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  1. Bogle and Lee seize the day at Donard

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 29 Mar '14

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    Allan Bogle on his way to a big win at Slieve Donard

    As they say in sport a win is a win, and though he may not have been at the top of some people’s lists of potential winners at todays’ British Fell Champs Rd 1 race, Allan Bogle brilliantly took his chance on home soil to take a famous victory at Slieve Donard… Read more…

  2. British Champs Rd1 is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Mar '14

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    Slieve Donard

    Seems like it was only yesterday that Vic Wilkinson and Helen Fines were battling it out for the British Fell Champs in 2013, and Rob Jebb was taking yet another crown in the men’s championships… Read more…

  3. The Sandman cometh

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 24 Mar '14

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    Just over a week now until the Ultra Trail World Tour touches down in the Sahara for the hot, dry and sandy, legendary week-long stage race that is Marathon des Sables. Talk Ultra man Ian Corless has produced a comprehensive look ahead… Read more…

  4. Anna Frost lays down her year

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 24 Mar '14

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    As the sun starts to warm the northern hemisphere and the days get longer, top ultra and trail runners around the world are starting to get their race and event calendars together for the coming season… Read more…

  5. Places available for Skyrunning World Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 23 Mar '14

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    The 2014 Skyrunning World Championships sold out in days! However, some places are available (18 in total) across all 3 disciplines, VK, SKY and ULTRA based on ISF World Ranking Points or results for 2012 and 2013 in the Skyrunner World Series… Read more…

  6. Top Brits head to Turkey for the Iznik Ultra race series 2014

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 23 Mar '14

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    Now in its third year, the Iznik series of races in Turkey are assembling a strong UK contingent of runners to race over the marathon, 80km or 130km distances, featuring Jo Meek, Robbie Britton, Tracy Dean, Stu Air and Marcus Scotney. Read more…

  7. Kilian's Calendar

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 20 Mar '14

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    After hanging his skis up in April, Kilian Jornet will fit in a bit of trail and sky running this summer, with a calendar of races that will have all of his rivals wondering once again what they have to do to depose ‘the master’… Read more…

  8. Transvulcania’s superstar line-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 20 Mar '14

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    Emelie Forsberg

    Dakota is back! But so are Kilian and Emelie, Anna Frost, Luis Alberto Hernando, Sage Canaday and Timothy Olson…the star-studded cast doesn’t end here however. Read on to get the full impact of the deepest field to date. Read more…

  9. Addison leads inov8 armada at Middle Fell

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 19 Mar '14

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    Tom Addison at MiddleFell

    inov-8 athlete Tom Addison recorded one of the biggest wins of his young career when beating a stellar international field at the Middle Fell Race in the Lake District. The 23-year-old turned the summit in fifth place… Read more…

  10. Canaday and Johansen take comfortable Tarawera wins

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 18 Mar '14

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    Sage Canaday - dominant at Tarawera

    In the third race of the 2014 Ultra World Tour American Sage Canaday and Kiwi Jo Johansen were clear winners at NZ’s big ultra trail the Vibram Tarawera Ultra Marathon this weekend… Read more…

  11. Time to Dig Deep in Suffolk...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 12 Mar '14

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    Eight Point Two have announced the launch of a new running festival, Dig Deep Suffolk; 6th and 7th September 2014 in Suffolk, England, which will include a 50 mile Ultra Tour of Suffolk Read more…

  12. Weekend fell racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 10 Mar '14

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    Rob Hope at the Pendle Round 2014

    Wins for Rob Hope, Sharon Taylor, Jack Ross, Helen Berry, John Parkinson and others as the fell running season continued to get underway with mild temperatures and blue skies for some… Read more…

  13. Sheffield gets ready for the Trail Rush

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Feb '14

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    Ourea Events™ has announced the launch of their eighth off-road running race. The Sheffield Trail-Rush™ it is the first race in a new Urban Trail Running Series that the innovative events company plans to roll out nationwide in 2014/15… Read more…

  14. Entries go live this weekend for Snowdon 2014

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 27 Feb '14

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    The first batch of the 650 places for the Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race / Ras-yr-Wyddfa go on sale this Saturday March 1st at 00.01, as 200 runners who have previously run the race in the last 5 years will be able to apply for the event which takes place on the 19th July. Read more…

  15. UTPD entries 'selling out'...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 21 Feb '14

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    The Ultra Tour Peak District event is close to selling out in 2014, a full 5 months ahead of race day in June, as runner prepare to pit themselves over 56.5 miles across the Peak District National Park… Read more…

  16. Edwards and McCormack rule at Carnethy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Feb '14

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    Sarah McCormack - dominant at Carnethy 2014

    In dry, but chilly conditions, the big season opener in the UK fell calendar, the 45th edition of the Carnethy 5, welcomed 500 runners for this classic 6 miler which takes in a brutal 2500 ft of climb over 5 summits… Read more…

  17. Rab Mountain Mountain™ - new organising team for 2014!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 14 Feb '14

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    The popular Rab Mountain Marathon™ has new owners after a transfer of ownership by Peak District based Dark and White, to Ourea Events. The event is a two-day fell running and navigation challenge for solos and pairs with an overnight camp, which moves to a new location each year. Read more…

  18. New ultra trail for Kielder unveiled

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Feb '14

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    High Terrain Events are delighted to announce full details of the brand new Kielder Ultra Trail. Scheduled for Sunday 27th April, 2014 this unique event will be offering 100k and 50k distances all set in the vast expanse of Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland. Read more…

  19. 'Lakes in a Day' announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Feb '14

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    Lakes-based events company Open Adventure is hosting the inaugural ‘Lakes In A Day’ 48 mile ultra marathon this autumn, which follows an iconic linear route from Caldbeck to Cartmel over some of Lakeland’s highest fells… Read more…

  20. Walsham makes it 5 at NYC Run-Up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 06 Feb '14

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    Walsham and  Ludvigsen, winners in New York

    It was a glorious fifth win for Suzy Walsham at New York’s Empire State Building Run-Up today, part of the 2014 Vertical World Circuit. The Australian has racked up more wins in skyscraper races faster than any woman… Read more…

  21. Gearing up for the 'best ever' Snowdon International

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 06 Feb '14

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    Andi Jones on Allt Moses

    In 2013, 600 places for the Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race / Ras-yr-Wyddfa were snapped up in just 4 days. Needless to say, the race team aren’t expecting the first batch of the 650 that will go on sale for the 2014 event on the 1st of March to last long! Read more…

  22. TV VK announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 30 Jan '14

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    From sea to sky, 1,000 metres high, the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series kicks off with a cracking new race on the magical island of La Palma, Spain. Transvulcania, renowned for the Ultra, launches the Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® on May 8… Read more…

  23. 4 Trails ready for 'Alpine rendezvous'...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 30 Jan '14

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    One of Europe’s most scenic stage races has opened its doors for the 2014 edition, with up to 1000 runners – tackling 160km and almost 10,000m of elevation gain – expected for the four-stage Salomon 4 Trails this July Read more…

  24. Stage is set for 10th Coastal Challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 29 Jan '14

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    The 2014 edition of The Coastal Challenge, Costa Rica is ready to go with runners from all over the world in San Jose in preparation for the journey down to the coast to Quepos and the 10th edition of the “TCC”. Read more…

  25. inov8 to back Grand Tour of Skiddaw

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 Jan '14

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    Organisers have announced inov-8 as the official event sponsor for The 2014 Grand Tour of Skiddaw – the second running of the northern Lake District-based ultra trail race is set for the weekend of August 23rd/24th… Read more…

  26. V3K joins the Skyrunner® Series UK

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 22 Jan '14

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    It’s no easy task, 15-peaks all over 900m (3000ft) in 55-km’s. This is the challenge that awaits those who are brave enough to join the journey of the Welsh 3000’s in the V3K Ultra; the new addition to the Skyrunning UK calendar and the Skyrunner® Series UK. Read more…

  27. Skyrunner® Series goes nationwide

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 Jan '14

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    Emelie Forsberg - one of the global stars of skyrunning

    Ten years on and the Skyrunner® World Series goes nationwide. The successful 15-race model with three distances, Vertical, Sky and Ultra, will be reproduced, where possible, in many ISF member countries, which currently count 27… Read more…

  28. Ring 'O Fire ready to ignite the island once again

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 15 Jan '14

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    One the UK’s most attractive ultras is roaring into life in 2014, as entries start to roll in for the 3rd annual Ring ‘O Fire race on the stunning island of Anglesey in North Wales, this August… Read more…

  29. Cape Wrath Ultra™ announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 10 Jan '14

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    From the team that revived the inspirational Dragon’s Back Race™, an extraordinary new adventure has just been announced for June 2016 called the Cape Wrath Ultra™ Read more…

  30. Skyrunning UK announce the 3x3ULTRA

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 06 Jan '14

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    A new year and what better way to start than with the announcement of the first race in the new Skyrunning UK ‘Skyrunner® National Series’ – the ‘3×3ULTRA’ by High Terrain Events. Read more…

  31. Festive round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 02 Jan '14

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    Tom Addison leads the way at Auld Lang Syne

    Christmas and the New Year are traditionally a great time in fell running, with plenty of races and events to get stuck into. Highlights included Tom Addison’s first win at ALS, Sarah McCormack’s new course record at Wansfell and Robbie Simpson’s demolition of his own CR at the Aonach Mor Uphill race… Read more…

  32. Scafell event joins European Mountain Marathon series

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 31 Dec '14

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    2013 winner Ricky Lightfoot

    High Terrain Events are delighted to announce that the Scafell Pike trail Marathon will now form part of the international trail marathon series known as the European Mountain Marathon (EMM Series) Read more…

  33. Tom and Olivia Stoop to new levels

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 23 Dec '13

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    Tom Adams at the 2013 Stoop race

    There were a fair few familiar faces amongst the Santa hats at this weekend’s Stoop race, with Tom Adams and Olivia Walwyn continuing their great form in 2013 as they led home the 400 runners… Read more…

  34. The Apocalypse is coming

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 23 Dec '13

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    Ultra running is going through a boom. Statistics show that ultra races are popping up all over the world at an alarming rate. The UK is no different, apparently, some 200 races now exist on the calendar and – that is just in the UK! Read more…

  35. Festive fell racing

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 20 Dec '13

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    As the world winds down for Christmas, the fell runners of the UK will be out and about hitting the hills, whether racing, training or just working off that Yuletide excess. The race scene stops for no one and there are a glut of great races to get stuck into between now and 2014… Read more…

  36. Karrimor Great Trail Challenge returns

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 20 Dec '13

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    The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge will be staged in Keswick for a third time on Sunday 1st June 2014. Showcasing breath-taking Lakeland views of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite… Read more…

  37. Dark Mountains venue announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 19 Dec '13

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    The second Marmot Dark Mountains™ mountain marathon will take place in the Peak District National Park in January 2014. Race organiser, Shane Ohly from Ourea Events, elaborated on the special allure of this area… Read more…

  38. African skyrunning leaps sky high following Lesotho Ultra Trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 19 Dec '13

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    Andrew Hagen celebrates as he crosses the finish line

    High mountains, arduous climbs, thin air, incredible vistas and the adrenalin rush of running on technical trail – the Lesotho Ultra Trail (LUT) promised everything a skyrunning experience should offer, and it delivered even more. Read more…

  39. 2014 GORE-TEX ® TRANSALPINE-RUN goes live...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 10 Dec '13

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    At 12pm (GMT) today (10 December) one of the greatest trail running events on the globe goes live for registration, as the 2014 GORE-TEX ® Transalpine-Run aims to be the best ever in this classic event’s history… Read more…

  40. Inaugural Lesotho Ultra Trail takes African running to new heights

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 05 Dec '13

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    AJ Calitz sets the pace ahead of Andrew

    Last weekend runners from all over South Africa, Belgium, Australia, Spain, North America, Britain and Canada, descended upon Maliba Mountain Lodge in the heart of the Maluti Mountains to participate in the Lesotho Ultra Trail – Africa’s first Ultra SkyMarathon® Read more…

  41. Just desserts for Tom and Sarah

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 03 Dec '13

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    Carl Hardman at the Gravy Pud race

    Last Sunday saw the ever popular Gravy Pud fell race, held from the Bulls Head pub in Twintwistle, Derbyshire. The annual race – organised by top elite Brit Andi Jones – is now in its 9th year and saw a record starting field of 231 entrants, Bryan Mills reports… Read more…

  42. The Chase is on!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Dec '13

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    Set in the stunning North York Moors National Park, Berghaus Trail Chase™ is an exciting new event that provides a weekend of trail running adventure with a beautiful overnight camp. Read more…

  43. 2014 Skyrunner World Series race calendar is released...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Nov '13

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    Sky queen Emelie Forsberg

    The ISF is pleased to announce the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series. Fifteen quality races, three disciplines, the same winning formula. The 2014 Series will offer participants benefits amounting to 1,000 race slots, 230 free entries, 125 accommodation slots and 50 travel slots. Read more…

  44. Roberts beats 'the master' at Pendle

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 25 Nov '13

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    Ian Holmes runs side by side with Matt Roberts

    With one of the best wins of his fell running career Eryri man Matthew Roberts narrowly defected fell master Ian Holmes at Saturday’s Lancashire fell classic, the full Tour of Pendle… Read more…

  45. Ourea Events announce Marmot24

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 21 Nov '13

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    The World’s first 24-hour mountain marathon, the inaugural Marmot24, will be held on the weekend 2nd and 3rd August 2014. This exciting new event combines the very best elements of the predominantly British mountain marathon phenomenon… Read more…

  46. Adams comes out on top at Harriers Vs. Cyclists

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 19 Nov '13

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    Vic Wilkinson charging at Harriers Vs. Cyclists

    Two feet were apparently better than two wheels on Saturday, as Tom Adams and Victoria Wilkinson took the individual wins at the annual Harriers Vs. Cyclists race in West Yorkshire this weekend… Read more…

  47. 2014 Skyrunning World Champs rolled out...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 18 Nov '13

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    Stevie Kremer

    After the extraordinary sell-out of the three Skyrunning World Championship events in Chamonix, France, the International Skyrunning Federation is pleased to announce the slots available for countries participating… Read more…

  48. Are you afraid of the Dark?

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 06 Nov '13

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    As the nights close-in and the weather takes a turn for the worst, one mountain running event will be warming-up for another night of dark challenges for the intrepid participants. The Marmot Dark Mountains™ race Read more…

  49. Zugspitz to have new route

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 06 Nov '13

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    Julien Chorier breaks the Zugspitz tape in 2012

    Each year trail racers from around the world make it a habit to convene at the base of the massive Zugspitze, Germany’s loftiest peak. The runners get together for an event that has quickly turned cult in its short four-year history – the Salomon Zuspitz Ultra-Trail. Read more…

  50. The North Face partners with Africa's First Ultra SkyMarathon®

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 05 Nov '13

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    The North Face has continued to develop its focus on the trail running market in southern Africa with the recent announcement of its partnership with the Lesotho Ultra Trail race... Read more…

  51. World's top ultra runners announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 01 Nov '13

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    An ISF ranking has been devised for the three skyrunning disciplines based on 54 races in 2013 (24 Ultra, 20 Sky and 10 Vertical). One of the principal aims is to take into account the quality of the field and the time relative to the winner… Read more…

  52. South Africa set for first SkyMarathon®

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 22 Oct '13

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    Excitement is building as the South African trail running community gears itself for the country’s first South African Skyrunning Association (SASA) sanctioned event, the Matroosberg Trail Challenge (MTC). Read more…

  53. Adventures, passion and podiums

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Oct '13

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    Tessa Hill

    Arc’teryx team athletes competing in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series have tasted adventure and success at such iconic races as Transvulcania, Zegama, the Mont Blanc Marathon and KM Vertical and the Matterhorn Ultraks… Read more…

  54. British Fell Relays: Dark Peak and HBT dominate

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 20 Oct '13

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    Dark Peak's Stu Bond with the Fell Relays shield

    Some seriously autumnal weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of some the UK’s best fell runners at the 25th running of the British Fell and Hill Relays today. Dark Peak’s men and HBT’s women also shined as the wind and rain ripped across ridges of Moel Eilio above Llanberis… Read more…

  55. Wales all set to welcome UK's best

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 18 Oct '13

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    Simon Bailey anchoring Mercia in 2012

    As far as Championships go in 2013 fell running’s last big showdown happens this weekend, as the UKA Fell and Hill Relays come to Llanberis and the slopes of Moel Eilio in the shadow of Snowdon… Read more…

  56. Kilian and Stevie reach for the Sky

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 15 Oct '13

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    A fast race, a deep field. The final race of the Sky Series had some surprises in store. Kilian Jornet didn’t surprise anyone however and cruised to the finish after staying with the lead runners till the summit, where he changed gear… Read more…

  57. Borrowdale lay down relay marker

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 Oct '13

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    This weekend saw some of the UK’s top fell clubs battle it out in Patterdale, Cumbria, for one of the most hotly contested fell running trophies of the year at the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays... Read more…

  58. Krar rocks whilst Jornet and Forsberg roll to Ultra titles

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 01 Oct '13

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    Rob Krar

    It was a weekend of delight at UROC as Rob Krar took an impressive win in the men’s race, with skyrunning queen Emelie Forsberg taking the women’s win, and the 2013 Skyrunner® Ultra title… Read more…

  59. The sun shines down on Anglesey trail runners

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 30 Sep '13

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    Sunday saw over 450 trail runners head to the beautiful forest of Newborough on Anglesey for the second Anglesey Trail Races. The event has a 10k and half marathon option and takes in the historic Llanddwyn Island on its journey… Read more…

  60. Simon and Vic take the spoils at Edale Skyline

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 30 Sep '13

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    Simon Bailey digs in at Edale 2013

    It was a day that was befitting of one of the best races of the fell running year, and culminated with some of the best racing too on a late summer’s day in the Peak District on Sunday at the fabulous Edale Skyline race… Read more…

  61. England's best head to Edale

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 29 Sep '13

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    Start of the 2011 Edale Skyline

    Sunday sees the final round of the 2013 English Fell Running Championships at the Edale Skyline race. This 21-mile classic also takes on the mantle of the final round decider for the 2013 champs and should produce quite a battle up-front for the titles… Read more…

  62. World's best get ready to UROC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 23 Sep '13

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    Emelie Forsberg

    Probably one of the deepest Ultra running fields in recent times is firing up for the Skyrunner® World Series final in Vail, Colorado. The 100 km Ultra Race of Champions (UROC), concludes the five-race Series after the previous four epic events: Transvulcania, Ronda dels Cims, Ice-Trail and Speedgoat… Read more…

  63. Lightfoot storms to Otter Trail record

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 23 Sep '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot at the 2013 Otter Trail race

    Ricky Lightfoot and Ruby Muir have emerged the victors in the men’s and woman’s races after a battle of epic proportions played out on South Africa’s beloved Otter Hiking Trail, with almost 3000m of vertical ascent and the infamous Bloukrans River mouth crossing at the Otter African Trail Run... Read more…

  64. Run like the Wind

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 21 Sep '13

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    Nuria Picas at the 2012 CdV

    One of the best, and at this time of year the hardest, sky trail races on the circuit is the Ultra Cavalls del Vent race. It’s in progress as I write and the line-up of racers are predominantly Spanish / Basque / Catalan, featuring some top skyrunning talent… Read more…

  65. Frosty and Lizzy head to Nepal

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 18 Sep '13

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    Frosty...

    A couple of the legends of female trail running travel to Nepal in November to take part in the the Manaslu Mountain Trail race – a seven-day race over 7 stages, 206km and with over 6000m of ascent… Read more…

  66. Jebby romps it, whilst Vic and Helen tie at British Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 16 Sep '13

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    Rob Jebb on the home run at the Peris Horseshoe

    After our British Fell Championships race preview on Friday, we suggested that the final round in Wales at the tough Pedol Peris Horseshoe race could take the titles down to the wire… Read more…

  67. Pedol Peris plays host to British fell champs decider

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 13 Sep '13

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    The Welsh brute that is the Peris Horseshoe race will this weekend play out the final throws in the 2013 British Fell Running Championships, in what promises to be a titanic fell battle… Read more…

  68. WMRC comes to Wales

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 11 Sep '13

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    After a very successful World mountain running championships for UK athletes last weekend, the excitement amongst the GB squad was hightened as the host country for the 2015 championships was announced on Saturday Read more…

  69. Russell and Pippa lead the way at Derwentwater

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 10 Sep '13

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    The 8th International Lakeland Trails Festival in Keswick on Saturday 7th September, was a huge success, with husband and wife team Russell and Pippa Maddams, celebrating the birth of their six month old daughter in style… Read more…

  70. Medal rush as GB mountain runners make their mark in Poland

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 09 Sep '13

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    The GB junior women got the ball rolling with gold

    ‘Watching’ the 29th World Mountain Running Championships via social media was a great experience on Sunday, for thousands of digital fans of the sport. Of course it’s the next best thing these days, other than actually being there… Read more…

  71. Fin makes it four at the Ben

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 09 Sep '13

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    Finlay Wild

    Lochaber man Finley Wild romped to yet another Ben Nevis race win on Saturday, as he finished over 7 minutes clear of Sam Tosh to take his fourth win in as many years on Britain’s highest mountain… Read more…

  72. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 06 Sep '13

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    The Ben is probably top of the shop as far as hill and fell races go this weekend, with a packed programme. The downside is that the weather looks like it has broken and low temps, wind and rain look likely in most parts… Read more…

  73. 500+ pit themselves against Snowdon at Man vs. Mountain

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 06 Sep '13

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    This weekend over 500 runners (and swimmers!) will face up to the challenge of 20 miles of running, swimming and obstacles in what looks like one tough event in Snowdonia at the Rat Race Man vs. Mountain event… Read more…

  74. Bonsor and Fallas plough on at Trans Alps

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 05 Sep '13

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    Bonsor and Fallas - leading the mixed runners

    6 down and 2 to go for the 2013 Trans Alpers, with the brutal 6th stage seeing no change in the overall standings in the race. Great to see Scotland’s Helen Bonsor and Andy Fallas also still running strongly, as they lead the mixed category… Read more…

  75. Trans Alps hits halfway

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 04 Sep '13

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    Stage 4 saw yet more relentless mountain beauty for the competitors at the 2013 GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN. With these super images by Kelvin Trautman testimony to that… Read more…

  76. UK athletes medal at World Masters

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 03 Sep '13

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    The UK can boast yet more world champions this summer as Craig Roberts (M50), Martin Ford (M70) and Anne-Marie Jones (W60) took superb gold medals at the 13th Master World Mountain Running Championships at Janske Lazne in the Czech Rep… Read more…

  77. Trans Alps 2013 - race update...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 03 Sep '13

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    3 stages down and the 2013 Trans Alpine Run is as exciting and dramatic as ever – with Salomon international athletes Cameron Clayton and Dimitris Theodorakakos leading the way in the men’s race… Read more…

  78. Trail runners head to the Lakes

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Sep '13

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    Over 1100 competitors will be taking part in the various Lakeland Trails events this coming weekend (7/8 September), from all over the UK, along with overseas visitors from Australia, USA, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Belgium, France and Ireland. Read more…

  79. Keep on tracking...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 30 Aug '13

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    Want to follow the #UTMB? There is the race live tracker for all of the stats, then there is the human element, with images and emotion – that’ll be the likes of iRunFar / Ian Corless then! Read more…

  80. Island Trail Race aims to wow visitors

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 29 Aug '13

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    According to Wales and GB international Rob Samuel the location for this September’s Island Trail Race on Anglesey is ‘as stunning as any trails that I have run’, as Newborough plays host the event within 700ha of woodland and coastal paths… Read more…

  81. It's UTMB week...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Aug '13

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    Julien Chorier - aiming for the big one in Chamonix

    Perhaps the biggest trail running event on the planet hits Chamonix this week, for that annual trail running / weather watching jamboree that is UTMB. With four days of racing getting underway very soon and drop outs and favourites re-shuffling, it should be an interesting week… Read more…

  82. Lightfoot heads to SA for the 'Grail of Trail'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Aug '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot

    Salomon International Team Manager, Gregory Vollet, has confirmed that 2013 Trail Running World Champion Ricky Lightfoot from Great Britain will be participating in the Otter African Trail Run presented by Salomon and GU in the Garden Route in September. Read more…

  83. 2014 entries set to open for Trail Marathon Wales

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Aug '13

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    This Sunday (1st September) sees the opening of entries for the 3rd edition of Trail Marathon Wales, and organisers are once again expecting a rush of interest for the event which has grown to be one of the UK’s premier trail marathons… Read more…

  84. Weekend fell racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 26 Aug '13

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    The Grasmere podium!

    Some decent weather and some great racing over the BH weekend on the fells, mountain and hills of England, Wales and Scotland. Winners included Simon Bailey, Rob Jebb, Angela Mudge and Mel Price Read more…

  85. Kilian and Emelie star at Ultraks

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 24 Aug '13

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    Emelie Forsberg

    The launch of the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K, fourth race in the Sky Series, couldn’t have got off to a better start with Salomon’s invincible duo – Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg – taking the win in Zermatt today… Read more…

  86. It's showtime!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Aug '13

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    The Grasmere Seniors guides race is steeped in history

    The next few days will see three very special races take place, as fell-sprinters sharpen their studs for the Burnsall Classic, Grasmere and Kilnsey Show races in what is known as the classic treble in fell running circles… Read more…

  87. Oh so close for Lightfoot at Latrigg

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 22 Aug '13

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    One of the summers premier midweek fell races, Round Latrigg, saw Ricky Lightfoot come within 2 seconds of Alan Bowness’ 1997 record this week. The Ellenborough runner had the record within his sights until a wrong turn on the 5.5 mile race… Read more…

  88. Jono wins the Skåla

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 18 Aug '13

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    Jono Wyatt takes Skala Opp 2013

    Reversing the 2012 result, Salomon athlete Jonathan Wyatt won the Skåla Opp race in Norway on Saturday, defeating course record hold Arslan Ahmet. Brit Orlando Edwards was an excellent 6th, just under 4 minutes down on Wyatt… Read more…

  89. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Aug '13

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    The hills of Sedbergh await

    Not an extensive programme this weekend on the fells, hills and mountains, but there are a few choice races to keep the interest going for the UK’s fell runners, with the Sedbergh Hills and the Lomands of Fife races amongst the weekend’s best events… Read more…

  90. Leadville awaits

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Aug '13

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    One of the world’s greatest 100 milers kicks off in Silverton, Colorado on Saturday. The Leadvillle 100 is on the bucket list of many an ultra-trailer with it’s legendary Hope Pass ascent to 12,600ft… Read more…

  91. Win a free entry to the RPFU 2013

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 14 Aug '13

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    Calling all runners driven by a desire to push boundaries, inov-8 are offering one lucky MST reader the chance to take on the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra on October 6th 2013… Read more…

  92. Bailey and Fines take command in English Fell Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 14 Aug '13

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    Simon Bailey leads Rob Hope and Rhys F-R

    After the Blisco Dash race a couple of weeks before, there was barely time for English Championship fell runners to catch their breath as the next round (five) took place on Saturday at the 10-mile Turner Landscape race in Seathwaite… Read more…

  93. Trans Rockies is underway...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 14 Aug '13

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    2012 defending champions and top US ultra-trailers Rob Krar and Michael Smith, raced to a stage one win yesterday as the 2013 Trans Rockies run got underway in Buena Vista, Colorado … Read more…

  94. Lauenstein takes 40th Sierre-Zinal

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Aug '13

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    Marc Lauenstein

    If you have the time, you can relive the whole 3hour + show from RTS television on yesterday’s Sierre-Zinal race. It really is worth the watch for the drama that unfolds, befitting of one of the world’s premier mountain races… Read more…

  95. Samuel and Clayton lead the way in Whinlatter

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Aug '13

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    Emma Clayton

    At today’s GB Trials for the forthcoming World Mountain Running Champs, the UK’s top mountain running exponents lined up in Whinlatter’s forest trails to chance their arms for a GB vest and, a trip to Poland! Read more…

  96. Jones pips Ryder at Ras Glyndwr

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Aug '13

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    Ryder leads Jones at the summit

    Ras Glyndwr, the short and sharp fell running blast on the hills of Llynlloedd which overlook the town of Machynlleth, took place on Saturday and saw a great battle between a couple of top fell runners… Read more…

  97. GB hopefuls head to World Trials...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 10 Aug '13

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    The trials for the World Mountain Running Championships take place in Whinlatter in the Lake District this Sunday and will see a clamouring for places on the UK team heading Poland early next month…. Read more…

  98. Sierre Zinal is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 09 Aug '13

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    Stevie Kremer

    One of the world’s most iconic mountain races takes place this Sunday and as ever attracts some of the world’s top mountain runners, with the likes of Stevie Kremer, Kilian and golden-greats Angela Mudge and Jono Wyatt toeing the line at Sierre-Zinal... Read more…

  99. An iconic line-up for an iconic mountain

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Aug '13

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    The line-up for the fourth Sky Series race is as iconic as the Matterhorn itself. Participating in the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K are Salomon’s Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg leading a celebrity cast on the 24 August… Read more…

  100. Dold and Walsham scale the Beijing heights

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 06 Aug '13

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    Dold and Walsham, winners in China

    In the first race up Beijing’s tallest tower, the 2013 China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run saw German Thomas Dold and Australian Suzy Walsham come out on top of the inaugural race up a massive 2041 steps! Read more…

  101. Kosovelj and Confortola take WLDMRC titles

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Aug '13

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    Mitja Kosovelj takes his second WLDMRC title

    For Mitja Kosovelj it was more of the same at this weekend’s World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge in Poland, as the Slovenian took a convincing win to add to his title form 2011… Read more…

  102. Ricky makes light work of Borrowdale

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Aug '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot on his way to a 2013 Borrowdale win

    After a convincing win at last year’s race, Ricky Lightfoot won the classic Borrowdale fell race on Saturday. The Cumbrian took the 17-mile beast in his stride, after a few weeks which have seen him win the IAU Trail World title and finish 7th at Giir di Mont… Read more…

  103. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 02 Aug '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot at the 2012 Borrowdale race

    After lots of international and championship racing this last few weeks there are some great UK fell races to brighten up your weekend, as some of the top racers head to the brutal Borrowdale race amongst others… Read more…

  104. WLDMRC is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 01 Aug '13

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    The 2013 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships are this weekend, as Poland and Szklarska Poręba is the venue for the 10th staging of the champs, which will see 700 athletes from 22 countries heading out… Read more…

  105. Course records and big dollars at Speedgoat 2013

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Jul '13

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    Sage Canaday wins the Speedgoat 50k

    Sage Canaday underlined his speed and endurance qualities at this weekend’s big US ultra the Speedgoat 50k, as he raced away from a super-high quality field to take the win, the course record, and a fistful of dollars… Read more…

  106. Ultra-class in the Lakes

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Jul '13

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    Ben Abdelnoor

    Stuart Mills, Lizzie Wraith, Ben Abdelnoor and Katherine Brougham became the latest people to add their names to the Lakeland 100 / 50 role call, as another super successful UTLD passed through some the UK’s most beautiful and challenging terrain this weekend… Read more…

  107. Euro Skyrunning champs conclude with Trans D'Havet

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 28 Jul '13

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    Luis Alberto and Kilian arm in arm at Trans D'Havet

    It’s gold medals again for Spain and Sweden, with Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg, the indomitable winning duo, taking the stage this weekend, together with an incredible Luis Alberto Hernando who crossed the finish line in tandem with Kilian…. Read more…

  108. Fines takes control at Blisco

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 28 Jul '13

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    Second-placer at Blisco Finlay Wild, on the climb

    This weekend’s Blisco Dash race proved to underline Helen Fines’ favourite status for the 2013 women’s British Fell Running title, with the Calder Valley runner striding out a clear winner in Cumbria at round 3 of this year’s series… Read more…

  109. UK goes long this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 26 Jul '13

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    With the TR24 (Thunder Run) and the Lakeland 100 and 50 races this weekend, the UK entertains two of the longest and certainly one of the hardest ultra races… Read more…

  110. British Champs Rd 3: Blisco Preview

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 26 Jul '13

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    After two rounds of the 2013 British Fell Running Championship, Morgan Donnelly and Helen Fines are sitting pretty at the top of the standings as nearly 500 runners head to the Lakes for the classic Blisco Dash this weekend… Read more…

  111. Jones makes it six at a sweltering Snowdon

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Jul '13

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    Jones breaks the tape

    After failing to finish in 2012, 5-time winner Andi Jones made it number six on Saturday, as the Englishman stormed home to win the 38th Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race / Ras-yr-Wyddfa in stiflingly hot conditions. Read more…

  112. Kilian and Emelie reign, once again!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Jul '13

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    High fives all round!

