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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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Lakes in a Day Race Report

Last updated: 02-Nov-18 By Dan Stinton Ambleside has become the new Garden of Eden. It’s all we have left to keep our minds focussed as we clamber down another set of slippy rocks.  We’re progressing slower than expected but time has become irrelevant – there are clean shoes and dry socks at the checkpoint and …

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Lakeland 50 Race Report

Last updated: 20-Aug-18 By Dan Stinton You do realise we’re running sub-7.5 minute miles don’t you? says Helen, my new ultra-running buddy, as we pass through Coniston.  A fantastic crowd is cheering us along, many standing outside the local pubs clearly making the most of the evening, some probably puzzled as occasional exhausted looking runners …

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Conti Thunder Run 2017

Last updated: 20-Aug-18 By Dan Stinton “I hope you f***ing die tomorrow” came the angry reply. I stare up at the temporary canvas roof and try to work out how much sleep I need to prepare for tomorrow’s challenge. I realise there’s not enough hours left. The argument in the field outside escalates with other campers …

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Glasgow to Edinburgh Race Review – Who knew flat could be so interesting?

Last updated: 20-Aug-18 By Andrew Coull I chose the Glasgow to Edinburgh race (G2E) as my first ultra for a number of reasons. Firstly, as an Edinburgh resident, it’s local; secondly, as it’s flat, it is a relatively quantifiable challenge for a first-timer; and finally, at under £50 to enter it’s good value and doesn’t …

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The Fox Trail

Last updated: 20-Aug-18 By Janneke Dobben and Konstantin Holzner Picture the scene. A freezing cold morning in February. A fierce Scottish wind blowing off the North Sea. A splattering of icy rain. A bunch of hardy Scots in tiny shorts and tank tops. This was the fourth event in the FoxTrail winter trail running series. My boyfriend and …

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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.