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“Ultra marathons are just an eating and drinking competition with a little bit of running thrown in”

“Ultra marathons are just an eating and drinking competition with a little bit of running thrown in”

A very wise Ann Trason once said that “ultra marathons are just an eating and drinking competition with a little bit of running thrown in” and I couldn’t agree more, which is one of the main reasons I got into the sport in the first place. I love food.

The biggest breakthroughs for me in ultrarunning have always come through a direct progression with my race food. Everyone is different, some surviving on pork pies alone, others chomping through 40-50 gels in a 100 mile race.

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Customer Spotlight: Bridget's Amazing Journey to Ironman Success

Customer Spotlight: Bridget's Amazing Journey to Ironman Success

We are delighted to share a truly inspiring story with the Chia Charge community today! Our good friend and long time customer Bridget, has graciously provided us with an extensive race report from her recent Ironman race where she achieved an outstanding 2nd place finish. The dedication, strategic planning and nutrition that she put into her tr...
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Didn't get a place at the London Marathon?

Didn't get a place at the London Marathon?

There's no two ways about it, The London Marathon is a biggie. Thought of by many as one of the most enjoyable marathons in the world to run, that is if you can get a spot in the first place. Which is a lot easier said than done, in 2024 a whopping 500K+ were turned down in the initial ballot. And the number could be even higher  next year, but ...
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So you've got a place at the 2024 London Marathon

So you've got a place at the 2024 London Marathon

When it comes to marathons, they don't get much bigger and more exciting than the one and only London Marathon. While the Boston Marathon might have the heart of the running elite and Paris really is unrivalled when it comes to the views, The London Marathon has soul. It's the real runners marathon, a true festival of fitness. And just think you...
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Robbie Britton - The 24 Hour World Championships

Robbie Britton - The 24 Hour World Championships

Running for 24 hours straight is one of those things that just shouldn’t be possible. To the untrained or uninitiated it  sounds more like a tall tale than a serious sporting event. The public at large is taught from an early age that our bodies just can’t function without at least 8 hours a night. But there is a growing group of athletes who ar...
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Jack Oliver - Steve Parr round Second winter completion.

Will You Bounce Back Stronger? Here's Some Top Hacks For Ultra Runners

Introduction: Whether you have just completed an Ultra or are building big training weeks the following will be of value for you. If you've taken on the mighty challenge of conquering one of those epic ultras, then recovery becomes a crucial part of your journey. Fear not! We're here to share some top-notch hacks to help you bounce back quicker ...
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Your Heatwave essentials, use these 5 tips to keep your cool

Your Heatwave essentials, use these 5 tips to keep your cool

  Introduction Ah, summer. The season of beaches and barbecues, rosé and sunburn. There's nothing quite like it—except for the other side of summer: the heat wave that turns your home into an oven, your commute into a sweat lodge, and all those iced coffees you were planning on drinking into lukewarm puddles.. And just when you're about to give ...
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"Chasing Ultra PBs? Say Goodbye to Long Runs and Hello to Fun!"

This was an interesting blog to write, and excuse me for the title, I did indulge my inner clickbait there. It is interesting that my partner Lisa recently completed a 55 Mile Ultra and never ran much over 20 miles in the build up to it, here are the bullet points I found most interesting.    Here is Lisa in the Hardmoors 55  in sunny Yorkshire ...
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What makes a race tough?

What makes a race tough?

Reckon you could run up and down an old railway tunnel non stop for 55 hours? Well if you feel up to the challenge you can send Mark Cockbain a message and see if you're not too late to join the forty runners lining up in front the Combe Down Tunnel, near Bath when the race kicks off. The Tunnel is a disarmingly simple race really, runners hav...
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Fueling the Marathon Des Sables

Fueling the Marathon Des Sables

  Every year we get a few folk asking us about Chia Charge and MDS, the truth is over the years quite a few runners have taken chia charge to this iconic event. I hope the following information is a useful guide and helps you make your decisions in the coming weeks. When it comes to multi-day ultra-marathons like the Marathon des Sables, choosi...
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Giving Back to Track  Project - Eilish McColgan and Michael Rimmer

Giving Back to Track Project - Eilish McColgan and Michael Rimmer

We are always keen to share news of folk doing great work encouraging others to be active, so of course we are delighted to share this initiative from Eilish McColgan and Michael Rimmer. Chia Charge sponsored Eilish McColgan, a Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympian, and fellow Olympian Michael Rimmer, have launched "Giving Back to Track," a n...
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5 Tips for New Runners

5 Tips for New Runners

Start slowly: It's important to ease into running to avoid injury and burnout. Start with a few minutes of running and walking, and gradually increase the amount of time spent running over the course of several weeks. Invest in proper footwear: Good running shoes can make a big difference in terms of comfort and injury prevention. Make sure to...
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