    While Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg rack up the wins taking both the Vertical and Sky titles in the European Skyrunning Championships, Italy leads the national ranking with 622 points, followed by Spain and France. Read more…

  113. 600 runners get ready for Snowdon heat

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 18 Jul '13

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    Murray Strain

    With weekend temperatures expected to approach 30 degrees centigrade on the mountain, some of the UK’s best mountain runners will descend on Llanberis for the 38th Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race / Ras-yr-Wyddfa... Read more…

  114. Angela romps to 4Trails win...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 16 Jul '13

    Angela breaks the tape at the 2013 4Trails

    At last week’s Salomon 4Trails event in the German and Swiss Alps, Salomon athlete Angela Mudge took the last 3 stages of the four-stage event, to cement a clear win in the 160 km event. Read more…

  115. No wilting for Ben in the Wasdale heat

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 16 Jul '13

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    3 out of 4 aint bad!

    The sport of fell running has many a classic, and the Wasdale race isn’t far from the top. With it’s severity, classic route (inc. Great Gable and Scafell Pike) and perpetual annual top-class field, it’s one of the ones to win… Read more…

  116. Top names announced at Euro Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 12 Jul '13

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    The third edition of the European Skyrunning Championships kicks off with not just Europe’s best, but no less than seven world champions representing sixteen nations. The events will mark the first European Ultra title, as well as the Vertical and Sky distances… Read more…

  117. Race to the Stones: The 100km footrace along the oldest path in Britain

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 12 Jul '13

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    The inaugural Race to the Stones, masterminded by James Cracknell, kicks off this weekend with every one of the 800 places sold out and forecasters predicting beautiful blue skies for the 100km race… Read more…

  118. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 12 Jul '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot at Wasdale 2012

    Deemed ‘the hardest’ by many a seasoned fell runner, it’s the Wasdale race this Saturday. A 21 mile trip which takes in over 9000ft of ascent, climbing Great Gable, the Esk Hause pass and Scafell Pike along the way… Read more…

  119. Joe aims to hang tough at Hardrock

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 11 Jul '13

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    Joe Grant

    Hardcore inov-8 athlete Joe Grant is ready to push his body to the extreme in one of the world’s toughest 100-mile mountain races tomorrow (Friday July 12). The rugged Hardrock 100 ultra-marathon course has a mind-boggling total ascent of 10,361m, plus a similar amount of descent. Read more…

  120. 4 Trails is underway...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 10 Jul '13

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    The Salomon 4 Trails got underway in Garmisch today, with Salomon athlete Tofol Castanyer easily taking the spoils. The 4-stage event will cover around 160 kilometers and take in 10,000 metres of ascent over the four days… Read more…

  121. Ice Trail Tarentaise – where earth meets sky

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 09 Jul '13

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    Francios d'Haene at Ice Trail 2012

    This weekend sees the latest test for some of the world’s best mountain and trail runners – including Kilian Jornet and Anna Frost – as the Skyrunner® World Series heads to France and the stunningly tough Ice-Trail Tarentaise (ITT)… Read more…

  122. Mountain runners continue weekend of GB success...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Jul '13

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    The GB senior men's team pick up the silver

    The 2013 GB & NI crack team of mountain runners headed out to Bulgaria this weekend for the European MR Champs, and returned home with a pretty decent medal haul, to add to those won by the Brits at the Trail World Champs in Wales… Read more…

  123. Elite start from the back at Kilian's Classik!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Jul '13

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    Now here is an interesting way of doing things! Okay, so the spirit of trail running at Kilian’s Classik races are about participation – and that’s why the Salomon International runners started off 2 minutes after the whole field on Saturday… Read more…

  124. 4th IAU Trail World Championships : Lightfoot and Mauclair triumph in Llanrwst sunshine

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Jul '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot - 2013 world champion

    In sweltering (certainly for the UK!) conditions Great Britain and France dominated this weekend at the 4th IAU Trail World Championships in Llanrwst, over 77km tough, sweaty and exhilarating 77 km in the Gwydyr Forest… Read more…

  125. Unpredictable conditions contribute to a memorable 7th edition of The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 02 Jul '13

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    Nike Woolfe on the Lavaredo trail

    US athletes Mike Wolfe and Mike Foote, raced to 2nd and 5th respectively at the 7th edition of The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail in Cortina, Italy, last Sunday, as the race program had been changed and reduced due to unseasonably wintry conditions… Read more…

  126. Heptonstall gears-up for fell running festival

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 02 Jul '13

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    This Saturday sees one of the best fell races on the calendar, as Heptonstall in Yorkshire gets ready for a festival of fun and a cracking 6 mile fell race, which takes in 1500ft of climb as it winds it’s way up and back… Read more…

  127. inov8 athletes excel in France

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 02 Jul '13

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    Oli Johnson

    Last weekend inov-8 athletes smashed one of Europe’s toughest mountain marathons, placing five runners in the top-10 men and women. The 2013 Mont Blanc Marathon attracted a world-class field for a gruelling Alpine route involving 2,500m of brutal ascent and 1,500m of daredevil descent in around Chamonix… Read more…

  128. Entries open for Marmot Dark Mountains™

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 02 Jul '13

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    In January, earlier this year, atrocious weather brought heavy snow to much of the country. Whilst most people opted to cranked up the heating, a few select runners were testing themselves at a new mountain marathon called Marmot Dark Mountains™ Read more…

  129. Mont Blanc course records slayed by Kilian and Stevie

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 30 Jun '13

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    Ian Corless’ coverage of the Mont Blanc marathon today was almost as good as the racing, as Salomon athletes Stevie Kremer and Kilian Jornet smashed the course records at this super-tough trail / mountain marathon event… Read more…

  130. Olson and Smith dominate at Western States

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 30 Jun '13

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    Tim Olson repeats at WS100

    2012 WS100 winner Tim Olson took the 2013 Western States 100 by the scruff of the neck at Devil’s Thumb and dominated for the remaining the super-hot miles this weekend, though after leading by over 15 minutes at one point his lead was a mere 5 mins at the finish… Read more…

  131. Western States weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 29 Jun '13

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    Today is the day for one of the biggest races on the global trail calendar, as all roads head to Squaw Valley this weekend for the Western States 100 – and you can count down the hours with the great Stateside site iRunFar.com… Read more…

  132. Chorier and Canepa winners at “Ronda dels Cims” - the world’s toughest 100-miler...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 25 Jun '13

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    Canepa and Chorier - Ronde dels Cims winners

    More than one hundred miles and 12,200 metres vertical climb – Julien Chorier and Francesca Canepa are victorious in the world’s toughest 100-miler, Andorra’s Ronda dels Cims, the second race in the SWS Ultra Series... Read more…

  133. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 14 Jun '13

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    Buckden Pike action 2011

    Round 2 of the English Fell Champs and the Buckden Pike race leads the way this weekend, and at 3.7 miles and almost 1600ft of climb this will be a lung-busting test for some of England’s best short-distance fell running exponents… Read more…

  134. New Welsh 'behemoth' unveiled

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 12 Jun '13

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    This Saturday’s Cwm Pennant is according to the organisers – a “behemoth of a race” and the first running of any event in this magical valley in North Wales. The 17 mile race takes in 5500ft of climbing and will be a serious undertaking for the majority of runners, so be prepared! Read more…

  135. Hundreds hit the trails in Keswick for the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 10 Jun '13

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    Almost 1500 runners took on the beauty of Keswick yesterday, for the second edition of the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge. Runners were bathed in sunshine as they hit the trails of this most iconic of Lakeland locations… Read more…

  136. GB team for WTRC announced...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 10 Jun '13

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    Lee Kemp (left) and Tracy Dean at the 2013 Highland Fling

    With a little under 4 weeks until the 4th IAU World Trail Running Championships in Wales, British Athletics has announced a full team of 12 athletes for the forthcoming event, which take place in Llanwrst on Saturday 6 July. Read more…

  137. Chorier ready to take on 'world's toughest 100-miler'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 06 Jun '13

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    300 intrepid ultra-trailers head to Andorra for one of the toughest races on the calendar next week as the Ronda dels Cims awaits, with hard-man and former Hardrock winner Julien Chorier lining-up for the 100 miles and a massive 40,000ft of vertical gain! Read more…

  138. Robbie and Emma carry GB torch at WMRA opener

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Jun '13

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    Robbie Simpson drives on at Grand Ballon

    Last weekend saw round one of the 2013 WMRA Grand Prix at the traditional season opener Montée du Grand Ballon. GB mountain runners Robbie Simpson and Emma Clayton made the trip to France and showed strongly against world-class opposition… Read more…

  139. Morgan states his British Champs case on Yetholm slopes

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Jun '13

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    Morgan leads Joe Symonds

    Last Sunday saw round 2 of the 2013 British Fell Champs at the Yetholm hill race, and saw 2011 British Champ Morgan Donnelly state his claim to regaining that title, as he battled with reigning champion Joe Symonds along with a field littered with quality… Read more…

  140. Trail running the big winner at Big Welsh Trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 03 Jun '13

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    Sarah Caskey

    This weekend saw the inaugural Big Welsh Trail at Coed Llandegla in Denbighshire surpass expectations for many competitors and the organisers alike, as nearly 350 trail runners took on challenging 10km and half marathon routes in sunny, but windy, conditions. Read more…

  141. It's seconds out, round two, at Yetholm

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 30 May '13

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    Gavin Bland at Silent Valley 2013

    This Sunday sees the second round of the British Fell Running Championships taking place in Scotland on the Yetholm race route. After a big battle over in Northern Ireland at the Silent Valley toughie, runners turn their attention to this swift 8 miles just north of the Border… Read more…

  142. GB team for EMRC announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 30 May '13

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    Steve Vernon

    The first four finishers in each for the races at last Saturday’s European Trial race in Keswick, have been selected to represent GB at the forthcoming European Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria. Read more…

  143. Big Welsh Trail is on track

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 29 May '13

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    This weekend sees the inaugural Big Welsh Trail at Coed Llandegla in Denbighshire on Saturday 1st of June, with organisers Always Aim High Events confident that the event will showcase trail running in this part of Wales – and establish an event with a big future. Read more…

  144. UK's best book places for Bulgaria

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 28 May '13

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    Steve Vernon leads Orlando Edwards at Skiddaw

    The heat of Keswick was matched by the hot competition on the slopes of Skiddaw on Saturday as some of the UK’s best mountain runners gathered to battle it out for a few precious places in the GB team which will travel to Bulgaria in a few weeks for the 2013 European Mountain Running Champs... Read more…

  145. Emelie and Kilian just keep on winning...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 26 May '13

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    Kilian on a climb at Zegama

    After taking the honours in La Palma a couple of weeks at Transvulcania, there was a similar look to the results at Zegama today as Kilian Jornet took yet another win, whilst Emelie Forsberg won her first women’s title at this classic European skyrace… Read more…

  146. Zegama? Is Zegama!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 May '13

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    Kilian in the zone at Zegama

    In cycling speak you could probably compare ‘Zegama’ to the Paris-Roubaix, in motor sport the Monaco Grand Prix – you get the picture. The Zegama-Aizkorri Maratòn is a monument in mountain sport, a skyrunning classic… Read more…

  147. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 May '13

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    Steve Vernon mixing it at the Euros

    For mountain runners all roads lead to Keswick as the trials for the European Mountain Running Championships take place on the slopes of Skiddaw. Looking to book their berths in the squad will be the likes of Inter-Counties winner Emma Clayton… Read more…

  148. Ricky makes light work of Scafell Pike

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 May '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot floats across the Scafell Pike terrain

    Described as ‘Mountain trail running at it’s best’, the inaugural Scafell Pike Trail Marathon proved to be a resounding success with hundreds of runners from across the UK descending on the Lakes for this super-tough trail marathon… Read more…

  149. Skyrunning in South Africa scoops its first Skymarathon®

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 May '13

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    South African Skyrunning Association (SASA) has announced a new sanctioned event, the Matroosberg Trail Challenge. Organised by Running The Cape, the 36km race is set in the Matroosberg Private Nature reserve, two and half hours from Cape Town – near Ceres in the Western Cape… Read more…

  150. Racing round up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 23 May '13

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    Martin Cliffe on the Cader descent

    Better late than never, we take a look back at what was a busy weekend of racing in the UK. Away from the Inter Counties racing in Settle, the classic Ras y Gader was won by local international fell runner Ifan Richards… Read more…

  151. Tafese and Clayton take Inter Counties

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 21 May '13

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    Swinburn and Tafese go hard on the early climbs at Settle Hills

    Ethiopian Wegene Tafese and Yorkshire and GB international Emma Clayton took the honours at Sunday’s UK Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships in Settle, and both had to work hard for their victories… Read more…

  152. Scafell Pike Trail Marathon rounds off Keswick Festival

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 May '13

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    Sunday sees the UK’s highest trail marathon taking place on Scafell Pike, as part of High Terrain Events day in the area which also includes the Borrowdale Trail run and the Keswick Sportive tomorrow… Read more…

  153. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 May '13

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    Runners battle it out at Cader Idris

    Racing this weekend features some proper classics including Old County Tops, Cader Idris, Goatfell, Glaramara and the UKA Inter Counties in Settle. The corresponding weekend in 2012 saw some temperatures in the low 30’s across the UK… Read more…

  154. The big one Down Under!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 May '13

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    Ryan Sandes at the TNF100

    Yes, it’s TNF100 time this weekend in Australia, with some of the world’s best including 2012 winner Ryan Sandes, who will be hard to beat on the 100k route which took him a swift 9:22 last year… Read more…

  155. Roberts romps to Moel Eilio win

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 14 May '13

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    Richard Roberts

    Welsh fell runner Richard Roberts was a comfortable winner of the classic Moel Eilio race on Saturday, as the runners tackling one of the UK’s most stunning ridges in weather more akin to March than May! Read more…

  156. Hope sprints in at Fairfield

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 14 May '13

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    Rob Hope

    Former British and English fell running champions Rob Hope showed that class is permanent on Saturday as he took the season-opener of the 2013 English Fell Running Championships at the Fairfield Horseshoe race… Read more…

  157. Breaking! Snowdon Super Cup announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 14 May '13

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    With the popularity of the Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race growing year on year, the programme of racing has been bolstered with the announcement of an exciting new uphill-only race to the summit of this famous mountain – 1085m above sea level. Read more…

  158. SWS 2013 erupts at Transvulcania

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 13 May '13

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    Champagne time for Kilian and Luis

    Expectations ran high and so did Transvulcania fever – before, during and after the race. After last year’s launch as the first-ever skyrunning Ultra, the race again kicked off the 2013 season – and more than lived up to expectations. Read more…

  159. Transvulcania 2013 - the iRunFar view

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 09 May '13

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    Bryon Powell knows his onions. As does MdS 2013 winner Meghan Hicks. Put them both together on one site, and you have a couple of the most insightful previews of this weekend’s big one on the global ultra-trail scene… Read more…

  160. Bumper field expected for English Champs opener

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 08 May '13

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    Simon Bailey on his was to the 2012 English title

    This weekend sees the opening round of the 2013 English Fell Running Championships at the Fairfield Horseshoe race in Cumbria, with over 500 runners expected for this classic Lakeland race… Read more…

  161. Petzl to light-up Ultimate Trails 100k

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 08 May '13

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    Brand new off road ultra marathon event Ultimate Trails Challenge has sold out within three weeks of launching, and with entries flooding in from all over the UK and abroad the event has today announced Petzl as the Official Lighting Partner Read more…

  162. Sky mGzn is out!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 06 May '13

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    The 2013 Skyrunner World Series magazine which details some of the world’s greatest skyrunning races amongst its pages, is now available online and will be produced in hard copy print format for the events… Read more…

  163. Steede's Crossing is no lost cause...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 05 May '13

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    Ian Corless reports from the Lost Worlds Racing, Causeway Crossing series this weekend where Jonny Steede romped to a gun-to-tape win. The Northern Ireland race takes on some of the world’s best coastal landscapes and Read more…

  164. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 03 May '13

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    Runners at the Red Kite Challenge

    Fell and trail racing really kicks on this weekend in the UK with at least 17 races going ahead. From the classic and tough Stuc a’Chroin 5000 in Scotland, to the equally hard Annalong Horsehoe in N. Ireland, there is something for everyone… Read more…

  165. Ultra-trail stars head to Lesotho

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 02 May '13

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    On 30 November 2013, Skyrunners® from all over the world will toe the start line of the inaugural Lesotho Ultra Trail – Africa’s first Ultra Skymarathon® – ready to tackle the 55km, high altitude course through the Tsehlanyane National Park in the heart of the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho… Read more…

  166. Joe and Jasmin take 3 Peaks titles back to Scotland...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 30 Apr '13

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    Joe and Jasmin - Three Peaks champions 2013!

    HBT and Carnethy runners Joe Symonds and Jasmin Paris showed why they are considered amongst the best fell runners in the UK on Saturday as they convincingly won the 2013 Three Peaks Race titles… Read more…

  167. Fling on film

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Apr '13

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    It was a big weekend for long distance races in the UK! What with the Fellsman and the Three Peaks occupying the Yorkshire Dales and the HOKA Highland Fling taking place on the West Highland Way in Scotland… Read more…

  168. Lakeland Trails runners conquer the "Coffin"

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Apr '13

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    The 8th year for the Lakeland Trails event at Hawkshead took place on Saturday 27th April. The event was a huge success, despite the wet weather leading up to the event making the venues waterlogged… Read more…

  169. World Trail hopefuls head to the Fling

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Apr '13

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    Ultra trail runners hoping to bag a GB vest for this summers World Trail Running Championships in North Wales will need to impress at the 53 mile HOKA Highland Fling race this weekend… Read more…

  170. 3 Peaks 2013 - preview

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Apr '13

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    Three Peaks runners on Pen-y-Ghent

    Rather than try and better this Three Peaks Race preview, which would be difficult to be honest, we thought a simple link to the excellent article on the FRA would fill the gaps of who to watch in Horton-in-Ribblesdale this Saturday… Read more…

  171. 1250 trail runners tackle the Coffin Tail at Hawkshead

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Apr '13

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    In the 8th year for the Lakeland Trails event at Hawkshead, taking place on Saturday 27th April, Over 1200 competitors will be tackling the infamous, mile long, killer climb of the “Coffin Trail”… Read more…

  172. 3 Peaks - the joy of winning

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 24 Apr '13

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    The Three Peaks Race is all about the runners. Tales are told that become folk lore down the years, however it’s generally the winners that are remembered – here a few snippets from those who have experienced that joy of winning… Read more…

  173. Tales from Y Moelwyn

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 24 Apr '13

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    Russell Bentley at Ras y Moelwyn 2013

    Russell Bentley has made a big impact on the North Wales fell scene over the last few months and last weekend won one of the Welsh classics, Ras y Moelwyn. His win was all the more impressive as he also defeated 2010 British Fell Champ Tim Davies… Read more…

  174. Fifty years of Three Peaks racing

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 23 Apr '13

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    The famous Ron Hill at Ribblehead

    As part of our build-up to that classic of classics, the Three Peaks, we look forward to Saturday by first of all looking back. This article first appeared on MST a couple of years ago, and is a race history from 1954 – 2004… Read more…

  175. Around the Worlds in 80 days...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Apr '13

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    With just 80 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 4th World Trail Running Championships – which will be held in North Wales on the 6th of July – the countdown to the Championships has begun in earnest. Read more…

  176. 3 Peaks Week

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Apr '13

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    We’ll be winding-up to this weekend’s 59th Three Peaks Race with previews and some nostalgic looks back through the history of this iconic race… Read more…

  177. GL3D™ sells out for 15th anniversary...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Apr '13

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    For years, the Great Lakeland 3Day™ (also known as the GL3D™) was an event known only to a select few; indeed the first race in 1998 had just seven participants… Read more…

  178. The Fellsman - the original ultra!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Apr '13

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    Competitors cross Kingsdale Beck

    There aren’t many ultra races out there that are over 50 years old. The Fellsman is a classic toughie and attracts the hardened fell and ultra runner to over 11,000ft of ascent in its 61 miles, and all on the same day as the Three Peaks Race! Read more…

  179. 100K in a Day? - Lake District's Ultimate Trails Challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Apr '13

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    The Ultimate Trails Challenge, a 100km circuit of the central Lake District, taking in 6 mountain passes, with 14, 000ft of ascent & descent, 5 picturesque lakes and 10 iconic feed stations has today been announced… Read more…

  180. Top Europeans head for the 3 Peaks

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 18 Apr '13

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    Oihana Kortuzar

    With just over a week until the 2013 3 Peaks Race, anticipation is growing for what could be a race to remember in both the men’s and women’s races. The 58th edition of one of the world’s most historic mountain races takes place on the 27th of April… Read more…

  181. UTMB organisers restate obligatory race kit

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 02 Apr '13

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    With fatalities and cancelled and re-routed events becoming more prevalent across global trail running these days, the real dangers in the high mountains are there for all to see… Read more…

  182. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 02 Apr '13

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    Tom Cornthwaite leads Gary Priestley at Rivi Pike

    Away from the Outerside there was racing to be had in England, Wales and Scotland over the last few days. One of the lung-busters of the early fell season is Rivington Pike and this year saw a 4th win of this Lancashire classic for Tom Cornthwaite, after a ding-dong battle with Salford’s Gary Priestley… Read more…

  183. Bell continues impressive form at Outerside

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 01 Apr '13

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    Carl Bell

    inov-8 athletes stamped their authority all over the Outerside Chase event in the Lake District on Saturday, with Carl Bell, Morgan Donnelly and Rob Jebb taking a clean sweep of prizes at the sharp end… Read more…

  184. Top internationals set for Buttermere

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 30 Mar '13

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    The Buttermere 10 Trail Race is scheduled for Sunday 7th April and with a number of Great Britain mountain runners and fell internationals in the field, it is set to be a classic race. Read more…

  185. 2013 British Athletics MR Challenge announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 29 Mar '13

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    Steve Vernon at the UKA Trial 2011

    The dates have been set for the 2013 British Athletics Mountain Running Challenge with three events across uphill and up and down mountain running disciplines. The Inter-Counties kick things off in May at the Settle Hills race… Read more…

  186. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 29 Mar '13

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    With a fair amount of the North, East and South Wales and the west Midlands under a covering of snow still (certainly on the higher ground) any racing that goes ahead this Easter will be tricky… Read more…

  187. Entries close in record time at Snowdon International

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Mar '13

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    Tessa Hill at Snowdon 2012

    After one of the greatest ever races last year when Scotland’s Murray Strain buried the ghost of 2011 and took a famous victory at the 2012 Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race / Ras-yr-Wyddfa, anticipation of the 2013 event is as high as ever… Read more…

  188. The sky's the limit for ISF and Talk Ultra

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Mar '13

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    The ISF and Talk Ultra have teamed-up to bring readers the ‘Skyrunning Interviews’, A new section… publishing interviews with skyrunning personalities – top runners… potential top runners, those behind the scenes, organisers and lots more. Read more…

  189. GB junior women medal at a tough Bydgoszcz

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 25 Mar '13

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    Racing was (as expected) hard at the World XC champs in a snowy Poland yesterday, as the British junior women’s race produced a storming bronze medal and the senior men’s race produced a surprise winner in Japheth Korir… Read more…

  190. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 22 Mar '13

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    Edale - with more seasonal March weather!

    With the two races in North Wales (Excalibur and Yr Aran) already casualties of the weather, it remains to be seen of anymore of this weekend’s fell races will make the cut as the snow and high winds continue to batter northern and midland parts of the UK… Read more…

  191. Lowe Alpine to back GL3D 2013

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 22 Mar '13

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    The Great Lakeland 3Day™ (also known as the GL3D™) is a small but adventurous three-day mountain marathon with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that attracts both runners and long-distance walkers… Read more…

  192. Osbourne dominates at Heptonstall

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 22 Mar '13

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    The 2013 start...

