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22-Apr-16

Returning champ, Elisabet Barnes gives us the lowdown on her 2016 MDS

Elisabet Barnes is one of our favourite ultra runners. She combines a fierce competitive spirit with a love of the sport that includes all around her and she is great fun to spend time with. Steve Diederich caught up with her after Marathon Des Sables 2016, to get her thoughts on the race.

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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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15-Apr-16

Recovery from the Highway to Hell… the MDS desert race fallout

So if you’re anything like I was, you’ll be in hibernation mode this week after your tremendous achievement, bravo! I seem to remember a week of mostly sleeping post MDS so I’m always amazed at how many of you head straight back to work.

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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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16-Mar-16

7 articles on running SMART, energy, injured tissue and a bit of pee

As usual, and as promised, we've combed through the web in search of interesting articles on all things trail and ultra running so that you don't have to. This is what we've found this week.

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01-Mar-16

Team GB rowers turn to ultra running

Richard Dunley and Alex Cawthorne were both elite rowers, member of Team GB with their sights firmly set on the London Olympics. They didn’t quite make the final selection and decided it was time to “start real life and keep the bosses and girlfriends happy“. Looking for a new challenge, they have taken up running. Alice Morrison met up with them at UTAT and talked to them about what it is like to start over in a new sport, when you have been at the top of your game in a different discipline.

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17-Feb-16

Marathon Des Sables - The Final Countdown: 5 things to focus on

It is just weeks now till the glorious 1300+ will be heading off to Morocco to get their feet nice and hot on the sand for the Marathon Des Sables. Andy Mouncey, coach, speaker and writer on all things running, has some excellent last minute advice for everyone preparing to run.

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04-Feb-16

Fitting your WAA (MdS) ultra bag rucksack - getting the most out of it

Ensuring that you have all your supplies and essential / mandatory equipment selected and stowed correctly so that the right bit are accessible at the right time is really important. Elisabet Barnes talks to RunUltra, showing us how the pro’s get it right!

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12-Jan-16

Packing for your multi-day Ultra running race - what to pack and how to pack it

The MdS rucksack is a technical bit of kit that is designed to be carried flat to your back so that you get no bounce and it remains rock steady against your frame, even when fully loaded. Elisabet Barnes talks to RunUltra, showing how to get the best out of this technical piece of kit - a must for any multi day runner.

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