The Dig Deep weekend has earned its place as one of the most highly anticipated race weekends in the UK trail and ultra-running community, with its comprehensive set of races and activities to suit all abilities. With four main races over the weekend, including the Ultra Tour of the Peak District – a brutal but stunning 60 mile course showcasing the best of Peak District trails – to the Whirlow 10k Trail Challenge.
Sponsorship for 2014 has already been finalised and race organiser Ian loombe announced, “We’re delighted to have Mammut as our principal sponsor, with Injinji and Ultimate Direction heavily involved as well. Clif will once again provide the nutrition for the race and Outside will be providing some great retail opportunities giving us a very respectable sponsor package.”
The 2013 event received great feedback, with the goody bags in particular proving to being very popular! Campers were given an overnight bag, which included earplugs, travel pillows and a Mammut cuddly toy. Over the weekend over £1,000 worth of Clif and Injiji freebies and goodies were given out as spot prizes!
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Guest blogger, Richard Nerurkar, was a British international marathoner in the 1990s (PR of 2:08:36) before working as an event organizer in Ethiopia where he set up the Great Ethiopian Run. He now works and lives in Brighton, UK.
If you’re a keen marathon runner and curious to experience first-hand the land of long-distance running, why not check out the opportunity to take part in a marathon where runners and running never goes by unnoticed. Not only will you get to meet one of the greatest runners of all time; you’ll also get to see why marathon running has come to mean so much to this great distance-running nation. In this instance, it is surely true that seeing is believing.
The Haile Gebrselassie Marathon takes place in Hawassa, Ethiopia on Sunday October 20, 2013. For more details visit www.hailemarathon.com
It’s a curious thing that while marathon running worldwide continues its upward curve at a mass-participation level, at the elite level viewed worldwide performances are steadily declining. The striking exception to this global trend is found in the two African countries which for the past thirty years have been the powerhouse of world distance running: Kenya and Ethiopia.
Here are a few statistics to ponder:
- In the past 45 years, British runners have recorded 37 marathon times of under 2 hours and 10 minutes, but only one of these (of 2:09:31 by Jon Brown in 2005 while he was still running for Britain) was achieved in the past 10 years. Over the same 45-year period US marathon runners have run 34 sub-2:10 times with 15 of these performances achieved in the past 10 years.
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In our July/August issue, Meghan Hicks writes an article on “The 10 Best Ultras for First-Timers.” One of the series that she profiles is The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K races. Our friends at TNF races are offering a 10% discount for any race distance for the Wisconsin and Georgia events. Use this coupon code to receive your discount: M&B13 (it is case sensitive).
An ideal course layout for elite speedsters and those taking their first strides in the world of ultra trail running, The Endurance Challenge Wisconsin course is run-able from start to finish, provided that you’ve trained properly. A large portion of the course takes place on the renowned Ice Age Trail located 60 miles southeast of Madison in the southern reaches of the picturesque Kettle Moraine State Park. A hardy test for trail runners of all levels, The North Face® Endurance Challenge at F.D.Roosevelt Park, GA, takes place on the Pine Mountain Ridge on the southern-most edge of the Appalachian Mountain range. The registration fee for these events goes up on July 5, so register now to get your 10% discount! Go to http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/endurance-challenge/?stop_mobi=yes for more information.
Amid the chaos and tragedy, kindness was everywhere. Here are a few examples:
@billy_baker via Twitter: Runner just told me he’s been stopped numerous times by Bostonians asking if he needs a bed or a shower.
@ElPelonTaqueria via Twitter: anyone wanting to get out of the back bay come over plenty of tables and calm here and don’t worry you don’t have to buy a thing … and … open wifi, place to charge cell, or just don’t want to be alone, food and drinks,- pay only if you can #bostonhelp
@NBCSN via Twitter: Reports of Marathon Runners that crossed finish line and continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims #PrayforBoston
@RedCross via Twitter: Thanks to generosity of volunteer blood donors there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet demand.#BostonMarathon
Have you dreamed of running Pikes Peak? Now’s your chance! Marathon & Beyond is giving away two (2) free entries into the 2013 Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon – one (1) for the Ascent and one (1) for the Marathon. The Ascent is on Saturday, August 17. The Marathon is on Sunday, August 18.
The Pikes Peak Ascent® and Pikes Peak Marathon® will redefine what you call running. Sure, they start out like a lot of races on Any Street, USA. But your first left turn will have you turning in the direction of up! During the next 10 miles, as you gain almost 6,000 vertical feet, your legs, lungs, heart and mind will be worn to a ragged nothingness. But it won’t be until the next three miles, with still over 2,000′ of vertical to go, that you will realize where the Marathon got its moniker—America’s Ultimate Challenge.
In order to participate in either the Ascent or the Marathon, you must meet Pikes Peak qualification requirements. Please click here to review the requirements before entering. Your qualifying race must have been in the last 3 years. Please note that there are requirements for each of the two waves of the Ascent and the Marathon. Be sure to check requirements for BOTH waves.
In order to enter, all you have to do is sign up at the box on the right. When you register, you will put “YES” in the box for the event you would like to enter. The contest runs from Monday, March 11 – Sunday, March 17. Winners will be contacted via email on March 18, 2013 and will be announced on our Facebook page and our website. Good Luck!