    One of the country’s best and most popular fell races took place last weekend as 227 runners were waved of for the Heptonstall Fell Race on Sunday. Leeds City man and GB international mountain runner Adam Osbourne showed the way, with a powerful display… Read more…

  193. Transvulcania set ignite SWS 2013

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 20 Mar '13

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    In 2012, the ISF launched their first Ultra Series kicking off with the Transvulcania Ultra Marathon on a tiny speck in the Atlantic Ocean called La Palma. The race saw probably the deepest field of international running legends to date… Read more…

  194. Skyrunning hits southern Africa with the Lesotho Ultra Trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 20 Mar '13

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    A new ultra-distance race has hit southern Africa’s trail running calendar with the announcement of the Lesotho Ultra Trail, to take place in northern Lesotho on 30 November. Read more…

  195. Be great in Grizedale this weekend!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 20 Mar '13

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    One of the most scenic events on the trail calendar, the 11th Great Grizedale Trail Run, takes place this Sunday 24th March. Grizedale Forest is the setting for this traffic-free, trail race with the Coniston fells providing a stunning backdrop for the 10-mile event… Read more…

  196. Bell on the Sweet Trail of Success

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 20 Mar '13

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    Carl Bell at the Sticky Toffee trail race

    Carl Bell, who recently joined Keswick AC, found the soft going to his liking in the Lakeland Trails season opener at Cartmel, Lake District on Saturday 16th March, winning the 18km Cartmel Sticky Toffee Trail Race in a new course record of 67.33. Read more…

  197. 57 miles for 57 runners: The Cotswold Way Challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 20 Mar '13

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    The Cotswold Way Challenge 2013, is the latest addition to the Extreme Energy line-up of multi-day ultra events. The course covers 57 miles over two days on 6/7 April, with 57 brave runners and walkers from 25 to 68 yrs old having already entered the event… Read more…

  198. World Skyrunning ranking announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 15 Mar '13

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    The ISF has today put forward the 2013 World Race Ranking with 50 races selected from 14 countries and four continents which, at the end of the season, will establish the world’s 100 élite athletes in the three disciplines: Sky, Ultra and Vertical. Read more…

  199. Ras Bwlch Maesgwm

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 14 Mar '13

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    This Sunday sees a brand new race in North Wales, the Ras Bwlch Maesgwm. Organised by the Snowdon Race team the route follows a classic pathway up the valley of the Snowdon massif from the Llanberis approach… Read more…

  200. Tickner and Damen book World Cross places

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 11 Mar '13

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    Frank Tickner wins the World Cross trials 2013

    Frank Tickner, Louise Damen, Emelia Gorecka and Jonathan Davies were amongst those making sure of their World Cross Country Championships berth on Saturday, at a muddy Cofton Park in Birmingham… Read more…

  201. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 11 Mar '13

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    Steve Cale leads the charge at the 'Canter'

    Bitterly cold winds, rain and snow did nothing to stop hundreds of hardy fell runners heading onto the hills and mountains this weekend for some great fell racing at the Haworth Hobble, Cardington Mill Canter and Brough Law… Read more…

  202. Hope continues good form at Pendle

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 11 Mar '13

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    Rob Hope

    At the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round there was a good quality field for this excellent 10 mile race which takes in Scout Cairn, Calf Hill and Pendle, with 3-time British Fell Champ Rob Hope taking the win from Lloyd Taggart… Read more…

  203. Sticky Toffee Trail set to welcome 1000 trail runners

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 11 Mar '13

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    Over 1000 trail runners from all over the UK, along with overseas visitors from Holland, Germany, Belgium, France and Ireland will be heading to the tiny village of Cartmel in the Lake District this weekend, home of the world famous Sticky Toffee Pudding… Read more…

  204. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 08 Mar '13

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    Andy Davies at the Cardington Cracker 2010

    There are some proper tough (Wuthering Hike – Haworth Hobble), short and sharp (Cardington Mill – almost 2000ft of ascent in a 5 mile race) and nice season openers (Slieve Gullion over in N Ireland) this weekend. Read more…

  205. Crunch time for World Cross hopefuls

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 08 Mar '13

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    Ryan McLeod leads the men's race at the Inter Counties 2011

    The World Cross Country Championships come but once every two years these days, so for those hoping to gain a GB vest in Bydgoszcz in 2 weeks, timing of form is now critical if they are realise their ambitions of racing at the World Cross… Read more…

  206. Ronda dels Cims is a sell-out

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 07 Mar '13

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    Now in its third year the Ronda Del Cims has reached capacity almost 4 months ahead of race day on the 21st of June. This 170km beast is one of the newest additions to the Skyrunner World Series races and one of the 5 events which make up the Ultra series. Read more…

  207. Chaigneau, Forsberg, Sandes all excel at a tough Trans Gran Canaria

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 04 Mar '13

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    Seb Chaigneau on his way to another TGC win

    If you went by the form book in ultra-trail running, this last weekend’s happenings at the Trans Gran Canaria race wouldn’t have seen you go far wrong as global trail giants took the spoils across a weekend of racing… Read more…

  208. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 04 Mar '13

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    Hugh Aggleton and Peter Ryder lead Tim Davies at Tonpantau

    Some glorious weather out there at times this weekend, with others racing beneath leaden skies and getting lost in the clagg! Wins for man-of-the-moment Ricky Lightfoot, Tim Davies and Helen Fines amongst others… Read more…

  209. ECCO indoor trail attracts over 3000

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 04 Mar '13

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    The second annual ECOO Indoor Trail recently took place at Dortmund’s ‘Westfalenhallen’. The indoor trail running event is a joint venture between Runner’s World, shoe brand ECCO and the event company behind the Trans Alpine run, PLAN B… Read more…

  210. Chaigneau, Heras and Sandes top the bill at Trans Gran Canaria

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 01 Mar '13

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    The top dogs at TGC 2013

    Tonight (midnight) sees the start of the TNF Trans Gran Canaria, the first big ultra-trailer of the European season. As you would expect the field is very strong, including 2012 winner Seb Chaigneau, Spain’s Miguel Heras and SA’s Ryan Sandes.. Read more…

  211. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 01 Mar '13

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    Tonight sees the start of one of the UK’s most historic mountain running events, the High Peak Marathon. 49 teams will start between 10pm and midnight ish, as they embark on Read more…

  212. Snowdon 2013: First 200 entries go on sale

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 01 Mar '13

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    00.01 on the 1st of March (around 2 hours from now!) is when the first 200 places for the 38th Ty’n Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race go on sale – for runners who have previously competed in the event in the last 5 years… Read more…

  213. Karrimor GTC returns to Keswick

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 27 Feb '13

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    The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge – already established as one of the biggest events of its kind in the North of England – will return to Keswick this summer for a festival of trail running… Read more…

  214. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 26 Feb '13

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    Emma Clayton and Tom Adams at the Ilkley Moor race

    Wins for Ricky Lightfoot, Emma Clayton, Tom Adams and Rob Hope amongst others at last weekend’s racing on the fells of England and Wales. Snow was still prevalent in the Lakes at High Cup Nick, as Lightfoot took yet another win in 2013… Read more…

  215. Hill runners dominate at Scottish XC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 26 Feb '13

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    With hill and mountain runners filling 4 of the first 6 spots in the senior men’s race at at this weekend’s Scottish National XC, it was plain to see that those who like it hilly still have plenty of leg speed when it comes to the flatter stuff… Read more…

  216. Gerrard repeats at a gruelling National

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 25 Feb '13

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    Keith Gerrard kicks away from Steve Vernon

    Keith Gerrard retained his English National XC title on Saturday on a snowy, muddy, cold and frankly gruelling Sunderland course, which also saw Louise Damen retain the women’s crown in emphatic style… Read more…

  217. Joe heads to the Iditarod

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 22 Feb '13

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    Joe Grant

    2013 inov-8 athlete Joe Grant is preparing to tackle the extremes of Alaska in a 350-mile race described by organisers as the world’s longest human powered winter ultra-marathon. Read more…

  218. It's National time

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 22 Feb '13

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    The National 'charge'

    In England and Scotland that is. This weekend will see a sea of XC runners from across the age groups tackle parkland courses in Sunderland and Falkirk. Read more…

  219. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 22 Feb '13

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    Plenty for fell runners to get their teeth into this weekend, with some really nice races from the Yorskshire Dales to North Wales, and the Quantocks. Your full weekend line-up is online at the FRA here, including High Cup Nick and Moel y Ci… Read more…

  220. Mountain of Greatness

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 19 Feb '13

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    South African based media business Go Trail Media have teamed-up with Summit Expeditions Nomadic Experience to document and promote the inaugural Kilimanjaro Stage Run which took place last year… Read more…

  221. Mudge and Wild dominate at Carnethy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 18 Feb '13

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    Angela Mudge makes it 14 at Carnethy

    In what appeared to be great fell and hill running conditions, Finlay Wild and Angela Mudge took the wins at the Carnethy 5 on Saturday. With stories which could not be much more different, Mudge took win number 14 with Wild winning on his debut! Read more…

  222. The Coastal Challenge 2013

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 18 Feb '13

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    Talk Ultra man Ian Corless recently headed out to Costa Rica for a hot, sweaty and most importantly, stunningly beautiful trail race – the Coastal Challenge. Read more…

  223. SWS 2013 will once again be 'stacked'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 18 Feb '13

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    2012 Dolomites SkyRace winner Emelie Forsberg

    2013 will once again see races across the mountains and trails of the world filled with world-class talent, and building on the 2012 Skyrunner® World Series success (and the introduction of the Ultras) this year will bring an even bigger star-studded cast… Read more…

  224. UK's elite head to Carnethy 5

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 15 Feb '13

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    This Saturday sees one of the biggest races on the calendar as a stacked field head to the 42nd Carnethy 5 Hill Race. Though only 6 miles the race takes in 5 peaks and in wet weather is known to be extremely demanding… Read more…

  225. A record-breaking start for Extreme Energy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 14 Feb '13

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    Extreme Energy’s 2013 race season got off to a record-breaking start last weekend, with Danny Kendall shaving 17 minutes off the previous course record to finish the 64-mile, 2-day ultra-marathon course Read more…

  226. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 11 Feb '13

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    Karl Gray is all smiles at the Wadsworth Trog

    A range of weather conditions faced runners this weekend across the UK, from the snow and blizzards of the Winter Hill race, to the mud and bogs of the Wadsworth Trog and the Long Mynd Valleys… Read more…

  227. The OMM heads for the Beacons

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 11 Feb '13

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    The 2013 OMM comes to Wales this year, and the Brecon Beacons. The exact location of the event on the 26th-27th of October will as ever be a closely guarded secret until a week or so before the event… Read more…

  228. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 08 Feb '13

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    Rich Roberts at Long Mynd 2012

    There is an air of ‘the season is getting started’ about this weekend, with a curtain raiser on the Welsh scene at Tarren Hendre, the excellent Wadsworth Trog, the stunning (and tough) Long Mynd Valleys and the cracking Devil’s Burdens relay in Scotland… Read more…

  229. Goodnight all!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 08 Feb '13

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    This is what is is all about. A good pub, great ale, a cosy night out and a bit of fell running thrown in. Well, that’s exactly what a hardy 51 runners got this week when they turned up at the White Lion pub for the CVFR Heptonstall Night Score Event... Read more…

  230. Snowdonia Marathon Eryri close to filling...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 07 Feb '13

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    Race entry numbers have once again set new records, as almost 2000 runners have now registered for the 2013 Snowdonia Marathon Eryri. Entries went live on at midnight on the 1st of January with almost 800 places being bagged in the first 24 hours.  Read more…

  231. New York kicks off 2013 Vertical World Circuit

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 06 Feb '13

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    Thomas Dold at the Vertical Rush 2012

    Celebrating five years, the 2013 Vertical World Circuit continues it’s upward climb launching with today’s Empire State Building Run-Up in New York with newly crowned VWC champions, Thomas Dold and Suzy Walsham toeing the start line. Read more…

  232. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 04 Feb '13

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    Ricky Lightfoot at the recent King of the Castle race

    Fell internationals Ricky Lightfoot and Carl Bell battled it out up at the Jarrett Jaunt this weekend. Ellenborough runner Ricky once again edged-out Carl by just under a minute, with former Howgill man Bell resplendent in his new Keswick AC colours… Read more…

  233. Entries open for Al Andalus UT

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 04 Feb '13

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    The Al Andalus Ultra Trail is a super-tough 5-day, 5-stage race of around 230km from the 9th – 12th of July this year. The course provides a demanding test, not just for the legs, but for a runner’s character and determination… Read more…

  234. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 01 Feb '13

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    Runners at Lad's Leap 2010

    With the snow gone and temps a bit higher, weather conditions should be reasonably good up there on the hills this weekend. However, after snow-melt and heavy rain this week too, expect there to be plenty of mud and bogs out there! Read more…

  235. Skyrunning world champs head to Chamonix in 2014

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 01 Feb '13

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    Two important firsts have been announced by the International Skyrunning Federation, as the 2014 Skyrunning World Championships includes ultra distance for the first time, and Chamonix – the most iconic outdoor sports arena – will host the events, in June 2014… Read more…

  236. Extreme Energy runners gets ready for a pilgrimage...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 28 Jan '13

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    Extreme Energy’s 2013 event season begins next weekend (2/3 February) with The Pilgrim Challenge. At 32 miles a day over two days, from Farnham to Merstham and back, the Pilgrim is not for the faint-hearted – whatever the weather. Read more…

  237. Mountain marathoners brave the Dark Mountains

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 28 Jan '13

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    The UK’s first overnight mountain marathon, Marmot Dark Mountains, was held at Muncaster Castle in the Lake District this weekend. This new event had promised to be a serious challenge and it certainly lived up to expectations. Read more…

  238. Area XC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 28 Jan '13

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    Aaron Scott leads Connor Murphy at the Midland XC Champs

    Scenes of snow, slush and mud were abundant at this weekend’s area XC races in the North and Midlands of England. The tough conditions did little to deter hardy club and international cross country runners though – with Hatti Archer and Steve Vernon amongst the winners… Read more…

  239. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 25 Jan '13

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    The weather is a changing out there, with low temperatures giving way milder conditions and rain moving east, and high up on the hills and mountains that may lead to some very icey conditions at this weekend’s race programme… Read more…

  240. Ben Nevis race gets ready to open and unveils website re-vamp

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 23 Jan '13

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    The 2013 Ben Nevis Race will post up this year’s entry form on their brand new website this Sunday, 27th January at 12 noon. Read more…

  241. McCain Cardiff Cross Challenge highlights...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 22 Jan '13

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    A bit of snow didn’t put off the hardy Welsh Athletics organisation last Sunday as round 4 of the 2012/2013 McCain Cross Challenge series hit a wintery Cardiff. XC big-hitters Andy Vernon and Louise Damen showed up and duly took the senior honours… Read more…

  242. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Jan '13

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    Tom Adams leads Tom Addison

    Amidst the snow there was some great racing around the country this weekend, with none more so than at the Stanbury Splash in Yorkshire where Tom Addison (39.01) edged out Tom Adams (39.02) by the narrowest of margins… Read more…

  243. It'll be true grit at 2013 Accelerate fell series

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 20 Jan '13

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    Sheffield retail specialists Accelerate know a thing or two about event organisation too. The successful Gritstone series returns for 2013 with 8 races, and includes a 4-race series for juniors too – the Gritty Series! Read more…

  244. Weekend racing?

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 19 Jan '13

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    Yes, we’d be surprised if all of the planned racing this weekend goes ahead. For a start the Endurance Life CTS race on Anglesey has fallen by the wayside, due to rare blizzard and drifting snow conditions on the North Wales island… Read more…

  245. Johnson and Paris dominate at the Trigger

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 15 Jan '13

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    There were new records by about 5 minutes (Oli Johnson) and almost half an hour (Jasmin Paris) at the excellent Marsden to Edale Trigger fell race on Sunday, in crisp Peak District conditions… Read more…

  246. Marmot Dark Mountains™ venue announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 14 Jan '13

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    The venue for the inaugural Marmot Dark Mountains™ – the event which takes the classic two-day mountain marathon format and gives it a new, darker twist – has just been announced as the spectacular Muncaster Castle in the southwest Lake District… Read more…

  247. The Spine gets underway...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 12 Jan '13

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    Deemed Britain’s most brutal race, the 268-mile beast that is The Spine Race – a non-stop winter ultra-marathon encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way – got underway today (12 Jan) at 8am… Read more…

  248. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 Jan '13

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    Runners at the Ashurst Beacon race

    With the Tor Y Foel race in south Wales, a handful of races in the Peaks and Lakes this weekend – and the promise of colder conditions – there are some good reasons to get out racing this weekend… Read more…

  249. Big Welsh Trail is on track…

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 Jan '13

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    This year will see the Big Welsh Trail taking place at Coed Landegla, in Denbighshire, on the 1st of June – the very latest addition to Always Aim High Events growing portfolio of exciting outdoor events. Read more…

  250. Star line-up announced at Fuego y Agua

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 Jan '13

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    Ultra-trail race Fuego y Agua is building to be quite an event this February with the likes of Ian Sharman and Anna Frost heading to Nicaragua. 2013 will mark Fuego y Agua’s 4th edition, with 500 participants racing distances of 25k, 50k, and 100k… Read more…

  251. 2013 Carnethy 5 opens up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 09 Jan '13

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    The runners gather for the 41st Carnethy 5

    2013 Scottish Hill Runners Senior Championship opener, the Carnethy 5, has this week opened up for entries. This year a ‘ballot system’ will be in place, whereby runners ‘enter’ only then to hope to be one of the lucky 610 selected to race on the 16th of Feb… Read more…

  252. Kiptoo and Masai spearhead African World Cross tune-up at Amorebieta

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 09 Jan '13

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    Mark Kiptoo

    Kenya’s Mark Kiptoo and Magdalene Masai were winners on the day at the classic Spanish XC race the ‘59th Cross Internacional Zornotza’ last weekend, as many of the possible protagonists at this year’s World Cross in Poland were out in force across Europe… Read more…

  253. Runners aim to be on Cloud 9

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 08 Jan '13

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    Jack Ross at the Cloud 9 race

    The 26th Cloud Nine Hill Race will be run on Sunday 3rd March and entries are once again expected to flood in. Cloud 9 was Conceived in 1986 as a “dash” from the town to the trig point at the top of the local hill (The Cloud, 343m) and back, for members of Congleton Harriers… Read more…

  254. "Mountain Trail Running at it's best"

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 Jan '13

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    High Terrain Events have announced details of the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon, a brand new event for 2013 incorporating England’s highest peak. The date is scheduled for Sunday 19th May and is to be held in conjunction with Keswick Mountain Festival. Read more…

  255. Still time to light-up the Dark Mountains™

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 06 Jan '13

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    Entries remain open for the Marmot Dark Mountains™ race, which takes the classic two-day mountain marathon format and gives it a new, darker twist. Rather than two days of running with an overnight camp, this one packs everything into one winter’s night! Read more…

  256. Britton is great in Edinburgh

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 06 Jan '13

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    Fionnuala Britton

    Gone were the ice cold temperatures of the last couple of years at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country, but the racing was as hot as ever as champions galore lined up for a festival of XC racing to bring in 2013… Read more…

  257. New Year racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 03 Jan '13

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    Carl Bell chases Morgan at the Nine Standards race

    Looking at some of the images from New Year’s Day, it seems that the conditions were pretty good for fell and mountain racing, and that came through with some of the performances on the first day of 2013 too… Read more…

  258. A look back at 2012: Pt5

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 02 Jan '13

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    Steven Cale with Tim Davies at the fell relays

    One of the events of this year, and any year for that matter, on the fell running calendar are the hotly contested UKA Fell Relays. 2012 was no different, as the men in yellow, Mercia, made sure of a ‘home’ win, and those Scottish raiders HBT took the women’s crown… Read more…

  259. Jonny caps off a super 2012 at ALS

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 02 Jan '13

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    Jonny leads Tom on the last river crossing

    Yesterday saw World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist from 2012, Jonny Brownlee, storm to victory at one of the races of the year, Auld Lang Syne. This one is a sell-out, way in advance, and was packed with international talent in both the men’s and women’s fields… Read more…

  260. Hit The Trail this Sunday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 31 Dec '13

    Never ones to shirk our responsibility to the grass roots here at MST, we’d like to big-up a great urban trail race up in the Manchester area – taking place this Sunday the 6th of January. For all you ‘urban trailsters’ who are fed up with the pavements and traffic – Hit the Trail! Read more…

  261. Addisons show the way at Wansfell

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 30 Dec '12

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    Tom Addison at Wansfell 2012

    One of the most popular festive fell races at Wansfell was won by Helm Hill man Tom Addison, sprinting in for a narrow win over cousin Mark. Conditions were kind as the large field set out on this 2.1m ‘sprint’ in Ambleside… Read more…

  262. A look back at 2012: Pt4

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 29 Dec '12

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    MST’s day spent on the 2012 Dragon’s Back Race was one to remember. It was hot, it was hard and the event continued to sieve-out competitors as they journeyed over Cader Idris, some tough Dyfi forest tracks and culminated on Pen Pumlumon Fawr in the Cambrian mountains… Read more…

  263. A look back at 2012: Pt3

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 29 Dec '12

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    Number 5 for Lizzy Hawker at UTMB

    A round-up of the best bits of any year would probably include a dramatic UTMB. Well, 2012 is no different, as another event of crazy weather and shortened routes is what we got, with a new men’s winner in Francois d’Haene. But some things never change, as Lizzy Hawker won her 5th title… Read more…

  264. A look back at 2012: Pt2

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Dec '12

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    Murray Strain heads back to Llanberis at Snowdon 2012

    After looking back at Joe Symonds’ 3 Peaks win as part of our re-living of great moments of 2012 last week, we now look at another great Scottish win on the highest mountain in England and Wales – Snowdon! Read more…

  265. Festive racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 21 Dec '12

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    The Brownlee brothers at Auld Lang Syne 2011

    As the world winds down for Christmas, the fell and trail runners of the UK will be out and about hitting the hills, whether racing, training or just working off that Yuletide excess. The race scene stops for no one and there are a glut of great races to get stuck into between now and 2013… Read more…

  266. Weekend round-up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Dec '12

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    Tim Davies leads at the 2013 Corndon Classic

    The Rab Dark and White mini-MM, the Corndon 3 Peaks Classic and the Slieu Whallian Hill race took place this weekend, with clement weather, considering what had come in the days before… Read more…

  267. Sweet trails at Sticky Chocolate races

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Dec '12

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    Mud and chocolate were the order of the day at the inaugural Sticky Chocolate Trail Run on Saturday (15 Dec) as GB internationals and mere mortals lined-up for a variety of trails races in the Lakes… Read more…

  268. Adams and Fines take the Stoop…

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Dec '12

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    Tom Adams at the Stoop 2012

    One the Yorkshire’s best-loved fell races went off in dry conditions on Sunday, as 270 runners lined up for the Yuletide 5 miler that is the Stoop which attracted some of the UK best to hills and fells near Halifax… Read more…

  269. Championships announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Dec '12

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    Runners at the 1984 Blisco Dash, a Brit champs race in 2013

    The English and British Fell Running Championships have been announced for 2013, with some classic races for contenders to feast their eyes and legs on between March and September next year… Read more…

  270. Marmot and Silva to light-up the Dark Mountains™

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 16 Dec '12

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    Marmot Dark Mountains™ takes the classic two-day mountain marathon format and gives it a new, darker twist. Rather than two days of running with an overnight camp, this one packs everything into one winter’s night! Read more…

  271. Ultra debuts at 2013 Euro Skyrunning Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 15 Dec '12

    2012 Dolomites SkyRace winner Emelie Forsberg

    Every two years the European Skyrunning Championships are celebrated and 2013 is no exception. The big news for next year is the inclusion of an ultra distance race for the first time. Read more…

  272. Trail Marathon Wales is full!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 14 Dec '12

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    2012 winner Andy Davies

    Moving into its second year one of Wales’ biggest trail running events, Trail Marathon Wales, has closed entries to the full marathon, after reaching the maximum 400 entries in a little over 90 days for the June 2013 race… Read more…

  273. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 14 Dec '12

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    Runners at the 2011 Stoop

    The festive cheer should be flowing this weekend as it’s the last real racing weekend before Christmas. One of the classic yuletide fell races goes off on Sunday, as a big field will be expected for the Stoop Read more…

  274. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 11 Dec '12

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    Paul Jones

    Snow and ice was in force at the Really Wild Boar race on Saturday, with former British fell champ Rob Hope taking the win against a quality field. In the west on Sunday it was full mud however, as Mercia’s Paul Jones won the classic ‘Mortimers’ race… Read more…

  275. Jess is a golden great in Budapest

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 10 Dec '12

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    Golden girl Jess Coulsen

    This weekend was in short pretty amazing for GB’s cross country runners. The fact that every single one of the team (from U20 to seniors) returned home from the 2012 Euro XC champs with a medal is remarkable… Read more…

  276. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Dec '12

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    Rich Roberts at the 2011 Mortimers race

    A handful of races this weekend, and with many of the mountains and hills of the UK under a white sheet of snow many races organiser are stating full body cover and full kit for their races… Read more…

  277. Earn your turkey at Heptonstall!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Dec '12

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    A big festive race route recce is planned on Sunday 23rd December for the 2013 Heptonstall Fell Race. All comers are welcome; with around 20 runners already confirmed for a 15 mile jaunt around the lovely route on the fells and woods of West Yorkshire… Read more…

  278. TAR hits new paths over the Alps

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Dec '12

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    500 runners from more than 30 nations will rise to the challenge of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN for the ninth time and will overcome not only geographical but also personal limits on exciting new routes and stunning new landscapes… Read more…

  279. Germany's highest mountain causes trail running fever

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 05 Dec '12

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    After a super-succesful event in 2012, the 2013 Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail is ready to accept next year’s runners, and such is the demand for spaces at the event next June that applicants from 19 countries have taken up places in the first 3 days of entries opening… Read more…

  280. Euro XC is this weekend!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 05 Dec '12

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    European Athletics have put together some great preview articles for this weekend’s Euro XC in Hungary. 2011 men’s champion Atelaw Bekele returns under a bit of cloud, and evergreen Serhiy Lebid also runs aiming to make it 10 titles! Read more…

  281. Weekend Round-Up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Dec '12

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    A weekend of fine weather for the most part saw some big numbers of fell runners venturing out for some of the year’s best races. 180 plus turned up for the Gravy Pud race, and then there is the Cardington Cracker with its 9 miles and 2,600 feet of “hell”… Read more…

  282. Heras leads European charge in San Francisco

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 01 Dec '12

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    Miguel Heras on his way to the 2012 TNF50 crown

    After inclement weather forced a re-routed TNF50 in San Francisco earlier today, the ensuing mud and torrential rain probably played into the hands of Spain Miguel Heras and Swede Emelie Forsberg, as they both bagged the men’s and women’s titles, plus a cool $10,000 each! Read more…

  283. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 30 Nov '12

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    Will anyone get near Gareth Raven and Christine Howard’s course records at the classic Gravy Pud race this Sunday? How big will the field be at the ever-popular Cardington Cracker in Shropshire? And was there a day in the fell calendar with so many great names for races as there are this Sunday?! Read more…

  284. SWS announces new landscape for 2013

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 30 Nov '12

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    Kilian at Zegama 2011

    Out go such classics as Giir di Mont and Sierre Zinal, and in come some exciting new races in the form of the first 100-miler for the series, Ronda dels Cims. Next year’s Skyrunner World Series will be split into three distinct circuits, those of Sky, Ultra and Vertical… Read more…

  285. TNF 50 is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 30 Nov '12

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    The season finale in San Fran is once again upon us, as a host of top ultra-trailers get ready for 50 miles of racing in the Marin Headlands on Saturday. MST was there two years ago and take it from us this one is big… Read more…

  286. Gorecka leads Budapest charge...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Nov '12

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    The GB & NI team for this year’s European Cross Country Championships in a couple of weeks has been announced, and bar the odd non-trails runner inclusion it is pretty much as expected following the Trials races last Saturday… Read more…

  287. Weekend Round-Up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 26 Nov '12

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    Danny Hope at the 2012 Dave Staff Memorial race

    If any underlining of what a marvellous sport fell running is, this weekend’s Dave Staff Memorial Race did that. A sunny day, with plenty of mud underfoot, smiling faces, 184 runners and a good pile of cash raised for some very good causes… Read more…

  288. Crunch time in Liverpool!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Nov '12

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    Liverpool’s Sefton Park awaits this weekend as the UK’s top XC runners face one of their biggest races of the season to be one of the lucky few that’ll travel to Budapest as part of the British & NI team at the 2012 European Cross Country Champs... Read more…

  289. 2012, the year Skyrunning arrived

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Nov '12

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    As followers of this site will know, we have been supporting skyrunning and the Skyrunner® World Series for 4 years now, but this year has been different. As this excellent article portrays, the sport has moved up a few notches in 2012. Read more…

  290. Red Bull LionHeart - only for the brave...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Nov '12

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    A brand new event in South Africa looks set to take eliminator racing to the next level. Competitors at the Red Bull LionHeart are ready to roar into action this afternoon (23 Nov) in a time trial that will see each runner being seeded for tomorrow’s race action… Read more…

  291. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Nov '12

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    Tim Davies - Time Trial record holder

    A relatively quiet weekend on the hills this weekend. There are a couple of short ones in the north of England at Kirkby Moor and the Dave Staff Memorial races, plus there is the Ras y Mast race in South Wales. One interesting race though is down in Shropshire… Read more…

  292. Fuego y Agua, the Eco-Ultra

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 21 Nov '12

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    Nicaragua is probably not on everyone’s bucket list when it comes to places to run an ultra. However, the Fuego y Agua race in February is possibly the perfect anti-thesis to that big ‘circus event’ which pervades much of the annual ultra-trail calendar around the world today… Read more…

  293. Ethiopia scoop the big prize at Obudu

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 21 Nov '12

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    At the 4th African Mountain Running Championships last weekend, Ethiopians Etenesh Diro Neda and Abebe Dinkesa took home a whopping $50,000 dollars each as they won the women’s and men’s races respectively… Read more…

  294. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 19 Nov '12

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    Great racing as ever on the mountains and fells this weekend, as Carl Bell, Helen Fines and Steve Cale pulled-off fine wins. It was also the FRA do where the 2012 silverware was dished out, so no doubt a few ales were sunk too! Read more…

  295. Heras out on his own at K42

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 19 Nov '12

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    Miguel Heras at the K42 in Argentina

    Spain’s Miguel Heras seems to be back to his best as returned to winning ways this weekend in Argentina, easily winning the K42 race in Patagonia. The former San Fran TNF 50 winner has had a tough year after being plagued by knee problems in the last 12 months… Read more…

  296. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Nov '12

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    The nights draw in, but fell racing still shows no let up with another 8 races this weekend in England and Wales. The mighty Tour of Pendle in the Lancashire awaits, as does the classic Penmaenmawr fell race in North Wales… Read more…

  297. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 14 Nov '12

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    There was some real quality on show this weekend, as sunny Autumn conditions ensured that races were well attended, and with winners such as Simon Bailey, Angela Mudge, Lauren Jeska, Carl Bell and Joe Symonds in action racing was fast and furious… Read more…

  298. Rob swaps his studs for spikes

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Nov '12

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    Rob Hope tracks Tom Carson

    Pudsey fell man Rob Hope laced up his XC spikes on Saturday for a change as he took on the cross country regulars at the Red Rose Cross Country League. Luckily fell snapper Andy Holden was on hand too, and has sent us a little write up with his images… Read more…

  299. Zemmer climbs to the top of the world

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Nov '12

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    Urban Zemmer

    Italy’s Urban Zemmer triumphed in Sunday’s Vertical Kilometer® Series final in Spain and added the world champion title to his recent world record… Read more…

  300. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 09 Nov '12

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    It’s time for the fell runners to go head-to-head with the cyclists this weekend at the excellent Harriers vs Cyclists in Bingley. Last year saw a win for Ian Taylor on his bike, breaking the course record, with Ilkley runner Tom Adams the first fell runner.. Read more…

  301. Belgrave pounce at Mansfield

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 06 Nov '12

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    Leg one runners get underway at Mansfield

    This weekend’s 2012 National XC Relays were a spectacle of elite cross country running in the UK, with competition fierce as ever. Belgrave sprung a bit of a surprise perhaps, by taking the men’s title… Read more…

  302. Sandes smashes Sky Run record

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Nov '12

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    Ryan Sandes

    Ryan Sandes continued his impressive trail and ultra trail career with an incredible performance at the 2012 Salomon Sky Run in South Africa this weekend. The Salomon athlete broke the course record by 2 hours for a start! Read more…

  303. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Nov '12

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    Lloyd Taggart at the 2012 Clwydian Hills

    Karl Gray, Lloyd Taggart, Lynne Clough and Kenny Richmond found their way onto the top spots of this weekend’s fell and hill races around the UK. With some pretty decent (if cold!) conditions, runners were out in force… Read more…

  304. Weekend Round-Up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 01 Nov '12

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    Simon Bailey

    There were some notable fell and hill races last weekend, that we are just catching up on! Firstly, Great Whernside where Ian Holmes continued his ‘comeback’, winning his second race in as many weeks, with Ambleside’s Annie Bamber winning the ladies race… Read more…

  305. Howgills host "perfect" OMM

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 01 Nov '12

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    Bjorn Rydvall and Aaron Prince at the 2012 OMM

    The OMM was the major mountain and fell event this weekend, as pairs of intrepid runners had to endure some tough terrain and a wet and cold Sunday in this two day classic, which this year visited the Howgill Fells in Cumbria… Read more…

  306. Trail runners get ready for the Dirty Double

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 30 Oct '12

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    There’s less than a week to go before the Dirty Double this weekend, with over 2000 pre entered competitors from all over the UK. Representatives from 11 different nations will be travelling to the tiny village of Glenridding, for the Lakeland Trails Dirty Double... Read more…

  307. Wales' finest dominate McCain XC Rd1

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Oct '12

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    Dewi Griffiths on his way in Bristol

    Top Welsh athletes Dewi Griffiths and Caryl Jones scored their finest XC wins to date in the UK, as the Swansea runners won the senior men’s and women’s races at the McCain Bristol Cross Challenge on Sunday… Read more…

  308. Samuel repeats at Snowdonia Marathon

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Oct '12

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    Rob Samuel with the trophy

    Wales and GB international Rob Samuel returned to Snowdonia on Saturday with a stunning performance at the 2012 Snowdonia Marathon Eryri, winning the race for a second successive year… Read more…

  309. Antolinos and Picas conquer Templiers

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Oct '12

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    Picas secures the Ultra SkyMarathon® Series title for 2012

    The final act in a superb 2012 Ultra SkyMarathon® Series was played out in France this weekend, as some of the world’s best trail and ultra runners gathered for the historic 74km battle-ground that is Course des Templiers... Read more…

  310. Symonds returns to Templiers

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Oct '12

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    Andy Symonds at the 2011 Course des Templiers

    2011 Course des Templiers winner Andy Symonds heads back to Millau this weekend for a tilt at retaining the title on this classic 73km ultra-trail race which also features as the final event in the 2012 Ultra SkyMarathon® Series Read more…

  311. Baldaccini sets Vanoni alight

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Oct '12

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    Baldaccini flying in Morbegno

    Alex Baldaccini continued his very strong 2012 season on Sunday as he broke Marco de Gasperi’s course record at the 55th Trofeo Vanoni. The Italian sped off from the gun to rip round the tough Morbegno course in 28:21, a full 24 seconds up on de Gasperi’s mark… Read more…

  312. Congleton host Passing Clouds

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Oct '12

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    Congleton Harriers this weekend put on the Passing Clouds race, a 9 mile speedy off-road event on footpaths and trails around the Tittesworth Reservoir in Staffordshire, which always draws a large crowd of devoted regulars… Read more…

  313. Trail runners bask in Ennerdale sun

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 23 Oct '12

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    Yesterday’s Ennerdale Trail Races were party to some glorious Autumn sunshine, providing one of the country’s most beautiful backdrops to any trail races this year. Racing was graced by top UK runners Carl Bell and Emma Clayton as runners pitted themselves over 50, 25 and 10k routes… Read more…

  314. Vertical K records go in Switzerland

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 23 Oct '12

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    Urban Zemmer

    In conditions more akin to mid summer, Urban Zemmer and Christel Dewalle updated the ‘world’s best’ times for a vertical kilometre at the Le KM Vertical de Fully race yesterday, with Zemmer’s time equating to over 2000 vertical metres an hour… Read more…

  315. Davies wins yet another Breidden Hills

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 23 Oct '12

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    Tim Davies

    There was a very familiar look to the results sheet from this year’s Breidden Hills race as Mercia’s Tim Davies won his umpteenth race at this classic 7 miler on the England / Wales border… Read more…

  316. Holmes back to winning ways

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 23 Oct '12

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    Ian Holmes at Withins 2012

    There was a welcome sight at the top of the results sheet at the Withins Skyline race in Keighley on Sunday as Ian Holmes chalked up the win, with over 300 senior and 65 junior runners finishing the race… Read more…

  317. Brits head to Italy for the Trofeo Vanoni

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 18 Oct '12

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    Just part of the tremendous prize-list that the International Snowdon Race offers is a trip out to the historic mountain relay race that is the Trofeo Vanoni. Read more…

  318. 'Wildwaterforestmountains'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 18 Oct '12

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    The Ennerdale Trail Races, the final race in the 2012 Salomon Trail Tour, are scheduled for this Sunday 21 October in the spectacular Ennerdale valley – a remote location on the western fringes of the Lake District National Park. Read more…

  319. Emotions run high for Ben at Langdale

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 17 Oct '12

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    Ben Abdelnoor at the Langdale Horseshoe 2012

    Top Cumbrian fells-man Ben Abdelnoor showed his class at the Langdale Horseshoe this weekend, winning this historic race for a second time. However, with sadness still pervading the fell community it was an emotional race for the Ambleside runner… Read more…

  320. Scottish race round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 16 Oct '12

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    The Pentland Skyline lives up to its name!

