Coming up the 2009 Iceland Ultra Marathon

Across the Divide is heading out to Iceland on Thursday for the Iceland Ultra Marathon

Very tough run but a beautiful challenge and great scenery. Very good organisation; Really enjoyed it and will be back next year.” Richard, 2008 competitor.

The “Laugavegur” course is one of the most beautiful in Iceland, stretching from Landmannalaugar in the highlands to Thorsmork, a natural reservation area. The area is famous for the yellow, orange and purple hues of the surrounding mountains.

Check out the 2008 race report.  Places for 2009 sold out in record time so book your place now for 2010.

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News just in….Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon completed…

We’ve just heard from the Namibia Ultra Marathon race director Steve Clark, that everyone is now back in Swakopmund.  Steve said the race was very tough with temperatures getting up to 42 ºc.   Winner Darren Roberts was very surprised and shocked to hear he won the race but once it sunk in he was delighted.   Tom Adams very nearly caught Darren up at the finish line which made it a nail-biting finish.  Book your place on the 2010 Namibia Ultra Marathon.

Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon Results are as follows:

1st Place – Darren Roberts 20hr 28

2nd Place – Tom Adams 20hr 29

3rd Place – Tom Maguire 21 hr 05

4th Place – Emma Rogan 21 hr 27 – First female to complete the Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon

5th Place – Jerry Haywood 22 hr 30

6th Place – Nick Tidbull 23 hr 17

7th Place – Nicholas Wright 23 hr 45

8th Place – Helen Skelton 23 hr 50 – BBC Blue Peter Presenter

9th Place – Adrian Crossley, Stuart Moore, Kellie Power & Michael Skakesheff 25 hr 07.

These guys all crossed the line together holding hands, they were all just outside the 24 hour deadline but all were allowed to finish.

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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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Adventure racing cheery stuff for Christmas

Across the Divide Christmas eNews
December 2008

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ATD’s Christmas Crackers

Christmas is nearly upon us and to help us all beat the credit crunch we have been working hard to secure you some fantastic and EXCLUSIVE discounts. Not only are we offering discounts on some of our challenge events but we also have suppliers giving us some great offers
We hope you enjoy!

DISCOUNTS FOR ATD CUSTOMERS

DogSled ATD_logo_125w JW IcelandUltra ATD is delighted to offer the following discounts on the events listed below. We hope to see you soon on an ATD challenge!

JUST WALK
We are offering £10 off the 60km walk and £5 off the 40km walk. Just Walk is a stunning walk over the South Downs allowing you to raise funds for the charity of your choice. There are four distances to choose from, 10km, 20km, 40km or 60km. Sign up now at

ADVENTURE RACES
We are offering £20 off the registration fees on the Namibia & NEW Spanish Ultra Marathons. These events are aimed at those wanting to push themselves to their limits, ideal if you want to raise funds for the charity of your choice and fancy a real challenge! Sign up now at http://www.adventure-racing.org/

OPEN EVENTS

It’s so easy to sign up, choose a challenge, choose a charity, register then start fundraising for the experience of a lifetime! We have an inspirational range of challenges and we are offering £20 off the registration fees for the following Open Events
Exhilarating India Bike Ride 7 – 16 March 2009
Three Cities Bike Ride – London – Brussels – Amsterdam 18 – 22 June 2009
London to Paris Bike Ride 24 – 28 June 2009

 

All offers end midnight 31st December 2008. Discount is taken off the registration fees and can only be used with online bookings.
 
 

 

Hi_Ho
Hi Ho Silver 15% discount


Our neighbours at Hi Ho Silver are offering ATD customers a HUGE 15% saving at their online shop. A beautiful range of silver jewellery and gifts with the additional bonus of a gift chooser and gift wrap. Delve in, discover and buy from their fantastic range. Just enter the code UhwkGqj when at the checkout.

T&Cs: Exclusively redeemable online at www.hihosilver.co.uk. Not valid on sale items, e-vouchers and in conjunction with any other offers. Offer ends on 24th December 2008 at midnight. Promoter: Hi Ho Silver, registered in England No. 5042138.

