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Author: Moerieda Mackay

Interview with Ultrarunner Lucja Leonard

Marathon Des Sables 2014 finisher, Lucja Leonard from Edinburg Scotland has been running for six years. Her great passions are travel and running, with a soft spot for multi-stage ultras. Lucja and her husband Dion Leonard recently traveled to South Africa to compete in “SA’s Big Daddy”, the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon  – a 250km self-sufficient footrace through the Kalahari Desert. Assured of tough conditions and stiff competition the Leonard’s claimed 2nd place in the male and female categories, respectively. Ultrarunner interviewed Lucja to hear what motivates her to keep going from strength to strength! WHY ULTRA-RUNNING? UR: What first grabbed your attention about ultra-running and...

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Runners don’t be an easy target!

Ultra runners are known to run at odd hours of the morning and night to get the required “minimum” mileage logged. I signed up for a 300km non-stop footrace through the desert. Training for this event will no doubt require long hours (and thousands of kilometers) on the road or trails and many would be done solo. At the moment I am gathering as much information on how to best prepare for this grueling massive desert shuffle.  I watched a few movies about ultra runners running insane distances through the desert and in one documentary they’ve shared an incident...

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Q&A with Thabang Madiba ( Retto 2014 and World Champs )

Winning the SA Trail Championship secured Thabang Madiba’s spot on the team to represent South Africa at the 2014 World Trail Championship in August. A few weeks later he ran the fastest time for the RETTO Prologue and went on to claim second  place in one of the most fascinating record breaking finishes in the history of the race. Thabang shared  his race experiences at these two prestigious trail running events with Ultrarunner. World Trail Champs 2014 UR: What did it feel like representing Team SA at the World Trail Champs in Colorado? Thabang: It was a huge honour for me especially representing my country two years...

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Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge

Two days after I finished the Magaliesberg Challenge I received an email that read: Dear Prospective Monties Runner, If you are receiving this email it means you are next on the waiting list for The Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge that will be held on the 6th of September 2014 and I have a substitution entry available for you. I believe if you don’t have a ticket…you can’t win. Never thought I would ever be invited, apparently the waiting list for Monties is two or three years long. I was beyond myself from excitement! Race Background Taken from the organisers website: This prestigious 50km cross-country...

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