    A flurry of racing went ahead in Scotland this weekend as the SHR Long Classic Series culminated at the Pentland Skyline Hill Race. There was also action at Meall nan Tarmachan, Manor Water Hill Race and Sron a Clachain… Read more…

  321. Jornet and Forsberg take Skyrunning world titles

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 15 Oct '12

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    Forsberg and Jornet - champions!

    At the start of 2012 many would have predicted the outcome of the men’s Skyrunner® World Series, yes yet another crown (and that’s now 4!) for Kilian Jornet. However, in the women’s series a super-talented athlete from Sweden, in her first ‘big year’ in the sport, was not everyone’s first pick… Read more…

  322. UKA Fell Relays: Mercia reign on home ground, as HBT take ladies

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 15 Oct '12

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    Steven Cale with Tim Davies at the fell relays

    Mercia Fell Runners had a grand day out in the Shropshire countryside yesterday, as their men’s team took a superb win in the UKA Fell Relay Championships. Their women also turned in a great performance to take silver in the ladies’ champs, pipped by top Scots HBT… Read more…

  323. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 12 Oct '12

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    Lloyd bringing it home for DPFRA at the 2011 UKA relays

    Top of the shop this weekend goes to the UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championship hosted by Mercia Fell Runners. Proceedings will no doubt be very poignant after last weekend’s extremely sad news from the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay in the Lakes… Read more…

  324. Rees returns to the trails at Kielder

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 09 Oct '12

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    Ceri Rees

    Ceri Rees was a one-time junior XC star, winning the highly-competitive UK Inter-Counties in the late 1980s. On Sunday he showed that class is permanent, by ripping around the Salomon Kielder Marathon route for another high-quality win… Read more…

  325. World series concludes at Kinabalu

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 09 Oct '12

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    Kilian breaks the tape at Kinabalu

    The traditional final-curtain of the Skyrunner® World Series once again sees the Kinabalu Climbathon takes centre stage this weekend, with the cream of world skyrunning heading out to Malaysia for a new route at this world-famous mountain event… Read more…

  326. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Oct '12

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    Out of respect for the tragic circumstances prevailing over the fell running community this weekend, we will not be reporting on any of this weekend’s fell, hill and mountain racing. Read more…

  327. Wilkinson stars at Lakeland Trails Festival

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Oct '12

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    Vic Wilkinson at the Coniston Trail Race

    The 8th International Lakeland Trails Festival in Coniston on Saturday 6 October, was a huge success – thanks to a massive ‘behind the scenes’ community effort in the weeks leading up to the event… Read more…

  328. Baldaccini sprints in at Smarna Gora

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 08 Oct '12

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    The final race of the 2012 WMRA Grand Prix eventually took place this weekend, after the Smarna Gora race in Slovenia stepped in to replace the planned Turkish round in Bursa. So step in it did, providing some superb racing on a classic mountain running course… Read more…

  329. Fell relay season hots-up at Ian Hodgson

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 07 Oct '12

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    This weekend sees England’s (along with Carnethy and Westerlands from Scotland) top fell clubs battle it out in Patterdale, Cumbria, for one of the most hotly contested fell running trophies of the year… Read more…

  330. Grand Prix concludes in Slovenia

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 05 Oct '12

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    Ahmet Arslan

    After suffering problems with the planned final round in Turkey, the World Mountain Running Association called on the rock-solid Smarna Gora race to step in at the 11th-hour to offer itself as once again the final race in the 2012 WMRA Grand Prix Read more…

  331. Davies adds class to Island Trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 01 Oct '12

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    Andy Davies leads Richard Roberts

    2011 Commonwealth silver medalist Andy Davies returned to Newborough yesterday for the inaugural Island Trail Half Marathon. The Welsh international showed his trail running prowess, powering the win in wretched weather conditions… Read more…

  332. Mud, sweat and gears

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 01 Oct '12

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    I’d wager that there a few runner /cyclists as good out there today as good as Rob Jebb. I’m not talking triathletes like Jonny and Ali now, I am talking runners who can one day win a 3 hour fell race, the next a 3 hour cyclo-cross race… Read more…

  333. Cavalls in the words of the protagonists

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 01 Oct '12

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    Amigos Kilian and Tony

    This weekend’s big European ultra in the Spanish Pyrenees was one of joy and pain. Joy for those lucky enough to make it round (only 200 did so), and perhaps win some prizes, and then the pain and sadness that befalls an event when a runner passes away… Read more…

  334. Bailey blasts to English title

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 30 Sep '12

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    Simon Bailey on his was to the 2012 English title

    Simon Bailey became only the second man to win five English Fell Running Championships on Saturday, as he underlined his status as the stand-out English fell runner of 2012, winning the final round Kielder Blast race. Read more…

  335. Time to run with the horses...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 29 Sep '12

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    As dawn breaks in Bagà (Spain) over 1000 runners will ready themselves for the 4th Cavalls del Vent race starting at 9am Spanish time, with by far the strongest field ever assembled for this fast-becoming classic European ultra-trail… Read more…

  336. Fell runners get on their bikes

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Sep '12

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    There is a big line-up of top-class fell and mountain running talent on show this weekend in the Yorkshire Dales. Nothing unusual there. But this isn’t your usual fayre of a big fell race, this involves two wheels… Read more…

  337. It's the last Blast in Kielder...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Sep '12

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    This Saturday sees the last championship racing for 2012 as far as England is concerned, with runners heading far North to Kielder Castle and the Kielder Blast race and the last round of the 2012 English Fell Running Championships. Read more…

  338. Fire to be relit for 2013

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Sep '12

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    After a successful inaugural event in 2012 the 131-mile Ring O Fire is set to return in 2013 to the Isle of Anglesey, Wales Read more…

  339. The Island Trail returns

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 27 Sep '12

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    An exciting trail running event for Anglesey aims to bring excitement to Newborough and Llanddwyn, as the legacy event of the 2011 Commonwealth Ultra Distance Trail Championships returns this Sunday, for a festival trail of running… Read more…

  340. Updated: Robbie pips Morgan, as Wilkinson storms to win at Melmerby

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 26 Sep '12

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    Robbie Simpson at the Melmerby International

    Robbie Simpson underlined his billing as one of the UK’s brightest fell and mountain running prospects this weekend, as he overcame a high-quality field to win the 2012 Home Countries International mountain running champs… Read more…

  341. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 25 Sep '12

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    Stewart Whitlie at the Two Breweries 2012

    Those racing on Saturday this weekend were blessed with some great late summer / early autumn conditions, with light winds and sunshine. Those racing on Sunday, not so lucky, as high winds and rain hit many parts of the UK… Read more…

  342. Smarna Gora to host GP Final

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 22 Sep '12

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    After the announcement this week the WMRA GP Final race in Turkey had been cancelled, the associations involved have acted quickly to ensure that the season-long series finished on a high-note at the excellent Smarna Gora race on October 6… Read more…

  343. Kilian throws his hat into Cavalls ring

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 21 Sep '12

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    Kilian Jornet will aim to make it third time lucky at the Cavalls del Vent race this Sunday. The Catalan is a late entrant to the fourth edition of the race, and after failing to finish in 2011 he will be out to make amends… Read more…

  344. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 21 Sep '12

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    It’s a little quieter than normal this weekend, but still plenty for fell runners to get their teeth into across the country. Away from the big International tomorrow, another big hill faces racers in Cumbria, as they tackle England’s highest peak Scafell Pike... Read more…

  345. Home Internationals are this Saturday!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 20 Sep '12

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    This Saturday sees a festival on international uphill running, as some of the best hill and mountain runners from the UK come together in Melmerby, Penrith for the Home Countries International Mountain Championships... Read more…

  346. GP Final is off...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 20 Sep '12

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    This weekend’s final (planned) race of the 2012 WMRA Grand Prix in Turkey has been called off. However, a statement on the WMRA site seems to suggest that another race to decide the series will be hastily allotted, if we read it correctly? Read more…

  347. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Sep '12

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    Stewart Whitlie (left) and Andy Fallas at Cutler Fell

    A mixed bag of weather, but the same old great racing, friendly atmosphere and some tough old races, graced the hills, mountains and fells of the UK this weekend. Leading the way on the ‘tough’ stakes it might be argued was the Peris Horseshoe... Read more…

  348. Pivk and Serafini win at Grigne

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Sep '12

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    The men's podium

    The recent Trofeo Kima race was described as one of the toughest skyraces. Showing that Italy (along with the Giir di Mont and others) has some of the most challenging events on the world circuit, Sunday’s Sentiero delle Grigne once again left some of the world’s best skyrunners breathless… Read more…

  349. British Fell Champs - final standings

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 16 Sep '12

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    A fresh looking Lauren Jeska and Joe Symonds

    The final standings of the 2012 British Fell Running Championships have been published, confirming our thoughts after the Moel Wnion race. Joe Symonds and Lauren Jeska pick up their first crowns, with Borrowdale and Dark Peak taking the men’s and ladies’ team titles… Read more…

  350. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 14 Sep '12

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    Pick of the weekend goes to the super-tough Pedol Peris Horseshoe. Often deemed Wales’ toughest mountain race, this one is a renowned beast, with over 8500 ft of climbing in 17.5 miles, taking in some of Snowdonia’s giants in the form of Y Garn and Glyder Fach… Read more…

  351. Owens heads British raiders at Sentiero delle Grigne

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 14 Sep '12

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    Tom Owens wins Sentiero delle Grigne in 2011

    The 2011 winner of this classic Italian race Tom Owens, heads back to the Trofeo Scaccabarozzi in the Lombardy region if Italy, for 43 kms of technical skyrunning with a massive 3,200m vertical climb… Read more…

  352. Weekend round-up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 11 Sep '12

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    Another busy weekend on the fells, hills and mountains has passed, with summer possibly giving us one last hurrah before those leaves start to turn brown. Still, very little can dampen the spirit of a fell runner, and there were lots of lovely races to keep them happy… Read more…

  353. Brits excel at Jungfrau

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 10 Sep '12

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    The Jungfrau Marathon is no ordinary race. It’s neither a road race or a pure mountain race. It involves around 25km of road, and then a mountain ascent to complete the 42km. However, Jungfrau’s ambience and history make it a great location for the World Long Distance Mountain Champs... Read more…

  354. Reiter and Karrera close-out the 2012 Trans Alps

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 08 Sep '12

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    After eight days, 320km and approximately 15,000m of ascending and descending, it was to be a euphoric and emotional final finish line of the 2012 GORE-TEX® TransAlpine-Run... Read more…

  355. Donnelly and Jeska clean-up at Moel Wnion

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 08 Sep '12

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    Ben Bardsley leads Steve Cale at Moel Wnion

    Todmorden Harrier Lauren Jeska added the British Fell Running Championship title to her 3 English fell titles in Wales today, as she easily won the final event of the four-round 2012 series at the Moel Wnion race... Read more…

  356. British Champs conclude in Wales

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Sep '12

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    Moel Wnion

    The curtain falls on the 2012 British Fell Running Championships this weekend, as all roads lead to North Wales and the Moel Wnion race, the second short ‘counter’ in the four race series – and it should be a hot one! Read more…

  357. Brits head to Jungfrau for the WLDMRC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Sep '12

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    This weekend’s Jungfrau Marathon doubles-up as the location for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, with Scotland returning to defend their men’s team title and England doing the same in the women’s race… Read more…

  358. TAR hits the Dolomites

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Sep '12

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    The penultimate stage of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN got underway from the beautiful village of St. Vigil without a hitch. Weather conditions continued to improve as the day dawned with sunshine, which remained for the remainder of the stage. Read more…

  359. Birkinshaw marches on

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Sep '12

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    Steve Birkinshaw

    Just one stage lays between Steve Birkinshaw and a historic win at the Dragons Back Race. This week has been one of the most gruelling the 7-time KIMM/OMM winner will have faced in his running career, but his huge advantage over the rest of the field just shows his class… Read more…

  360. Reiter and Karrera continue TAR dominance

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 06 Sep '12

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    Stefan Tschurtschenthaler and Irene Senfter

    Stage 6 of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN got underway in the scenic town of Sand In Taufers, South Tirol, as locals and supporters lined the streets offering their vocal support. Read more…

  361. It's Brothers (and sisters) in Arms at the Dragons Back, day 3

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 05 Sep '12

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    It was less pistols at dawn, more status quo at sunset at day 3 of the The Dragon’s Back Race. MST watched the runners through CP6 and also the ‘drop-back’ at Machynlleth, gaining first-hand accounts from this race which has captured the fell running community’s imagination… Read more…

  362. Transalpine Run heads for home...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 05 Sep '12

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    With the stage town of Prettau in Ahrntal marking the halfway point of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN, the tiny village centre was buzzing with the realization that the back of the race had officially been broken. Read more…

  363. Birkinshaw extends Dragon's Back lead

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Sep '12

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    We spent a fantastic few hours at the finish area of the Dragons Back Race this evening, more on this tomorrow. A quality day 2 report By Rob Howard on how the runners’ day unfolded on another super-tough leg in Snowdonia, can be viewed here. Read more…

  364. Burns and Abdelnoor withdraw from TAR, as Karrera and Reiter extend lead

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Sep '12

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    Karrera leads Reiter on the tough stage 4

    Once again, cooler and overcast conditions prevailed, as the start of stage 4 of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN got underway in the small alpine village of Neukirchen. Even the tough running conditions of stage 3 could not lower the morale of the competitors… Read more…

  365. CVFR raid Hebog

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Sep '12

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    Over for a recce of the Moel Wnion race which takes place this Saturday (rd4 of the British Fell Running Champs), a handful of Calder Valley’s finest graced the Moel Hebog race last weekend, adding that extra bit of class to what is locally known as one of Wales’ best fell races… Read more…

  366. Ricky's Lakeland 'treble'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Sep '12

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    The Grisedale top 3

    Last week we reported on the short, sharp, show races known as the classic treble. At the other end of the fell running spectrum lie three big and long Lakes races in the space of a couple of months, i.e Wasdale, Borrowdale and Grisedale… Read more…

  367. The Dragon shows its teeth on day one

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 03 Sep '12

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    Steve Birkinshaw on stage one of the Dragons Back

    Before the start of the 2012 Dragon’s Back race competitors knew it would be hard. By the end of the first day most will be under no illusion that this is quite simply the hardest race they will ever do… Read more…

  368. Mayr and Mamo live up to billing at WMRC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 03 Sep '12

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    The men's podium

    In last week’s preview of the 2012 World Mountain Running Champs, we commented that Andrea Mayr had the class to retain her world (uphill only) title and Perto Mamo had the pedigree to make it onto the podium… Read more…

  369. Karerra and Reiter extend Trans Alp lead

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 03 Sep '12

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    Reiter and Karrera cross the line on stage 3

    At stage three of the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN Iker Karrera and Philipp Reiter romped to a second consecutive stage win, and cemented their overall lead, beating the stage record set in 2010 by Tom Owens and Andy Symonds… Read more…

  370. Karrera and Reiter stage comeback at Trans Alps

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 02 Sep '12

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    After a dominant performance by Brits Billy Burns and Ben Abdelnoor on stage one of the Transalpine Run, Salomon athletes Phillip Reiter and Iker Karrera found their feet to take stage two of the 2012 event, and with it the overall lead… Read more…

  371. Wild's masterful descent bags him Ben hat-trick

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 02 Sep '12

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    Finlay Wild chases Rob Jebb

    The last two years have seen Lochaber runner Finlay Wild take command of the Ben Nevis race. After wins in 2010 and 2011 he was in the hot-seat for this year’s event, which took place in tricky conditions on Saturday… Read more…

  372. Bill and Ben claim TAR stage 1

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 01 Sep '12

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    Ben Abdelnoor and Billy Burn cross the st.1 finish line

    It was under threatening skies in the small Bavarian town of Ruhpolding that the stage was set for the start of the 2012 GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN. 300 teams from 32 countries gathered at the start area for the compulsory kit check… Read more…

  373. Joy and Pain: D'Haene and Hawker show ultra class at UTMB

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 01 Sep '12

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    Number 5 for Lizzy Hawker at UTMB

    The 2012 UTMB will be remembered for a number of reasons. The weather, the change of course, the withdrawals, the dropouts, the racing, the winners, the dropouts, the drama. A bit like most years then? Yes and no. Read more…

  374. Transalpine Run is tomorrow...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 31 Aug '12

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    It’s less than 24 hours to go until the start of the 8th GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN and the Eissportshalle in Ruhpolding, Germany is buzzing with competitors making their way to the registration tables to check-in and collect their race information… Read more…

  375. WMRC preview: Eritrea return

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 31 Aug '12

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    The 28th World Mountain Running Championships are ready to roll this weekend in beautiful Vallecamonica, with some of the world’s top mountain men and women ready to tackle the uphill only races which finish on the Tonale Pass in the Italian Alps… Read more…

  376. The Ben awaits, as Wild goes for the hat-trick

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 31 Aug '12

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    This weekend sees one of the most iconic races on the international mountain running calendar as the Ben Nevis Race takes place on Saturday. However, its tough track also makes it one of the most brutal up and down mountain races on the calendar… Read more…

  377. 8th Gore-Tex® Transalpine-Run is ready!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 30 Aug '12

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    In two days, things will get serious for more than 600 trail runners from all over the world. The 8th GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN, one of the hardest trailrunning events in the world, starts in Ruhpolding on Saturday, Sept 1 at 9 a.m… Read more…

  378. 2013 entries set to open for Trail Marathon Wales

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 29 Aug '12

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    Saturday the 1st of September sees the opening of entries for the second running of Trail Marathon Wales, and organisers aren’t expecting places to last long… Read more…

  379. 2 out of 3 aint bad...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 29 Aug '12

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    Rob Hope at Grasmere 2012

    Rob Hope made it number 9 in wins at the Kilnsey Show race yesterday, and made it two wins out of three races from this weekend’s classic treble, after he had shown Rob Jebb a clean pair of heels at Grasmere on Sunday… Read more…

  380. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 28 Aug '12

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    Murray Strain at the Ochil 2000s race

    Burnsall Classic, Grasmere Senior Guides, Cnicht, Ochil 2000s – just some of the highlights from a busy BH weekend on the hills and fells of the UK. Winners included Murray Strain, Rob Hope, Jasmin Paris, Ifs Richards and Hector Haines… Read more…

  381. Big Running Weekend enjoys huge success

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 28 Aug '12

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    The 10k gets underway

    Billed as a festival weekend of trail and ultra running, the Big Running Weekend lived up to expectations this Bank Holiday weekend as Marcus Scotney, Sula Gay and Rob Little were amongst the winners across the ultra, trail and 10k races… Read more…

  382. You've never had it so good!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 28 Aug '12

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    Can anyone beat Finlay Wild at Ben Nevis?

    As a runner or a fan of worldwide trail, mountain and fell running the next 7-10 days are pretty special. Whether it’s the world’s biggest ultra trail race, the UTMB, the newly resurrected ‘ultra fell’ stage race the Dragon’s Back Race, or the fastest of the fast mountain racers at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy… Read more…

  383. GB dominate at 3 Rifugi

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 27 Aug '12

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    The GB guys and girls at the 3 Rifugi race

    A great international performance for the GB teams at last weekend’s 3 Rifugi Mountain Relay race in Italy excelled to take men’s gold and women’s silver… Read more…

  384. This is Skyrunning...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 27 Aug '12

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    Michael Lanne at Kima 2012

    With summits approaching 3000m, 3800m of vertical gain, chain traverses across sheer rock faces during a brutal 50kms, the Trofeo Kima race is the epitome of Skyrunning. One man who also epitomises that ethos is Kilian Jornet… Read more…

  385. It's showtime!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 Aug '12

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    The Grasmere Seniors guides race is steeped in history

    The recent poor weather in the UK has put paid to many a Lakeland show race. However, the next few days will see three very special races take place, as fell-sprinters sharpen their studs for the Burnsall Classic, Grasmere and Kilnsey Show races… Read more…

  386. Ultra SkyMarathon® Series heads to Italy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 Aug '12

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    Kilian takes a bow at Kima

    All roads in the Skyrunning Ultra SkyMarathon® Series head to Val Masino in Italy this weekend for the Trofeo Kima, as Pikes Peak winners Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg head to the event in great form… Read more…

  387. The Dragon stirs!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 24 Aug '12

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    Steve Birkinshaw with and Helen Whitaker (nee Diamantides, the 1992 winner of the Dragon's Back Race)

    Whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation, the original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened just once in September 1992. Many considered it to be the toughest mountain running event ever and now, 20 years later, the legendary race returns… Read more…

  388. Fell racing round-up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 22 Aug '12

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    The hills of Sedbergh await

    Outside of the big championship race this weekend, there were some great performances on the hills of England, Scotland and Wales. The excellent Lomonds of Fife attracted almost 100 runners, with the performance of the day possibly coming from HBT’s Sarah O’Neil… Read more…

  389. Bailey and Walwyn-Bush show class at Weasdale

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 22 Aug '12

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    Ben Bardsley (161) chases the fast starters at Weasdale

    Former British fell running champion Simon Bailey defeated a top class field at Saturday’s round 5 of the English Fell Running Championship at the Weasdale Horseshoe. The Mercia Fell Runner set his stall out from the gun as he followed early leader Rob Baker (DPFR) out onto the fells… Read more…

  390. Davies steps out at Ras Glyndwr

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 21 Aug '12

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    Andy Davies on the descent at Ras Glyndwr

    A brand-new fell race was added to the Welsh calendar on Saturday, as international Andy Davies sharpened his speed on the short and sharp blast on the hills of Llynlloedd which overlook the town of Machynlleth… Read more…

  391. Pikes Peak showcases world-class mountain running...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 20 Aug '12

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    Kim Dobson on the Pikes Peak Ascent

    After some amazing performances at the Ascent race on Saturday by Kim Dobson (breaking the 30+ year old women’s record) and Jason Delaney, yesterday’s main course of the Pikes Peak Marathon showed just why this race is in the top few mountain races in the world… Read more…

  392. TAR is ready for the 'longest run ' in its history

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 20 Aug '12

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    September 1 sees 250 tag-teams from across the world embarking on 8 stages of the GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run. Starting in Ruhpolding, this year’s east route is incredibly demanding, and at 320 kms it’s the longest run in the history of the Alpine classic… Read more…

  393. Arslan takes two at Skaala

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 19 Aug '12

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    Ahmet Arslan wins Skaala in 2012

    6-time European Champion Ahmet Arslan won the classic lung-busting Skaala Opp race in Norway yesterday, breaking the course record to boot. Scotland’s Angela Mudge took the women’s race… Read more…

  394. Lorblanchet bags Leadville in debut 100

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 19 Aug '12

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    Thomas Lorblanchet

    The 2009 World Trail Running Champion Thomas Lorblanchet unleashed one of the races of his life on Saturday as he delivered on his potential in an ultra race to take the prestigious Leadville 100 miler in Colorado… Read more…

  395. Team Run Flagstaff dominate TRR #2

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 16 Aug '12

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    Michael Smith and Rob Krar made it two from two at the Trans Rockies Run today as they took the second stage in the 6-stage race which took the runners to the top of Hope Pass – one of the most difficult and rewarding ascents of the week… Read more…

  396. TRR - stage 1

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 15 Aug '12

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    It’s early days in the Trans Rockies Run 2012, but after stage one the leaders have started to form and lay down their markers for this 6-stage race that takes in some of the most beautiful trails in the Colorado Rockies… Read more…

  397. Trans-Rockies lead the US ultra-rush...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 14 Aug '12

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    Some of the biggest races in the US calendar take place this week, and into the weekend as runners from around the globe flock to Colorado for the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent races, the famous Leadville 100 and utterly massive (in scale) Trans Rockies Race... Read more…

  398. The 12.12 race hots up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 13 Aug '12

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    A brand new race for the Peak District is getting plenty of interest. Organisers of the BIG Running Weekend report that entries have exceeded their expectation for year one, and are also reporting that the field of runners has a sharp front-end… Read more…

  399. De Gasperi makes it three at Sierre-Zinal

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 12 Aug '12

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    Italy’s Marco de Gasperi took his second straight win and his third in total at today’s Sierre-Zinal race in Switzerland. There was some great race-long coverage via Ian Corless of Talk Ultra on facebook and twitter, documenting what seemed like a super-hot and super-competitive Alpine battle… Read more…

  400. Brit pack head to Switzerland...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 10 Aug '12

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    Marco de Gasperi going for number 3 at Sierre-Zinal

    The Sierre Zinal race this weekend is one of the world’s top mountain races. With such British winners in it’s 39 year history as Jeff Norman, Angela Mudge, Jack Maitland and Veronique Marot, this one means a lot to the UK elite… Read more…

  401. Weldemariam returns to take Harakiri

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 07 Aug '12

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    Weldemariam (left) shares his thoughts after the 2012 Harakiri race

    Last year’s winner of the Harakiri Mountain Race in Mayrhofen, Azaria Weldemariam, sprinted to his second consecutive win in this ever-popular race as he defeated Abrham Kidane in a dash for the line after 10.4km and almost 1200m of ascent… Read more…

  402. Vernon and Wilkinson lead the way at World trials

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 06 Aug '12

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    Steve Vernon at this year's Inter Counties race

    Steve Vernon retained his UKA Mountain Running title yesterday, as he was a very comfortable winner of the GB trial race for the World MR Champs next month. The Stockport man went into the race as clear favourite, after leading the GB men home in last months EMRC in Turkey… Read more…

  403. Take two for Ricky at Borrowdale...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 05 Aug '12

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    Ricky Lightfoot on Scafell Pike

    After his great win at Wasdale a few weeks back, it was more of the same at yesterday’s Borrowdale Fell Race for Ellenborough athlete Ricky Lightfoot. This one was arguably better, as the field assembled for one of the best races on the fell calendar was stacked full of class… Read more…

