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Fire and Ice Ultra

26-Aug-2019 The Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland

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Mountains Race Race Terrain
250KM / 155Miles
7 Days

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

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Dave Annandale

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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ultralouweezy

05:47 26-06-18

Raced this in 2017.
There is truly one word to describe this race, and it is just..Epic.
Iceland is a spectacular country, and this race does it complete justice. Dave has organised a thoughtfully planned, hard race that makes the most of the environment, and the terrain.

So, the Race.
Its run over 5 days, and usually I steer clear of stage races, but drawn by the nature of it, and the exclusivity, (also the fact that it is the week of my birthday) it was a no brainer.
All of the travelling aspects are easily organised by the agency recommended by Dave, so theres no stress. Also, as its fully self supported, i.e you carry all your kit and food for the week, you can get your daily calorific needs in freeze dried meals all set out in daily bags by the company on the race website. worth doing, because they will ship to the race HQ, so you dont have to carry unnecessary weight in your suitcase for travel!
The stages vary in length, the longest being day four, and each day has its own challenges for sure. Volcanic sand, lava rock, dunes, river crossings.. its all in here.
Each night, its bedding down in tents, the temperatures can be a tad interesting, but sleeping tends not to be an issue after the wear and tear sustained during the day. If you're lucky you'll get sightings of the Northern Lights, which Dave and the crew will wake you for.. definitely once in a lifetime stuff.
Weather plays a big part, and in 2017, only day one had slightly difficult weather, the rest were all cool but clear. The route is clearly marked with red flags, and it is near on impossible to get lost. I could wax lyrical about the sights and sounds, but I wouldnt really want to ruin it for anyone.. all I will say is, if there is one race you do in your life, make it this one.

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