 

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Montane in partnership with The Climber’s Shop 15% off


We have been working with Montane for a number of years now and like us they are passionate about the outdoors. They have performance clothing for any activity from biking to hiking to climbing. They have negotiated for ATD customers a 15% discount with one of their top customers: The Climber’s Shop.

To claim your discount visit the website and enter the code CHONOS at checkout. Offer ends midnight 20th December 2008.

 

 

 

 

Lonely Planet, Nomad Travel Store & Trek Hire UK…

 
 

 

LonelyPlanet
20% off at Lonely Planet
Booked your ATD next trip? Then you might want to grab a copy of the Lonely Planet. They are offering you a 20% discount* off all Lonely Planet guidebooks. So lose yourself in depths of Norway, find yourself trekking in India or unearth some hidden gems on your home turf.To redeem the offer, visit http://shop.lonelyplanet.com load up your basket and enter the promo code:
ATDLP20

*This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion and excludes theme packs, digital products, travel gear and delivery charges. Offer ends 31st March 2009. You must enter the promo code ATDLP20 to redeem the discount.

Nomad
15% off at Nomad Travel Store

Nomads have been kitting out travellers with clothing, equipment, books, maps, medical supplies and vaccinations for nearly 20 years.

Prepare for your next ATD adventure with the 15% discount they are offering ATD customers. Visit their online store where you can shop for all your goods for your next ATD trip. The code you need is ATD1000.

The discount does not apply to medical items or the shipping cost of the order (although orders over £75 after discount will have free delivery anyway).

Trekhire
up to 15% discount at Trek Hire UK
If you don’t want to buy yourself new kit for your ATD adventure then why not hire? Trek Hire UK can offer you the latest gear at very competitive hire prices, and even better they are offering discounts to ATD customers.

If you spend £50 or more you gain a 10% discount if you spend £200 or more you get a 15% discount (this is great if there is a few of you!).

To redeem this offer just call them on 01306 886333, promotional code is ATDTH20.

 

 

Profeet & Cotswold Outdoor…..

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Profeet
Profeet is a new concept in custom fitted footwear such as running shoes and ski boots, providing the ultimate in fit, comfort and performance. Their unique 3D FIt System utilises biomechanical video gait analysis and foot scanning, the creation of custom insoles and the selection of appropriate footwear.They are offering ATD customers up to 25% off – email Julie for more details but hurry only a few vouchers left.

Cotswold
Cotswold Outdoor is an outdoor retailer which has been around for over 30 years. They have one of the most comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing and equipment in the UK. They are offering ATD customers a 15% online discount, simply use the promotional code AF-ATDE-Y8 when the promotional code box appears in your basket.


T&C’s: Exclusions include: Gift Vouchers, Rock Bottom goods (both shown online and carried in store), sale items, previously discounted goods (N D coded items), DVDs and specially ordered goods. (These items will be correctly priced at point of sale). In addition, this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other affiliation, Cotswold offer or discount. Expires 31st December 2008. Only available online. Once you have added your goods to the shopping basket, please enter the Promotional Code AF-ATDE-Y8 in the promotional code box (not case sensitive but you need to use the hyphens).

Across the Divide Expeditions organise trips all around the globe, to help raise money for charities and worthwhile causes. We have been running charity and corporate events for over 11 years. We have taken 1000’s of fundraisers on international and UK events and have helped raise over £30 million for worthy causes.

 

Namibian Ultra Marathon – The toughest footrace on earth? By Jayne Freer

Tom McGuire, Winner of the 2008 Race

Tom McGuire, Winner of the 2008 Race

As memories of the aches, pains and blisters begin to fade for the 35 000 runners who competed in the  London Marathon, a handful may now be looking to take on an even bigger challenge to push their limits further. With the infamous Marathon des Sables booked up until 2011, what is left for those athletes brave and mad enough to take their running to the next level? I travelled to Africa with nine runners of all ages and from all walks of life for the first-ever Namibian 24-hour Ultra Marathon and now ask: Could this be the toughest footrace on earth?

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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