  404. Richards takes Y Garn

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 05 Aug '12

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    Ifan Richards at Y Garn

    Though it remained pretty dry for the race, underfoot conditions were boggy at yesterday’s Y Garn race in North Wales. Still, this didnt seem to bother Meirionnydd mountain goat Ifan Richards as he was the only runner to crack 30 mins on this 2.8 mile lung-burner… Read more…

  405. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 03 Aug '12

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    Borrowdale - one of the classics

    After lots of international racing this last few weeks there are some great UK fell races to brighten up this dismal summer weather, as racers head to the brutal Borrowdale race amongst others this weekend… Read more…

  406. Mountain runners head to World trials...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 03 Aug '12

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    Glenridding

    The trials for the World Mountain Running Championships (uphill only) take place in Glenridding in the Lake District this Sunday and will see a clamouring for places on the UK team heading Italy early next month…. Read more…

  407. Harakiri laced with quality

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 03 Aug '12

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    This weekend’s Harakiri race in Mayrhofen sees some of the world’s top mountain runners take to the Austrian slopes with 1170 metres to be climbed in just 10.4km, for the 4th edition of this popular race… Read more…

  408. Conway demolishes the Lakeland 100

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 01 Aug '12

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    Men's L100 leaders early on

    There are three times per year that you can be guaranteed of hot humid weather. The London Marathon, The F.A. Cup and the Lakeland100. The Lakeland 100 AKA the Ultra Tour of the Lake District has fast become the most important 100miler on the UK race calendar… Read more…

  409. Enman enters Skyrunning fray

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 31 Jul '12

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    Tofol Castanyer

    US runner and 2011 World Mountain Running Champion, Kasie Enman, underlined her class and entered the world of skyrunning with dramatic fashion last weekend as she crushed a high-quality women’s field at the 20th edition of the classic 32km Italian mountain race Giir di Mont. Read more…

  410. Kilian speeds to US trail win

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 29 Jul '12

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    Kilian at Speedgoat 2012

    Though his victory and course record will not go down in history (due to him cutting switchbacks, which is against US trail running rules), Kilian Jornet emerged victorious at yesterday’s Speedgoat 50k in Utah… Read more…

  411. Grand Prix heads to Slovenia

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 28 Jul '12

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    Ahmet Arslan at Grintovec 2011

    The WMRA Grand Prix heads to the Grintovec race this weekend for round two of the season-long series. 6-time European champion Ahmet Arslan will take on some strong African competition as he looks to regain his title… Read more…

  412. Speedgoat. iRunFar has it covered...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 27 Jul '12

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    Snowbird, Utah is the venue for round two of the Ultra SkyMarathon® Series and the much-anticipated Speedgoat 50k race. The field is deep with ultra talent, including Kilian Jornet and Tony Krupicka… Read more…

  413. SWS hits Italy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 27 Jul '12

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    Kilian wins at Giir di Mont 2011

    Round 2 of the Skyrunner World Series heads to the testing Giir di Mont race this weekend – renowned as one of the most technical on the circuit… Read more…

  414. UTLD is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 25 Jul '12

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    One of the toughest 100 miler races takes place across this weekend in the heart of the Lake District (UK), as seasoned fell and ultra runners get ready for the Montane sponsored Lakeland 100 and 50 mile events… Read more…

  415. Strain rockets to Snowdon win

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 23 Jul '12

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    Murray Strain heads back to Llanberis at Snowdon 2012

    After a mammoth battle last year with Andi Jones, Scotland’s Murray Strain buried the ghost of 2011 as he took a famous victory at the 2012 Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race / Ras-yr-Wyddfa. Read more…

  416. Scotney joins elite field at NBUTPD

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 23 Jul '12

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    Marcus Scotney

    England international ultra runner Marcus Scotney will be making a welcome return to Sheffield at the end of August as he lines up for the inaugural New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District, part of the BIG Running Weekend. Read more…

  417. Records tumble in Canazei

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 22 Jul '12

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    Kilian in action at Canazei 2012

    Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg underlined their star-quality today at the Dolomites Sky Race in Canazei, Italy, as they both broke the course records to take convincing wins, and move into the overall lead in the 2012 Skyrunner World Series... Read more…

  418. England announce team for WLDMRC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 22 Jul '12

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    The Jungfrau Marathon this year doubles-up as the location for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, and England have announced a strong team as they attempt to wrestle the men’s team title back from the victorious Scots in 2011… Read more…

  419. Kuhar strikes first at Vertical K

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 22 Jul '12

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    The first race of this weekend’s World Series programme climbed a vertical kilometre skywards in the Italian Dolomites on Friday. The unforgiving ascent had Nejc Kuhar from Slovenia, first in 33’33”, ahead of Columbian Antonio Padua and Spain’s Kilian Jornet in third… Read more…

  420. Updated: Jones aims for 6 at Snowdon 2012

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 19 Jul '12

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    5-time winner of the International Snowdon Race Andi Jones returns to the mountain this weekend looking to add to his haul of victories and cement his name still further in history as the most successful runner the race’s history… Read more…

  421. Ohly looks to light-up the Dark Mountains

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 18 Jul '12

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    Organiser of the Dragon’s Back Race Shane Ohly, has recently launched a brand-new mountain marathon with a difference. January 2013 will be the first year for an exciting new event called Dark Mountains™. Read more…

  422. Meyer takes AAUT

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 17 Jul '12

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    After 5 hot and dusty stages Timo Meyer emerged victorious from the tough Andalusian stage race Al Andalus Ultimate Trail. Organiser Paul Bateson picks up the story… Read more…

  423. Ricky makes light work of Wasdale

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 16 Jul '12

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    Ricky Lightfoot at Wasdale 2012

    Ellenborough runner Ricky Lightfoot took his second win at one of the hardest fell races in the UK this weekend as he won the classic 21 mile Wasdale race, which takes in such Lakeland giants as Great Gable and passes the house of fell-legend Joss Naylor… Read more…

  424. Kenyans dominate Grossglockner

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 16 Jul '12

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    In weather all to familiar for northern Europe this summer, Geoffrey Ndungu showed that the cold and wet was no obstacle as he took a comfortable victory in the Austrian rain at the classic mountain race that is Grossglockner Berglauf... Read more…

  425. Koerner leaves Silverton a "happy" man...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 15 Jul '12

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    Hal Koerner

    Thanks to Ultra 168 for the heads-up on this excellent article on the unfolding drama which happened over in Colorado over the last 36 hours or so. Writing for the Durango Herald, Dale Strode obtains reaction from most of the protagonists of the 2012 Hardrock 100… Read more…

  426. Breaking: Hal kisses the rock...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 14 Jul '12

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    After 24 hours and 50 minutes and 13 seconds of running TNF runner Hal Koerner tasted sweet victory at the Hardrock 100 in Colorado. After being out-front since Ouray (mile 43), Koerner took one of the world’s toughest 100’s from Joe Grant… Read more…

  427. Emma is Happy and Glorious

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 14 Jul '12

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    Following the magnificent team performance at last weekend’s European Mountain Running Championships Emma Clayton has produced a fascinating blog over at the Salomon Trail Tour site, giving insight into her Turkish excursion… Read more…

  428. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 13 Jul '12

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    The Wasdale start

    Deemed ‘the hardest’ by many a seasoned fell runner, it’s the Wasdale race this Saturday. A 21 mile trip which takes in over 9000ft of ascent, climbing Great Gable, the Esk Hause pass and Scafell Pike along the way… Read more…

  429. Grossglockner awaits

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 13 Jul '12

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    One of Austria’s most famous races takes place this weekend, as over 1000 people take to the mountains for the Grossglockner Berglauf. Running past the highest mountain in Austria, Grossglockner provides a unique challenge over 12.7km with 1494m of climb… Read more…

  430. Go Hard or go home...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 12 Jul '12

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    6am Friday (Mountain Daylight Time) will be the time that this year’s Hardrock 100 – deemed one of the hardest 100s on the world circuit – kicks off. Transvulcania champ Dakota Jones returns to see if he can go one better than last year’s second place... Read more…

  431. Weekend round-up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 11 Jul '12

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    Away from the big championship race there was plenty going on around the fell and trail racing world this last weekend. Carl Bell won the historic Chevy Chase, after poor course and weather conditions shortened the 20 miler to something around 15… Read more…

  432. Turkish delight for UK mountain runners

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 10 Jul '12

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    The senior women's team podium

    Britain’s mountain running team found much success in the hills of Denizli, Turkey, this weekend, with a team gold for the senior women, silver for the junior women and a majestic individual gold for young Annabel Mason… Read more…

  433. Saturday's breaking race news...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 07 Jul '12

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    Ahmet Arslan - six of the best

    Quick news updates on Saturday’s racing across the off-road running world, with full reports to follow. First-up, Joe Symonds claims the 2012 British Fell Running Championships in Scotland… Read more…

  434. The 'Apprentice' graduates at 4 Trails

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 07 Jul '12

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    Philipp Reiter takes the 4 Trails

    Known affectionately as the ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, Germany’s Philipp Reiter took the biggest win of his young career yesterday as he won the Salomon 4 Trails, ahead of quality international competition… Read more…

  435. Lorblanchet takes stage 3 at 4 Trails

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 07 Jul '12

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    Thomas Loblanchet climbs on st.3 of the 2012 4 Trails

    Thomas Lorblanchet won a second consecutive stage at the Salomon 4 Trails winning stage 3 from overall leader Philipp Reiter. The former trail running world champion also moved to second place overall, but still trails Reiter ahead of tomorrow’s final stage…. Read more…

  436. Fell elite head for Arrochar Alps

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 06 Jul '12

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    A fresh looking Lauren Jeska and Joe Symonds

    Tomorrow (July 7) sees the third race in the 2012 British Fell Running Championships and with the Arrochar Alps being the long race counter Joe Symonds could feasibly seal the 2012 title on Saturday… Read more…

  437. EMRC is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 05 Jul '12

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    Arslan Ahmet - going for no6 at EMRC

    The heat of Turkey awaits Europe’s elite mountain runners as Denizli hosts the 11th European Mountain Running Championships on Saturday. 5-time Euro champ Ahmet Arslan will be in the men’s hot seat as he looks to make it six on home soil… Read more…

  438. Salomon 4 Trails: Stage 2

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 05 Jul '12

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    Thomas Lorblanchet, stage 2 winner

    Today’s second stage of the Salomon 4 Trails offered quite a surprise as hitherto dominant leader-of-the-pack, Francois d’Haene, missed a pivotal trail turn-off just ten kilometers short of the finish line… Read more…

  439. Salomon 4 Trails: Stage 1

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 04 Jul '12

    A posse of roughly 350 trail runners left Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, at breakneck speed this morning embarking on a 4-day quest to reach Samnaun, Switzerland by Saturday. Read more…

  440. Records tumble at Lakeland Trails Marathon

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 03 Jul '12

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    Ben Abdelnoor (Ambleside AC) and Jo Zakrewski (Dumfries Running Club), both smashed last year’s course records for the 2nd Lakeland Trails Marathon held in Coniston on Sunday (July 1) Read more…

  441. Spain dominates at SkyGames

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Jul '12

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    Skyrunners worldwide celebrated their own games with the final events of the 2012 SkyGames®. Six skyrunning disciplines stretching over two weekends had 1,300 participants and twenty nations competing for the forty medals and 14 world titles at stake…. Read more…

  442. Salomon 4 Trails is ready to rock!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Jul '12

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    In two days the second edition of the Salomon 4 Trails will take place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from July 4-7, 2012, with a recent landslide meaning that stage 2 has been reconfigured… Read more…

  443. Tweet and Post frenzy at Lavaredo

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Jul '12

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    Iker Karrera

    The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2012 caused a digital frenzy as ultra-running fans followed athletes through continual live updates during the 6th edition of the race last weekend (June 29-30)… Read more…

  444. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Jul '12

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    Olivia's splash-down at the Whaley Waltz

    Despite the weather, some great racing out on the hills and fells this weekend. Wins for Carl Bell (Skiddaw), Olivia Walwyn-Bush and Simon Bailey (Whaley Waltz), Matt Fortes (Foel Fras) and Iain Ridgway (Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race)… Read more…

  445. Kilian triumphs at Marathon du Mont Blanc

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Jul '12

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    In a poignant return to the Mont Blanc massif today, Kilian Jornet put on a great display of trail running to take the 42km Marathon du Mont Blanc. The Catalan was followed by Salomon team mates Tofol Castener and Greg Vollet, with Tom Owens in 5th. Read more…

  446. 2012 SKYGAMES®: Day 1 report

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 01 Jul '12

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    Women's Vertical Kilometre gets underway

    Three-times skyrunning world champion AgustÍ Roc, 40, came out of semi-retirement and, triumphant like Rocky Balboa, climbed back on the top of the podium with a gold for the 1,000 metre Vertical Kilometer. Read more…

  447. Bragg to guest at Alpine Oasis

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 30 Jun '12

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    Jez Bragg

    Alpine Oasis are proud to announce Jez Bragg, a member of the North Face Global Athlete Team and the Uk’s no.1 ultra runner, is to be their special guest at their ultra trail running training camp in the French Alps. Read more…

  448. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 30 Jun '12

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    Runners at the Skiddaw race

    The Skiddaw race tops the fell bill this weekend, along with the excellent Dollar Hill Race in Scotland. Foel Fras in north Wales and the short Whaley Waltz also go ahead today… Read more…

  449. Sky Games launches

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 29 Jun '12

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    The 2012 Sky Games this evening were unveiled to large crowds in Ribargorza Románica. Fireworks, speeches and a pageant wowed the locals gathered in anticipation of what should be one amazing week of Skyrunning… Read more…

  450. Dragon's Back Race™ - 15 extra places go on sale...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Jun '12

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    Martin Stone and Helene Diamantides on the original event in 1992

    The organisers of the Dragon’s Back Race have announced that there are now 15 more places available on the event this September (2-8). This is the result of further negotiations with landowners along the 200+ mile course and by taking into account the inevitable last minute withdrawals. Read more…

  451. The light side of the Moon

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Jun '12

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    Something becoming more common in events (as races get longer in distance and more popular in terms of participation levels) is running in the dark. Pre-dawn starts for ultras and finishing into the night, are regular sights these days… Read more…

  452. Anglesey Trail Marathon aims to wow visitors...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Jun '12

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    According to Wales and GB international Rob Samuel the location for this September’s Anglesey Trail Marathon is ‘as stunning as any trails that I have run’. Newborough and Llanddwyn will host the event within 700ha of woodland and coastal paths. Read more…

  453. New Balance back UTPD

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 28 Jun '12

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    The Ultra Tour of the Peak District has received a massive boost as event organisers have announced that New Balance will be the premier Running Brand Sponsor of the both the ultra and other events taking place across the August Bank Holiday weekend (Aug 25-27). Read more…

  454. Davies and Mudge show their class at Trail Marathon Wales

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 27 Jun '12

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    Davies and Mudge with Dafydd and Sian Roberts

    After a month of heavy rain, the mountains and forests of Wales provided a wet, lush and vibrant backdrop for the inaugural Trail Marathon Wales, which took place last Saturday (23 June). Read more…

  455. Doherty shines at UTSW

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 26 Jun '12

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    Daniel Doherty

    Endurance athletes from around the globe travelled to Cornwall to take part in the first ever Ultra Trail South West event last weekend. Billed as the toughest footrace in Britain, the event attracted a combined entry of 200 runners across the 60 mile and 100 mile race options… Read more…

  456. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 25 Jun '12

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    MST’s Matt must apologise for being rather tied-up this last week or so with Trail Marathon Wales (report soon) and therefore not being too hot on here, still there has been a flourishing race-scene out there this last 48 hours… Read more…

  457. Olson and Greenwood blaze trails at WS100

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 25 Jun '12

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    Olson strolls across the WS100 line for a new course record

    Tim Olson and Ellie Greenwood made history at the Western States 100 this weekend as the pair not only took famous and masterly wins but destroyed the men’s and women’s course records in this most historic of 100 milers… Read more…

  458. Chorier continues winning streak at Zugspitz

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 24 Jun '12

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    Julien Chorier breaks the Zugspitz tape in 2012

    Julien Chorier claimed victory in the 2nd Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail, the infamous 100-km loop trail around the scenic German-Austrian Zugspitz Range. The Frenchman never ceded his early-on lead over a field of nearly 500 competitors despite a gruesome total vertical gain of 5,420 meters by day’s end… Read more…

  459. Western States 100 is here...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 19 Jun '12

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    Mike Wolfe at the Western States

    Just 4 days remain until one of the biggest races on the global trail calendar, as all roads head to Squaw Valley this weekend for the Western States 100 – and we’ll be counting down with the great Stateside site iRunFar.com… Read more…

  460. Berghaus back athletes at Dragon's Back

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 19 Jun '12

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    Helene and Steve in training

    The 2012 Dragon’s Back Race™ is edging ever closer and this week headline sponsor Berghaus has announced that is will support Helene Whittaker (nee Diamantides) and mountain marathon specialist Steve Birkinshaw as they embark on this year’s event… Read more…

  461. The Noor strikes at Great Lakes

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 18 Jun '12

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    Ben Abdelnoor in action in 2011

    Ben ‘The Noor’ Abdelnoor underlined his ‘serious contender’ status in the 2012 English Fell Champs with a great win at the Great Lakes race on Saturday. Conditions were hardly great as tales of serious nav issues, cold and torrential rain were order of the day… Read more…

  462. Vernon leads England to team success

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 18 Jun '12

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    Steve Vernon

    This weekend’s Great Trail Challenge saw success across the board for England as they took team wins in the men’s, women’s and junior women’s races. Their winning streak was only upset by a rampant Welsh junior’s men’s team who scored 3 in 5… Read more…

  463. Great Lakes entertain English Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 16 Jun '12

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    As has become the norm these days English Fell Running Championships races entertain big fields and the cream of English fell running. Today’s Great Lakes race in Cumbria is no different as all of the 2012 contenders take on a super-tough 21km… Read more…

  464. New ultra for Cumbria

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 16 Jun '12

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    Lakeland events company High Terrain Events have announced that their Ennerdale Trail races on October 21st will also now host a 50k ultra-trail event too, with race organiser Ian Mulvey stating “it’s simply a perfect environment for ultra running”. Read more…

  465. 4 Trails countdown is on...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 16 Jun '12

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    Tom Owens at the 4 Trails

    The second edition of the Salomon 4 Trails gets underway for up to 500 expected participants who will cross the Alps in four stages from July 4-7. 4 Runners will cover over 158 kilometers and 9800m of ascent on the trails from Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) to Samnaun (SWI). Read more…

  466. SkyGames set to be the 'high altitude Olympics'...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 15 Jun '12

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    In an Olympic year, the 2012 Sky Games in Spain look set to be a festival of mountain running in the Spanish Pyrenees. Ribagorza Románica will host six skyrunning events between June 30 to July 8… Read more…

  467. Greece reaches for the Sky

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 12 Jun '12

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    Laura Orguué

    The second race in the 2012 Skyrunner® Vertical Series graced the heights above Athens and the Corinthian Gulf with Italian Urban Zemmer and Spaniard Laura Orgué prevailing over an international field… Read more…

  468. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 12 Jun '12

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    The weather dominated affairs this weekend, but as ever the hardly fell, mountain and trail runners of the UK took it all in their stride. In-form Scots Robbie Simpson and Finlay Wild took course records, Carl Bell and Hazel Robinson won at Duddon, whilst Duncan Archer and Jim Mann retained their LAMM crown… Read more…

  469. Get on your horse...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 08 Jun '12

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    One of the most famous races on the calendar takes place tomorrow (9 June) in the glorious mid-Wales countryside nr. Llanwrtyd Wells. The legend that is Gordon Green set up this intriguing battle way back in 1980… Read more…

  470. Ben Cruachan welcomes the LAMM

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 08 Jun '12

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    One of the UK’s best mountain marathons takes place in Scotland this weekend, as runners head to Ben Cruachan for a ‘South Year’. The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon is ready for action at a location ’2 hrs north of Glasgow…’ Read more…

  471. Welsh 1000m is this Saturday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 08 Jun '12

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    Pen-Y-Pass

    Perhaps the classic of all Welsh classics takes place on Saturday, the Welsh 1000m, and this one is a beast. The role-call of winners includes fell-legends such as Kenny Stuart, Gavin Bland, Lizzy Hawker and Angela Mudge, amongst others. Read more…

  472. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 06 Jun '12

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    Finlay Wild at Slioch Horseshoe

    There was a definite divide in terms of weather over the long weekend, as Ennerdale saw sultry conditions, The Siloch Horseshoe in Scotland was dry and bright, and the Carneddau race in Wales had to be cancelled due to un-seasonably low temps, high winds and rain… Read more…

  473. Vernon and Jones take on the Challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 05 Jun '12

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    A four nation international match comprising elite trail and fell running competitors will highlight the first ever Karrimor Great Trail Challenge in the Lake District on Sunday 17 June… Read more…

  474. New Aussie ultra unveiled...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 05 Jun '12

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    Australian events company Rapid Ascent have today unveiled a stunning new 100km trail race, aimed at enticing ‘first timers’ and seasoned ultra runners to the beautiful south coast near Melbourne… Read more…

  475. Simpson and Wilkinson book tickets to Turkey

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 02 Jun '12

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    Robbie Simpson posted one of the most impressive results in his young mountain running career today, as he defeated a host of seasoned internationals to win the senior GB trials for the EMRC in Turkey in July… Read more…

  476. The trials of life...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 02 Jun '12

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    Orlando Edwards at the UKA Euro Trial race 2011

    Today sees many a top UK mountain runner line-up to battle it out for the berths at this year’s European MR Champs, taking place in Turkey in just over a month’s time. Be interesting to see if the likes of Steve Vernon show up, with it being an up and down race… Read more…

  477. Mega weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 31 May '12

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    A runner on Scoat Fell, part of the Ennerdale Horseshoe

    If you are a fell runner who races in the UK you are literally spoilt for choice this next week or so. The options are endless, from long to short, and you have a full four days to get a race in as it’s Bank Holiday time… Read more…

  478. Sandes speaks ahead of WS100

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 30 May '12

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    Ryan Sandes - HK100 winner 2012

    With his feet having barely touched the ground in SA after his brilliant run at the TNF100 in Australia recently, Ryan Sandes is preparing to head off for one of the biggest races of his career so far – the Western States 100 Read more…

  479. Frost gains Maxi-mum respect in France

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 29 May '12

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    Frosty enjoys the darkness

    Barely two weeks after her mammoth effort at Transvulcania, ultra trail’s newest superstar Anna Frost amazed at the big French race this weekend, the Maxi Race in Annecy… Read more…

  480. Steele shines in Lakeland heat

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 29 May '12

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    Jo Buckley - women's winner

    Glorious sunshine greeted over 3000 competitors and spectators for the Lakeland Trails running and walking festival at Staveley village on Saturday, making this the largest sporting event in the Kendal area… Read more…

  481. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 28 May '12

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    Matthew Roberts

    It was hot, hot, hot on the hills and fells this weekend, with temps reported of 32 degrees on Ben Nevis! The cracking images from racing at Cader Idris, Hutton Roof and the Staveley Trail Race show minimalist attire and red faces galore… Read more…

  482. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 25 May '12

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    Summer is most definitely here. A bumper weekend of fell racing with that classic of classics on Jura, along with the Welsh beast that is Cader Idris. The English fells see racing on Hutton Roof Crags and Saddleworth amongst others, and it’s gonna be hot… Read more…

  483. Ultra catch-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 23 May '12

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    Julien Chorier

    Truth is that MST has been very busy on the road with various things this last week, and with the furious pace that the 2012 global off-road scene dictates these days, we’re playing catch-up! Read more…

  484. Simpson and Symonds - Kings of the Bens

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 23 May '12

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    Last weekend saw the Scottish Island Peaks Race on the West coast of Scotland with the return of Joe Symonds for his 9th SIPR. In 2012 he took Robbie Simpson along with him, and between them they updated the 22-year old King of the Bens record… Read more…

  485. Vernon and Adams shine at Inter-Counties

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 22 May '12

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    Steve Vernon leads at Shining Tor

    When Steve Vernon comes out for a mountain race other runners need to be pretty much at their best to even get close to the Stockport man. At this weekend’s Inter Counties at the Shining Tor race such was the case, as he romped to a 38 second win over a class field behind… Read more…

  486. Staveley awaits Lakeland trail runners

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 22 May '12

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    1000+ trail runners descend on Staveley in the Lake District this weekend, for the biggest ever Lakeland Trail race in the village. Now in its 9th year, the first event was held in 2004 with 80 runners and has grown dramatically ever since… Read more…

  487. Zugspitz awaits Ultratrailers

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 22 May '12

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    The 2nd Salomon Zugspitz UltraTrail will take place around the Zugspitze Mountain on June 22-24, 2012. After last year’s successful debut the race has quickly developed into an acclaimed international running event. Runners from 32 nations have signed up for the 2012 race with organisers expecting 1000 participants… Read more…

  488. Brutal!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 20 May '12

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    Kilian in the zone at Zegama

    Just one of the words used by a competitor to describe the conditions at Sunday’s Zegama race. The impending weather system predicted dropped big time on the race, resulting in snow on the tops and – perhaps worse – deep mud on the descents… Read more…

  489. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 18 May '12

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    Rob Jebb at Glaramara 2011

    Keeping up with the global off road scene these days is a stretch. But, let’s be honest we have never had it so good! Closer to home in the UK there is a cracking weekend of fell and trail running in store too. Read more…

  490. TNF Down Under...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 18 May '12

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    As one 100 (miles) draws to a conclusion at Mt.Fuji another TNF100 (kilometres) is just getting underway. This one should be a hot race with Ryan Sandes, Jez Bragg and Mick Donges all going head to head, along with Matt Cooper, Grant Guise and Andy Lee… Read more…

  491. Zegama awaits...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 18 May '12

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    Kilian at Zegama 2011

    It’s curtains up for the annual battle of the giants at the Zegama-Aizkorri Maraton Alpina on Sunday – part of the 2012 Skyrunner® World Series. Hot on the heals of the Transvulcania the race is considered one of the monuments of world mountain running… Read more…

  492. Mt. Fuji is underway...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 18 May '12

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    The 2012 UTMF is underway in Japan. The 100 miler is pretty much a circumnavigation of Mt.Fuji, though don’t be lulled into thinking that its a valley run – the race has over 8500m of ascent! Read more…

  493. Belotti and Arslan draw first blood in WMRA GP 2012

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 18 May '12

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    Belotti - on her way to a big win at Grand Ballon

    The WMRA season got underway yesterday at the La Montee du Grand Ballon, with great weather, a classic route in Willer Sur Thur, France and even better racing. The sharp-end saw a convincing win for Valentina Belotti in the women’s race, by over 3 mins… Read more…

  494. The full Montée

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 16 May '12

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    Ahmet Arslan

    Tomorrow (16) sees France host the first round of the 2012 WMRA Grand Prix, as runners from across Europe and beyond tackle to traditional season-opener that is the Montée du Grand-Ballon.. Read more…

  495. Comeback kid Vaughan romps to Moel Eilio win

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 14 May '12

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    Former Welsh international Alun Vaughan signalled a glorious comeback on Saturday as his blazed around the Moel Eilio fell race to record a solo win in a super-fast 61:14… Read more…

  496. Symonds makes it 2 from 2 in British Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 14 May '12

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    Joe Symonds

    Whilst sibling Andy was putting in a world-class performance at the Transvulcania, Joe Symonds looked after business at home this weekend as he won the second round of the 2012 British Fell Running Championships in Northern Ireland… Read more…

  497. Jones and Frost win Vulcania dust-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 13 May '12

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    Anna Frost post Transvulcania 2012

    Young Dakota Jones etched his name in history yesterday as he raced to victory at one of the toughest ultra trail races on the world circuit. The 21-year old swept aside an utterly world-class field over 83 dusty and hot kilometres to win the 2012 Transvulcania. Read more…

  498. V Day on La Palma

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 May '12

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    Bit of trail running talent here!

