Ultra Tales Issue 14

Issue 14 of Ultra Tales has just been released and, unfortunately, this will be the last issue of the popular ultramarathon ezine. After 3 years, 14 issues and 40,000+ downloads, editor Paul Ali has called time on what must be a considerable undertaking for each issue, so that he can reclaim his time and focus on his own running commitments.

I’m sure I am not alone in having enjoyed reading each issue and, in particular, the numerous articles detailing the experiences of ultramarathon runners from the front to the back of the pack.

Thanks also to Paul for including my interview with Jez Bragg, fresh from his FKT on New Zealand’s 3054km Te Araroa trail, back in Ultra Tales issue 10.

As well as a brief round up of Ultra running events and news the issue contains event reports from the following races Spartathlon, Cotswold Way Century, Longmynd Hike, Downlink Ultra, Stort 30, Druid Ultra, Winter 100, Piece of String Fun Run, Kalahari Extreme Marathon, Carrick Cracker, Saltmarsh 75, Beacons Ultra and the Hill Ultra.

Barefoot Running Magazine, Issue 13 (Autumn/Winter 2014)

The latest Barefoot Running MagazineIssue 13, Autumn/Winter 2014,  is now available including my reviews of the Suunto Ambit3 Sport and The North Face FL Race Vest.

“IN THIS ISSUE: We talk to impressive ultra runner, Patrick Sweeney, David discusses athleticism and the nature/nurture debate, we give you tips on reading the road and how to do a deep squat, delve into the details of the amazing life of Louis Zamperini, find out about the fabulous children’s charity “Kids Run Free” and offer you the opportunity to win a pair of the popular Swiss Socks.  Plus, the usual musings and info from our column writers, product reviews, letters, Q & A and more…

Ultra Tales Issue 13

Issue 13 of Ultra Tales has just been released. As well as a brief round up of Ultra running events and news issue 13 contains event reports from the following races:

  • Mohican 100
  • XNRG Round the Island
  • 10 Peaks – The Lakes
  • Stratford Grand Union Canal Run
  • Chiltern Challenge
  • Race to the Stones
  • Hardrock 100
  • Coast 2 Coast Ultra
  • North Downs Way 100
  • Roseland August Trail – The Plague
  • Stour Valley Path 100km
  • T184
  • Ridgeway Challenge
  • CCC
  • UTMB
  • Chiltern Way Ultra
  • 10 Peaks – Brecon Beacons
  • Thames Path Challenge
  • Ladybower 50
  • Cotswold Way Century.

In addition, Ultra Tales issue 13 has runners profiles from Frank Womelsdorf, Maxine Lock, Neil MacNicol and William Robertson.

Issue 13 also contains articles on Eat 2 Complete (Andy Mouncey), Support Crews (Gemma Carter), The 50k Race (Nadeem Khan) and DNF Corner (Paul Ali). In addition we have a Bob Graham Round write up from James Elson and a report from Barry Miller (pictured above) on the US Grand Slam.

Issue 13 totals 207 pages and is a 33mb pdf file so please allow sometime to download depending upon the speed of your internet connection.

Issue 13 Competition

Thanks to Ultra Tales sponsors the ULTRAmarathonRunningStore there’s a competition to win one of the newly released Ultimate Direction FASTPACK 20 Backpacks.

Ultra Tales Issue 12

Ultra Tales Issue 12 contains event reports from the following races Zion 100, Cotswold Ultra, Evesham Ultra, Iznik Ultra, South Downs Way 50, Marathon Des Sables, CTS Exmoor Ultra, Highland Fling, National 50/100km, The Oner, Thames Path 100, T60 Night Race, Brecon Summer Ultra, TNF 100 Australia, North Downs Way 50, Hardmoors 110, Weald Ultra, Grand Union Canal Race, Enduroman 50, The Severn Challenge, Northants Ultra, Comrades, South Downs Way 100, Endure 24 and The Wall.

In addition, there are runners profiles from Chris Baynham-Hughes, Ewan Dunlop and Ellen Cottom.

