The latest issue of Ultrarunning World magazine is out now. 68 pages featuring news, race reports and articles including a great feature by Kate Percy of Go Faster Foods. Lots of ideas to take in for newcomers to the support as well as more experienced runners.
Issue 19 includes:
Amy Mower Spartathlon Quest
Kate Percy Real Food For Ultrarunners
Nick Grahame Snowdonia Slate Trail Ultra
Abi Summerfield Brecon to Cardiff
Stuart Lamb From the Border to the Sea:
Crossing Wales in a Day
Helen Pike Winter Green Man Ultra
Alan Giles Arc of Attrition
Justine Flett Moonlight Challenge
Garth Reader Overcoming a Broken Spine – The Spine Race 2019
Liverpool – Leeds Canal Race LLCR
James Campbell Hardwolds 80 pt3
Sonja Otto Sox Trail Run
Kit Kakadelas Brazier Jackpot 100 Mile
Jennifer Hatcher Jackpot Ultra Running Festival
Alyson Kirk Lonestar 100
Amy Mower Farm Daze 24ish – A Roadie Braves the Trail
Tim Hardy The Challenging Perspective of the Arrowhead 135
The leaders of the Devon Coast to Coast Ultra 2019 have crossed the finish line though the runners have until midnight to complete the distance.
The race is a 117 mile run from Wembury to Lynton following the Erme-Plym Trail which leads onto the Two Moors Way National Trail. Also run as 4 day stage race the non-stop version was won by Justin Montague with his wife Melissa finishing second lady behind Laura Swanton. Justin broke the course record by over three hours. John Howard put in a good performance to be the second person to go under 24 hours. Adam Mulholland also went under the old record to take third spot and third lady was Laura Jones in 30:44:42.
We are happy to bring you the latest edition of Ultrarunning World magaazine, issue 18.
This issue features articles:
Helen Hayes – The Bennie Roux Interview
Etienne de Beer – The Cumbria Way
Victoria Carter – Oldham Way Ultra
Stewart Unsworth – The Wychavon Way
James Campbell – Hardwolds 80 pt2
Tom Radley – Rebellion 135
Wendy Whearity – Barcelona 24
Mireille Cormier – Running Festival Circuits Wychwood
Kathy Vaughan – A Transformative Trek
Tim Hardy – The Winter Beast of Burden 100
RacingThePlanet – Gobi Desert
Next deadline is June 2nd.
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This evening we are delighted to announce that Ultrarunning World 17 is out now. The magazine features articles and events from ultrarunners around the world.
Annabel Hepworth writes about her experience at the Adelaide 6 day race in Australia where she produced the best women’s 6 day race performance of 2018 covering 742.803 km. Garfield Jones went to Policoro in Italy to try out the 48 hour, part of the 6 Day Italian Ultra Festival. Garfield has run more than 25 24 hour races and is now looking at 48 hours and longer.
This issue is definitely worth a read, its a great selection of ultras and multidays, trail and road races from a great cross section of the ultrarunning community.
Garfield Jones Italian Ultra Festival 48 Hours
Berit Jessen Trans Korea
Tegan Edwards Dawn to Dusk 100 Mile Circuit Race
Tim Hardy Devil Dog 100
Stuart MacFarlane Dunoon Ultra
Debbie Coolman Centurion Autumn 100
James Campbell Hardwolds 80 pt1
Alex Mason Dusk til Dawn 2018
Debbie Bidmead Ridgeway Challenge
Leila Majewska Slower Than A Snail On A Turtles Back
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Issue 16 of Ultrarunning World features race reports and articles including:
Sarah Cameron – The Kristina Palten interview Sharon Gayter – Coast to Coast (C2C) Stacey Holloway – West Highland Way Leila Majewska – Princesses on a run Fiona McNelis – Canal Grand Slam Vinny OLeary – Listowel Endurance Festival Rachel Fawcett – Making The Jump to 100 Miles Heather Strowd – Cape Fear Gabrielle Harris – Wasatch Front 100 Joe Heywood – Bear 100 Padraig Mullins – NorthCoast 24 Hour Greg Bergeron – Peak Marathon Hayley White’s 6633 Arctic Ultra Race
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The latest edition of Ultrarunning World issue 15 out now. This edition features:
A Tale of Two Races Tim Erickson
Badwater Debbie King
2018 Cool Moon 100 Tina Shinn
Vol-State Cherie Titus McCafferty
Wasatch Front 100 Sonja Wilkey
Maria Bellini Skyrunning and ultra-trail on Monte Rosa
Sarah Cameron Taxis and Toilets
Tapani Tarnanen Connemara 100
Morven Walsh Buachaille Etive Mòr
Neil Ramsay West Highland Way
Stuart MacFarlane Glenmore 24 – 2018
Rhodri Jones The Random Act of Kindness Ultra
Helen Pike Summer of Running
Wendy Shaw KACR (Kennet & Avon Canal Race)
Byron Crook I Divorced A Bridge
Baz Earnshaw Hell On The Humber 2018
Malcolm Campbell NALGO Six Day Race
Alan Giles Roseland August Trail Plague
Leila Majewska Lakeland 50
John Parkin Ultra Kit
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Today sees the publication of issue 14 of Ultrarunning World magazine issue 14.
