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21-Jul-15

UTAT: 105km, 6,500m of ascent, a beast of a race

UTAT (Ultra Trail Atlas Toubkal) has to be the best kept secret in Britain. It is a stonking race, ideally suited to our British desire for punishment with a little bit of self-flagellation thrown in. So far, though, the French, Italians and Spanish have been keeping it all to themselves.

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10-Jun-15

Run under a midnight sun

For those of you living in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is fast approaching. Whether you celebrate or not, on the 21st of June we will experience the longest day and shortest night of the year. From then on, the number of hours of daylight will start to wane.

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28-Apr-15

A run with a sea view

Who doesn’t love a room with a sea view? Certainly no ultra marathon would be categorised as a holiday but nothing beats doing the thing you love the most with the added bonus of a fantastic view.

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21-Apr-15

Running across the Sahara

Mandy Davin started running to work 14 months ago and discovered that she enjoyed it. In March 2014 she decided to run for Charity Headway and set herself "a marathon a month". She originally planned to enter the 2016 MDS but tried her luck and applied for 2015. Other than the 50k ‘54321’ in Salisbury and Marathon des Sables she has never run more than 42km.

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02-Apr-15

From Out of Shape, Drunken Slob to Ultra Marathon Runner

We came across Dan Mayers and his story whilst conversing about race reviews on Twitter. Having an ogle at his website, the passion for running was apparent. However what struck us more was the infectious self depreciating humour, liberally interspersed throughout his writing. Dan’s got a funny and inspiring story, give it a read and we dare you not to smile!

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24-Mar-15

No swings in these parks… ultra running in national parks around the world

There's probably nothing quite like running the trails deep into the forest of some natural park or conservation area, with no concrete in sight and just the sound of birds and rustling leaves to cheer you on.

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16-Mar-15

What’s in an ultra name? Scary, furry, brutally honest or just plain weird ultra running event names…

We know you’ve run all over the place, far and wide, locally, nationally and even internationally. And we’re sure you’ve run some pretty peculiarly named events. Share them with us.

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06-Mar-15

Urban and rugged ultra running, where to get the best of both worlds

Do you like mixing? Sweet and sour? Surf and turf? How about your ultra running? Some long distance ultras include city and country running, find out which.

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03-Mar-15

Once around the island. The Isle of Wight Challenge by Konstantin Holzner

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right. This quote, widely attributed to Henry Ford, resonated a lot with me as I was walking through the dark. 20km from the finish line I started to feel the previous 86km. At my current pace, it would be another 5 hours before I would cross it. There were no thoughts of giving up really, just the wish to get there sooner rather than later

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27-Feb-15

Are you the stuff of legends?

In the distant past, in the absence of horses or homing pigeons, messengers carried the news of approaching armies, military victories and defeats or the death of kings. See how far you can run...

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