There are interviews with Paul Navesey and Edwina Sutton after the SDW50 wins and Mark Perkins after his SDW100 win and interview with Elite US runner Mike Wardian, a Paddy Buckley Round report and the usual Marathon report section.

Ultra Tales Issue 11

Ultra Tales Issue 11 includes UK event reports from Hardmoors 30, Spine Race, Spine Challenger, Winter Tanners, Country to Capital, Wilmot Wander, Darkstar River Marathon, Pilgrim Challenge, Thames Trot, South Devon Ultra, High Peaks Marathon, St Peters Way, Canalathon and Black Mountains Ultra.

In addition it includes reports from overseas races on the Rodgau 50k, Frostskade 500 and the Ice Ultra.

The issue contains runners profiles for Deborah Pitt, Edwina Sutton, Mark Griffiths, Rob Pinnington and Scott Harris.
Finally, we an update from the British Trail Running Podcast Team, interviews with Mimi Anderson and Ryan Sandes along with articles on Ultra Training from Centurion Coach James Elson, the Social Ultra Website along with a couple of Social Ultra reports and an extract from James Adam’s new book “Running and Stuff”.

Ultra Tales Issue 10

Ultra Tales Issue 10 includes an exclusive interview with North Face athlete Jez Bragg (front cover). The issue also contains event reports from the Stour Valley Path 100km, Beacons Ultra, Desert Ultra, Druid Ultra, Brecon 40, Frostbite 30, White Rose Ultra, Winter 100, Hereward Ultra, the “Piece of String” event and a race report from “King of the Hill” Jon Steele who was the only person to finish the inaugural Hill Ultra.

There are Runners Profiles from Giles Davis, Matt Price, Nick Thompson, Russell Bestley and Richard Cranswick.

In addition there are a range of articles including an interview with Mark Hines, a tale about our Ultra WAGs (and HABs), Strength Training tips for Ultra Runners and we answer the question What is a Running Technique Coach?

Barefoot Running Magazine – Issue 10 (Autumn/Winter 2013)

The latest Barefoot Running Magazine is now available. Issue 10, Autumn/Winter 2013, includes:

  • A look back at the recent Running Show
  • ‘The Truly Legendary Jesse Owens’
  • Q&As
  • How To Improve Your Swimming Stroke
  • And much more!

Issue 10 also includes my The North Face Isotherm 1/2 Zip Shirt & Ultimate Direction Jurek Endure Waist Hydration Belt reviews.

Barefoot Running Magazine, Issue 9 (Summer 2013)

The latest Barefoot Running Magazine is now available. Issue 9, Summer 2013, includes:

  • A conversation with Liz Yelling
  • Behind the “Energy” in Energy drinks
  • In Focus with Jenn Shelton
  • Monkeying around with Barefoot Ted in London
  • Review of The Cool Impossible by Eric Orton
  • How to set up your bike for reduced injury and increased performance
  • And much more!

This issue contains my second contribution as a member of the Long-Term Test Team – a review of the Merrell Vapor Gloves.

Ultra Tales, Issue 8

Issue 08 of Ultra Tales covers primarily UK ultra event reports from July-Aug 2013.

This issue included event reports from the UltraRace 100, Thames Ring, World Trail Championship, OMM Intro Ultra, Race to the Stones, Clyde Stride, Rallavegslopet, 12 Labours of Hercules, Lakeland 50/100, Grim Reaper, Stockholm 100k, Round the Rock Ultra, North Downs Way 100, Salisbury 50k, Hell on the Humber, Berlin 100, John Lucas Memorial Run, Trans Gaule, Run to the Castle, Ridgeway Challenge.

This issue contains runners profiles for Lee Brown, John Goodson, Mark Weir and Stuart Gibson.

Issue 8 also includes articles on “The Crap We Carry”, Bare Foot Running, Spartathlon, Marathon Roundup and DNF corner.

Please note the .pdf file is a large download (40mb file) and may take several minutes to open depending upon the speed of your internet connection.