Ultra Tales is a free community based Ultra Running e-magazine.
The magazine is put together through contributions by members of the Ultra Running community and is collated and put together on a quarterly (now bimonthly) basis as a .pdf document.
Download links are shared following the release of each issue.
You can visit the Ultra Tales website here
Ultra Tales Issue 11 – April 2014
This front cover features Matt Dunn completing the Ice Ultra event (photograph by Martin Paldan).
This issue includes UK event reports from Hardmoors 30, Spine Race, Spine Challenger, Winter Tanners, Country to Capital, Wilmot Wander, Darkstar River Marathon, Pilgrim Challenge, Thames Trot, South Devon Ultra, High Peaks Marathon, St Peters Way, Canalathon and Black Mountains Ultra.
In addition we had some reports from overseas races on the Rodgau 50k, Frostskade 500 and the Ice Ultra.
This issue contains runners profiles for Deborah Pitt, Edwina Sutton, Mark Griffiths, Rob Pinnington and Scott Harris.
Finally, we an update from the British Trail Running Podcast Team, interviews with Mimi Anderson and Ryan Sandes along with articles on Ultra Training from Centurion Coach James Elson, the Social Ultra Website along with a couple of Social Ultra reports and an extract from James Adam’s new book “Running and Stuff”.
This issue is a 33mb pdf file and may take a few minutes to download depending upon the speed of your internet connection.
We hope you enjoy this issue which can be downloaded here
Ultra Tales Issue 10 – January 2014
Issue 10 of Ultra Tales covers primarily UK and other ultra event reports from Nov – Dec 2013.
We have an exclusive interview with North Face athlete Jez Bragg (front cover). This issue also contains event reports from the Stour Valley Path 100km, Beacons Ultra, Desert Ultra, Druid Ultra, Brecon 40, Frostbite 30, White Rose Ultra, Winter 100, Hereward Ultra, the “Piece of String” event and a race report from “King of the Hill” Jon Steele who was the only person to finish the inaugural Hill Ultra.
We have some Runners Profiles from Giles Davis, Matt Price, Nick Thompson, Russell Bestley and Richard Cranswick.
In addition we have a range of articles including an interview with Mark Hines, a tale about our Ultra WAGs (and HABs), Strength Training tips for Ultra Runners and we answer the question What is a Running Technique Coach?
With the start of the New Year we also asked a cross section of everyday ultra runners to tell us how their racing went in 2013 and what plans they have for 2014.
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Please note the .pdf file is a large download (29mb file) and may take several minutes to open depending upon the speed of your internet connection.
Ultra Tales Issue 09 – November 2013
Issue 09 of Ultra Tales covers primarily UK and other ultra event reports from Aug – Oct 2013.
This issue included event reports from the Kennet & Avon Ultra, TDS, Ring of Fire, Hardmoors Princess, 10 Peaks Brecon Beacons, Ultimate Trails 100k, Cotswold Century, Hardmoors 60, Trail of Herts, Tooting Bec 24hr, London to Brighton, Spartathlon, Bear 100, ECF Monster Ultra, Yellowstone 100, Downslink Ultra, Heartland 100, Bideford Bay 50k, Sormland Ultra Marathon, Caesars Camp Endurance Run, Round Rotherham 50 and Stort 30.
This issue contains runners profiles for Richard Felton, Chris Foreman and Shannon Wilkinson.
We also have articles on Patches, Fitting in the Long Run, Surviving the Ultra Break, Spartathlon and DNF Corner.
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Ultra Tales Issue 8 – September 2013
Issue 08 of Ultra Tales covers primarily UK ultra event reports from July -Aug 2013.
This issue included event reports from the UltraRace 100, Thames Ring, World Trail Championship, OMM Intro Ultra, Race to the Stones, Clyde Stride, Rallavegslopet, 12 Labours of Hercules, Lakeland 50/100, Grim Reaper, Stockholm 100k, Round the Rock Ultra, North Downs Way 100, Salisbury 50k, Hell on the Humber, Berlin 100, John Lucas Memorial Run, Trans Gaule, Run to the Castle, Ridgeway Challenge.
This issue contains runners profiles for Lee Brown, John Goodson, Mark Weir and Stuart Gibson.
We also have articles on “The Crap We Carry”, Bare Foot Running, Spartathlon, Marathon Roundup and DNF corner.
Ultra Tales Issue 7 – July 2013
Issue 07 of Ultra Tales covers primarily UK ultra event reports from May – Jun 2013.
