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14/11/2019
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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

26/07/2019

How do you select a trail shoe?

Many runners start off as road runners, pounding on asphalt or running on smooth gravel surfaces. Then, they discover trails. The question arises; how do I select a good trail shoe?  There are many different types of trail shoes, ranging from hybrid shoes that can handle both road and trail, such as the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR, to very aggressive mountain running shoes with deep lugs such as the HOKA ONE ONE EVO JAWS, which would also be suitable for cross country racing. In this article, we will take... Read More

Nicky Spinks on a mountain trail 11/07/2019

Interview with Ultra Runner Nicky Spinks

On 9 July, myRaceKit had the pleasure to catch-up with Nicky Spinks. myRaceKit supports Nicky’s Fell race Trigger (www.marsdentoedale.co.uk) which next takes place in January 2020. We also spoke about Nicky’s previous running experiences. Q: What races have you done so far in 2019? Nicky Spinks (NS): This year, I have run the Barkley Marathon in Tennessee and the double Paddy Buckley Round. Q: What are your future plans for the year and 2020? NS: I plan to tackle Tor des Géants in September. It is the first time I... Read More

photo of Lizzy Hawker on a mountain backdrop 25/06/2019

Why We Run

Young, Saudi writer Yara Althekair recounts one of the myRaceKit hosted evenings with Lizzy Hawker and Ian Corless. Read this inspirational text! It’s 6 pm on a Wednesday, and a keen audience gathers in London’s The Conduit to listen to Lizzy Hawker and Ian Corless talk about their experiences as runners, Lizzy as a competitive long-distance runner and Ian as an extreme sports photojournalist. Most, if not all, of the people in the room, were either runners themselves or interested in becoming runners. Whichever the case, the theme of the... Read More

07/05/2019

Training for… An Interview with Dan Lawson

This article was originally published on iancorless.com (It is reprinted with agreement due to our sponsorship of the Training For… Series). Dan Lawson is a respected runner who resides in Brighton, UK. For many, he became ‘known’ after his incredible run at the ‘Gran Union Canal Race’ in 2015 when he won with a new CR of 22-hours 15-minutes. Later that same year, Dan went to the iconic ‘Spartathlon’ and placed 2nd in 23:53:32. The stage was set, and Dan Lawson became the UK’s most prolific and respected long-distance runner.... Read More