Canyons, waterfalls, cliffs, and ice-cream!

In 2019, New Zealander ROGER LESLIE completed the formidable yet breathtaking Swiss Canyon Trail ultramarathon. He gives Trail Run Mag a recap of his remarkable adventure – packed with everything from mind-bogglingly steep ascents and descents, to stunning scenery, to helping an injured runner, to ice-cream! The 5am blast of an alp-horn released the pent-up energy of 500 runners into the brisk pre-dawn of the Val de Travers in Canton Neuchãtel, Western Switzerland. The front runners disappeared in a swirl…

THE LONG PATHWAY

Images: Mat Vaughan This year, Australian trail runner Lucy Clark, 34, turned heads when she recorded the fastest-known time on the Te Araroa, a 3,000km trail that snakes the entire length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip, all the way down to Bluff in the South Island. NICKI LETTS joined Lucy for part of her astounding feat. A few weeks after finishing her record-breaking run of the Te Araroa (TA) in January, Lucy Clark could barely run…

The Twisted D.E.E.R. 50km Ultra Social Run: DIY Fun

What do you do when all your events are cancelled? Make up your own! GARY BOYCE gives us a race recap of his Twisted D.E.E.R. 50km Ultra. With event after event either being postponed or cancelled, I thought why am I training? I get up, go for a run, come home and repeat. Running was losing its purpose and I was losing my love for the trails. I had read and talked to other runners and the same vibe was…

RECORD TIME SET ON ICONIC 268-MILE PENNINE TRAIL BY LITTER-PICKING ULTRA RUNNER

Damian battling wild weather at Tan Hill Inn – highest pub in England.INOV-8.COM / DAVE MACFARLANE Top ultramarathon runner Damian Hall has set a new record time for the 268-mile Pennine Way – while cleaning the trail of litter at the same time. The 44-year-old inov-8 ambassador completed the iconic route from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to Edale, Derbyshire, which includes a section along Hadrian’s Wall, in an incredible time of 61 hours 34 minutes, beating the previous record…

Improved all-rounder

SHOE REVIEW: HOKA ONE ONE TORRENT 2 Written by Tegyn Angel Building on the success of the highly popular Torrent, the Torrent 2 adds several functional and cosmetic improvements without messing with the original “single track allrounder” recipe. That bit hasn’t changed; the Torrent 2 is still a great performer on just about anything off the bitumen, combining the best of other Hoka One One trail models into a lightweight, low-stack (at least, for Hoka), low-drop, responsive hybrid that is…

Running on a moonscape

Written by Annabelle Latz. Photos by Xavier Briel. Nothing could prepare me for it, and nothing will ever compare to it. Running on a white vastness, a cloud-whispered light-blue sky above, amongst an absence of landmarks and an abundance of flat land… Welcome to the Salt Pans Ultra Trail Marathon, Botswana’s inaugural ultramarathon stage race. For 100km, over three days, 25 of us ran across a section of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Located in Northern Botswana, this vast expanse of…

Get back to nature with the best gear

Guest post by Mountain Designs There has never been a better time for trail runners, hikers and nature lovers to get out into the world and take full advantage of the beauty of our glorious planet! It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced outdoors person or an absolute newbie who has never stepped foot into nature before – there’s something for everyone out there, and as long as you equip yourself with the right gear, you’ll be sure to love…

Runners across Australia race in the Trail Running Series – virtually!

Written by Rapid Ascent At 9am (AEST) on Sunday, June 14, more than 450 competitors raced their own course at the exact same time together, virtually, at Race 1 of the 2020 Trail Running Series presented by MINI. Runners from all corners of Australia joined in, with many runners hailing from various regional locations as far afield as Flinders Island and Broome; along with our fan-favourite runner Cameron Bell from Scotland, who competed at midnight to coincide with the race….

Pau hoping to go pow pow on the record books

@jsaragossa Written by David Lipman I am sure by now all readers are aware that on May 20th, the UTMB organisation announced that the 2020 edition of the event was cancelled. While disappointing many, this probably surprised none. In a very swift response to the news, last year’s winner, Pau Capell, has announced he will be running the course solo in an attempt to better his course record. Note: I will not be discussing the ethics of such an attempt,…

Running in WA rocks!

Willie Richards is an endurance adventure athlete based in Capte Town. Here, he shares his experience of running and working in Western Australia during the COVID-19 lockdown. Running and being outdoors is such a pertinent part of my life, especially during the past couple of years. It gives me direction and has helped me numerous times to resolve issues in my life, be they personal or work related. One of the first things I pack in my bag before I…

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