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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

Damian Hall running 05/04/2019

Training for… UTMR: An Interview with Damian Hall

This article was originally published on iancorless.com (It is reprinted with agreement due to our sponsorship of the Training For… Series). Damian Hall ran his first half marathon race in 2011. In his own words, “It was a life-changing race.” Just 1-year later he ran his first marathon and first ultra-marathon. Dedicated to the art of running, Damian became a student of the sport and through his journalism work, he gleamed as much information as possible. He became his own test subject. In a very short period of time, he completed... Read More

01/04/2019

We Now Stock Maurten Nutrition!

    Maurten can be described as a science-based and performance-driven sports nutrition company founded 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. We use scientific methods in our product development to solve sports nutrition problems and improve sports nutrition products. The world´s most carbohydrate-concentrated sports drink was launched in 2017 after extremely successful trials which resulted in four straight big city marathon victories. In this product, we used an innovative hydrogel formula, which is a technology that seems to facilitate faster and smoother transport of carbohydrates into the intestine with less risk of... Read More

25/03/2019

BRAZIL 135 Race Report

By Jeanette Mertz Part-time endurance junkie living in Dubai Brand ambassador @myRaceKit www.instagram/DanishUltraChick Travel and pre-race activities in São Joao da Boa Vista Given the time difference from Dubai to Sao Paulo, I decided to arrive one day earlier than I normally would – just to shake off a couple of busy weeks at work but more importantly to catch up with sleep and get into race time zone, which is six hours ahead of my natural habitat in the Middle East. When I arrived after 17 hours of flying,... Read More

18/03/2019

How To Pack Light For MDS

When you embark on a race like Marathon Des Sables, keeping your pack weight down and minimising unnecessary items is very important in order to have a good race experience. Here are Elisabet’s three “rules” for how to assess every item that goes into your pack in order to minimise waste. 1. CAN YOU EAT IT? Food is your fuel and what is going to get you around the race and keeping your spirit high. There is a minimum calorie requirement which may be sufficient for some people but not... Read More