    In a little over 12 hours, when most of us will still be tucked up nicely in bed, some of the world’s best trail runners will commence battle in one of the most hotly anticipated races of 2012 to date… Read more…

  499. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 May '12

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    Prasad on Ben Lomond in 2010

    Some cracking races in the UK this weekend, away from the big one in Northern Ireland. Ben Lomond, Moel Eilio, the Fairfield Horseshoe, Calderdale Way and Mount Famine all play host to some fell racing action… Read more…

  500. Updated: British Champs preview: Time to get sleeves rolled up for Round 2

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 10 May '12

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    The beauty of Slieve Bearnagh

    This weekend sees the second round of the British Fell Running Championships in the beautiful Mourne mountains, Northern Ireland. The race at Slieve Bearnagh is only 5 miles in length, but still has 2690ft of climbing… Read more…

  501. Midweek racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 10 May '12

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    Looking at the FRA calendar you could almost race every day this week! A plethora of races in England, Wales and Scotland from the Bank Holiday onwards has seen huge numbers turning out at some classic mid-weekers… Read more…

  502. Fleet of foot head to CTS 8

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 09 May '12

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    The spectacular Flete Estate in South Devon set the scene for Stage 8 of the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series on Sunday 6 May, as part of the annual Endurancelife Festival Weekend... Read more…

  503. De Gasperi wins at SWS opener

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 08 May '12

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    Marco on the slopes

    This weekend saw the Skyrunner® World Series season opener on Russia’s Mount Elbrus. Six times World Mountain Running champion Marco de Gasperi and reigning SWS champion, Spaniard Luis Hernandez locked horns on the steep and icy slopes… Read more…

  504. Transvulcania is this weekend!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 08 May '12

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    Miguel Heras and Iker Karrera in 2011

    The World Skyrunning season kick-offs this coming Saturday with what could be one of the races of the year. The line-up at the Transvulcania race is pretty phenomenal as some of the world’s elite tackle this beast of an ultra… Read more…

  505. Weekend Round-Up: Prasad and Mudge impress in Scotland

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 May '12

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    Angela Mudge showed one or two top Scottish men how it’s done this weekend as she stormed round the Stuc a’Chroin race finishing 7th overall. Equally as dominant was Prasad Prasad’s showing, winning the race by a huge 14 minutes over the 22km route… Read more…

  506. Photo feast at the Red Kite

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 May '12

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    Richard Roberts

    With four photographers at the Welsh Trail Championships this weekend, it was to be a feast of images for the runners who had assembled for Saturday’s Red Kite Challenge and Sunday’s longer Ras y Diafol in mid Wales… Read more…

  507. 'Welsh classic' aims to recapture former glory

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 May '12

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    The Moel Eilio fell race is a classic route. This Saturday will see the race starting in Llanberis, ascending Moel Eilio, Foel Gron and Goch and descending steeply on the grassy slopes of Moel Cynghorion, before dropping into Llanberis for the culmination of 8 tough miles… Read more…

  508. Hope back with a bang at Coniston

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 06 May '12

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    Rob Hope

    After struggling (by his standards) in 2011 with niggles and injury and a steady start to 2012, three-time British Fell Champ Rob Hope retuned to winning ways yesterday as he took a convincing victory – ahead of a quality field – at the Coniston Fell Race... Read more…

  509. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 04 May '12

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    Morgan Donnelly at Coniston 2011

    With 15+ fell races in England, Wales and Scotland, over the next few days the UK fell and trail running season is in full flight now. Pick of the weekend in England goes to the classic that is Coniston, where a top quality field is expected as always… Read more…

  510. Weekend racing

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 01 May '12

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    Lloyd Taggart at the Snaefell race

    Whilst many were running a very long way in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend, those not doing the 3 Peaks or the Fellsman were hitting the fells and trails at some great events around the country… Read more…

  511. 3 Peaks round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 01 May '12

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    The coverage of this year’s 3 Peaks from across traditional, online and social media has been plentiful. Whether it’s these great shots by SportSunday, or these by the Woodentops crew or even this short fly-on-the-wall by Ken Durkin of Joe Symonds starting his ascent of Ingleborough… Read more…

  512. Jez fells 'em for third win...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 30 Apr '12

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    Jez Bragg

    Jez Bragg has made the Fellsman his own in the last few years, following the likes of Fellsman legend Mark Hartell and Sarah Rowell as a multiple winner of the 60-plus mile race which takes in some of the Yorkshire Dales’ toughest peaks… Read more…

  513. 3 Peaks 2012: Joe Symonds wins coveted Yorkshire fell crown

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    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 29 Apr '12

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    Joe Symonds with the 3 Peaks trophy

    Those of us present at the 3 Peaks race witnessed a great race for a number of reasons. Perhaps it will be remembered for the cutting, icy wind that greeted the 1000 runners who embarked on the 23.3 miles of this famous event… Read more…

  514. 3 Peaks race preview: Loaded fields should make for wide-open racing

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 26 Apr '12

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    This weekend sees the 58th edition of one of the most iconic fell or mountain races in the world. The Three Peaks race is one of those races that is on a fell runner’s ‘must do’ list, and represents a true fell running classic… Read more…

  515. The Fell-Runner's Revenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 26 Apr '12

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    Jack Maitland winning the Mow Cop in '85

    In a week of classic races, tonight sees one of the toughest running tests in the UK. Okay it’s more of a road race, but known as the Fell-Runner’s Revenge the Mow Cop Killer Mile rises over 550ft in that one mile – a killer indeed! Read more…

  516. 3 Peaks: Gates and Forsberg add international flavour

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 25 Apr '12

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    Rickey Gates

    Looking at the 3 Peaks entry list shows a host of top domestic talent waiting to line-up in Horton this Saturday. But two names that are not on the list, and certainly not domestic, are top US and Swedish runners Rickey Gates and Emelie Forsberg... Read more…

  517. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 25 Apr '12

    Sarah Rowell at the Fellsman

    Apart from the two big fell events in the Yorkshire Dales (the Fellsman and the 3 Peaks) there are some nice looking events on the hills and trails of the UK this coming weekend… Read more…

  518. Bell leads 'em a merry dance at the Waltz

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 23 Apr '12

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    Carl Bell romped around the Anniversary Waltz on Saturday, putting almost five minutes into Borrowdale’s Ben Bardsley, who himself is in pretty good form after a strong run at Coledale last weekend… Read more…

  519. Richards pips Davies at Moelwyn

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 22 Apr '12

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    Ifan Richards on the dam

    Taking his second win at this classic Welsh race and one of the best wins of his fell running career, Ifan Richards just edged fellow Welsh international Andy Davies at Saturday’s Ras y Moelwyn – now in it’s 25th year… Read more…

  520. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 20 Apr '12

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    On Bwlch Cwmorthin at the 2011 Ras y Moelwyn

    With the weather a little more like late winter than Spring this weekend, racing on the hills should be challenging. Befitting really of some nice gnarly races, such as the classic Ras y Moelwyn (celebrating 25 years this year), with its 10 miles and 2800ft of ascent… Read more…

  521. Follow the JOGLE

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 20 Apr '12

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    Lands End to John O’Groats is a bit of a classic, known to many as the End-to-End. This morning 11 runners embarked on just that distance only in reverse, naming it the JOGLE (John O’Groats to Lands End)… Read more…

  522. Bragg returns in pursuit of a Fellsman hat-trick

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 19 Apr '12

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    Competitors cross Kingsdale Beck

    The North Face® athlete Jez Bragg dominated the super-tough 62 mile Fellsman in 2011 and today his sponsor has announced their continued support for the event which goes ahead in just over a week’s time… Read more…

  523. The world goes Ultra...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 19 Apr '12

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    Joelle Vaught at the Sonoma 50

    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). Read more…

  524. Symonds and Jeska dominate at Coledale...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 16 Apr '12

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    A fresh looking Lauren Jeska and Joe Symonds

    In one of the most loaded fields in a fell race for a long time, Joe Symonds wreaked havoc on the hills of Coledale on Saturday, finishing almost a minute up on Romanian Ionut Zinca and putting large chunks of time into some of the UK’s best… Read more…

  525. Klein and Al Aqra win 2012 Marathon des Sables

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 14 Apr '12

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    Salameh Al Aqra

    As the sun set on the final 15km stage of this year’s event, it was to be a gun to tape win for French super-woman Laurence Klein as she collected the overall women’s prize. Salameh Al Aqra took a highly popular win in the men’s race, after a gruelling week… Read more…

  526. MdS St. 5 - Penultimate stage sees El Akad come through

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 13 Apr '12

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    It was marathon mode quite literally at the penultimate stage of the 2012 Marathon des Sables as the 800 runners still left in the race undertook 42.2 kms of sun, sand and dunes… Read more…

  527. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 13 Apr '12

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    Outside of the big one in the Lakes this weekend, there are a bundle of races around the country to keep fell racers happy. In England there is the Gisborough Moors race, the cracking Wardle Skyline in Rochdale and a Dark and White Spring Mountain Marathon in the Peak District. Read more…

  528. MdS St. 4 - El Morabity dramatically withdraws

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 12 Apr '12

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    Rachid El Morabity is comforted post-race

    They say that the race is never won until it’s run. Such is the case in the 2012 Marathon des Sables as race leader Rachid El Morabity was forced out of the race with the stage 4 finish line in sight… Read more…

  529. Coledale awaits British Champs hopefuls

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 11 Apr '12

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    A warm looking Coledale Horseshoe in 2009

    This Saturday sees the long-awaited start of the 2012 British Fell Running Championships, with round one at the tough Coledale Horseshoe race in the Lakes. Starting from Braithwaite Lodge the route is a classic with runners and walkers alike. Read more…

  530. Runners ready to face The Wall

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 11 Apr '12

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    Built almost 2000 years ago by Emperor Hadrian, Hadrian’s Wall was originally a military fortification. Today this Unesco World Heritage site is one of the UK’s most spectacular, iconic and visited tourist attractions. Read more…

  531. MDS 2012 is underway...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 09 Apr '12

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    One stage is down in this year’s Marathon des Sables and the heat is definitely on. This short film on stage one gives a flavour of the conditions out there, with temperatures of almost 36 degrees C as the race went on… Read more…

  532. Tom lands the Pike

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 08 Apr '12

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    Tom Cornthwaite plunges down Rivi Pike

    Tom Cornthwaite blasted his way up and down Rivington Pike yesterday to record a comfy win over Rossendale’s Sam Tosh. The win is the third for the NFR man on this classic Lancashire mount which takes in 699ft in it’s short 3.2 miles… Read more…

  533. Easter racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 05 Apr '12

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    The famous Rivington Pike

    This weekend sees some great Easter weekend racing taking place, nestled in between a week that sees the cracking Bunny Runs over in Haworth. One classic race is the Rivington Pike, with a lung-bursting 3.2 miles and 699ft of climb up and down the Pike! Read more…

  534. Ricky makes light work of Buttermere

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 04 Apr '12

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    Ricky Lightfoot at Buttermere

    This last weekend Ricky Lightfoot took the win at the Salomon Buttermere Trail Race in the English Lake District. In his own words Ricky takes us through the race and his battle with fellow Laklander Chris Steele… Read more…

  535. Sunshine in the Peaks

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 03 Apr '12

    After some hectic re-arranging of the event venue from Ilam to Alstonefield, around 250 competitors made their way to the picturesque village in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park for the Haglofs Open 5 last weekend… Read more…

  536. Saturday racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 01 Apr '12

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    Rob Jebb at Causey Pike

    Maybe it’s because tomorrow is the 1st of April, but for some reason all of this weekend’s fell racing was on Saturday. Still, that means Sunday can be left for all those lovely long runs in the hills… Read more…

  537. Keep on Running in St. Wendel

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 01 Apr '12

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    The town of St. Wendel in Germany’s Saarland will be hosts the fourth edition of the Salomon Keep On Running. With more than 800 runners descending on the town from October 5 – 7 for a weekend of trail running… Read more…

  538. SkyGames 2012 entries still open...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 29 Mar '12

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    If you still haven’t registered for the SkyGames, it’s still not too late and if you do so this week you will still benefit from the pre-registration event fees at a cheaper rate. Read more…

  539. Community lead the race for Betws y Coed Half Marathon

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 28 Mar '12

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    This Sunday will see a new running event coming to Snowdonia. The Betws y Coed Half Marathon is being held for the first time on April 1st, and has attracted a huge amount of community support Read more…

  540. No stopping Cale on the Wrekin

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 28 Mar '12

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    Steven Cale

    Such has been Steven Cale’s rise over the last couple of years, and his prominence on the fell scene, that he handed 2010 British Fell Champ Tim Davies a rare defeat on Sunday at the Wrekin Fell Race... Read more…

  541. Trail stars head for Zegama

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 28 Mar '12

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    Kilian at Zegama 2011

    Organisers of the Zegama-Aizkorri Maratòn have announced a star-studded world class entry list for the race on May 20. Zegama is one of the most popular skyrunning events – part of the Skyrunner® World Series... Read more…

  542. The BIG Running Weekend

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Mar '12

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    We’re going event mad here on Mud, Sweat and Tears today, after the news on various trail events around the country earlier today, news now comes on what should be a big weekend of running in Peak District this August… Read more…

  543. Trailblazer returns

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Mar '12

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    The Trailblazer series of 10k’s return this summer to some of England’s most beautiful forests. The events are billed ‘definitely not hardcore trail running’ and aimed at those who may normally be pavement-pounders… Read more…

  544. Nova announce foray into trail running

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Mar '12

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    A new off road running event has been announced for the Lake District by Nova International, the organisers of the Bupa Great North Run and British Gas Great North Swim. Read more…

  545. Buttermere Trail Race is this Sunday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Mar '12

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    Round one of the High Terrain events trail race series takes place this Sunday (1st of April) and has two options of a 10km and 16km race. Entries are still open via the High Terrain entries page Read more…

  546. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 26 Mar '12

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    The weather was more like June than March on the uplands of the UK this weekend, as warm conditions saw for some hot racing. Carl Bell, Robbie Simpson, Andres Jones, Helen Fines and Jasmin Paris were amongst the winners… Read more…

  547. Snowdon 2012: Organisers 'happy with entries'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 26 Mar '12

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    Crib y Ddysgl from Snowdon summit

    Rre-iterating the new date of 21st July, International Snowdon Race organiser Stephen Edwards is also keen to point out that just 130 of the 600 places for the 2012 event remain… Read more…

  548. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Mar '12

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    Rich Roberts at Ras yr Aran 2011

    The Edale Skyline, Yr Aran and the Wrekin fell race are three stand-out races this weekend on the fells and hills of the UK. The Birnam Hll Classic takes place in Scotland, part of the Highland Boundary Series… Read more…

  549. Al Andalus Ultra-Trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Mar '12

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    The Al Andalus Ultra Trail is a super-tough 5 day, 5 stage race of around 230km from the 9-12 July. The course provides a demanding test, not just for the legs, but for a runner’s character and determination… Read more…

  550. Campbell and Greenwood win Chuckanut titles

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 21 Mar '12

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    Repeating her win of 2011 and setting a new course record, Ellie Greenwood took another big Stateside ultra win this weekend as she dominated the second half of the Chuckanut 50k race in Bellingham, USA… Read more…

  551. Weekend round-up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 20 Mar '12

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    Runners at the Glen Mona race

    Along with great racing previously reported at Lad’s Leap and the Sticky Toffee Trail Races, some cracking hill action was also to be found over on the Isle of Man at the Glen Mona race and at Chapelgill up in Scotland… Read more…

  552. Lizzie gets stuck in at Cartmel

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 19 Mar '12

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    Lizzie Adams at Cartmel

    The opening 2012 Lakeland Trails series at Cartmel got off to a great start on Saturday as the biggest field yet for a Lakeland Trails event (1300 competitors) took part in the various events at a gloopy Cartmel Racecourse… Read more…

  553. ISF announces 'race of the century' at Transvulcania 2012

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 19 Mar '12

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    Miguel Heras and Iker Karrera in 2011

    The line-up just released on this one will take your breath away. Transvulcania is a beast of an ultra, ascending and descending a massive 8,525m during the 83km of volcanic tracks and trails on the island of La Palma… Read more…

  554. Donges takes Tarawera

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 18 Mar '12

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    Mick Donges

    Mick Donges was ready for this one. After winning the Two Bay Trail in January he had (bar a week of illness) a solid six weeks prep for one of NZ’s biggest ultras and on Saturday took a big win at the Tarawera Ultra Read more…

  555. Bailey and Clayton open English Champs accounts

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 17 Mar '12

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    At the opening round of the 2012 English Fell running Championships at today’s Lad’s Leap race today, it was familiar territory for one winner and brand new for one other as over 420 runners hit the Derbyshire hills… Read more…

  556. Snowdon 2012 re-opens tomorrow...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Mar '12

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    The first 200 places went in a few hours a couple of weeks back, for those who had run the race previously. So, for mere mortals who have not yet set foot on Snowdon in race mode, tomorrow morning (Saturday 17) is your chance to bag one of the remaining 400 places for this year’s race… Read more…

  557. Tarawera Ultra is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Mar '12

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    One of New Zealand’s big ultra races takes place this Saturday, as runners embark on the stunning trails from Rotorua to Kawerau for races of 60, 85 and 100km at the Vibram Tarawera Ultra... Read more…

  558. English Fell Champs Rd1 is this Saturday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 15 Mar '12

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    Lloyd Taggart - 2011 English Fell Champ

    Yes, it’s March, and that time of year when things get serious as far as fell championships go. This Saturday sees the opening salvo of the FRA English Fell Running Championships at the Lad’s Leap race over in Derbyshire… Read more…

  559. High Terrain recce runs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 13 Mar '12

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    Lakeland events company High Terrain Events will this weekend be hosting a recce weekend for their forthcoming trail races at Buttermere (1 April) and Borrowdale (20 May)… Read more…

  560. Transgrancanaria® race report

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 13 Mar '12

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    Last week we brought you the teaser film from the 2012 The North Face Transgrancanaria®, which saw French ultra-trailer Sebastien Chaigneau take a big win and break Miguel Heras’ record… Read more…

  561. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Mar '12

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    Duncan Harris at the 2012 Haworth Hobble

    From the 32 mile Haworth Hobble to the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, from the Wolf’s Pit to the Wye One Way 50, there was something for everyone this weekend, and ahead of next weeks big one at Lad’s Leap some of the big guns tested the water too… Read more…

  562. Inter Counties round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Mar '12

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    Emelia Gorecka easily takes the U20's race

    Loads more content has emerged since Saturday’s excellent Inter Counties XC. Firstly athleticos have dropped 10 lovely videos from the complete programme of races at Cofton Park, Birmingham… Read more…

  563. 2012 TransAlpine-Run sells out...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Mar '12

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    The GORE-TEX® TransAlpine-Run the Alps in 8 days and has become one of the most popular endurance stage events in the world. This year, six months before the starter’s gun is fired on 1 September, all of the 250 team places have already been sold to runners from 32 different countries… Read more…

  564. Steel and Gerrard shine in Brum

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 10 Mar '12

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    Gemma Steel on her way to the 2012 Inter-Counties title

    It was a case of deja vu for the opponents of Keith Gerrard and Gemma Steel at today’s Inter-Counties XC in Birmingham. Two weeks ago they were both victorious at the National XC and today underlined that class by taking majestic wins… Read more…

  565. Sweet Sensation for Sticky Toffee Trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 10 Mar '12

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    Over 1300 competitors from all over the UK with visitors from as far afield as USA, South Africa, Germany, Ireland and Belgium will be heading to the picturesque village of Cartmel in the Lake District this weekend for what has been described as a Beauty and Beast of a trail running course. Read more…

  566. Berghaus to sponsor the Dragon’s Back Race™

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 09 Mar '12

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    Berghaus has confirmed that it will sponsor the Dragon’s Back Race™ – a five day adventure race that will traverse the mountains of Wales in September. The Dragon’s Back Race™ enjoys near mythical status in the adventure racing community… Read more…

  567. Inter Counties XC is this Saturday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Mar '12

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    Ryan McLeod leads the men's race at the Inter Counties 2011

    With no World XC selection to aim for in 2012 this weekend’s big event in Birmingham doubles as the McCain Cross Challenge Final and the Inter Counties XC Champs. The racing will no doubt still be highly competitive at the sharp-end, as athletes battle it out for county pride and the overall series prizes. Read more…

  568. Severe weather forces Six Foot Track cancellation

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Mar '12

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    One of Australia’s premier ultra trail races, the Six Foot Track, has been forced into cancellation this weekend after unprecedented rain in the last week or so. This video shows just how bad the conditions are in the region… Read more…

  569. Chaigneau makes his mark at the Trans Grancanaria

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 06 Mar '12

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    Sebastien Chaigneau at the Trans Gran Canaria 2012

    Sebastien Chaigneau and Fernanda Maciel, were men’s and women’s winners at The North Face® Transgrancanaria at the weekend, with Chaigneau setting a super time of 12:54:18 for the 123km route… Read more…

  570. Helene is Back

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 06 Mar '12

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    Helene at the 2011 Olympus Marathon

    One of fell running’s greats of the last few decades, Helene Whitaker (nee Diamantides), will return to the source this September as she tackles the Dragon’s Back Race™ – 20 years after her initial triumph… Read more…

  571. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Mar '12

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    Steven Cale at the Cardingmill Canter

    This weekend saw some great early-season racing in conditions befitting the time of year – from rain to sunshine to hail storms, as racing went ahead at the Carding Mill Canter, Black Combe, Cloud Nine and Pipe Dream to name but a few… Read more…

  572. Jack is on Cloud 9

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 04 Mar '12

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    Jack Ross at the Cloud 9 race

    Today saw young England fell running international Jack Ross continue his ascendancy as he dominated the Congleton Harriers organised Cloud Nine Hill Race, from a turnout which produced over 400 finishers… Read more…

  573. Aquatrail: A Pure Format

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 04 Mar '12

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    Endurancelife have earned a reputation for creating exciting and unique events designed to push humans in the natural environment and their newest offering Aquatrail has just been announced.. Read more…

  574. Dold feels the Rush in London

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 03 Mar '12

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    Thomas Dold at the Vertical Rush 2012

    Germany’s Thomas Dold and Australian Suzy Walsham made their first appearances at the Vertical Rush tower running event last Thursday, racing the 920 steps of London’s Tower 42 in record time… Read more…

  575. Snowdon 2012: First 200 entries go in 3 hours!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 01 Mar '12

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    The advent of online entries for races these days means that places get snapped up for popular events faster than ever – it’s almost all about how good your technology is! Read more…

  576. The VWC® comes to town!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 28 Feb '12

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    London town. Tower 42 is host this week to the fourth Vertical Rush race in central London, once again it will be part of the prestigious Vertical World Circuit®, attracting some the world’s best tower runners… Read more…

  577. McCain Mountain Running Challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 28 Feb '12

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    Steve Vernon at the UKA Trial 2011

    The dates have been set for the 2012 UKA McCain Mountain Running Challenge with four events across uphill and up and down mountain running disciplines. The Inter-Counties kick things off in May at the Shining Tor race… Read more…

  578. McGinley and Byrne dominate in Dublin

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 27 Feb '12

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    Eventual winner McGinley (99) leads at the Irish National XC

    Warm weather and perfect underfoot conditions greeted runners Saturday’s Irish National Inter-Club Cross Country Championships, as there was joy for Eddie McGinley and Linda Byrne in the senior men’s and women’s races… Read more…

  579. Gerrard is National class

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 27 Feb '12

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    Gerrard with his National trophy

    They say form is temporary and class is permanent. After winning the junior (U20) National XC title in style in 2005, Manxman Keith Gerrard’s senior career looked very promising… Read more…

  580. Clayton breaks long-standing record at Ilkley Moor

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 27 Feb '12

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    Emma Clayton

    Less than 24 hours after finishing a superb 14th at the National XC in London, Bingley’s Emma Clayton was back on the fells and breaking records at yesterday’s Ilkley Moor fell race in Yorkshire… Read more…

  581. Saturday racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 26 Feb '12

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    Mr. Gafr Mynydd at Moel y Ci

    Records tumbled on the hills and mountains of England, Wales and Scotland today. Amongst the winners were Prasad Prasad, Angela Mudge, Simon Bailey, Carl Bell and Richard Roberts, in unseasonably warm weather and great racing conditions… Read more…

  582. Breaking: Steel and Gerrard take National XC titles

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 25 Feb '12

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    Gemma Steel - 2012 National XC champion

    One of these winners was highly fancied, pre-race, the other wasn’t mentioned in too many previews, including ours. The National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill this afternoon saw Gemma Steel take her first national crown… Read more…

  583. UPDATED: National XC Preview: Vernon and Damen to defend in London

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 23 Feb '12

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    In 2011 Steve Vernon and Louise Damen were convincing National XC champions, in conditions described as a ‘mudbath’. This weekend’s Parliament Hill course may not be as dramatic underfoot, but its classic cross country standing should produce equally worthy winners… Read more…

  584. Glacier Lakes relay unveiled

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 22 Feb '12

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    Lough Dan

    The Irish Mountain Running Association is to hold a new four-stage relay race in 2012. Named the Wicklow Glacier Lakes the event will take place on Sunday 15th April and will take in some of the most challenging – and beautiful – terrain in Wicklow…. Read more…

  585. National XC is this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 21 Feb '12

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    One of the biggest, most historic and most hotly contested cross country events on the annual race calendar hits one of the best courses this weekend as the English National Cross Country Championships (otherwise know as the National) takes place at Parliament Hill on Saturday… Read more…

  586. Highlander set for TV appearance

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 20 Feb '12

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    The excellent Highlander Mountain Marathon event is around 8 weeks away and after a previous appearance on Scottish outdoor pursuits programme The Adventure Show this year’s event is set to be filmed once again by the popular BBC show… Read more…

  587. Griffiths and Jones take Welsh XC crowns

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 19 Feb '12

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    Caryl Jones

    Welsh international Dewi Griffiths took his first senior XC title yesterday on a tough St. Fagans course at the Welsh Cross Country Champs. The Swansea Harrier also led his club to team gold, ensuring a berth at the European Clubs XC next winter… Read more…

  588. Taggart wins Baldwin Valleys race

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 19 Feb '12

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    Lloyd Taggart at the Baldwin Valleys race

    Lloyd Taggart continued his intro to 2012 racing with another comfortable win – and a course record to boot – on the Isle of Man, at the Baldwin Valleys race on Saturday. Jackie Lee was once again supreme in the women’s race winning by over 8 minutes… Read more…

  589. Hawkins and Murray repeat at Falkirk

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 19 Feb '12

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    Freya Murray, Scottish XC champion 2012

    There was an air of familiarity in Falkirk yesterday as both Freya Murray and Derek Hawkins repeated their national XC successes of 2011, as huge numbers turned out at the Scottish National Cross Country Championships... Read more…

  590. Sandes wins HK100

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 18 Feb '12

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    Ryan Sandes - HK100 winner 2012

    Ryan Sandes has won the Vibram Hong Kong 100km ultra trail race in a record time of 9hrs55min – almost two hours quicker than the previous record of 11:48. Having led from check point 7 he carved out a 10 min lead over his nearest competitor. Read more…

  591. Kilian announces 2012 'calendar'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 Feb '12

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    Kilian Jornet

    It seems like yesterday that Kilian Jornet was blasting down Mt Kinabalu to record a historic win over arch-rival Marco de Gasperi at the 2011 Climbathon. But as we know time stands still for no man (or woman) Read more…

  592. Cram launches 2012 Salomon Kielder Marathon

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 Feb '12

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    Former Olympic athlete and world record holder Steve Cram MBE this week unveiled plans for the 2012 Salomon Kielder Marathon. Now in its third year organisers are expecting 3000 entries for this year’s event… Read more…

  593. CTS hits the South West

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 17 Feb '12

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    This weekend sees round 5 of the popular Endurance Life promoted Coastal Trail Series along the breathtaking South Devon coastline. This is where it all began for the Endurance Life guys, and unfortunately the event is a sell-out… Read more…

  594. Ultra Tour of the Peak District announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 16 Feb '12

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    Team Accelerate UK this week announced a brand new event for the August Bank Holiday weekend 2012. The Ultra Tour of the Peak District will be a 55 mile race of some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes… Read more…

  595. Dean prevails in sub-zero Cross Cup

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 14 Feb '12

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    Dean wins in Hulshout

    Round 6 of the 8-round Lotto Cross Cup saw success for many GB and England athletes on Sunday, as the winter-long XC series hit Hulshout in the Antwerp region of Belgium…. Read more…

  596. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 13 Feb '12

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    A misty lead group at the Winter Hill race

    Wins for Graham Pearce and Helen Fines at the Norman Matthews Winter Hill fell race, Andres Jones and Lauren Jeska at the Tarren Hendre race and James Logue and Nicky Spinks at the Wadsworth Trog… Read more…

  597. Mack is the daddy at US XC champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 13 Feb '12

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    Bobby Mack takes the US XC title

    Close finishes dominated the USATF Cross Country Championships on Saturday as Bobby Mack and Sara Hall prevailed. Though Mack’s win was pretty decisive, Hall won after a last gasp lunge beating Molly Huddle in a photo finish… Read more…

  598. Talk Ultra: Episode 2 is online

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 13 Feb '12

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    With a fascinating chat with Gordy Ainsleigh, episode 2 of Talk Ultra is now available for download. The interview with Ainsleigh (the founder of the Western States 100 race in the US) is probably the highlight of yet another packed podcast… Read more…

  599. It's lucky 13 for Mudge as Edwards takes Carnethy 5

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 12 Feb '12

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    Angela Mudge - win number 13 at Carnethy 5

    GB international mountain runner Orlando Edwards stormed to a great win at Saturday’s 41st running of the Carnethy 5 Hill Race, defeating a field laced with top class fell and mountain running talent… Read more…

  600. Carnethy 5: Preview

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 10 Feb '12

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    Tomorrow sees one of the biggest races on the calendar as a stacked field head to the 41st Carnethy 5 Hill Race. Though only 6 miles the race takes in 5 peaks and in wet weather is known to be extremely demanding… Read more…

  601. Seventh heaven for Dold at the Run-Up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 09 Feb '12

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    Thomas Dold wins again in New York

    With a move to an 8pm slot and a new start system (time trial as opposed to mass start) much of the 2012 Empire State Run-Up was all new. However, the status quo remained in the finishing positions of previous years, as world number one Thomas Dold reigned supreme once again… Read more…

  602. Kilian's Classik 2012

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 08 Feb '12

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    Summer is a time for racing, but summer is also a time for enjoyment, relaxation and sharing good times. This is the ethos that Salomon adopt when some of their best athletes and everyday trail runners alike come together in Font Romeu… Read more…

  603. The GL3D™ is back

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 08 Feb '12

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    After his revival of the Dragon’s Back Race later in 2012, Shane Ohly has also rekindled the flames of another multi-day mountain marathon, the Great Lakeland 3 Day™ – a renowned three-day classic, which takes place this May. Read more…

  604. US XC Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 08 Feb '12

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    Thanks to @joegeezi Joe Gray for the heads-up that this weekend sees the USATF Cross Country Championships in St. Louis – acting as the selection race for the 2012 North America, Central American, & Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships… Read more…

  605. NYC Run-Up kicks off 2012 VWC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 06 Feb '12

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    Thomas Dold on his was to a fifth Run-Up win

    Not a couple of weeks since the final of the 2011 Vertical World Circuit in Brazil and the 2012 series kicks-off at the world famous Empire State Run Up in New York this week as Thomas Dold looks for a historic 7th win… Read more…

  606. Cale sets the pace at Long Mynd

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 06 Feb '12

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    Steven Cale at Long Mynd 2012

    These shots must be some of the best sporting images of the winter. Fell Running Pictures shooter Graham Spencer was either lucky or very clever in positioning himself on this, let’s say, tricky descent! Read more…

  607. Jonny has a heyday in Cardiff

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 05 Feb '12

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    Jonny Hay wins the 2012 BUCS XC

    Birmingham student Jonny Hay took a convincing win at yesterday’s BUCS Cross Country Championships at a snowy Blackweir Fields in Cardiff. Though the time gaps show it was a close race, these images suggest that Hay was in control of the race throughout… Read more…

  608. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 03 Feb '12

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    One of the classic races on the fell calendar takes place this weekend on the English / Welsh border, as Church Stretton and Mercia Fell Runners play host to the Long Mynd Valleys race on Sunday… Read more…

