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Running on the Border Line: A Haute Route Pyrenees Record Attempt

There’s something really aesthetically pleasing about crossing a mountain range from sea to sea, and this uniqueness always brings me back to the Pyrenees. They are the perfect European mountain range, just hitting altitudes high enough to hold some glaciers and have alpine terrain whilst being less serious than The Alps. The Haute Route Pyrenees …

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“Getting the band back together” The 2021 Montane Lakeland 50 & 100

Last updated: 01-Aug-21 By Dan Stinton As several people hike past me along Gatescarth Pass, I start to wonder what has happened to my legs. They seem to have lost the ability to transport my body at any kind of pace uphill.  The sweat starts stinging my eyes and I’m questioning my ability to finish. …

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Hardrock 100: Course record for Francois D’haene and Sabrina Stanley win

By Dan Stinton Winding through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the Hardrock 100 has certainly earned its name. The average finish time of over 40 hours, which is longer than the cut-off time of many similar length races, accounts for the rugged terrain, the 33,050ft (10,073m) of accent and the high altitude throughout the course. The …

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Grand Raid Réunion – all the dirt(y) you need to know

Last updated: 15-Jul-21 by Linda Doke Are you an ultra-distance junkie who’s seeking ever more monstrous challenges, or maybe a trail runner who’s simply hungry for trail adventures in far flung places where the risk of not finishing the race is real because the challenge is so tough? If you’re not scared, then Grand Raid …

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Christopher Gaskin sets solo and unsupported record for the 214 Wainwright fells

Last updated: 30-Jun-21 By Christopher Gaskin WHAT IS THE WAINWRIGHTS CHALLENGE? The 214 Wainwright challenge links all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District, England chronicled in the 7-volume pictorial guide in the 1950-60’s by Alfred Wainwright. In 1985 Alan Heaton became the first to run the 214 fells back-to-back in the first recorded supported …

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Jim Walmsley and Beth Pascall win the Western States 100

By Dan Stinton The iconic Western States Endurance Run (or Western States 100) was back on this year after the inevitable cancellation of the 2020 race due to the pandemic. The 100-mile course is set in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, and gives the potential of snow on the mountains but likely scorching temperatures on the …

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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

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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.