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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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17-Feb-17

Still Not Bionic – Ira Rainey book review

Still Not Bionic is the second book by Ira. His first, ‘Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon’ was well received. I haven’t read his first book, but knowing how well received it was – and that you didn’t need to have digested that to read Still Not Bionic – I tucked into his second publication…

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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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08-Nov-16

Running Beyond – Ian Corless book review

Ian Corless is perhaps the most influential media figure in ultra, trail and skyrunning. His contribution to the coverage of the sport is massive and it’s no coincidence that his appearance on the scene coincides with that of its greatest increase in popularity.

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28-Jul-16

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta review

The Ultra Vesta is part of Ultimate Direction’s Jenny Collection which is designed by women for women under the aegis of lead designer Jenny Jurek. Like a lot of women, I struggle to find the perfect back pack/hydration pack because they are mainly designed for men who obviously have broader shoulders, wider backs and flatter chests.

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25-Jul-16

Hydration Vest reviews Roundup

Following on from our review of the amazing Salomon Advanced skin 3 Hydration vest last year, we were challenged by some of the community to review other hydration vests and have a shoot out of the best in the market.

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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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