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Camelbak Women’s Zephyr Vest

By Sarah Cooke A running vest that can hold sufficient water to get you between checkpoints or through your long run which also has space for everything on your kit list is an important item for most ultra runners. I tried a few different ones when I first started running long distances but have been …

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CimAlp Waterproof Jacket Review

Last updated: 10-Feb-21 By Kate Allen When CimAlp got in touch with us at RunUltra, I immediately liked the look of the clothing and apparel they offered. The French based company was expanding into the UK market and offered our members an introductory discount last year. They sent us two jackets, which we’ve been reviewing …

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Manta Foam Roller Review

By Kate Allen When the Manta Foam Roller first arrived in the post I had mixed feelings about it. It looked very smart and came in smart packaging, but the ridges on it made me feel faint at the thought of rolling my delicate quads. In the past I have suffered hugely with a bad …

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Dynafit ULTRA PRO 15 BACKPACK

By Seth G After my first run in this vest I told my wife, “I can just get rid of my other running vests I have accumulated over the years. I won’t be needing them any more.” Dynafit has created a go-to vest for anyone running in the mountains, and their special touches demonstrate that …

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Inov-8 ROCLITE 345 GTX Review

Last updated: 02-Mar-20 By Luke Jarmey Graphene wonder material in the outsole, a potentially scrumptious hybrid mashup up of trail shoe/hiking boot and all this packed into a tool thoroughly designed for grim weather. Well, I for one was certainly curious to give these kicks a good kicking around over the Winter and Spring here …

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SALOMON ADV SKIN 8 SET W REVIEW

Last updated: 14-May-19 By Kate Allen Salomon have brought out their first pack truly designed specifically for women and it’s a joy to see a design for us that hasn’t just been subjected to the “Shrink and Pink” attitude. I’ve always found vests are like handbags.  The more room you have, the more stuff you …

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Hard Bar Review

Last updated: 19-Mar-19 By Luke Jarmey Conceived, born and bred in perhaps the capital of all things mountain, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Hard Bar is a relatively new nutrition brand that is gaining some delicious momentum amongst the endurance and mountain communities. Promising all natural, organic, vegan ingredients with no added sugar; I was intrigued to find out …

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Dynafit Ultra Pro Pole Review

By Seth Grotzke With running poles you have three options: always use them, never use them, and sometimes use them. Because of their light weight, easy deployment, and simple stow-ability, the Dynafit Ultra Pro poles make it easier for those of us leaning toward the “never use them” spectrum to take them out on a …

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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

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.