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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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12-Nov-15

Roddy Riddle: Ex-international cyclist on his journey into Ultras

Roddy Riddle used to cycle internationally until fate intervened. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. But he refused to give up and has now carved himself a place in the ultrarunning community.

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25-Aug-15

10 Best Ultras!

In honour of our anniversary, the team at RunUltra got together to compile the list of what we think are the ten best ultras in the world. It was a lot of fun doing it, and there was some pretty fierce debate. So, here goes...

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25-Jun-15

Runners’ Stories: Running with Diabetes

I am Olivier Kronal, a runner with Type 1 Diabetes. I am 34 years old and live in Tienen in Belgium with my girlfriend, Kelly. I started running two years ago after watching Tom Waes, a Belgian TV star, running the Marathon des Sables. At that time, I had been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 3 years.

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26-Jan-15

Marathon des Sables - Hints and Tips

The Marathon des Sables dates back to 1984 when a 28-year old Patrick Bauer ventured into the Sahara to traverse solo a 350km journey. It was the ultimate self-sufficient expedition. Lasting 12-days, Patrick carried all he required in a 35kg pack. Inspired by the experience, the first edition was created in 1986; just 23-pioneers embarked on that journey… a journey into the unknown.

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11-Nov-14

Darkness to light

Water splashed over the large brimmed hat. Gilles poured and poured on Didier’s head to help reduce his temperature. Droplets floated in the air like stars in space and as they made contact they exploded with dramatic effect. Dry and crusty salt on cheeks and lips disappeared with the release of the water but moments later re-appeared as the searing 50+ degree temperatures evaporated the water that continued to pour.

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27-Aug-14

All The World's A Stage – The rise of Jo Meek

Ian Corless follows the trail of Jo Meek's incredible streak of iconic race ultra running around the globe and reveals a long-time dream finally coming true this autumn for this amazing runner.

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08-May-14

Interview with Devinder Bains

Devinder is an active runner for charity who has been running ultras since 2012 and is also a journalist. Devinder shares how she got into ultras following a "bad marathon" in 2011 and her top tips and ultra running experiences.

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28-Apr-14

Interview with Matt Buck

Matt is challenge events manager for a leading children’s medical research charity called Sparks based in London. Having run a few marathons and with a dream of running the MDS, he began longer runs, starting with a 5-day run across Scotland in 2011. Matt shares his top tips for kit and highs and lows of running, before he successfully ran his first MDS in April 2014.

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28-Apr-14

Interview with Dr Thomas Giles

Thomas Giles is a consultant cytopathologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and an experienced ultra runner. He began ultra running in 2005 following an inspirational talk by a professional explorer. He signed up for the MdS 2007, didn’t finish but didn’t stop ultra running. He believes failure has made him a stronger runner.

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