The UTMB in figures

The world's most prestigious mountain race kicks off from Chamonix at 6pm (France time) today. Several build-up races have already taken place, but the Ultra Trail du Tour du Mont Blanc is what the eyes of the trail running world are fixed on.

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Adam Holland runs seven marathons in seven days - #Run1000Miles update

With 152 days to go in 2017, how are you getting on with your #Run1000Miles challenge? If you're hitting a motivation wall, now is the time to take some encouragement from what your fellow 1000-milers are doing!

Here's some of what's been happening with the #Run1000Miles runners over the past week.

Don't forget, if you've not signed up yet, there is still time to commit yourself to the challenge here and be in with a chance of winning £1628 worth of kit from #Run1000Miles sponsors Montane, Silva, Up&Running, 1000 Mile and Inov-8.

Strava
Well done to Adam Holland, who topped the #Run1000Miles mileage leaderboard last week with a colossal 221.2 miles! This included seven marathons in seven days as part of the Summer Scorcher Run Festival. He completed every marathon in less than three hours.

Facebook
Our vibrant Facebook group is buzzing with motivational talk and requests for running advice. For example, Nick Barton posted: "Hit the 1000 miles tonight. A couple of months of injury has put me about 200 miles behind my personal target, but hopefully back building up to decent weekly mileage!"

Some need some motivational words from others, though. Rachel Edmunds reveals: "Does anyone else have days/weeks/months when they feel like they are running slower than a slow thing in treacle? I know I shouldn't be disheartened but since London and Edinburgh Marathons it feels like I've started running backwards! I'm now back on the marathon training treadmill and wondering what the heck I can do to give myself a kick up the arse!"

But some took a big chunk off their 1000 miles. Neil Shoesmith writes on the Facebook group: "Some trail-porn from on the Lakeland 50/100 course with fellow legends... It was the 50 for me so another 5% chalked-off the total for the year."  He posts this picture of his run in the Lakes:

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People are letting us know how they're getting on with their #Run1000Miles campaigns. 

It's not too late - sign up now to make 2017 your fittest year ever!

Yorkshire Tough Mudder

Photo credit: www.yorkshirecoastradio.com 

Photo credit: www.yorkshirecoastradio.com 

Yorkshire will take on the epic Tough Mudder challenge at the end of this month, July 29th and 30th.  Both the Tough Mudder Full and Half will be available, giving participants the option of a muddy fun-filled 5 miles or a mud, electricity and ice-filled 10-12 miles. Both events will be strewn with challenging obstacles, designed to test participants’ physical strength, stamina and mental grit.

This year there is a horde of brand new obstacles to take on. The interestingly named ‘Augustus Gloop’ will see participants trudging through a pit of water before climbing up a vertical pipe, whilst dodging torrents of water from above. For a full break-down of the who, what and wheres of different obstacles, take a look at this video. Sound intimidating? Don't fear, 95% of participants choose to enter as a team for laughs and support the whole way round. 

Legionnaires get VIP privileges at this event with their very own separate lanes for the obstacles and an exclusive legionnaire-only finishing obstacle - ‘Kong’ - a set of extreme monkeybar rings at a dizzying 30-foot high. Also new this year is the competitive start wave, where the elite will line-up to battle their ways to a finishing prize, which will be awarded to the first 3 male and female finishers.

If you're too late to sign up this year, don't worry you can still check out these other Tough Mudders which are taking place all across the country. With an event this epic, you don't want to miss out! 

Written by Kate Milsom

Kendal Mountain Festival 10km

Photo credit: Canoe Inc.                                                 Initial climb up Beast Banks 

Photo credit: Canoe Inc.                                                 Initial climb up Beast Banks 

Kendal Mountain Festival provides a race experience for the whole family. Each November, the town celebrates its heritage and beautiful location bordering the Lake District by coming alive with enchanting music, film and delicious food.

Headlining the events is the Adidas Terrex 10KM trail run on Saturday November 18th, which circuits the surrounding countryside. Trail lovers will be thrilled to take in stunning views as they traverse the grassy and muddy trails around the town.

The route is a loop that starts in Kendal town centre, immediately tackling the Tour of Britain finishing ascent up Beast Banks. The trails begin towards Scout Scar, gifting breath-taking views across Lyth Valley. After a drink station at 6km, runners return via the golf course before descending back to Kendal.

ENTER HERE for this unique trail race with festival vibes. 

Written by Kate Milsom 

Photo credit: openadventure.com 

Photo credit: openadventure.com 

 

 

 

 

TRIBE's 2000km charity duathlon

The world's toughest duathlon is under way. It's been 6 days of intense running for the TRIBE Run for Love team from Sarajevo to the Alps, running 338km across multiple countries. Fueled by thousands of TRIBE bars, the sports nutrition team had to battle extreme heat and bodily exhaustion to complete 'Stage 1' of the epic duathlon.

As you read this they are whizzing their way through the Alps, cycling 1800km to reach London in 8 day's time. Team TRIBE have already raised an incredible £81,000 for charities which fight human trafficking. including Unseen - with the ultimate goal of raising £250,000. 

Sponsor the team at triberunforlove.com. #WeRunForLove #EndHumanTrafficking #FuelledByTribe

Written by Kate Milsom

Photo credit: TRIBE

Photo credit: TRIBE

Video credit: Youtube, We are Tribe. 

MARATHON MADE EASY

Claiming to be the most inclusive marathon in the country, the Marathon In A Day challenge transforms the previously mammoth task of running 26.2 miles into an entirely achievable goal. It takes place this September 1st-3rd and is a challenge suitable for the inexperienced runner just starting out, as well as for the well-seasoned pro looking for a personal best. Time is not of the essence in this hybrid marathon as only runners' moving time will be counted, allowing as many pit-stops as takes the fancy. On the other hand, this could be the fastest marathon you ever run.

Founded by Kevin Betts and Claire Rixon, the Marathon In A Day challenge materialised from their vision to make the marathon distance accessible for all. Hence, it is open to walkers and sprinters alike, who can tackle the task solo or as a team of up to 8.

Choice of location and company is entirely up to the runner as this virtual experience will be shared by hordes of lycra-loving running fanatics across the country. Runners are encouraged to get together with pals and accomplish the marathon as a team-effort, raising money for the worthwhile mental health charity Mind.

Written by Kate Milsom

ENTER AT: www.marathoninaday.com

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