  609. The BUCS stops in Cardiff - UPDATED

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 02 Feb '12

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    The Brownlee brothers head to Cardiff for the BUCS 2012

    It’s the time of year when student XCers across the UK come together to see who is top cross country University / College and athlete for 2012. Last year saw wins for top GB internationals Nick Goolab and Charlie Purdue… Read more…

  610. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 31 Jan '12

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    Some good racing on the hills this weekend – with the likes of 2011 English Fell Champ Lloyd Taggart stretching his legs, the Kinder Trial going off in beautiful wintery conditions and Ricky Lightfoot dishing it out at Blakes Heaven... Read more…

  611. Ben ticks-off Southern XC title

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 30 Jan '12

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    It was elder brother’s turn to shine this weekend, as Ben Tickner won the Southern Cross Country Championships in Brighton. Over the last few weeks it has been Tickner the junior (Frank) who has dominated much of the UK cross country scene… Read more…

  612. Tough nut Dold cracks Brazil

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 30 Jan '12

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    Thomas Dold (left) and Valentina Belotti - VWC Champions

    Germany’s Thomas Dold once again confirms his prowess as the world’s number one skyscraper racer after winning the 2011 Vertical World Circuit final in the Corrida Vertical, Saõ Paolo, Brazil on January 25. Read more…

  613. Vernon makes it 4 in Pontefract

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 29 Jan '12

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    Steve Vernon (902) well to fore early on

    Steve Vernon underlined his status as one the UK’s top XC exponents with a commanding win at the Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday. His win now makes it four Northern XC titles for the Stockport man… Read more…

  614. Walsh and Doyle take Midlands Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 28 Jan '12

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    James Walsh

    James Walsh retained his Midlands Cross Country Championships title in fine style at a sunny Wollaton Park in Nottingham today. The Leeds AC runner pulled away in the closing mile from Rory Fraser (OWLS) and Josh Lilley (Tipton)… Read more…

  615. XC goes regional this weekend

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 27 Jan '12

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    Outside of the National Cross Country Championships, this weekend sees the biggest weekend of cross country of the season as juniors, seniors and veterans from all over the country converge on their respective Area championships… Read more…

  616. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 27 Jan '12

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    Not a great deal on this weekend in the fell scene, but quality over quantity is the name of the game as the ever popular Kinder Trial goes ahead on Saturday. Other races for consideration are Blakes Heaven, Greeba Fell on the Isle of Man and Trigger Tor in the Peak District… Read more…

  617. Catch your trail at Lakeland Trails

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 25 Jan '12

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    They say that the early bird catches the worm, well over at Lakeland Trails they have set the bait for trail runners with only a few days remaining before the discounted early bird entry closes and the entry fees for the 2012 Spring and Marathon Lakeland Trails events go up on the 1st of February… Read more…

  618. Euro XC round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 25 Jan '12

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    Action at the Lotto Cross Cup in Belgium, the Cross Internacional de Elgoibar in Spain, and the Antrim XC in Northern Ireland are all part of a European Athletics cross country round up. Read more…

  619. Britton and Steel duel it out in Antrim

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 22 Jan '12

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    Steel (right) and Britton, locked in battle

    In their third head-to-head of the XC season, Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton and Gemma Steel renewed their intense rivalry that has developed this winter at round 4 of the 2011/12 McCain Cross Challenge in Antrim today… Read more…

  620. Shettleston repeat at Devils Burdens

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 22 Jan '12

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    Tom Owens and Jethro Lennox at the 2011 race

    After their win in 2011 top Scots club Shettleston once again showed their strength as they comfortably won the Devils Burdens race in Fife yesterday. HBT ladies also triumphed in this excellent early-season relay event… Read more…

  621. Adams outguns Jebby at Stanbury Splash

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 22 Jan '12

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    Big guns amass early on in the 2011 Stanbury Splash

    Woodentops first event of 2012 proved to be another cracker as some of England’s top male and female fell talent hit the hills near Keighley for 12km of fast and furious racing. Read more…

  622. Haglofs Open 5 - Sunshine and smiles in Somerset

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 19 Jan '12

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    The fourth Haglofs Open5 event was the furthest south yet and competitors arriving at the quaint West Somerset village of Crowcombe were to experience a completely different weather system to the one experienced only a month ago. Read more…

  623. Runners Need G3 Series

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 18 Jan '12

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    Now in their 8th year the Runners Need G3 series kicked off last weekend near Guildford. The men’s race was won by Fabien Lassonde (42.29), with the women’s event going to Gillian Sanders in 44.45. Read more…

  624. Keith defends his turf at Art O'Neill

    Posted in At the Races by Rene Borg on Wed 18 Jan '12

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    The fourth Art O’Neill Challenge took place in Ireland this weekend past and once again it allowed walkers, runners and “hybrids” Read more…

  625. Sky Games are open for registration

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 18 Jan '12

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    The 2012 Sky Games, taking place in Ribagorza Romanica, northern Spain, have opened up entries for the Open Categories of the events, which take place between June 29th – July 8th. Read more…

  626. VWC heads for São Paulo

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 18 Jan '12

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    Thomas Dold

    The grand finale of the Vertical World Circuit heads for San Paolo, Brazil on January 25 where top skyscraper racers will compete for the world champion title and cash prize. Thomas Dold, six times winner of the Empire State Building Run-Up and current VWC champion, will be on the start line… Read more…

  627. International XC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 17 Jan '12

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    Kipsang reigns in Seville rain

    Linet Masai and Geoffrey Kipsang were amongst the winners on the IAAF circuit this weekend, as the XC season across Europe continues in this non-World Cross year. The was also action over in Italy at the Villa Lagarina race… Read more…

  628. The OMM opens for entries

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 17 Jan '12

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    The 2012 edition of the this classic mountain marathon is now open for online and postal entries by clicking here. Entrants to the event will need to follow strict guidelines for entry… Read more…

  629. From the sticks to the city...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 16 Jan '12

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    Runners at the 2012 Country to Capital 45

    Near perfect conditions greeted record numbers of runners at the opening race in the 2012 Go Beyond Ultra offering – as 200 hardy souls set off from Wendover to London, for the Country to Capital 45 race. Read more…

  630. Tickner takes Cardiff Cross

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 16 Jan '12

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    The men's race early on with Tickner (720) to the fore

    The senior men’s race at the 2012 Cardiff Cross Challenge went to form as Frank Tickner and Jonny Hay took the 1-2, after Tickner broke away on the final lap of the 10k race at Blackweir Fields. Lauren Howarth showed a good return to form winning the women’s race, in bright south Wales sunshine… Read more…

  631. The Spine Race is today...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 14 Jan '12

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    Deemed Britain’s most brutal race, the 268-mile beast that is The Spine Race – a non-stop winter ultra-marathon encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way – gets underway today (14 Jan). Read more…

  632. McCain Cross Challenge hits Cardiff

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 13 Jan '12

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    The year’s premium XC event in Wales arrives this weekend for the annual Cardiff Cross Challenge at the Blackweir Fields. The race is also round 3 of the 5 race McCain series designed to bring together the UK’s elite XC runners on a regular basis… Read more…

  633. Endurance Life CTS hits Anglesey

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 12 Jan '12

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    The weekend of the 21 /22 of Jan sees the Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series arrive on Anglesey – and if you fancy a run you had better be quick as almost all of the four races from 10k to 32 miles are fully booked… Read more…

  634. 3 Peaks window is open

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 11 Jan '12

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    Online entries have revolutionised the way people enter races these days, and as the 58th edition of the 3 Peaks Race opened for entries on Monday morning nearly 800 had been reached by Weds lunchtime, meaning it will be full (1000 entries) in record time… Read more…

  635. Ebuya shows the way in Amorebieta

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 10 Jan '12

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    Joseph Ebuya

    Whilst some of Kenya’s top endurance men were in Edinburgh at the weekend, former World XC champion Joseph Ebuya was in Spain giving a demonstration in front running at the 58th Cross Internacional Zornotza in Amorebieta Read more…

  636. Race round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 10 Jan '12

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    Robbie Simpson

    It’s been a busy start to 2012 on the race front, with a few going under the MST radar. So, here lies a little round-up from the new year’s day Hardmoors 30, to Robbie Simpson’s record run at last weekend’s El-Brim-Ick Dash near Aberdeen… Read more…

  637. County champions

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 09 Jan '12

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    Jonny Mellor - Merseyside Champion

    Lots of County Cross Country titles were decided this weekend up and down the country with Jonny Mellor, Emma Clayton, Andi Jones, Olivia Walwyn-Bush, Ali Brownlee, Neilson Hall and Lauren Howarth amongst the winners… Read more…

  638. Burning it up on Anglesey

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 09 Jan '12

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    Wales seems to have really caught the marathon and ultra bug recently, adding to this is a brand new ultra-event for Anglesey which will take place this August… Read more…

  639. SWS 2012 freshens up...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 09 Jan '12

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    Marco leads Kilian on the steps

    New year, new calendar, new format. The 2012 Skyrunner® World Series calendar offers a distance for every runner with stand-alone circuits where both Vertical and Ultra champions will have a taste of the glory (and prize money). Read more…

  640. Britton is great, whilst UK athletes show well in Edinburgh

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 07 Jan '12

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    Absel Kiprop - easy win

    When senior GB athletes (outside of Mo Farah) came up against some of Africa and Europe’s finest XC runners in the past they were often found wanting. However, today’s showing at the BUPA Great Edinburgh XC demonstrated just how far they have come in the last few years. Read more…

  641. XC elite descend on Edinburgh

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 06 Jan '12

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    Eliud Kipchoge, winner in 2011

    This Saturday should be a real showcase for British endurance running as the BUPA Great Edinburgh XC takes place at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. The men’s and women’s fields are absolutely loaded with Olympic and world champions… Read more…

  642. Hit The Trail this Sunday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 06 Jan '12

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    Damien Nichols in full effect...

    Never ones to shirk our responsibility to the grass roots here at MST, we’d like to big-up a very nice urban trail race up in the Manchester area – taking place this Sunday the 8th of January. For all you ‘urban trailsters’ who are fed up with the pavements and traffic – Hit the Trail! Read more…

  643. Brownlee's go head-to-head once again

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 05 Jan '12

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    It’ll be XC this time though as the Bingley boys head to the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships this weekend. The Wharfedale Observer reports on their battle at Auld Lang Syne, where Ali came out on top… Read more…

  644. New Year racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Jan '12

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    Andres Jones

    The first day of 2012 saw the hardcore out on the fells and hills. Perfect starts to this year’s campaigns went to Andres Jones, Ali Lavender, Murray Strain, Quentin Lewis, Annabel Mason, Jim Bulman amongst others… Read more…

  645. Best of 2011: Ultra trail

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 01 Jan '11

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    Ryan Sandes wins Leadville 2011

    After our subjective view on the Best of 2011: Fell and mountain racing on New Year’s Eve, we thought we should also take a look at ultra trail races which caught our eye around the world in 2011… Read more…

  646. Brownlee boys dominate Auld Lang Syne

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 31 Dec '11

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    The Brownlee brothers at Auld Lang Syne 2011

    Brotherly love was nowhere to be seen today at this classic Woodentops race, as a big battle between Ali and Jonny Brownlee produced a narrow win for Ali. Both were almost two minutes clear of Borrowdale man Chris Steele in third. Read more…

  647. Best of 2011: Fell and mountain racing

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 30 Dec '11

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    Morgan - 2011 champ!

    It’s difficult know where to start – there have been so many highlights. Races that instantly stand out for us are Morgan Donnelly’s return after injury at Yr Aran, Tom Owens’ win at the 3 Peaks, Pippa Maddam’s world title run in Slovenia, Max King’s surprise WMRC win and Mark Palmer’s sub 15 BGR… Read more…

  648. Cardiff Cross Challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 28 Dec '11

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    If you fancy being part of the third round of the McCain Cross Challenge Series and running on one of the best XC courses on the circuit, then head on over to the Cardiff Cross Challenge site before the 9th of January to register your interest… Read more…

  649. SHR 2012 championship

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Dec '11

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    Murray Strain at Pentland 2010

    Scottish Hill Runners have announced the races that will make up the 2012 championship north of the Border. The series will once again be sponsored by Scots running retail chain Run4it... Read more…

  650. WMRC 2012 and 2013 announced

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 24 Dec '11

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    The Tonale Pass

    The venues for the next two World Mountain Running Championships have been announced on the WMRA site. 2012 sees the champs going to Italy, with the 2013 racing going to Poland… Read more…

  651. Lost Worlds Trail Series

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 21 Dec '11

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    In 2012 you are invited to participate in an incredible new 100k/50k race series. The Lost Worlds trail series starts with a race on the Causeway Crossing in Ireland – taking runners through the World Heritage site of The Giant’s Causeway… Read more…

  652. Davies back to winning ways at Corndon

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 20 Dec '11

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    Tim Davies on Lan Fawr

    Mercia’s Tim Davies got back into racing on Sunday after a break from running at the end of a frustrating 2011 season for the Welsh international and former British fell champ, to win the Corndon Classic race… Read more…

  653. Tosh and Fines win at the Stoop

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 20 Dec '11

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    Helen Fines

    The competition for first fancy dress at Sunday’s Stoop Race was almost as fierce as the racing at the head of the field, as Rossendale Harrier Sam Tosh romped to the win ahead of the evergreen Ian Holmes. There was a welcome return to racing for Helen Fines too, winning the women’s race… Read more…

  654. Registration opens for 10th UTMB®

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 20 Dec '11

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    The North Face®, has announced online registration ‘open’ for the 10th edition of The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc®, August 27th- September 2nd 2012, in Chamonix, France. Read more…

  655. Brits feature in Brussels mud...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 19 Dec '11

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    Steve Vernon (32) with Lebid, Wilkinson and Humphries

    Yesterday’s Lotto Cross Cup produced some great performances from the UK’s elite senior and juniors, at a muddy Brussels. The racing was dominated by a strong east African contingent, and last weeks Euro Cross winner Atelaw Bekele… Read more…

  656. Lotto Cross Cup: Brussels

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 17 Dec '11

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    One of Europe’s most prestigious XC races is on this Sunday, as Brussels plays host to the Lotto Cross Cup – a series of cross country races across Belgium celebrating its 30 year in 2011. It’s an IAAF Permit event, and the field is deep with XC talent and promises to be one of the events of the winter. Read more…

  657. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Dec '11

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    The Stoop 2010

    The festive cheer should be flowing this weekend as its the last racing weekend before Christmas. One the two classic yuletide fell races goes off on Sunday, as a big field will be expected for the Stoop Read more…

  658. The king returns to Arthur's Seat

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 15 Dec '11

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    Bekele (1) in one of his previous Edinburgh visits

    Arguably the greatest ever cross country runner Kenenisa Bekele returns to Edinburgh in a few weeks, as he takes on some of the current crop of endurance speedsters at the annual XC festival that is the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country on January 7… Read more…

  659. Ultramaratón Fuego Y Agua 2012

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 15 Dec '11

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    The third running of Ultramaratón Fuego Y Agua, featuring 100 km, 50 km, and 25 km trail races, will take place February 18, 2012 after a one-year hiatus. The race is held on Ometepe, an island known for its astonishing biodiversity, prehistoric rock carvings, and vibrant local culture… Read more…

  660. Welsh Inter-Regional XC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 14 Dec '11

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    Caryl Jones

    Report now online from last weekend’s Welsh Inter Regional Cross Country Champs in Builth Wells. Wins for Swansea man Phil Matthews, Caryl Jones, Ffion Price and Charlie Hulson, amongst others… Read more…

  661. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Dec '11

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    Richard Roberts disappears into the Mortimers distance

    This weekend on the hills and fells was strictly for the hardcore. Driving rain, winds and a tad chilly out there, but with the excellent Mortimer Forest, Mytholmroyd Fell Race and Simonside Cairns went ahead with really good turn outs… Read more…

  662. Bekele romps to Euro Cross title

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Dec '11

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    Atelaw Bekele - utterly dominant Euro Cross win

    We hinted on our Friday preview of the Euro Cross senior men’s race that Belgium’s Atelaw Bekele would be a force to be reckoned with. So much so was the dominance of the 24 year old on Sunday, that he led from gun to tape for a famous win… Read more…

  663. Britton returns for brilliant Euro Cross win

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Dec '11

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    Fionnuala Britton - 2011 European XC champ

    To say that Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton was disappointed with 4th place at the 2010 Euro Cross would be an understatement. However, all was forgotten in a haze of delight as the Irishwomen ran a superb race for gold in 2011… Read more…

  664. GB youngsters show the way in Velenje

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Dec '11

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    Gorecka - European Junior XC Champ 2011

    It was one of those days at a major champs for a GB & NI team where it would have been hard to to single out any one particular performance. Such was the dominance of the junior and U23 races that by the time the senior women’s race got underway GB had already won 5 gold and 3 silver medals… Read more…

  665. Twell ready to "get involved" at Euro Cross

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Dec '11

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    Twell (far left) at Euro Cross athletes conference

    With just a few hours to go until racing at the 2011 European Cross Country Championships gets underway, GB athlete Steph Twell (a three-time junior champion of the event) featured at the pre-event conference and vowed to get involved... Read more…

  666. Euro Cross: Lebid aims to cement legendary XC status

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 09 Dec '11

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    Will it be number 10 for Lebid?

    Legend is a phrase that is, of course, all too often used these days. But when it comes to European cross country few would argue with the statement that the Ukraine’s Serhiy Lebid is just that… Read more…

  667. Women's race 'wide open' at Euro Cross

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Dec '11

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    With 2010 champion Jessica Augusto out of this weekend’s European Cross Country Championships there will be some fierce racing to determine the 2011 champion, with a number of likely candidates vying for the crown… Read more…

  668. Euro Cross previews - U23 / Juniors

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 07 Dec '11

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    Pinto - big junior favourite

    With just 4 days until the big day, European Athletics splash some excellent previews of the younger age groups at this weekend’s Euro Cross, with looks ahead to the junior men and women and U23 races… Read more…

  669. Euro Cross on the telly

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 07 Dec '11

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    BBC Two come up with the goods this Sunday, with a whole hour and three quarters dedicated to the 2011 European Cross Country Championships. Crammy and Big Bren commentate on the races from Velenje in a programme fronted by the smooth Jonathan Edwards… Read more…

  670. Haglofs Open 5

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 07 Dec '11

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    What a difference a month makes. From brilliant sunshine at the Long Mynd last month to rain, wind, snow, hail, thunder & lightning in brutal winter conditions at Bacup, Rossendale last Sunday…. Read more…

  671. European trail racing goes far...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 07 Dec '11

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    Following the announcement of the Swiss Irontrail race, two more uber-events on the European trail calendar have been announced to whet the appetite of those seeking to go that little bit further. The Zugspitz Ultratrail takes place from the 22-24 June, with just two weeks later the second Salomon 4 Trails race… Read more…

  672. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 06 Dec '11

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    Andy Davies - Cardington Cracker winner 2011

    Some muddy racing over the weekend saw wins in the wind and rain for Andy Davies, Tom Cornthwaite, Mel Price, Carl Hardman, Jane Hodgson and Olivia Walwyn-Bush amongst them. This time of year sees some seasonal regulars on the calendar too… Read more…

  673. Euro Cross week

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Dec '11

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    This time next week we will know the 2011 Euro Cross champions are – will Lebid make it 10? Will the GB junior women carry on the legacy? Many questions will be answered in what could be testing conditions in Slovenia… Read more…

  674. Proper cross country

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Dec '11

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    Not we are old school or anything here on MST, but watching this film from last Saturday’s Cumbria County XC champs shows off the sport for what it should be (in our opinion) – tough, undulating, boggy and a proper challenge… Read more…

  675. Wolfe and Frost show ultra class in San Francisco

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Dec '11

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    Frosty at the finish of the TNF50

    For Anna Frost Saturday was one of those coming-of-age days. The New Zealeander has spent the last few seasons in the mountains of world gaining a reputation as a world-class mountain runner… Read more…

  676. THE end of season party...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 01 Dec '11

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    Talk about saving the best ‘til last! The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship takes place this weekend and promises to be a grand finale of the 2011 season and a veritable feast for ultra trail fans around the world. Read more…

  677. Ayalew and Alemu show Ethiopian uphill prowess at Obudu

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 30 Nov '11

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    Alemu - a new Obudu record

    The 7th running of the Obudu International Mountain Race on Monday showed that east African runners have just as much scope on the hills as they do on the flat, as Ethiopia dominated with men’s winner Mesfin Alemu setting a new course record… Read more…

  678. International XC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 29 Nov '11

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    Wilson Kiprop - winner at Eldoret XC

    The international cross country scene continues to gather pace as we head towards the only major championship this winter in Slovenia. Though many Europe’s top men with be sharpening their spikes in anticipation of December 11, it is East Africa that continues to dominate… Read more…

  679. Matthews and Martin repeat in Glasgow

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 28 Nov '11

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    Peter Matthews

    It was a case of déjà vu at the BMAF British and Irish Cross Country International this weekend, as Ireland’s Peter Matthews and England’s Claire Martin ran away with the overall titles at a very muddy Bellahouston Park… Read more…

  680. Vernon and Dean excel in Liverpool

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 26 Nov '11

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    Andy Vernon - yet another McCain win

    Liverpool’s Sefton Park delivered the fast running conditions today as pre-race fancies Andy Vernon and Hatti Dean delivered the clinical finishes to win the men’s and women’s titles at the 2011 European Cross Country Trials. It was familiar territory for Vernon after his win on the same course in 2010… Read more…

  681. Sandes caps off a great 2011

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 26 Nov '11

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    Sandes on his way to the Nepal 2011 win

    After his epic run at Leadville, South Africa’s Ryan Sandes led from start to finish in the 2011 Nepal ‘roving race – part of the Racing the Planet series. Sandes is a familiar figure at these events, having won the complete set of 4 Deserts races over the last few years... Read more…

  682. 3rd African MR Champs are Monday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 26 Nov '11

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    Billed as the world’s richest mountain race the Obudu Mountain Race once again incorporates the African Mountain Running Championships, and with all of Africa’s foremost running nations represented it should be ultra competitive… Read more…

  683. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 25 Nov '11

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    Tim Davies - Time Trial record holder

    A relatively quiet weekend on the hills this weekend. There are a few short ones in the north of England at the Kirkby Moor and the Dave Staff Memorial races, info here. One interesting race though is down in Shropshire… Read more…

  684. Crunch time for XC elite

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 24 Nov '11

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    Liverpool’s Sefton Park awaits this weekend as, without the World cross to aim for, the UK’s top XC runners face their biggest race of the season to be one of the lucky few that with travel to Slovenia as part of the British & NI team at the 2011 European Cross Champs... Read more…

  685. Jahn and Walsham reign in Singapore

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 23 Nov '11

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    In a record field of 2,100 competitors, German Matthias Jahn and Australian Suzy Walsham won the Swissotel Vertical Marathon in Singapore on Sunday, semi final of the eight-race Vertical World Circuit®. Read more…

  686. Weekend racing...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Nov '11

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    Outside of the Tour of Pendle there was a fair bit of racing on the hills and fells this weekend. The excellent Penmaenmawr Fell Race went off in good mountain running conditions on Saturday, with a win for Adam Peers… Read more…

  687. International XC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Nov '11

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    Priscah Jeptoo

    With no World champs to aim for in 2011 much of the none European XC runners are racing for cash and glory this winter. The IAAF XC Permit Series offers suitable competition for the world’s best and Sunday saw Vincent Cheprok take round two in Soria, Spain… Read more…

  688. Bell and Brindle take Pendle

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Nov '11

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    The big race of the weekend went to end-of-season form man Carl Bell in unseasonably warm conditions at the Tour of Pendle. First class write-up from Fell Running Briefs with some superb images by sportsunday Read more…

  689. Lalang and Reid deliver at NCAA

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Nov '11

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    Pre-race favourites at the 2011 NCAA cross country championships Lawi Lalang and Shiela Reid didn’t disappoint at today’s races – with Lalang romping to the win and Reid scraping through in a sprint finish at the Terra Haute course, Indiana. Read more…

  690. NCAA XC is today

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Nov '11

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    Yep, it’s the big one, Stateside today. The US National Collegiate XC champs is the one that they all want to win. Last year was a canter for Sam Chelanga, and the Lets Run readers think that Lawi Lalang is the hot favourite this year. Read more…

  691. English Fell Champs DVD - out now...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Nov '11

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    2011 champ Lloyd Taggart

    Peter Thompson’s 2011 English Fell Running Championships DVD is out – and once again looks great! The PWT production is an annual fixture these days and makes for a perfect end of season re-run or gift.. Read more…

  692. Ambitious 'Irontrail' unveiled

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 21 Nov '11

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    Following on from the Swissalpine in Davos (78 kilometres) and the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (166 kilometres), the Irontrail breaks the 200 km barrier. The premiere event takes place from 6 to 8 July 2012 with the start in Pontresina and the finish in Chur. Read more…

  693. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 18 Nov '11

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    It’s time for the fell runners to go head-to-head with the cyclists this weekend at the excellent Harriers vs Cyclists in Bingley. Last year saw a win for Jebby on his bike, but with his injury problems (shoulder) this summer and autumn we’re not sure the fell and cyclo cross great will be there… Read more…

  694. Merga and Masai lay down XC markers

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 16 Nov '11

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    Imane Merga wins the IAAF Permit 2011/12 opener

    The 2011 / 12 IAAF Permit series kicked off in Spain at the weekend with Imane Merga and Linet Masai showing why they are considered amongst the world’s best XC exponents… Read more…

  695. Furey powers up Doujce...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 16 Nov '11

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    Brian Furey at Howth, 2010

    Brian Furey showed why he is the Irish champion winning the last major open mountain race of the year to the peak of Djouce Mountain in 77:53. Michael Cunningham, the reigning Munster champion, pushed the Connacht man all the way ensuring he could not rest easy at any stage before the end. Read more…

  696. Weekend fell racing (and the Dinner!)...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 14 Nov '11

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    Prasad on the Tinto Race descent

    Some great racing in the superb Autumn conditions this weekend, with Prasad Prasad (Tinto) , Sarah Ridgway (Wadsworth Half Trog), Ifan Richards (Rhobell Fawr) and Tom Addison (Dunnerdale) amongst the winners… Read more…

  697. Tickner and Steel shine in Bristol sun

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 14 Nov '11

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    Tickner winning in Cardiff last season

    It sounded like a walk in the park for Gemma Steel at yesterday’s opening meet of the 2011 / 12 McCain Cross Challenge in Bristol, though the Charnwood athlete called it a “bit of a slog”, Frank Ticker was an equally impressive winner of the men’s race… Read more…

  698. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 Nov '11

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    Weather looks amazingly mild for this time of year, so racing should be a joy on the hills and mountains this weekend. The Scots get the Tinto Race and it’s the excellent Ras Rhobell Fawr in Wales… Read more…

  699. Rai wins, as Hawker slips to third

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 Nov '11

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    After an amazing adventure in the Himalayas the last month’s exploits have finally taken their toll on Lizzy Hawker, as she slipped to third place on the last two stages of the 2011 Everest Sky Race, which saw just 16 finishers. Roger Henke reports Read more…

  700. Season starts here for XC elite

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 11 Nov '11

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    Though it’s now November and the cross country season in the UK is in full swing, this weekend’s opening round of the McCain Cross Challenge series in Bristol is the first real test for those with championship and Euro XC aspirations… Read more…

  701. Hawker leads Everest Sky Race - just

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 08 Nov '11

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    Two stages to go and Lizzy Hawker is still leading the 2011 Everest Sky Race by a mere 7 minutes. Thanks to Roger Henke posting on the comments section on MST we have some great updates on the event, which finishes on November 14 Read more…

  702. Vernon and Steel lead by example at English XC relays

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 Nov '11

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    Steve Vernon (196) early on

    Top XC exponent Steve Vernon blazed his Stockport Harriers team to gold in Saturday’s English Cross Country Relay Champs in Mansfield after running away with leg 1 for the Lancashire team, his 15.26 being the fastest leg of the day… Read more…

  703. Italy win Euro Skyrunning Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 Nov '11

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    Laura Orgue and Urban Zemmer

    The super-strong Italian team took the combined European Skyrunning Championships title at the Puig Campana Vertical Kilometer® on Saturday, but Spain was the big medal winner, taking nine of the eighteen medals at stake overall. Read more…

  704. The Spine - Britain's most brutal?

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 07 Nov '11

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    2011 has been a year for announcements of big events. The penchant for ultra ultras continues with the news of The Spine – a non-stop 268 mile winter ultra-marathon encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way… Read more…

  705. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 04 Nov '11

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    Ifs Richards at the Clwydian Hills 2010

    A handful of lovely races this weekend, including the Peel Hill on the Isle of Man and the Clwydian Hills in north Wales. Yorkshire plays host the the Really Wild Boar. Meanwhile the Pennines play host to the Cop Hill and Shepherds Skyline races. Read more…

  706. Spain goes Vertical for European Skyrunning Champs

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 04 Nov '11

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    Oihana Kortazar

    It’s curtains up this weekend for the final of the 2011 European Skyrunning Championships which will take place in Alicante, Spain on Saturday, November 5th with the Vertical Kilometer® del Puig Campana. Read more…

  707. Ohly and Archer take the OMM

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 01 Nov '11

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    Lots of great blogs and images dotted about the net after this weekend’s OMM up in Scotland. One of the best I have seen is by Nic Barber where he describes the dramatic ‘sprint finish’ for this coveted crown… Read more…

  708. Rob romps to Snowdonia win

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 01 Nov '11

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    Samuel cross the line in Llanberis

    Wales and GB international Rob Samuel pulled off the biggest win of his career on Saturday, as he won Britain’s toughest marathon. The 25-year old led majestically over the final 6 miles of this iconic 26.2 mile event to win in 2hrs 36 mins and 45 secs… Read more…

  709. Weekend Round-Up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 31 Oct '11

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    Carl Bell

    Sterling work from @Daleside and the Fell Running Briefs digital news outlet this weekend with an excellent report on the Great Whernside race over in Kettlewell, which also incorporated the Yorkshire Champs… Read more…

