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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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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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10-Aug-17

Amazing Stories To Inspire Your Ultra Running

The adrenaline and camaraderie of the start line of a race are a very special buzz – one that all ultra runners know and love. But what do you do when that begins to fade? Or you decide that being in the throng is not for you and you want to be out there alone in the great wilderness? You plan, train for and set out on a big adventure all on your tod, of course... But running alone takes additional motivation, so here are 3 of our favourite ultra stories to ignite your ultra ambitions...

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12-Jul-17

Beware! Ibuprofen link to kidney injury in ultra runners

Many of us use ibuprofen during or after races to help with swelling and pain – I like to call it chemical stretching – but a new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that those who take the painkiller while running very long distances double their risk of acute kidney injury.

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22-Jun-17

What running shoes did Kilian Jornet use for Everest

After Kilian Jornet’s staggering two-summits-of-Everest-in-a-week triumph, details are starting to emerge of how he attacked it and what kit he used. For every runner, shoes are THE vital kit component, imagine how high the stakes are if you are running up and down the world’s biggest mountain?

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31-May-17

Superhuman Kilian Jornet summits Everest twice in one week

We all watched, humbled and astounded, as Kilian Jornet reached the highest point on earth, at a run with no oxygen. The greatest ultra runner on the planet had conquered the greatest mountain on the planet. What an achievement! Then, he did it again.

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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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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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09-Feb-17

The Pilgrim Challenge 2017

It is one of the favourite races on the UK ultra calendar, The Pilgrim Challenge organised by XNRG. It always provides plenty of adventure, speedy times and mud… plenty of mud. Last weekend’s edition was no exception. We talk to some of the racers about the highs and the lows.

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13-Dec-16

Ultra runner highlights of Kendal Mountain Festival - part two

For the uninitiated this festival is a must go long weekend event for the mountain junkie. The festival runs every mid November and has attracted visitors, speakers and film makers from around the world. According to the locals it gets bigger and more popular every year.

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