This issue included event reports from the CTS North York Moors, Malvern Hills Ultra, Pony Express, Transvulcania, World 24hr Championships, Ridgeway 40, Ultra Brecon 40, NDW 50, Norman Conquest 50, Grand Union Canal Race, Hardmoors 110, Endure 24, Cateran Trail Ultra, SDW100, UTSW, The Wall, West Highland Way and Long Eaton 50.
This issue contains runners profiles for Keith James, Dan Park, Rick LaBounty, Richard Ashton, Cath Rooke and Mark Johnston.
We also have articles on Training Injury Free, Missing the Spartathlon, the Road to Spartathlon, Spartathlon Preparation, DNF Corner and the Marathon Roundup.
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Ultra Tales Issue 6 – May 2013
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Ultra Tales Issue 5 – March 2013
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Ultra Tales Issue 4 – January 2013
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Ultra Tales Issue 3 – October 2012
This issue features James Adams completing the 2012 Spartathlon event on the front cover along and the theme for this issue was “Running Ultra’s for the first time – Newcomers special”.
This issue included event reports from Kent 50, Enigma Ultra, The Grim Reaper, 10 Peaks, Redwick 100k, Lakeland 50 & 100, Thunder Run, Devil o’the Highlands, Northumberland Ultra, North Downs Way 50 & 100, Salisbury 54321, Hell on the Humber, Ridgeway Challenge, Kennet & Avon Canal Race, Causeway Coast, Malin to Mizenhead, Self Transcendence 24hr, Toad Challenge, River Ayr Way, Atlantic Coast and London to Brighton.
In addition we had some reports of overseas races on the Hardrock 100, UTMB, IAU 24hr and Spartathlon.
This issue contains runners profiles for Tim Adams, Tremayne Cowdry, Sandra Bowers, Gemma Carter and Jules Lewis.
Finally, we also have articles on running 5x50k on your 50th Birthday, A week in the life of a race organisor by Adventure Hub and to fit in with our “Newcomers special theme” we offered up some advice on running your first ultra including tips and a look back at some early ultra reports, a training guide, reading suggestions and kit advice.
This issue is a 41mb PDF file and may take a few minutes to download depending upon the speed of your internet connection.
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Ultra Tales Issue 2 – July 2012
Issue 02 of Ultra Tales is a bumper issue of 260 pages and covers event reports from Apr – Jun 2012.
This issue included event reports from 4 Inns, the inaugural Viking Way, Compton Challenge, Highland Fling, Fellsman, JOGLE, City Ultra Cardiff, Shire & Spires, Severn Challenge, Grand Union Canal Race, Hardmoors 110, Long Eaton, Mourne Way, West Highland Way, Ultra Race 100, Ultra Trail South West, Run 24 and South Downs Way 100.
In addition we had some reports of overseas races on the Paris Eco Trail, Barkley Marathon, Jungle Ultra and Comrades.
This issue contains runners profiles for Stuart Shipley, Paul Stout, Helen James, Dino Ilaria, Neil Bryant and Tom Forman.
Finally, we also had an article on the Teach Africa Charity which gave rise to Go Beyond, an Ultra Fast not Ultra slow article from Rory Coleman, James Adams provides some last minute tips for tackling a 100 mile run, an overview of the Grand to Grand Ultra and an article from Sam Robson asking whether Ultra Runners are slow?
We also had some kit reviews on the Raidlight Olmo 5 pack and 3 UltrAspire race packs.
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Ultra Tales Issue 1 – April 2012
Issue 01 of Ultra Tales covers event reports from Jan – Mar 2012.
This issue included event reports from Hardmoors 30, Country to Capital, Anglesey Ultra, Yorkshire Ultra, Pilgrims Challenge, Thames Trot, London Ultra 50k, Thames Path 100, Hardmoors 55, Born to Run, Causeway Crossing, Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra.
In addition we had some reports of overseas races on Arrowhead 135, Rocky Raccoon, Trans Gran Canaria.
This issue contains runners profiles for Matt Dunn, Paul Nesbitt, Paul Ali, Tim Cooke, Lindley Chambers and Mimi Anderson.
Finally, we also have couple of trail blaze articles on running Offa’s Dyke and the South Downs Way, an article from Centurion Running on how to host a 100 mile run, an overview of the Hardmoors Ultra series and a review of the Salamon Advanced Skin S-Lab 12 backpack.
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