Ultra Running – The Latest Craze

The Saffron Trail Ultra on July 16th 2016 is a very challenging 70 mile Ultra starting at Southend seafront and running across Essex to Saffron Walden, in the North East of the county. For more info: info@challenge-running.co.uk

An ultra-marathon is any race longer than the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles. Growing ever more popular, you can do an event almost every weekend in Britain at the moment (although that’s not recommended if you don’t like bits of you falling off). What’s more, most of the races are on trails, in spectacular places.

They vary in length drastically. Plenty of ultra-marathons are in the 30-50 miles spectrum and infinitely more achievable than most people think.

Ultra runners have discovered something very special: if you slow down just a bit from marathon pace, and keep stuffing your face, you can go on and on, and on. It’s an unspeakably amazing, even transcendental, experience. Many people get hopelessly addicted to seeing how far they can go.

Most ultra runners aren’t super men and wonder women (and there are plenty of women, including grandmothers). Most have simply discovered the joy of running in trees rather than traffic, around national parks rather than around in circles, and up mountains rather than speed bumps.

A varied terrain gives your body more of an all-over workout, recruiting and strengthening more muscles. And there’s the mental side. Numerous studies show how incredibly good for us nature is and exercising in natural surroundings feeds into our biophilia effect – our innate desire to be connected to nature and its ability to lift us psychologically.

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