Want to find out how good you really are as an ultra runner

Last updated: 09-Nov-18

By Kathryn Bullock

The Sport and Exercise Research Group at Anglia Ruskin University are looking for healthy volunteers to participate in an ultra running research study. They are looking for those who are taking part in the Druids Challenge race on 6 November 2015 in Buckinghamshire, UK to volunteer to test their ultra running ability.

To obtain information about how to take part if you are signed up to this race you can either contact us or direct message us on our Facebook page with your email and we’ll send you the information on how to take part.

We look forward to hearing how it goes – do share your research experience with us. 

Please note the deadline to apply to take part in this research project has been extended from July 31, 2015 but do send in your interest as soon as possible as they will be doing some research during training before the race.

"Please note the deadline to apply to take part in this research project has been extended from July 31, 2015 but do send in your interest as soon as possible"

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