The world goes Ultra...
Of course this doesn’t mean that ultra trail hasn’t been around for a very long time, but the propensity of big races around the world at the moment is staggering. All you have to do is look at last weekend’s global race scene (bearing in mind it is still only April).
There were a glut of ultra trail races in France including another win for Andy Symonds at the Trail de Sainte-Victoire and Francios d’Haerne at the Trail du Beaujolais.
There was a win for Miguel Heras at the TNF 100 Taiwan in humidity of 80%, the continuation of the ever popular Endurance life CTS series on Exmoor in the UK, and some great racing Stateside at the stacked Sonoma 50, once again expertly covered on iRun Far, which saw big wins for Dakota Jones and Joelle Vaught.
With such races as the recent Viking Way Ultra race, The Wall, The Fellsman, The West Highland Way race, UTSW and the Lakeland 100 / 50 to name but a few in this country over the coming months, it seems people are running further in the UK too. All of this in addition to those huge races across Europe (Transvulcania, UTMB), the US (WS100, Hardrock, Leadville) and beyond (TNF 100 Australia) in the coming season.
Gone are the days when the marathon was enough, it seems!