Iceland Ultra Race Report 2009

The team have recently returned back from the Iceland Ultra Race, race director Steve Clark has written the race report about the 09 event.

Make sure if you want to book your place on the 2010 race – you need to be quick as we closed entries for 2009 – 6 months before the race!

Team Men’s Fitness join us on Namibia Ultra Training Weekend

We are delighted that Men’s Fitness are joining us on the Namibia Ultra Marathon coming up in April.  Team Men’s Fitness, as they are known, came down to Somerset last weekend to take part in our training weekend.  We had previous runners of the race come along, lots of lengthy runs and the event Doctor on hand to give advice on dehydration. It was a great weekend and you can find out more how the team got on on their blog.

 

ATD Adventure Racing and Expedition Medicine team up for Commonwealth Championship

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine are to provide the medical cover for the Commonwealth Championship for Mountain ATD Adventure RacingRunning and Ultra Distance. The events will run over four days in September 2009, and Keswick has been chosen as the venue.

 

 

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Director, Dr Sean Hudson is acting as the Medical Director for the event and overseeing the medical care for the many international and local competitors who will be involved in a number high profile races. In conjunction with ATD Adventure Racing they will be managing the medical logistics and communication for the event.

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Laugavegur Ultra Marathon Iceland 2008 – Race Report

Race Report Iceland Ultra – 2008 

Laugavegur Ultra Marathon - Iceland 2008

Laugavegur Ultra Marathon - Iceland 2008

We arrived in Iceland with 7 runners from a variety of different backgrounds and running experience. Some were experienced ultra runners, but for some the task ahead was very daunting with two runners never having run further than 16 miles.

We gave a detailed race brief, including hydration, nutrition advice and medical briefing, which left everyone fully aware of the challenge ahead and exactly what they had let themselves up for! Although short for an ultra (53km) the course is punishing and much harder than the distance suggests. The first 17km involves 600m of climbing along difficult mountain trails, over ice, mud and sand, although the amazing scenery certainly distracts from the burn in the legs. What goes up must come down, and there follows a steep and difficult descent on uneven ground for 2km before the first major river crossing through glacial fed waters. The later stages of the course are slightly easier underfoot and undulating, but still involve some steep descents with one assisted by ropes, before the final ice cold river crossing and the 4km run through the woods to the finish.

The weather this year was terrible, with everyone shivering at the starting line before the off. 250 runners started – more than doubling last year’s numbers – yet the race still retained its friendly local feel, with people chatting and swapping race stories. Up in the mountains the clouds closed in taking visibility to just 30m at times. Ice cold rain lashed in from the left but it only seemed to spur people on in the face of adversity. Snow cover was heavy making running difficult and slippy at times. Over the latter stages the rain continued to pour and runners didn’t hang around at the checkpoints, going through as quick as possible to avoid the cold and keep their body temperature up. There is a cut-off time of 6hours at the 37km point and many runners had to push hard to get there on time. Once through they still had a 16km slog to the finish, and this is often the hardest stretch mentally, with runners pushing themselves onwards whilst their bodies are telling them to stop with every footfall.

Our small group did incredibly well, and all were shocked at how hard this race is, much harder than they ever imagined. Sam was the first of the group to arrive home around the 6hour 20 mark having never run a marathon before – in fact he said that he hates running! Dan, a veteran of the Gobi desert stage race was next in at 6hours 50, followed by Terry and Christopher in 7hours 30. Richard finished just under 8hours having and raised an incredible $95000 for charity to take part in the race, followed by Will and Maria past the 8hour mark. It was a huge achievement and they all should be very proud of their efforts as this race is definitely not for the faint hearted.

We are all now taking it all in, whilst we wait for our legs to stop aching and the day that walking downstairs or steep inclines becomes pain free.

Roll on 2009!

Steve Clark
Race Director, Adventure Racing

Namib Ultra Marathon 2009 Open its doors to applicants

“It was hot!  It was hard! It was awesome! – A true adventure.     This race is a must for individuals who wish to test their limits on physical and mental endurance” Pete Holdgate, 2008 Ultra Runner.

The Namib Ultra Marathon is a marathon with a difference; 120 km in 24hrs across one of the worlds most stunning but challenging desert terrian based around Brandberg the countries highest peak and heading towards the finish line on the infamous Skeleton Coast.

The challenge is proving to be a popular one so early sign up is recommended and you can find out more here.   Adventure Racing in Namibia.

 

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Inaugural Namib Ultra Marathon finishes

120 kilometres from Namibia’s highest peak Brandberg to its desolate Skeleton Coast crossing some of Namibia most dramatic and unforgiving landscapes.

 

The first Namibia Desert Marathon finished with a winning time of 17 hours and 15 minutes set by Tom Maguire- an incredible time and a course record to beat.  

‘It’s one of the world’s most incredible places and these guys have achieved something incredible merely completing the race let along in the times that they managed’

Route Manager and veteran adventure racer Steve Clark of Adventure-racing.org

The Plymouth Herald’d Editor and Picture Editor joined us on the race and have done a blog here

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