  710. Dold wins Vietnam’s first Vertical Run

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 31 Oct '11

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    Reigning Vertical World Circuit champion Thomas Dold of Germany won the inaugural Bitexco Vertical Run on Sunday, setting the overall fastest time up the Bitexco Financial Tower – Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest building… Read more…

  711. Trail Marathon Wales is launched

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Oct '11

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    June 2012 will see a great new event coming to Wales. Trail Marathon Wales aims to be a “challenging, but stunning” full (and half) distance trail marathon set in the world-renowned MTB heartland that is Coed y Brenin… Read more…

  712. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 28 Oct '11

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    Sugar Loaf record holder Matt Collins

    So, outside of The OMM things are starting to wind down a little on the fells, hill and mountains of the UK. As you’d expect at this time of the year too, the races tend to be shorter, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some quality races on this weekend… Read more…

  713. The Original, and some say 'best'!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 27 Oct '11

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    Yes, it’s OMM time again. The ‘original’ mountain marathon is literally that, and this weekend’s event hits the highlands of Scotland, for a return to big hills and rugged climbs… Read more…

  714. Gardiner returns to 'Britain's toughest'...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 27 Oct '11

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    Richie Gardiner

    We realise that the Snowdonia Marathon isn’t exactly off road. But it does have two long sections of mountain path on it’s route, is renowned at Britain’s toughest and this year has a host of top fell runners in the elite field… Read more…

  715. Tower runners hit Ho Chi Minh City

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 27 Oct '11

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    On Sunday 30th October 2011, the first ever vertical run in Vietnam will be held at the Bitexco Financial Tower, where over 500 participants have registered to conquer the highest skyscraper in Ho Chi Minh City… Read more…

  716. XC news...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 26 Oct '11

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    The weather looks like it has finally turned this week in the UK and as the leaves turn brown and fall away, the ground turns heavier and the wind starts to blow, cross country runners up and down the country can finally run some proper XC! Read more…

  717. Colquhoun impresses at Ultima Frontera

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 25 Oct '11

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    Colquhoun at the recent Commonwealth champs

    A highly successful, inaugural Ultima Frontera went ahead this weekend, and despite the first rain for almost 4 months in the Poniente de Granada region Spain’s Juan Ruiz and Scotland’s Lucy Colquhoun were impressive winners Read more…

  718. XC relays

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 25 Oct '11

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    Aaron Scott anchors Notts to the win

    Along with the Scottish championships at the weekend there were also relay champs in the Midlands, with Notts AC taking a dramatic win. Up in Scotland Inverclyde AC also caused a bit of an upset with Craig Ruddy anchoring a great win… Read more…

  719. Symonds returns in style!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 24 Oct '11

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    With Thomas Lorbanchet (left) and Thierry Breuil

    British fell and mountain international Andy Symonds has made an amazing return to racing after almost a year of injury. On Sunday the Scots exile took a great victory at one of France’s great races, the 71km La Grande Course des Templiers Read more…

  720. 'Team Snowdon' excel in Italy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 24 Oct '11

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    The trio of Andi Jones, Robbie Simpson and Murray Strain in the men’s relay race, and Pippa Maddams and Christina Rankin in the women’s individual race put on great performances over the weekend at the 52nd Trofeo Vanoni in Morbegno,,, Read more…

  721. Scots XC Relays

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 21 Oct '11

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    Tsegai Tewelde -one of Shettleston's stars

    Leagues continue un-abounded up and down the country this weekend, and up in Scotland it’s time for the Scottish National XC Relays in Cumbernauld. 2010 champs Shettleston will be back to defend their title, going up against Central AC… Read more…

  722. One last push for Kilian...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 21 Oct '11

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    Kilian in Australia in early 2011

    This weekend sees the final ‘leg’ of Kilian Jornet’s 5 Continent visitation in 2011. The Catalan is attempting to not only win big trail races on all 5 zones, but also engage with the communities and learn a little more about global trail running… Read more…

  723. Kilian caps off a Super year

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 21 Oct '11

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    Kilian breaks the tape at Kinabalu

    After a season which has placed Kilian Jornet in a league of his own in ultra trail running, the little Catalan capped off his amazing 2011 with victory at the 27th Kinabalu Climbathon in Malaysia on Sunday… Read more…

  724. Ultima Frontera: The 'ultimate' frontier

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 20 Oct '11

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    This weekend sees one of Europe’s toughest ultra trail races, in the beauty of the Iberian Peninsula known historically as Al Andalus. Races of 50, 80 and 160km await, along with some stunning scenery and warm autumn weather… Read more…

  725. Snowdon winners head to Italy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 20 Oct '11

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    This weekend sees the 54th Trofeo Vanoni taking place in Morbegno, Italy. Following a partnership struck up a number of years ago the winners of this summer’s International Snowdon Race will travel to represent the race in this classic mountain relay… Read more…

  726. Skyrunner® SuperCup is here!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 19 Oct '11

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    This weekend sees a new addition to the Skyrunning world calendar, that of the Skyrunner® SuperCup. Kilian Jornet and Marco de Gasperi renew their rivalry too on one of the toughest of all skyrunning races… Read more…

  727. Fell future is in good hands...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 17 Oct '11

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    Beckie Taylor at the recent Home Internationals

    Cockermouth School in Cumbria was the home yesterday for the 2011 English Schools Fell Running Championships. Some great numbers took to Watch Hill and Hay for some top quality competition… Read more…

  728. Breaking: Dark Peak and Bingley win FRA Relays

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 15 Oct '11

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    Some great tweeting from Daleside and JethroLennox have revealed Dark Peak Fell Runners as the men’s champions and Bingley as the ladies winners at today’s UKA Fell Relays in Kettlewell… Read more…

  729. UKA Fell relays: Dark Peak dominate

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 15 Oct '11

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    Dark Peak - a glorious FRA Relay victory

    The results are in, the images are up and the feedback is posted (on the FRA forum) and it seems that the 23rd UKA Fell Relays were an afternoon to remember from all perspectives, in glorious autumn sunshine on the fells of Kettlewell, Yorkshire. Read more…

  730. UKA Fell Relays: Baton down the hatches...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 14 Oct '11

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    When it comes to fell running, it’s often a solitary sport. But this weekend it’s going to be all about teamwork as the UK’s best head to Kettlewell in Yorkshire as the Bingley club host the 23rd UKA British Fell and Hill Relay Championships... Read more…

  731. The chips are down for McCain XC

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 12 Oct '11

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    The 2011/12 McCain Cross Challenge dates have been announced on the UKA site. The series kicks off with a return to its roots in Bristol on November 13, with the other four counters at Liverpool, Cardiff, Antrim and Birmingham… Read more…

  732. Cale wins Breidden Hills, Davies takes Welsh crown

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 11 Oct '11

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    Tim Davies gets ready for take off

    Mercia’s Steven Cale warmed-up for this weekend’s UKA Relays, along with a number of team mates, at the Breidden Hills race on the Shropshire borders on Sunday. Breidden Hills is always a cracker as Al Tye’s brilliant shots show Read more…

  733. Bell makes 'em toll...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 11 Oct '11

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    Carl Bell

    Tough conditions did nothing to deter a full field of 500 taking to the fells of the Langdale Horseshoe on Saturday, and it was Howgill’s Carl Bell who took the glory, continuing his excellent 2011 season… Read more…

  734. Ricky makes light work of Kielder

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 11 Oct '11

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    After a difficult 2011 Ricky Lightfoot turned in one of the performances of his career to win the Salomon Kielder Marathon in Northumberland on Sunday in challenging weather conditions… Read more…

  735. Kielder Marathon is Sunday...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 08 Oct '11

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    Deemed ‘Britain’s most beautiful’ the Salomon Kielder Marathon takes place tomorrow. Launched in February the 2nd edition of the event is the brainchild of former Olympic great Steve Cram and event organiser Dave Roberts… Read more…

  736. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 07 Oct '11

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    A young Rob Jebb at Langdale

    The gales are ripping in, and the temperature has dropped by about 10 degrees – but we dont care. The Langdale Horseshoe is our pick of the bunch this weekend in England, 14 classic miles for a full field of 500 entrants including Ben ‘The Noor’ Abdelnoor, Rhys Findlay-Robinson, Carl Bell, Nicky Spinks and Natalie White… Read more…

  737. XC is back...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 05 Oct '11

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    Yes, now that the Indian summer that never was has been and gone (all 5 days of it) the XC lovers in the UK are getting set for another winter of fun. Those who love cross-country can get excited that as the nights draw in the mud will start to churn around the country in leagues, series and championship races… Read more…

  738. FAAS Climb

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Oct '11

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    London’s Heron Tower hosts the inaugural FAASClimb at the end of this month, part of the growing trend in the UK for charity-backed tower running events. 37 floors and 888 steps face the expected 800 plus runners on October the 29th… Read more…

  739. Krkoč and Arslan take GP titles

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Oct '11

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    Ahmet Arslan

    The 32nd Smarna Gora race saw crisp blue skies and ferocious racing on the slopes of this classic Slovenian mount on Sunday. Ahmet Arslan repeated his win of 2010 in the race, and the overall WMRA Grand Prix Series Read more…

  740. Windermere's Sheffield wins Coniston Trail Race

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 04 Oct '11

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    Local Windermere athlete Rebecca Sheffield won her first ever Lakeland Trails event in Coniston on Saturday 1st October. In warm conditions, Rebecca had a real tustle with Accrington’s Sarah Ridehalgh, proving the stronger over the testing 15km off road route Read more…

  741. Borrowdale romp to Ian Hodgson win

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 03 Oct '11

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    Team Borrowdales (with legend Billy Bland third from left!)

    They repeated their win of 2010, only this time it wasn’t a close-run thng. The boys in purple blasted their way around the 4 leg route, winning all but one of the legs on time and eventually winning by a massive 16mins 55secs – these guys look good for the UKA’s in a couple of weeks! Read more…

  742. This weekend

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 30 Sep '11

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    After a frantic few weeks of World, Commonwealth Championship and international racing, focus turns to the fell relay season as the Ian Hodgson tops the bill for many a UK fell runner this weekend… Read more…

  743. Relay season...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 30 Sep '11

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    The first of the Autumn’s big fell relays takes place this Sunday, as fell big guns will look to sharpen their team skills ahead of the UKA champs at the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay running from Brotherswater near Patterdale in the Lakes Read more…

  744. Clayton looks for strong GP finish at Smarna Gora...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 29 Sep '11

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    Emma Clayton

    The final curtain drops on the WMRA GP season this weekend as athletes from all over the world travel to the classic Smarna Gora. As ever this tough race attracts plenty of top Brits and Emma Clayton looks to cap off what has been a great season for the Bingley Harrier… Read more…

  745. Milan’s Vertical Sprint: Dold and Belotti record breakers

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 27 Sep '11

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    Thomas Dold and Valentina Belotti

    German Thomas Dold and Italian Valentina Belotti set new records on Italy’s tallest tower, Sunday, September 25: as the 39 floors and 866 steps of Milan’s Palazzo Lombardia were consumed in a mere 3’46” by Dold and 5’03” by Belotti… Read more…

  746. Welsh copper strikes Gold

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 26 Sep '11

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    Richies Gardiner takes the title

    It’s just as well that Richie Gardiner didn’t give up on his dream to represent Wales at a major championship because after four near misses he helped himself to two gold medals on his Commonwealth debut… Read more…

  747. Milan’s Vertical Sprint: Italy’s tallest tower challenge

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 24 Sep '11

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    After the huge success of the previous events, this year’s Vertical Sprint race up Italy’s tallest tower will be again be combined with a Vertical Day, Sunday, September 25… Read more…

  748. McMullan and Adams make it a golden day for England

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 24 Sep '11

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    James McMullan takes gold

    James McMullan and Lizzie Adams made it a hat-trick of gold medals for England at the Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Championships in North Wales as they won the men’s and women’s mountain races at Llanberis… Read more…

  749. Mountain and trail runners head to Wales in search of Commonwealth glory...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 23 Sep '11

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    As the 2nd Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Championships got underway today in Llandudno with a colourful opening ceremony and tomorrow sees Llanberis – the home of many a mountain race battle over the years – welcome the Commonwealth’s top fell and mountain runners… Read more…

  750. Owens takes first SWS win in Italy

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 19 Sep '11

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    Tom Owens wins Sentiero delle Grigne in 2011

    The UK’s Tom Owens continued his great season yesterday as he raced to his first Skyrunner® World Series win at the super-tough Sentiero delle Grigne race in Italy. Poor weather conditions in the region forced a reduction in race distance, but Owens romped to the win with a master descent… Read more…

  751. Mudge looks back on 'disappointing' 2011

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 17 Sep '11

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    Angela Mudge

    There isn’t much that Angela Mudge hasn’t achieved in the sports of fell, mountain and ultra-trail running. She topped and tailed her year with wins at the Carnethy 5 and the recent Ben Nevis Race. However, by her standards 2011 has been frustrating. Read more…

  752. Sunday heralds World Series final

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 16 Sep '11

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    Oihana Kotazar

    The final of the 2011 Skyrunner® World Series nears. On Sunday, September 18 some of the world’s strongest runners will compete on the spectacular duelling ground of Italy’s Sentiero delle Grigne: 43 km long with a massive 6,400m vertical climb. Read more…

  753. Events down south...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 15 Sep '11

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    A variety of new events in the south of England have been announced for the autumn. RunRider is a brand new off-road duathlon for Bristolians to get their teeth into… Read more…

  754. World Mountain Running Championships 2011 - USA 'bring it home'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 12 Sep '11

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    Max King - WMRC 2011

    We have been covering major events on MST for about three and half years now. In that time we have covered World XC champs, World Mountain champs, UTMB’s and so on… Read more…

  755. Lopez and Caballero prove strongest to win 7th Transalpine-Run

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Sep '11

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    Lopez and Cabellero - Trans Alps champs 2011

    Although the pairing of Jethro Lennox and Joe Symonds appeared to be the strongest runners in the final two stages, the Spainish duo did enough in the early stages to win the 2011 GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run. Read more…

  756. Meaty wins for Donnelly and Maddams are just champion

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 11 Sep '11

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    Morgan on the Beeftub

    Morgan Donnelly and Pippa Maddams yesterday underlined their superiority in this year British Fell Running Championships by each taking final round wins at the Devil’s Beeftub race in Scotland… Read more…

  757. Who dares wins at the Beeftub!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 09 Sep '11

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    It could well be the case on Saturday, as the 2011 British Fell Running Champs conclude tomorrow afternoon in Scotland. After 36.5 miles, three countries and over 15000ft of ascent it will be down 2 mad miles, leaving brains at home, for some of the UK’s elite… Read more…

  758. Tirana awaits GB's elite

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 09 Sep '11

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    Lizzie Adams

    Tirana is old. Dating back to the 3rd century A.D. As a global sporting nation Albania is young, but this weekend will have its chance to shine on the global sporting stage as it welcomes the 27th World Mountain Running Championships... Read more…

  759. Scottish take-over at Trans Alps...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 09 Sep '11

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    A win at last for Joe and Jethro

    Though the men’s overall leaders remain the same going into the final stage of the 2011 GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run, Jethro Lennox and Joe Symonds triumphed on today’s brutal stage 7, finally taking the win that they have coveted all week! Read more…

  760. The Big Weekend

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Sep '11

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    Morgan Donnelly - just needs to hold his nerve

    For some of the UK’s top fell and mountain runners this weekend means crunch time. The final race in the 2011 British Fell Champs takes place on the Devil’s Beeftub, whilst the GB mountain running team head to Albania for what will be an ‘interesting’ WMRC. Read more…

  761. Trans Alps day 6: Six in a row for Caballero and Lopez

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Sep '11

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    Julien Chorier on Trans Alp stage 6

    With just two stages to on the 2011 Trans-alpine Run, yesterday’s stage was a breathtaking trawl over the Italian border, and outside of a big effort from the Team Salomon men’s pairing is was pretty much status quo… Read more…

  762. Uphill takes its toll at Trans Alp stage 5

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 08 Sep '11

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    Jethro has a lie down at the end of stage 5

    The expressions said it all on stage 5 of the 2011 GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run. The short 6.19km stage from Scuol’s town square to the plateau of Motta Naluns (2.130m) proved not to be the welcome respite from the ultra mountain stages some had hoped! Read more…

  763. Lopez and Caballero prove unbeatable four days into the Transalpine-Run

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 07 Sep '11

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    It almost seems a daily routine by now that David Lopez Castan and Miguel Caballero Ortega lead the field of racers into the finish area at the 2011 GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run. Read more…

  764. Glenmore 24 - only for the hardcore!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 06 Sep '11

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    The Glenmore 24 hour Trail Race took place this last weekend in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, just outside of Aviemore. The weather looked pretty good, and post-race feedback was of a great event. Read more…

  765. Trans Alps stage 3 - full report

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Sep '11

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    David Lopez Castan and Miguel Caballero Ortega once again ruled today’s stage at the GORE-TEX Transalpine Run. As on both previous stages, they managed to distance themselves from any immediate competition… Read more…

  766. Weekend round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Sep '11

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    Simon Bailey at Shelf Moor 2011

    The heavens opened but it didn’t stop the hardy off-road runners this weekend. Lots on Ben Nevis and Derwentwater elsewhere on the site, so we’ll concentrate on the other racing at sharp Shelf Moor, the grizzly Grizedale and the monster that is the Peris Horseshoe race… Read more…

  767. Status quo at Trans Alp stage 3

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 05 Sep '11

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    Jimenez and Miro - dominating at the 2011 Trans Alps

    Early news from today’s Trans Alpine Run stage 3 is that overnight leaders Tangoworld Gore-Tex Spain once again ran away with the 42 km stage from Schruns to Galtür in Austria… Read more…

  768. Ben Nevis: Results

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 04 Sep '11

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    Holmsey - has had better days on the Ben...

    Now online, thanks to Mr @scottbaistow93! The results from yesterday’s race show a very clear win for Findlay Wild from Lloyd Taggart. The Lochaber runner’s time of 1:29:21 was a full two and half minutes up on the Manxman… Read more…

  769. Castan and Ortega continue march at GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 04 Sep '11

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    Winners of stage one of the 2011 GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run David Lopez Castan and Miguel Caballero Ortega, added yet another victory on today’s mammoth stage between Kleinwalsertal/Hirschegg (Austria) and Schruns (Austria)…. Read more…

  770. Cumbrian Athletes shine in the rain

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 04 Sep '11

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    Russell Maddams

    International and Keswick AC runner, Russell Maddams, dominated the 6th Lakeland Trails event in Keswick on Saturday in torrential rain. Maddams pulled away from an early lead group in the blue riband event, the Derwentwater Trail Race… Read more…

  771. Ben blogs for Run247 at Trans Alp

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 04 Sep '11

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    If you (like us!) are following British progress at the Trans Alps, make sure you follow Ben Abdelnoor and Mark Palmer‘s progress. The Ambleside and Mynydd Du runners are moonlighting as Team247 out there… Read more…

  772. GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run: High temperatures greet stage one

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 03 Sep '11

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    Miro and Jimenez win stage one

    The 2011 GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run got underway today, under piercing blue skies and in temperatures of over 80 degrees. Perfect then for the Spanish duo of David Lopez Castan and Miguel Caballero Ortega who romped to a stage 1 win… Read more…

  773. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 03 Sep '11

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    Chris Near leads at the 2010 Peris Horseshoe

    The big one this weekend goes to Ben Nevis, with our preview here, but as always there is a very busy schedule of mouth-watering races to get you out there on the hill! Pick goes to the super-tough Pedol Peris Horseshoe over in North Wales… Read more…

  774. Wild repeats, whilst Angela wins again at Ben Nevis

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 03 Sep '11

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    Finlay Wild at Ben Nevis 2010

    Proving that his 2010 win on this famous mountain was no fluke, Finley Wild stormed to his second win in as many years, defeating Lloyd Taggart comfortably. Wild’s time of 1:29:21 is a full six minutes faster than his triumph last year… Read more…

  775. Ben Nevis Weekend: The Ben awaits the brave

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 02 Sep '11

    This weekend sees one of the most iconic races on the international mountain running calendar as the Ben Nevis Race takes place on Saturday. However, its tough track also makes it one of the most brutal up and down mountain races on the calendar… Read more…

  776. UPDATED: Trans Alpine Run Preview

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 01 Sep '11

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    The 7th GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run heys underway this Saturday, and includes some interesting pairings, including Team inov8 UK duo Jethro Lennox and Joe Symonds… Read more…

  777. Weekend round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 30 Aug '11

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    It was a weekend of lung-burning on the fells and hills of the UK as much of the racing centred around short racing and classic shows. Wins for Lizzie Adams, Robbie Simpson, Morgan D, Math Roberts and Mark McGoldrick amongst others… Read more…

  778. 6th Derwentwater Trail 15km sells out

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 30 Aug '11

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    Just over 1000 competitors from as far afield as Australia, USA, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium and Ireland will be running in the 15km Derwentwater Trail, starting and finishing in Keswick on Saturday 3rd September. Read more…

  779. Grasmere 2011: Morgan and Pippa take a 'classic'

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 29 Aug '11

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    Pippa Maddams

    On a weekend where one of the world’s greatest long distance race took place in southern France, one of the most historic and shortest races took place in the English Lake District. Read more…

  780. English Champs round-up

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 28 Aug '11

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    Lloyd Taggart early-on in 2011

    @Daleside caps off a great English Fell Running Championship season with a round-up of the salient points on the racing, Lloyd’s hsitoric ‘double’ and the category winners… Read more…

  781. Jornet regains his UTMB crown, whilst Lizzie takes 4th title

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 28 Aug '11

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    Kilian Jornet at UTMB 2011

    For the 2011 UTMB mark as ‘brutal’. After the start time was moved on Friday evening to 11.30pm due to storms, the anticipation for this great race only grew, as Chamonix became a trail running couldron… Read more…

  782. Wolfe and Smith get the job done at TRR...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 27 Aug '11

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    Smith and Wolfe at the 2011 Trans Rockies

    Holding on to a leaders jersey in any sport can often be harder than getting it in the first place. So, with just one stage to go in the 2011 Trans Rockies Run Smith and Wolfe at the 2011 Trans Rockies Mike Smith and Jason Wolfe had to dig deep and keep their nerve… Read more…

  783. U T M B

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Aug '11

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    Known as the unofficial world championships of trail running, the The North Face® UTMB is one of the monuments of world running, never mind trail running. To put this as a win on your ‘palmares’ cements your name in trail running history… Read more…

  784. King and Bak take control at TRR

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 24 Aug '11

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    Defending Trans Rockies champion Max King, along with new partner Ryan Bak, yesterday took control of the 2011 event with a convincing win on the tough 24 mile stage 3… Read more…

  785. Trans Rockies - Stage 2 "this year it’s a Trail Race"

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Tue 23 Aug '11

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    So says Max King. After stage 2 at this year’s Trans Rockies the race at the front of the men’s open race is really hotting-up. King was part of the second placed pairing on yesterday’s up and down race on Hope Pass… Read more…

  786. Trans Rockies - Stage 1

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Aug '11

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    It’s very early days in the 2011 Gore-Tex Trans Rockies Run but pairings who intend to make their mark in this years event from Buena Vista to Beaver Creak will have shown themselves strongly on day one… Read more…

  787. Glasgow Riverside Rate Race a huge success

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Aug '11

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    900 runners took part in the inaugural Glasgow Riverside Rat Race, with challenges along the banks of the Clyde, on Sunday 21 August. First past the finish line was Chris Hinds from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, who completed the course in 47:01… Read more…

  788. Mr Pikes Peak makes it 8!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Aug '11

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    Matt Carpenter

    The incredible Matt Carpenter took his eighth (and sixth straight) win at yesterday’s Pikes Peak Marathon, eclipsing the field to win in 3:48:08, a full 13 minutes up on Daryn Parker… Read more…

  789. Morgan puts himself in the hot seat with Sedbergh win...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Aug '11

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    Morgan Donnelly

    When I interviewed Morgan Donnelly after his convincing win at Yr Aran a few weeks ago, the Borrowdale man stated that his season started there, and the British championships were his target… Read more…

  790. Sandes wins 100 debut at Leadville...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 21 Aug '11

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    Ryan Sandes (left) with pacer Adam Chase

    The ‘Sandman’ Ryan Sandes wrote his name into US ultra trail running history today as he won the Leadville Trail 100. The South African was running his first ever 100 miler and lead from around the half-way mark to win by over 30 mins by the finish… Read more…

  791. Irish Trials and tribulations

    Posted in At the Races by Rene Borg on Sun 21 Aug '11

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    Barry Minnock leads Tom Hogan

    The Irish trial race for the World Championship came laced with the usual drama accompanying the tough three lap course. The climbs do the physical damage many say, the laps do the rest… Read more…

  792. Macias wins Pike Peak Ascent in style

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 20 Aug '11

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    Mario Macias

    Self-proclaimed ‘road racer’ Mario Macias took a gun to tape victory in today’s Pikes Peak Ascent race in Colorado. The 29 year-old’s time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 57 seconds being the second-fastest time ever on the event… Read more…

  793. Mason takes Burnsall

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 20 Aug '11

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    Ted Mason

    The last week or so in August sees three races, all extremely short, all extremely tough and all extremely coveted. First up is the 1.5 mile Burnsall race. Just over a week later and it’s the Grasmere Senior Guides race, over 160 years old! Read more…

  794. Skaala takes top athlete's breath away...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 19 Aug '11

    Ahmet Arslan

    One of the most breathtaking uphill mountain races in the world took place last weekend in Norway. The Skaala race is a classic, you only have to look at the array of winners over the years to confirm that… Read more…

  795. Channel 4 to televise Rat Race

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 19 Aug '11

    The Glasgow Riverside Rat Race, the new 10km urban running (or walking) event with challenges in and around the River Clyde, is due to be featured in a thirty-minute adventure sports programme being broadcast by Channel 4 Television later in the year… Read more…

  796. Skyrunners hit Pikes Peak...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 18 Aug '11

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    Round five of the Skyrunner® World Series heads for Colorado’s Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday August 20 – a half marathon to the 4,299m summit of “America’s Mountain”. Read more…

  797. Al Anthony wins Two Inns

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 17 Aug '11

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    Alasdair Anthony

    From the SHR site: On a day when navigation was a major factor Al Anthony wins the 2nd Two Inns Race (maybe now is a good time to plug the forthcoming SHR navigation course too!). Race Organiser Linda MacEwan writes Read more…

  798. Sedbergh is this weekend!

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 17 Aug '11

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    The English and British Fell Champs arrive in Sedbergh this Sunday for what will be final round, crunch time in the English Fell Champs. It could go a long way in painting a clearer picture on the 2011 British Champs destination too… Read more…

  799. De Gasperi returns to winning ways at Sierre Zinal

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 15 Aug '11

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    Marco wins at Sierre Zinal

    After succumbing to the descending skills of Kilian Jornet at Giir di Mont a couple of weeks ago, Italy’s Marco De Gasperi turned the tables on the Catalan to win yesterday’s classic Sierre Zinal race… Read more…

  800. The US goes ultra, this weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 15 Aug '11

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    Some of the biggest races in the US calendar take place this weekend, and into next week, as runners from around the globe flock to Colorado for the Pikes Peak Marathon, the famous Leadville 100 and utterly massive (in scale) Trans Rockies Race... Read more…

  801. McMullan and Adams book World tickets

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 13 Aug '11

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    Andi Jones and James McMullan battle it out

    After a mammoth battle at the Inter Counties in May, it was likely that James McMullan would lock horns once again with Andi Jones and Chris Smith as they all lined up for the start of today’s World Mountain Running Champs trials race in Blackburn… Read more…

  802. The crack at the back - July 2011

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 13 Aug '11

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    Fiona Glen takes a light-hearted look at the race scene from a mid-field perspective once again this month, and fills us in on some news which we may have missed, oh and the ‘new nutrition’ of tea and Pringles! Read more…

  803. This weekend...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 12 Aug '11

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    Outside of the trials up in Blackburn, there is plenty going on across the countries hills and mountains. The excellent Two Inns in Scotland and the delightful Sticklepath Horseshoe down on Dartmoor are amongst them… Read more…

  804. World trials on film...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 12 Aug '11

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    Though there appears to be no sound on this video by willt630 of Saturday’s exciting racing at Witton Park, it gives a great overview of how the men’s World MR trials race unfolded – obviously a proper battle! Read more…

  805. Crunch time in Blackburn

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Thu 11 Aug '11

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    The GB girls - 2009 World Mountain Running Champions

    The UK’s elite mountain runners go on Trial this Saturday, as the selection races for World MR Champs in Albania on 11 Sept and Commonwealth Mountain Championships in Wales on the 24 Sept take place at Witton Park, Blackburn… Read more…

  806. Jornet and De Gasperi go head-to-head once again

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Wed 10 Aug '11

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    Kilian Jornet and Marco De Gasperi - sparring partners

    This weekend sees one of two of the biggest names in European mountain running take on one of the classics in world mountain running. After their epic battle at Giir di Mont a couple of weeks back Kilian Jornet and Marco de Gasperi go head-to-head once again at Sierre Zinal Read more…

  807. The Noor grabs Borrowdale

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 06 Aug '11

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    Abdelnoor way back in 2008

    After winning Wasdale and placing third in the 3 Peaks earlier in the year, Ambleside’s Ben Abdelnoor showed that he is a man for the long ones as he won today’s Borrowdale Fell Race… Read more…

  808. Digital meets the trail at UTMB...

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sat 06 Aug '11

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    Lizzie Hawker

    The North Face® have unveiled an exciting new LiveTrail APP integrating Facebook© and Twitter© which allows fans, family and followers to virtually run alongside the world’s premier ultra-runners at The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® 2011. Read more…

  809. Borrowdale is this weekend

    Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 05 Aug '11

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    Simon Booth

    The legendary Borrowdale is on tomorrow – 17 miles of classic climbs, taking in over 7000ft of ascent over the likes of Scafell Pike. The Borrowdale boys are all down to show the way, along with hundreds of others, starting Rosthwaite Village Hall, Borrowdale at 11am… Read more…

  810. Furey retains Irish Championship

    Posted in At the Races by Rene Borg on Wed 03 Aug '11