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04-Jul-16

Relentless Forward Progress - Bryon Powell book review

I bought Relentless Forward Progress early in my ultra running days. I’d “run” (read: walked / hobbled / crawled / cried) my way across the Atacama on my first ultra and returned to the UK realising that I needed to add some sort of structure to my training if future events weren’t to follow a similar painful path.

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13-Apr-16

What do HH ratings mean? Waterproof and breathability ratings explained

You will have seen waterproof ratings, on jackets for example, of 10,000/10,000 and 20,000/20,000. But what do the rating numbers mean? Manufacturers usually describe the waterproof and breathability of fabrics using two numbers. The first is in millimetres (mm) and is a measure of how waterproof a fabric is.

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02-Feb-16

10 Best Energy Gels review

So, lets get the debate out of the way, straight away. Gels are Marmite – you either need them or hate them (Nobody can love them right?). Energy gels remain part of the nutrition armoury of many runners, often as a “get out of jail free card”. They typically deliver concentrated sugars/salts/caffeine in a quick hit, they have developed from those nasty tasting sachets that were once like industrial by-products to some more palatable interesting natural flavoured pick me ups.

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05-Jan-16

The best freeze dried meals unwrapped

Freeze-dried meals are an obvious choice when planning your food for a multi-day ultra. Lightweight, easy to prepare and jam-packed full of energy, they offer a hefty bang for your buck but is it a simple matter of taste when choosing the right one for you? Rin Cobb investigates.

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22-Dec-15

To dnf or not to dnf - an ultrarunner's dilemma

No ultra runner enters a race lightly, there is just too much at stake. Benjamin Port took on the Amalfi Coast Crossing and found that it threw up the most fundamental questions of why he puts his body through it and where his real priorities lie.

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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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09-May-14

Marathon des Sables 2014

The legendary Marathon des Sables (MdS) - one of the toughest foot races on the planet, was especially challenging this year with the highest number of drop outs on Day 1. In this review ultra runner Matt Buck shares his video from the race and explains what it was really like and why he thinks it was an especially tough challenge.

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