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23-Jan-18

MONTANE® Spine® Race Results

Waist-deep snow drifts, 50mph-plus winds, sleeting, torrential rain and freezing winds lay ahead for the 118 competitors who stood on the start line of this year’s MONTANE® Spine® Race… and that was just the weather challenges!

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23-Jan-18

7 videos and articles on dragons, running in the cold, running benefits and connecting with nature

We’re back after the holiday break with our first selection of great article reading and video watching for the year. We have two videos, one about the epic Dragon’s Back race in Wales (UK) and a more spiritual one about runners connecting with ancestral lands in North America.

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17-Jan-18

Super Fit Training

Undertaking an ultra event, even for the experienced athlete, presents a major challenge, and requires plenty of preparation that will have a major impact on many, if not all, elements of the participant’s life.

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03-Jan-18

Ultra Running New Year’s Resolutions with a Difference

Most lists of New Year’s Resolutions are fairly similar. There is the standard “eat healthier,” “exercise more,” and “be more mindful.” But many ultra runners find it difficult to write up a list of resolutions that is worthy of sticking to the cubicle wall. So, in order to spur you on to a better you, I have compiled some of the top New Year’s Resolutions for ultra runners.

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20-Dec-17

A runner’s guide to surviving Christmas

These days, we are forced to count down to Christmas before the summer is even over. Christmas cards, gifts, mince pies and more appear on the shelves and we are constantly reminded of how many shopping days remain until the big day.

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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

How to deal with those akward running questions at Christmas

The holiday season is upon us, and for ultra runners this can provide some unique challenges. The endless supply of desserts and obligatory family lounging are not the issue, it is rather those niggling questions that will inevitably arise.

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08-Dec-17

Running and depression

I was asked to write an article about running and mental health. I am a clinical psychologist and an ultra runner, so this should be right up my street. However, I found myself stopping and starting and changing my mind over the best angle to take.

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18-Oct-17

The 5 toughest stage races

I thought choosing the  toughest single-stage ultras was hard, but it turns out that selecting the toughest stage races is even more difficult. Not as difficult as running them, obviously! The problem is trying to compare them: mountains v jungle, desert v glaciers.

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23-Aug-17

The 7 toughest single-stage ultra races in the world

Before I commit my first word to paper, I am imagining the sighs, tuts and social media condemnation I am about to face for daring to choose the toughest single-stage ultras in the world. In truth, this is a very flexible list and I am hoping it will start a debate and I will be able to revise and increase it, as runners let me know why Tor des Geants is actually quite easy compared to …….

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