About us

Steve Diederich

Founder and Managing Director

Steve is the leader and founder of our tribe and is passionate about ultras. Steve is a marketing professional who has worked in a variety of Marketing Director roles in the UK travel industry including Thomas Cook, Kuoni, Travelzest and Sunmed.

If Steve is not out leading events for runners he’s planning other ones and is an active member and mover and shaker of the ultra running global community.

Steve’s vision drives us forward and his role and primary goal is to support the team to deliver the best possible experience for our RunUltra members and race organisers. 

RunUltra represents the UK, Ireland and South Africa for one of the toughest foot races on the planet, the legendary Marathon Des Sables (Sahara). The company also represents The Coastal Challenge (Costa Rica), the Everest Trail Race (Nepal) and The Namibian Crossing (South Africa/Namibia) in the UK.

Sarah Cooke

Social Community & Event Listings Manager

Sarah plays a key role in supporting our social team to network and build relationships with runners via our social channels. She also manages our race listings and communication with race organisers.

Sarah is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the NHS for a number of years. During her training, she worked with people of all ages with a wide range of mental and physical health and learning needs. She also writes psychology-based articles for Run Ultra and is a qualified running coach.

Here are a few words from Sarah:

Since qualifying, I have specialised in working with teenagers and young adults with complex mental health difficulties. I have recently left the NHS and am excited to be pursuing new challenges, combining psychology with my love of running.”

I started running in 2013 and discovered my love of the trails and longer distances in 2014/15.

You can read a little more about my running in this interview.

Kate Allen

Web Adminstrator and Content Manager

Kate is an ultra runner with a passion for the hills and mountains.  She lives in the Peak District with her daughter and dog Mac, who accompanies her running. Kate’s background is as an Executive Assistant but she left the City of London in favour of spending more time in the countryside.  Kate ran her first marathon at the age of 40, her first ultra at the age of 43 and she hasn’t looked back since.

Global - Virtual

Elevation

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.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Elevation

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.

Brutal

Elevation

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

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 receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

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

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras 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 receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

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.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

Suitable for

First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.