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Five of the Best Running Packs

Getting set to hit the trails this summer? Find out the best running packs as recommended by real runners in our latest Real Women Review With more and more women taking up trail running and ultra running, all which require mandatory kit, finding a running pack that is big enough and comfortable over many miles is almost as challenging as the race. Room for kit, waterproofing, comfortable and big enough room for all the snacks (surely one of the joys of ultra running is taking a stash of delicious goodies, eh?) which is the best? Here’s our guide as tried

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Eight Ways Hiking Can Improve Your Running

‘You’re not a real runner’ if you walk’ or so the adage goes. Think again, as hiking is a powerful tool in your training tool kit as Ruth Martin discovers Was there ever a year when more people got outside walking and hiking than in 2020? Small wonder it became so popular with with working-from-home life providing the time, and the pandemic restricting movement offering the opportunity. According to Strava’s annual Year in Sport the UK saw an 82% increase in outdoor activities being posted. And activities classified as walking outdoors increased threefold compared to 2019, not just amongst those

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News Release: Choose to Challenge

On International Women’s Day, Girls Run the World announce our choose to challenge initiative to address gender disparity in three main areas, trail running, triathlon and coaching Girls Run the World was born out of a demand for a sports tech platform, that offers digital training and coaching specific to women in running and triathlon. Today, on International Women’s Day 2021 we announce our two year initiative as part of the campaign #ChooseToChallenge in the following areas. TRAIL RUNNING Our mission is to increase the numbers of women participating in trail running. Although this figure is increasing, studies ndicate that

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Medals That Made Me: Lucja, GRTW Ultra Coach

In our latest series, Lucja Leonard from the GRTW Ultra running coaching team shares the lessons that she’s learned from each race to help her improve Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, October 2013 Lesson: Test out your nutrition I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I entered this self-supported multi-stage race of 250km over seven days though the Kalahari desert in South Africa. I’d chosen to enter it after seeing it in a book that my husband, Dion had bought me, called The Worlds Toughest Endurance Challenges.’ I had researched the event by reading blogs by other

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Four Tips to Avoid Burnout and Ensure Training and Race Day Success

Autumn is often a time when we reset after a busy summer and set ourselves new race goals. But read this before you enter anything to ensure race day happiness Six months of lockdown, working from home (some with kids in tow), no holiday abroad and races cancelled, this September has seen an explosion in race sign ups in a bid to escape the inertia. In the desire to get out in the fresh air, have a target after being so long without a training motivation, thousands of us have entered endurance events that leave us little time to train.

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FAQ: V Ultra Alps

Entered our monthly or weekly challenge? Here’s the answers to the most regularly asked questions… Can I still register after August 1? Registration remains open until August 10th, so you can sign up for the monthly challenge or the weekly race which takes place between August 10-16th. Why is this event and training course free? We are doing this to raise money for Refuge and to increase women’s participation in trail running, along with boosting diversity. As such, we would rather participants shared their experiences with the hashtag #grtwrunhigh #grtwdiversity to inspire others. Do I have to track elevation? Monthly

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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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How learning to recover made me a stronger ultra runner

Georgina Smith, 34, a chef lives in Chamonix with husband, Dan Fitzgerald. She reveals how pulling out of the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, a 72 mile ultra race in September 2018 eventually led to a podium place When you train for a mountain ultra with 10 summits over 4000 metres, it puts the fear of god into you so you train hard! The race had been created by Lizzy Hawker, record five-time winner of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, who had used the trails around Monte Rosa, which lie between Italy and Switzerland to train for the UTMB.  Renowned

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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s bucket list races

Exploring the world and the people who live in it through running is a great way to travel. Here’s our pick of this weekend’s inspirational destinations Valencia Marathon There are few places where you can enjoy amazing food, a great city to explore, great weather and a PB worthy course as Valencia. We are big fans of this Spanish city with incredible restaurants and trendy cafes in the funky neighbourhood of Rusafa, as a running destination. In 2020, we will be again taking a trip there and running a special Project Marathon training group for this winter race (view our

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