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.

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?

Ultra Tales Issue 9

Issue 09 of Ultra Tales covers primarily UK and other ultra event reports from Aug – Oct 2013.

This issue included event reports from the Kennet & Avon Ultra, TDS, Ring of Fire, Hardmoors Princess, 10 Peaks Brecon Beacons, Ultimate Trails 100k, Cotswold Century, Hardmoors 60, Trail of Herts, Tooting Bec 24hr, London to Brighton, Spartathlon, Bear 100, ECF Monster Ultra, Yellowstone 100, Downslink Ultra, Heartland 100, Bideford Bay 50k, Sormland Ultra Marathon, Caesars Camp Endurance Run, Round Rotherham 50 and Stort 30.

This issue contains runners profiles for Richard Felton, Chris Foreman and Shannon Wilkinson.

The issue also has articles on Patches, Fitting in the Long Run, Surviving the Ultra Break, Spartathlon and DNF Corner.

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.

Ultra Tales Issue 7

Issue 07 of Ultra Tales has been released and covers primarily UK ultra event reports from May – Jun 2013.

This issue included event reports from the CTS North York Moors, Malvern Hills Ultra, Pony Express, Transvulcania, World 24hr Championships, Ridgeway 40, Ultra Brecon 40, NDW 50, Norman Conquest 50, Grand Union Canal Race,  Hardmoors 110, Endure 24, Cateran Trail Ultra, SDW100, UTSW, The Wall, West Highland Way and Long Eaton 50.

This issue contains runners profiles for Keith James, Dan Park, Rick LaBounty, Richard Ashton, Cath Rooke and Mark Johnston.

Issue 7 also includes articles on Training Injury Free, Missing the Spartathlon, the Road to Spartathlon, Spartathlon Preparation, DNF Corner and the Marathon Roundup.

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Ultra Tales Issue 6

The latest Ultra Tales has just been released. Issue 06 covers primarily UK ultra event reports from Mar – Apr 2013.

Issue 06 includes event reports from the White Cliffs 50, Trans Gran Canaria, Green Man Ultra, Haworth Hobble, D33, Sussex Coastal Ultra, Hardmoors 55, Exmoor Ultra, Thames Path 100, Northburn 100, Black Mountains Ultra, Viking Way, Perth 100km, Compton Challenge, Cotswold Ultra, CTS Exmoor Ultra, South Downs Way 50, 2 Oceans Marathon, Evesham Ultra, Highland Fling and The Fellsman. Issue 06 contains runners profiles for Luke Ashton, Haydn Johnson, Chris Edmonds, Mark Burnell, Sarah Gardner-Hall, Gary Vernon and James Stewart.

There are also articles on Training Buddies, Pre-Race Preparation, The Road to Sparta, A brief history of Ultra Tales, Torq Training Day and a Marathon Round up.

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

Ultra Tales Issue 5

Issue 05 of Ultra Tales has now been released covering event reports from Jan – Feb 2013.

Issue 05 includes event reports from Hardmoors 30, Country to Capital, The Spine Challenger, The Spine Race, Thames Trot, Rocky Raccoon, Pilgrims Challenge, Donnington 105, CTS Devon, The London Ultra, Oceans Floor Ultra, Born to Run Ultra, The Moonlight Challenge & the St Peters Way Ultra.

Issue 5 also contains a number of runners profiles, including an excellent profile with SUMS very own Andy Johns, ranked 1st male 40 in SUMS 2012.

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