Month: July 2020

News Release: Girls Run the World V Ultra Alps 2020: Increasing diversity on the trails with Salomon

In August, Girls Run the World kick off their month long trail running challenge in association with Salomon Running to help increase women’s participation in trail and ultra running and boost diversity While more women are running than ever, participation in trail running lags behind. Worry about getting lost, safety, and even not realising that running on trails is an option are just some of the many reasons. At the 2019 Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc for instance, 11% of the 2200 runners were women. And when it comes to the numbers of women of colour, the figures are practically

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I’m always the only black runner at ultra events

Grace Natoli, 51, a management consultant , from Bognor Regis, has been running for 11 years, completing over 40 endurance races. She shares her experience of trail running and how diversity could be improved My first running race was a local 10k in 2009 in Bognor. There were 2000 or so other runners in the start pens, and I was the only black runner. It was intimidating. Eleven years later, and I’ve now run over 40 endurance races including five ultras and the Atlantic Coast Challenge, three marathons in three days and not much has changed.  I don’t ever experience

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Consistency over intensity is the key to success

Jane Hansom, now 51, was a wine-swilling, smoker when she first took up running a little over a decade ago. Read how she became a sub 3 hour marathon runner and a championship Ironman triathlete all while working full time in her marketing agency I started running 12 years ago, only because one of my clients, Sony Playstation had five golden bond places for the London marathon. I was three stone heavier and looking after clients, in the advertising industry and going out and partying too much. I was so unfit. Bu they insisted that I run the marathon and

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Three of the best women’s kit for ultra running

If you’re off to run in the mountains this summer, or lucky enough to have an ultra race still going ahead in 2020, GRTW coach, Lucja Leonard gives us the lowdown on must-have kit essentials I often get asked what type of kit I use on ultra races, in particular longer, mountainous ones over 50 miles. A lot depends on the terrain, environment, seasons and, up to a point, how long it will take you to do the distance. But there are a few must-have items that I wouldn’t go without and that are worth spending money on, as the

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