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05/10/2020

Ultra X 125 England Race Report

With excitement, I boarded on the train from London to Edale to take part in Ultra X 125 England. I adore ultraraces and being out in big sky landscapes. My last race was the Ecotrail Al Ula 84km race in Saudi Arabia on 8 February 2020. I was raving to go again! As government guidelines on races and social distancing rules kept changing, I was delighted that the race went ahead. Big kudos to Ultra X for pulling the race off. I can’t imagine the number of hurdles jumped by... Read More

14/09/2020

Salomon – Advance Skin 12 Set Detailed Overview

We’re going to take a detailed look at the changes to the new (Spring 2019) Salomon Advance Skin 12 Set Race Vest. There are some elements to the vest which haven’t been altered hugely. The sizing of the pack is still in line with previous models. Alex (our model in the pictures) is ~6ft tall and is probably what you would call medium build – He’s wearing the large size in the images. Funnily, the Advance Skin 12 Set is still a 12-litre pack! However, the locations of some pockets/zips have... Read More

Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 running shoe side view 14/09/2020

Hoka One One – Speedgoat 4 Review

I became interested in trying the Speedgoat 4 because I was looking for a well-cushioned shoe for ultra-marathons. I had the Spine Fusion race booked in until it was cancelled due to Covid-19. I was looking for plenty of cushioning (I am not the lightest runner in the world), a low drop to help the knee pain I get on occasion, and comfort on the heel to avoid flaring up my Haglund’s Deformity. The first thing you notice when unboxing the Speedgoat 4 is just how chunky they are, the... Read More

22/06/2020

Interview with Ultra Runner: Jacqui Bell

Jacqui Bell, 25 years of age from Brisbane Australia. In 2020, Jacqui became the youngest person to run a multi-stage ultra on every continent in the world. Jacqui placed 1st in Iceland 250k, 2nd in the Grand Canyon 273k and 3rd in New Zealand 323km Alps 2 ocean event.  So we sat down for, a socially distanced, interview to find out more about Jacqui and how she started her running career. 1. How did you start with ultra-running? I ran my first 50k ultra at 20 as a personal challenge... Read More

14/11/2019

Understanding Sleeping Bags for Multi-Stage Racing and Trekking

Introduction Choosing a sleeping bag can be confusing and the prices vary greatly. How do you know what is right for you with so much to choose from? In this article we will try to help you iron out the creases and pick a bag that is right for you.  We will discuss the technical properties you should be aware of and what bags might be suitable if you are planning an upcoming multi-stage race or a trek in the mountains.  Down Fill Power Explained You may have heard of... Read More

Cappadocia race finish 31/10/2019

Cappadocia Ultra-Trail 2019 Review

When you expect little… you find magic The sole purpose I signed up to Cappadocia was the opportunity to bank 5 UTMB valuable points. (Yes, I’m one of those who has UTMB on my race bucket list.) What I discovered is that when you turn up to a race with no expectations, you can find something very special. Cappadocia is an Ultra-Trail World Tour® event, passing through high plateaus and valleys of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is a UNESCO world heritage site with natural wonders, unique rock formations and interesting historical heritage.... Read More

saunas for heat training 23/09/2019

Heat Training Advice

My best advice for heat training and your rest day is spending time in the sauna! As a Scandinavian, I grew up visiting the sauna. Unlike in the UK, where many places restrict the age limit in saunas to +16 years old; Nordic children are from a young age are encouraged to pay a visit. My home country, Sweden, has a strong sauna tradition. Arguably Finland has the most deep-rooted sauna tradition, where sauna visits form part of the daily routine all-year-round and the standard one-bedroom flat comes with its... Read More

Marathon Des Sables medal winner 27/08/2019

Multi-Day Racing – It’s Not Complicated

This article was originally published on iancorless.org, it is reposted here with permission. It’s Not Complicated… Let’s get one thing clear, multi-day racing is simple, it is often over-complicated And creates too many questions and too much confusion. Let’s hark back to Patrick Bauer’s pioneering days and simplify the process, just like he did. Over the years I have interviewed and chatted with many runners in bivouac and after racing who have done just that, they had applied simple logic and worked out what would work for them.  Yes, they had... Read More

21/08/2019

Choosing a Sleeping Bag for an Adventure

This article was originally published on iancorless.org, it is reposted here with permission. If you are going on an adventure, taking part in a multi-day race or basically going on a one night jolly in the wilds somewhere, a sleeping bag is going to be an essential item. Choosing a sleeping bag one would think is easy… Go to a shop, find one that fits into your budget, purchase and use. The reality is, the above is far from the truth.   ASK INITIAL QUESTIONS A good sleeping bag is not... Read More

06/08/2019

A Report from Badwater 135

Badwater 135 brands itself as the world’s toughest ultra. Rebeca finds out why? The 135-mile (217 km) non-stop Badwater race from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, California is so popular that it is a project in itself to get into the race. Prospective runners must build their running CV by completing Badwater rubber-stamped 100 milers and ideally having crewed at Badwater 135 for one year. Badwater 135 is a road race. The start line is at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 85m... Read More