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06-Apr-18

Marathon des Sables 2018 Preview

By Alice Morrison

It’s that time of year again when social media suddenly becomes flooded with shots of golden sand and blue skies, shortly followed by bloody feet and yellow blisters filled with pus. Yes, it is the Marathon des Sables (MDS).

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14-Feb-18

7 articles on fuelling, packing tips, dogs, running minds and treadmills

This week’s selection of articles and videos from the web focuses on preparation for those great events you’ve all signed up for. We've got tips on what to eat before the big day, how to pack for a multi-stage and how to pack a bag for regular training days.

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19-Dec-17

Review of the Running Year 2017

It is that time of year again when we look back fondly at the year that has gone by and start to think of the year ahead. 2017 has been a big year in ultra running. There have been world firsts, heroic failures, magnificent successes and all the drama and excitement of a year on the trails. Here are some of the best bits.

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09-Dec-17

Top Reviews November 2017

We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for November. Congratulations to Simon Bourke who will receive a pack of 33Shake Chia Energy Gels.

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29-Nov-17

7 articles on acclimatising, Everest, cramps, perfecting form and losing weight

In our last instalment of recommended reads for the month of November, we have a video of Kilian Jornet acclimatising in the Himalayas and also a great post by Elisabet Barnes about the 2017 Everest Trail Race with fantastic images from Ian Corless.

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15-Nov-17

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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18-Apr-17

The Marathon des Sables 2017 Race Report

The 32nd edition of the Marathon des Sables (MDS) produced a score of heroic tales. Every person who takes on this race is a champion, everyone who finishes it knows the satisfaction of achieving the often impossible. It is a challenge which will find your weak points and show you to yourself. Six stages of self-sufficient running across the great and forbidding Sahara desert.

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28-Mar-17

All you will ever need to know to run the MDS

It is one of the iconic ultras on the racing calendar, the Marathon des Sables, a 250km self-sufficient stage race across the desert. From that first decision to sign up, through the agony of training and preparing, right up to just before the race itself when you are panicking about what to pack, and how to get your head in the right space, we have the answers.

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20-Mar-17

The Costa Rica Coastal Challenge 2017

There are many iconic ultras around the world: UTMB, Badwater 135, Western States 100, Marathon des Sables… but The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica has to be up there in terms of drama, beauty and sheer adventure.

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08-Mar-17

Why do women win ultras?

There are very few sports where, on the day, a female athlete comes out on top and wins outright. There are very few sports where women and men compete in the same race or competition side by side. Horsemanship is one of them with women as equal competitors, but the biological playing field is levelled there by the horse. One of the great things about ultra running is that, in most races, you all set off together without regard for gender, age or ranking. So, what is behind this truth that women can beat their male counterparts and win ultras?

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