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ISF; UTWT; IAU; ITRA; IAAF… WTF?
Jun04

ISF; UTWT; IAU; ITRA; IAAF… WTF?

Last week, the Interwebz erupted (slightly – let’s have some context here), when Anna Frost very publicly announced that she was not racing in the IAU World Champs, stating that “The sport will officially become an international ‘athletic’ discipline at the IAAF conference in August and I believe that changes will be implemented to make trail running fit into the IAAF philosophy rather than following the values that...

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Chorier excels and Cooper comes of age – Ronda dels Cims Round Up
Jun24

Chorier excels and Cooper comes of age – Ronda dels Cims Round Up

Over the weekend a remarkable race unfolded in the principality of Andorra – the Ronda dels Cims 100 miler. As part of the 2013 Skrunner series it is total circumnavigation of the country by foot and all at altitude. Recent heavy snowfalls meant the original course with 13,000m vertical climb was modified to ensure the safety of the runners.  Seven extra kilometres were added to “compensate” the reduction in elevation, which in...

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Could UltraRunning and Trail Running be an Olympic Sport ?
Aug13

Could UltraRunning and Trail Running be an Olympic Sport ?

Unless you have been under a rock recently or possibly up a mountain pursuing some crazy fastest known time it has been hard to go past the biggest event on the planet. The Olympics rolls into town for 16 days every 4 years and everyone and I mean everyone on the planet stops to watch. And the goings on in London have not escaped the ultra running and trail running communities lightly. A quick Google search throws up hundreds of...

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Living the Dream – What can Europe teach Mick Donges
Aug01

Living the Dream – What can Europe teach Mick Donges

Over the last couple of months those of us that know Blue Mountains athlete Mick Donges know that he has been living the dream based in the Alpine regions of Europe. He is one FaceBook runner’s status we look forward to reading. I caught up with Mick after a solid effort at this weekends Skyrunning Race the famous Giir di Mont to see how he is tracking and what his chances for a quality performance at UTMB look like. Andrew also...

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A day in the life of an elite Ultra Runner – Planes, Trails & Automobiles
Jul26

A day in the life of an elite Ultra Runner – Planes, Trails & Automobiles

This past couple of months has seen a frenzy of big ultras attracting big names to some exotic locations. With a brief breather before it all starts again with UTMB I thought it quite timely to share an account of my recent travels with the International Skyrunning Federation during the Transvulcania and Zegama marathons and how the life that we witnessed there could end up being more the norm for some of our elite competitors. We...

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