Meet Dion Leonard – Extreme Runner and Gobi’s Master

Dion Leonard is an extreme runner and stage race veteran. He has tackled the Marathon des Sables several times, along with 3 x KAEM (Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon – which he won in 2017), MdS Peru, Gobi March 250km and Global Limits Cambodia (where I first met Dion) to name a few – regularly bagging podium … Read more

Filippo Rossi: the Globetrotting Ultrarunner

Filippo Rossi is a globetrotting journalist originally from the Swiss-Italian town of Lugano. In the last few years, Filippo has thrown himself around the world, running some of the most prestigious and challenging ultras and stage races in far-flung locales. His medal collection includes Marathon des Sables, Transgrancanaria, Endurance Life Dorset, Ultrabericus, Vulcano Trail and every … Read more

Runner Profile – Sarah Sawyer, Stage Race Extraordinaire

Sarah Sawyer makes no secret of the fact that she loves multi-day races, primarily because they combine two of her favourite pastimes – running and travel. She has completed a number of multi-day stage races around the world, including the Racing the Planet 250km Patagonia in 2017 (1st female), Racing the Planet 250km Ecuador (1st female) … Read more

Meet Tony Brammer, Stage Race Guru and 4 Deserts Checkpoint Captain

Tony Brammer is one of the best-known figures in the world of stage races, particularly the 4 Deserts series, organised by RacingThePlanet. Tony set out to complete a single 4 Deserts race back in 2005, then went on to complete each of the races in the series.  He joined the 4 Deserts Club in 2008. Since … Read more

Interview with Stefan Betzelt, founder of the GlobalLimits Race Series

The GlobalLimits race series is a collection of boutique stage races set in far-flung and culturally rich countries; Cambodia, Bhutan, and Albania. The series was founded by Stefan Betzelt, an experienced ultra-runner in his own right who realized no-one was organizing the types of races he wanted to run himself. Having run the Cambodia and … Read more

Stage Race Equipment Lists

Having a good equipment list is a key part of stage race preparation, whether you are running a self-supported race like MdS or one of the 4 Deserts races, or a supported one such as the Global Limits races. I find that by far the best way to track my equipment when planning for a … Read more

How To Choose a Stage Race Backpack

One of the biggest challenges of a stage race is getting the right backpack.   Here I explore what your criteria should be, how to test a good backpack and give some recommendations based on experience. A stage race is a race over two or more days, and they are typically ‘self-supported’ – this means … Read more

Global Limits Bhutan – The Last Secret – 200km Race Report

The Global Limits ‘Last Secret’ race is a six-stage 200km race through the unique kingdom of Bhutan.   Here, Colin Harper shares his epic account of the race in the Land of Happiness . . . (Warning:  ultra-length post ahead!) The Global Limits series of stage races are a well-established set of adventure running through … Read more

How To Train For A Stage Race (+ Training Plan)

Stage races (also called multi-stage races) are completely different animals from regular, one-day races.  Be it the Marathon des Sables, a 4 Deserts race or any of the other stage races popping up, you have to be able to run well over several days – which takes a lot of training and conditioning.   Here, … Read more

An Introduction To Stage Races

A Stage race is a foot race that takes place over more than one day – or stage.   They typically cover between two and six stages.   Given there are so many stage races with different formats and elements, it’s a wide field to try and categorise. So here is a brief overview of what … Read more

The Way Of Legends – Race Report

In September 2016 I ran the inaugural edition of the ‘ The Way of Legends ‘ stage race through Northern Spain.  Steeped in local history, culture and gastronomy, this fantastically-supported event is a first-class example of boutique ultra-running, and is set to become a regular race on the must-do multi-day lists.

By Thomas Watson

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4 Deserts Sahara Race (Namibia) 2016 – Race Report

The 4 Deserts Sahara Race is part of Racing The Planet’s annual series of 250km global stage races. The Sahara edition has previously taken place in Egypt and Jordan, but the organisers have decided to switch the location to Namibia as of 2016. This year’s event took place from 1st to 7th May, and over 220 competitors gathered to test themselves against the new locale.

By Thomas Watson

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10 Things That Should Be On Stage Race Equipment Lists (But Aren’t)

The race organiser’s equipment list is often treated as a shopping list when you’re preparing for a distance running event.  Whistle?  Check.  Headlamp?  Check.  Spare socks?  But what about things that aren’t on the provided equipment list?

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