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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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29-Sep-15

Top 10 ultras for beginners

Top ten lists for Ultras are always thorny, but for beginners it is even more so, as you have to factor in distance, continuous v multi-day, terrain and navigation. I (Alice Morrison) am definitely well-qualified as a beginner and slow runner, but I felt I needed some help so I brought in the big guns and consulted the ultra running community. Here is what we came up with. Please, do log in http://www.runultra.co.uk/Join-Run-Ultra and leave your comments as I am SURE we have missed off some corkers...

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16-Sep-15

The Lakes Sky Ultra

Ian Corless takes us through the race. It’s a 50km route that starts and finishes in the iconic English Lakeland town of Ambleside. If you don’t like rain, wind and slick rock .....look away now!

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07-Sep-15

The 2015 Salomon Glen Coe Skyline

Every now and then, a race comes along that makes everyone stop, look and think, “Is that possible?” Just one year ago, Shane Ohly from Ourea Events, with the aid and careful planning of Gary Tompsett, came up with the idea to put on the ultimate Skyrunning event, and to do it in the UK! The Dolomites, the Alps and the Pyrenees make the perfect playground for a mountain extravaganza, as we have seen from races like the epic Trofeo Kima and Ice Trail Tarentaise. Many said, “Skyrunning in the UK? Really?”

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26-Aug-15

Ten things you need to know about UTMB

It is that time of the year again, the Tour de France of ultra running is taking place. The Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc is a single stage mountain ultra marathon. It takes place in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland. Alice Morrison has put together ten things you need to know, before you strap on your trail shoes and get running, or qualifying.

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