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15-Aug-17

Conti Thunder Run 2017

"I hope you f***ing die tomorrow" came the angry reply. I stare up at the temporary canvas roof and try to work out how much sleep I need to prepare for tomorrow’s challenge. I realise there’s not enough hours left.

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24-May-17

Wind, sand and ever changing plans - racing my first ultra

This is it, four months of specific training all for this moment, to toe the start line of my first ultra race, the 60 van Texel. A new adventure, away from the marathon and into the unknown.

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04-May-17

Glasgow to Edinburgh Race Review – Who knew flat could be so interesting?

I chose the Glasgow to Edinburgh race (G2E) as my first ultra for a number of reasons. Firstly, as an Edinburgh resident, it’s local; secondly, as it’s flat, it is a relatively quantifiable challenge for a first-timer; and finally, at under £50 to enter it’s good value and doesn't create a big sunk cost if injury prevents you making it to the start line.

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19-Dec-16

THE WHITE ROSE ULTRA 100 - Fireworks, vampire sheep and black ice

Congratulations to Anne-Marie Lord who shares the ups and downs of her first 100 miler on the White Rose Ultra (WRU) on 5th and 6th November 2016. Anne-Marie enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the fireworks on Guy Fawkes night, whilst slogging over the Yorkshire moors and bogs on this tough and challenging event and finds a surprise at the finish line.

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05-Jul-16

Big Red Run 2016 - Birdsville, Australia

A down jacket protected me from the cold wind and the low temperatures, amongst the dunes of the Simpson Desert, the sky was not dark, it was black. A lack of light pollution, a lack of people, I was remote and alone in the outback of Australia. Above me the sky glowed with a series of glitter balls.

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27-Jun-16

Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun 2016

Situated in the remote /Ai/ Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in the most north western part of South Africa, the Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun is the perfect race for a wild adventure.

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02-Jun-16

The Trans Atlas Marathon

When Lahcen Ahansal, ten times winner of the Marathon des Sables, turns up as the sweep for an ultra marathon in the mountains, you can be sure it is going to be something pretty special.

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28-Apr-16

The Fox Trail

Preparing for an ultra doesn't necessarily mean you have to run ultra distances, sometimes a shorter distance trail race in decidedly ‘unfavourable’ conditions can be a great way to train for your upcoming ultras. You might have to read this by the fire, but dip into Janneke and Konstantin’s very chilly review of the 20km Foxtrail race in sunny Scotland.

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29-Feb-16

The Coastal Challenge 2016 - Part Three

The Coastal Challenge is a multi-day race over six days starting in the southern coastal town of Quepos in Costa Rica and finishing at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula 250km later. Ian Corless reviews the race. In part three he takes us through to the thrilling finish.

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27-Feb-16

The Coastal Challenge 2016 - Part Two

The Coastal Challenge is a multi-day race over six days starting in the southern coastal town of Quepos in Costa Rica and finishing at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula 250km later. Ian Corless reviews the race. In part two he takes us through the opening stages.

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