Keys 100 2024: My Hottest Hardest Hundred!
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by Kate Allen
1w ago
Keys 100 2024: My Hottest Hardest Hundred! “South Florida and the Keys are under a severe Heat advisory for this weekend with a Heat Index of up to 115ºF. Drink plenty of water, stay in the air conditioning and keep physical activity to a minimum!” announced US local TV stations and The Weather Channel and that definitely got my attention as I would be running the entire length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, and I knew then that I was glad I’d done the heat training! This race can literally throw any weather at you in May and you just have to be prepared for that. I ran ..read more
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UTS 100k Race Report
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by Kate Allen
3w ago
3 a.m. The alarm goes off on my phone. Finally, the day has arrived: Ultra Trail Snowdonia UTS 100K. I had trained for six months and somehow stayed injury-free, an absolute miracle! Previously, I’d struggled with Achilles tendonitis and various hip twinges. During the taper, both had flashed warning signs, but I’d experienced phantom pains before and cursed my mind for being so cruel. Before I knew it, the countdown had finished, and we were off at 4:45 a.m. Heading up the Llanberis path, it was warm but clear. Most people walk the majority of the path up to the Bwlch Glas. I chose to do the ..read more
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The Greatest Ultramarathon Achievement Of All Time?
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
Is this the greatest ultramarathon achievement of all time as Jasmin Paris becomes the first woman to finish? I believe it was Beyoncé who once asked the question, “Who runs the world?” And the answer was emphatically “GIRLS!” In a sport that is still somewhat known as a pastime of middle aged white males, it’s the women in our sport that have stood head and shoulders above everyone over the last year in ultra-trail running.  First we had Courtney Dauwalter ‘doing the triple’ at WSER, Hardrock 100 and UTMB last summer. Then we had Camille Herron smash so many records during the Lululemon ..read more
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British and Scottish 100km and 50km Road Championships 2024
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
Sri Chinmoy to stage the Championships. 100km /50km ultra races incorporate the UKA championships and the annual Anglo Celtic Plate Home Countries International Sunday March 24th, Perth. International ultra running is heading to Scotland again this weekend. The annual 100km Home International event, The Anglo Celtic Plate, is being staged in Perth. A full list of entrants for both races is on the event race site  Live tracking will be available HERE The event this Sunday, the 24th of March will feature both the British and Scottish 100km road championships for 2024. Th ..read more
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The Fastpacking Female 
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
I think the awareness and understanding of long-distance running has changed over the years so luckily for us, turning up to a B&B with mucky trail shoes on with sweaty hair isn’t so uncommon anymore, especially in places like the Lake District or the Highlands.  There are plenty of trainer-friendly destinations both in and out of the UK, and with women and long-haired men in mind, having hairdryers readily available, running life couldn’t be easier!   Fastpacking is a term that refers to packing light to enable us to move faster which is exactly what we need for long-dista ..read more
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The Inaugural 14 Peaks Ultra
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
This new and fully waymarked route takes in the 14 Welsh 3000ft peaks, in an epic North-South traverse. Including the Carneddau, Glyderau and Yr Wyddfa massifs, this 52km & 3,900m+ race will have two aid stations. The Inaugural 14 Peaks Ultra is a modern take on a classic hiking route. Eustace Thomas led a Rucksack Club group for the earliest known traverse of all fourteen peaks back in 1919. In 1988 Colin Donnelly ran the 14 peaks in 4hrs 19minutes. Will his record stand the test of time in June? Starting from the small vill ..read more
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The BACKBONE
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
The Backbone – Pennine Way via SPINE ROUTE Edale to Kirk Yetholm 12th – 18th Jan 2024 Many of us have a sports plan at the start of every new year of what we would like to achieve. Needless to say this can be disrupted by illness, injury, work and life in general but sometimes the desire to execute the plan is so great you just have to push through these obstacles and mental doubts and just have a stab at it. The Pennine Way in winter, solo and unsupported was such a plan and this is an honest account of the challenges faced. The physical impediments I had, were twofold: firstly, to make ..read more
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THE WINTER SPINE 2024 – THE RACE THAT ALMOST KILLED ME
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
THE WINTER SPINE 2024 – THE RACE THAT ALMOST KILLED ME Bit of a dramatic title I know! But in the lead up to the Winter Spine 2024 I had been very open about my ‘why’ to complete this legendary race. I’d even said to friends that the only thing that would stop me getting to the Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm, would be an injury bad enough to physically stop me running.  As it happens, this was very nearly the case, but we’ll get to that bit later……….. A stressful build up  Here’s a snapshot into my crazy family home life….. On the day before the race, which is obviously kit check and r ..read more
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The Bowland Ultra Race Report
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
The Bowland Ultra The inaugural Bowland Ultra, a 43-mile circular route with 1,700m of ascent showcasing the some of the best parts of the beautiful Forest of Bowland. The route had it all from sublime fell tracks, dainty trails, fell tops and quaint country roads.  I came across the event on social media, it certainly caught my eye and captured my imagination. Having trapsed around parts of the Forest of Bowland over the years, I felt like I had to be involved, so why not? My entry was submitted a smidge over two weeks before race day.  The route started at the small village of Slai ..read more
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THERE IS NO WALL – INTERVIEW WITH ALLIE BAILEY
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by Kate Allen
2M ago
There is No Wall I first came across Allie a few years ago when Susie Chan interviewed her for RunUltra. Allie was a “test pilot” for Rat Race Events and I remember thinking that must possibly be one of the best jobs in the world. Since then, having followed her on Instagram, I’ve been aware of her struggle with depression, and the subsequent positive changes in her life. I was really interested to be asked to interview Allie and I was sent an advance copy of “There is No Wall” to read ahead of the interview. Allie writes about her alcoholism and depression in and around her amazing running ad ..read more
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