijan – such is the draw of this iconic event. This race is considered the toughest footrace on the planet (quote from Discovery Channel) and there were plenty of tales to persuade you to get your goals and race training plan established as soon as possible if you are taking part in this multi stage race.

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14-Oct-15

Lakes in a Day 2015

What an epic day in the English Lakes. We all know what an amazing part of the world it is, however, far too often, the jewel of the UK is often shrouded in a layer of mist, clag and yes; rain! Not for the 2015 ‘Lakes in a Day.’ Ian Corless takes us through it.

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