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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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21-Feb-17

Heat chamber acclimation

A few years ago, heat chambers were the domain of experimental science that we believed only existed at NASA or were ancillaries to the Hadron collider. Well, it turns out that there are quite a few of these facilities now available and these have grown out of the developing understanding of sports science.

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31-Jan-17

7 articles on food, alcohol, anxiety, emotional attachment and immune systems

There was probably a lot of festive eating this past December and now it’s time to focus on food for running.

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28-Dec-16

2016 round up … what a year it was

It’s been a fantastic year in the ultra running community. World records smashed, stereotypes vanquished and hopes and dreams realised. We have been covering it all the way and here is our look back at 2016. Put those tired feet up and enjoy.

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08-Dec-16

7 top tips on running faster, race fuelling, uphill trails and ketosis

Last week we brought you a video bonanza of amazing running locations to inspire you to run further. This week it’s all about tips.

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24-Nov-16

7 running videos to get you on the trails

This week we bring you a video bonanza to visually inspire you to go out there and do more.

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25-Oct-16

7 articles on running inspiration, recovery, benefits, good cheats and packing for a multi-stage

Our selection this week includes advice on how to plan your recovery post-race day, a selection of books on running, ten clear reasons to take up running, a great video guide for training and some great recommendations about where not to put your smartphone when running.

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