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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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Suunto 9 Baro Smartwatch

Last updated: 30-Dec-19   By Steve Diederich Well, haven’t smartwatches come of age? Type “smartwatch” into Google and you can find literally hundreds that claim they will track your way to fitness and glory. Finally however, there are a select few that deserve their epithet “smart” and the latest offering from Suunto is out of …

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Rab Alpha Flux jacket

Last updated: 23-Jan-19 By Fiona Outdoors A lightweight insulated jacket is a great item of kit for ultra runners. It can be used during a run for an extra layer of warmth, especially when it’s cold or windy, or stored in a rucksack for such times when you might need it, perhaps when stopping for …

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Columbia Trail Running Set Review

Last updated: 17-Jan-19 By Ilsuk Han Although it has been a mild Winter so far here in London, I’ve still been out testing the following three products from Columbia over the past couple of months: Midweight Stretch Long Sleeve Baselayer Half Zip Shirt Titan Ultra Half Zip Shirt Caldorado II Insulated Jacket The Titan Ultra …

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SKINS DNAmic ULTIMATE Starlight tights

Last updated: 17-Jan-19 By Fiona Outdoors SKINS are a brand well-known for designing compression clothing for runners and other athletes. Their latest collection is the DNAmic ULTIMATE, which includes what they call “performance-boosting DNAmic Gradient Compression tech” for “support and stabilisation” of leg muscles. I have been testing the SKINS DNAmic ULTIMATE  Starlight women’s tights …

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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.