Sri Chinmoy 10 & 6 Day Race 2018
8th EMU 6 Day Race World Trophy
Snowdrop 55 – Bob Hearn
The Great New York 100 Mile Running Exposition – Shishaldin Hanlen
Mil’Kil 2018 – Translated by Sarah Cameron
The Gobi March 2018
The Unknown Trail Runner – Maria Bellini
Ham to Lyme 100km/50km 2018 – Deborah Bidmead
Stan Jewell’s – 1960 Jogle
Afoot In Two Dales – Sharon Gayter
Henley 24 Hour – Andrew Cittern-Jones
Haworth Hobble 2018 – Arctic John
The Great Glen Ultra – Victoria Presley
From a diary of a crazy trail runner – Leila Majewska
Runners Against Rubbish – The South-West Coastal Path Run – Stuart Macfarlane
Going Far As a Vegan – Amy Robson
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ULTRA gold for Brit Jonathan Albon in 2018 Skyrunning World Championships in Scotland Jonathon Albon photo courtesy No Limits Photography.
Brit Jonathan Albon and Ragna Dabats, of The Netherlands, triumph as challenging weather forced race officials to swap to the bad weather course for the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra race.
Still a strenuous race, the ULTRA World Championships course extended to 47.5km with a total ascent of 1640m, although it missed out the higher summits of the original course, including the summit of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis.
Jonathan, who was last year’s EXTREME Skyrunner® World Series Champion, led for most of the ULTRA and finished in 3:48:02, 12 minutes ahead of the other runners. He said: “The course was not what we had come to compete on, but it was still a hard race for different reasons. “After the first section of wet and slippery fells-like running, the route turned into a trail marathon. “It was very runnable and that made it very fast but also very hard when you have trained for the mountains.” However, Jonathan, who lives in Norway with his ultrarunning wife Henriette, reckoned the course suited him better than others today. He said: “I would have liked to have won on a classic ULTRA course but the weather is what the weather is and it’s still a win. “After the ups and downs, I guess the course just suited my stride and speed better. It’s great to be the ULTRA World Champion.”
In second and third places were: · André Jonsson, of Sweden: 4:00:35 and Luis Alberto Hernando Alzaga, of Spain: 4:01:21
Winning female Ragna Dabats, of The Netherlands, stole the show today when she crossed the finish line in Kinlochleven holding her daughter’s hand.
Ragna, who was 14 minutes ahead of the rest of the female field in 4:36:20, said: “I am really happy to be the winner. My season could not be more perfect because first I became the Trail World Champion (in May) and now the ULTRA Skyrunning World Champion.” Ragna, 39, who was also the European Champion in skyrunning in 2017, enjoyed the course. She said: “It was a very fast course. The first part was very muddy and wet and I fell over completely in a big puddle, with my head right in. It was very steep up and down. “The second part on tracks was very fast so I was just hoping my legs would be strong enough to get me to the finish. “I think it was good for me because although I am not used to the mud I like the stony tracks. The win is so perfect for me.”
