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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

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

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