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How to Choose Trekking Poles for Ultra-Running

Poles are like Marmite, you like them or you don’t and a lot of runners have strong opinions about them. Personally, we find them very useful, particularly for mountain races. For those who intend to walk part or all of a race, they will come in very handy and with the correct technique can help you move faster for longer. If you are considering buying poles for ultra-running here is some guidance that hopefully will help you. This is based on our personal views and experience and focused on lightweight types of... Read More


OMM Pace Womens Short

OMM Womens Twin Layer Running Short When looking for running kit we are all aware of comfort and support. A lot of twin shorts move and don’t do the job. Several shorts I have tried ride up or chafe and it is hard to find running kit that stays put. I took the OMM Pace shorts out to Lanzarote for a running training camp. The idea was to spend time running up mountains and long distances to give a non bias review of these shorts. I have got to say... Read More


Raidlight Ultralight 20MP+ Waterproof Jacket Review

This waterproof jacket has just arrived and proving a huge hit with our customers and staff. Matthew who works here at myRaceKit runs in this jacket and raves about it. Matt took on the Billericay 10K at the weekend and the heavens opened. It was the perfect place to test the NEW Raidlight Ultralight Waterproof and it did not disappoint. Matt tested the Raidlight waterproof when our rep came into the store. (You may remember him walking about the store in it on our socials) He claims he always sweats... Read More


Desert Kit List: Sleeping Kit

** Join our myDesert Running Forum on Facebook to chat with new and experienced desert runners about kit, training and more ** Sleeping Bag The sleeping bag is possibly the single most expensive piece of equipment you will need for your race. It is good to spend some time choosing this wisely as a lot of weight and volume savings can be gained whilst it is important to consider your warmth and comfort at night. A silk mummy liner can add up to 5.3 degrees to your sleeping bag and is... Read More


OMM Core Hoodie Review

Ultralight Air-Permeable Primaloft Insulation Hoodie Having worn it plenty post-run and during a midnight run in early March, I was super impressed with how light-weight for such a warm jumper, but more so with how soft the fabric remains after a few washes and still feels like when first tried on. Having had a couple of longer runs where it was just too warm to get it out the bag, I had the chance to really test it during a three-day hike trip in the Lake District in late April,... Read More


OMM Ultrafire 5L Vest Review

The OMM Ultrafire vest is part of the new Fire Series running vests from OMM. It is a typical OMM product. Brightly coloured, hardwearing and built for purpose. This vest has plenty of storage and extra features that makes it very appealing.  Having a slight addiction to running vests, I have worn and tested quite a few. I was interested to see how this vest compared to my favourite Salomon Adv Skin 5. I took this vest out for a test run in the Peak District in the winter so... Read More


Running in the Heat – Thermoregulation, Heat Stress & Heat Acclimation

This blog has been published by 2 x Marathon des Sables (MDS) champion, Elisabet Barnes. She has first hand experience with running in hot conditions and used this experience to record the below. Challenges with running in the heat This blog has been published by 2 x Marathon des Sables (MDS) champion, Elisabet Barnes. She has first hand experience with running in hot conditions and used this experience to record the below. Running in extreme heat stress is challenging and places a large physiological and psychological strain on the individual.... Read More


Race Report: The quest to complete UTMB

The ultimate bucket list race for many trail runners is Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB). Officially 171km around the Mont Blanc peak covering France, Switzerland and Italy. You don’t just stumble on UTMB. Entering the race isn’t easy. I needed multiple ballot tries. You also have to make sure that you have the relevant ITRA points or Running Stones to qualify for ballot entry.  It was my first time in Chamonix during the UTMB week. Despite a smaller audience than usual, the atmosphere was electric. While carbo-loading in restaurants, you... Read More


Ameen completes his first Ultra: Ultra Mirage 50 km in the Sahara Desert, Tunisia

My recent run at the Ultra mirage Event on 2nd October 2021 was in Tunisia. I successfully completed the 50 km (52 km to be precise ) in the Sahara desert.  It was a big personal achievement that I thoroughly prepared for. I can now officially call myself an ultra runner. Being an ex-pat, I had trained for this in extreme summer conditions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from June till September. To prepare, I got up early in the morning by 3 am on weekends to practice my long runs... Read More