To the amazement of spectators at the finish area in Kinlochleven, there was a sprint for the line to decide second and third female places. In the end, only four seconds divided runner-up Gema Arenas Alcazar, of Spain, and bronze placed Maria Mercedes Pila Viracocha, of Ecuador, after almost 50km of running. Gema said: “That was so tough. It was very fast for most of the race and I had to work very hard to overtake the other women.”
The results revealed she pushed hard on the second half of the course.She said: “There was a lot of work to be done and I overtook women and then I was overtaken and then I overtook again. “I had to run very fast to the finish.”
The women’s results revealed the breadth of nationalities at the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships; there were nine different nationalities among the top 10 places.
Scotland hosts Skyrunning World Championships
The biennial Skyrunning World Championships is new for Scotland and was chosen by the governing body, the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) because the “terrain is so different”. The Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra course was redesigned as a 2018 Skyrunning World Championships race. ISF president Marino Giacometti said today: “The World Championships have been held in different mountain locations, such as the Alps and the Pyrenees, so we wanted to choose a location with terrain that is different. “Scotland also has a great history of mountain running, such as the Ben Nevis race, which was started in 1895, and some good runners. “It is great to see so many different nationalities here racing at a top level. We are very pleased to have chosen Scotland for this championships.”
What’s next at Skyline Scotland race weekend? There are still two days of Skyrunning races to be played out in the mountainous heart of the Scottish Highlands. Athletes will take on the final 2018 Skyrunning World Championships race, the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace. The Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace is also the fifth and final race of a new hotly contested Golden Trail Series. The flagship Salomon Glen Coe Skyline® takes place on Sunday.
Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 Skyline Scotland celebrates Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 by welcoming pupils from local secondary schools, Ardnamurchan High School and Kinlochleven High School, to be part of the event. Support and sponsorship of Skyline Scotland The 2018 Salomon Skyline Scotland is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Scottish Highlands is the perfect stage for the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships, the world’s greatest mountain event. “With some of the world’s best athlete’s set to compete, EventScotland is delighted to be supporting this extreme event as it comes to Scotland for the first time, strengthening the region’s status as a global adventure capital. “It is also great to see the event celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 by giving local young people the chance to be involved in the delivery of the World Championships.”
Sichel faces toughest-ever challenge in 3,100 mile race
Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel (64) faces his toughest challenge in a 26 year running career when he toes the line in the 22nd edition of the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3,100 mile race starting in Queens, New York at 6am, local time, on June 17th.
Described by the New York Times as the “Mount Everest of ultramarathons” this unique event is run around a 0.55 mile loop in Queens, New York with runners required to run 5,649 laps in order to complete the distance within the 52 day time limit.
This year’s 9 runners – 6 men and 3 women – are expected to be on the start line every morning at 6 and must stop at mid-night. Competitiors are provided with a room within a mile or two of the start. How they mix up running, walking and resting in the 18 hour days is their own affair.
William completed the event, for the first time, in 2014 finishing the 3,100 miles in 50 days, 15 hours, 6 minutes and 4 seconds and becoming the oldest ever finisher at the age of 60.
“I know that four years is a long break before trying again, especially at my age, but I’ll have a good shot at it.”
William was due to run in this event last year but after months of preparation he was forced to withdraw at the eleventh hour when, the night before his departure for New York his wife, Elizabeth, received a shock, terminal cancer diagnosis and passed away 24 days later.
“For me the 3,100 event will always be associated with Elizabeth’s passing and I’ll mark the first anniversary of her death in my own private way on 6th July, which is three weeks into the race.
Whilst I’ll always be grieving for Elizabeth and our 35 years together in Sanday, life has been kind to me and I now have a new relationship and am dividing my time between Sanday and Kirkwall.”
William would also like to express his thanks to crewman Alan Young, who will be in attendance throughout the race and to Tim Rainey and Adrian Stott who will be coming out for a week each to support him.
William is currently persuing his record-setting project called “Journey to 750” in which he is attempting to set 750 running records at World, British and Scottish level, including age-group records. Currently he has set 434 records, including 45 world age-group records and two Guiness World Records. His shortest record is for 30 miles on the track and his longest is an overall British record for 3100 miles/5000km on the road.