Monthly Archives: May 2011

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CAN TV looking for athletes doing a sponsored event in June

CAN TV in London have emailed us asking if we know anyone who is doing any sponsored events in June.  They are looking for people doing 24 hours walks or mountain climbs, or any type of extreme sports?  They say that perhaps you could do with a helping hand? Their aim is to make the day even more memorable for the competitor.

If you are interested in taking part, then email us at Beyond Marathon and we’ll pass on your details to CAN TV.


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2011 Al Andalus Athletes to take part in scientific research again

2011 Al Andalus Ultra Trail: Coventry University- Sports & Exercise Science Applied Research Group

Oral-Respiratory Mucosal Immune and Cytokine Responses, Assessment of Nutrition & Hydration Status, and Illness & Infection Rates During Multi-Stage Ultra-Marathon Competition in Hot Ambient Temperatures.

 The aims of the research are:

  1. Determine oral-respiratory mucosal immune responses during a multi-stage ultra-marathon competition in a hot ambient environment.
  2. Determine pro and anti-inflammatory cytokine responses during a multi-stage ultra-marathon competition in a hot ambient environment.
  3. Assess the rates and severity of URTS during and the month following a multi-stage ultra-marathon competition in a hot ambient environment.
  4. In combination with last year- Assess nutrition and hydration status of ultra-endurance runners during a multi-stage ultra-marathon competition in a hot ambient environment whilst being provided with Sport & Exercise Nutritional support.

 Ultra-marathon competition is commonly accompanied by physiological stressors, such as prolonged loaded exercise, sleep disturbances, anxiety, tolerated tissue injury, and is normally conducted in extreme environmental conditions. Previous field and laboratory research have demonstrated disturbances to pro to anti-inflammatory cytokines balance, stress hormone responses and oral-respiratory mucosal immunity whilst adhering to individual and combined physiological stressors. The accumulative combinations of disturbed immune indices and physiological stressors have previously been linked to clinically significant outcomes (e.g. heat stroke, increases in upper respiratory syndrome (URS), and increases in non-URS illness and infection). Inflammatory cytokine balance and oral-respiratory mucosal immune responses to ultra-marathon competition have not been determined and warrant investigation. From research outcomes, effective counter-measures (dietary and lifestyle modification) to avoid unwanted immune profiles may be developed.

 What will participants be required to do?

Participant will only be required to follow NORMAL COMPETITION STRATEGIES. In addition:

  • Have your body mass taken before and after each stage.
  • Provide one blood and saliva sample before and after each stage, and only a saliva sample in the evening before going to bed.
  • Let the research team conduct a ~10min interview each evening between 8-10pm.


What will the participant receive from this?

  • Participants will gain an insight into the scientific aspects of the study and may find it interesting to know what we are trying to achieve or how various measurements are recorded.
  • Participants will gain an insight into how their immune system responds to an ultra-marathon competition in the heat. From this information the research team ca provide some individual advice on strategies to avoid unwanted immune profiles associated with the ultra-marathon competition.
  • After the ultra-marathon, participants will be provided with individual feedback on the measurements made during the research. Advice will be given to help them improve their dietary habits for subsequent ultra-marathon competition.

Dr. Richard Costa

Coventry University


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In 2018, a race where you start anywhere you like, as long as you reach the finish within 24 hours. ...

Convergence - Summer

June 9, 2018, 12:00pm - June 10, 2018, 6:00am

It’s game time. In this game, you will gamble on your own fitness and ability. You know where the finish line is, but you are not following a fixed course; you “make” your own course. You tell no one else where you intend to start from. That way you are blind-betting against everyone as to from how far away you will start, and thus, how high you will eventually rank. Those who travel the furthest, rank highest. However, if you don’t reach the finish line you don’t get a medal, so gamble wisely…. The premise is simple. You can start from anywhere you want, at midday. You then have 24 hours to ‘converge’ on the central finish line in order to claim your award. You make your own route. You can start any distance from the finish line, but the further away you start, the better your award (should you make it to the finish). All distances are measured “as the crow flies” from the finish. For all those challenging this is where it gets even more interesting. The people who rank highest are those who travel from the furthest away. You are under no obligation to tell anyone where you are starting, so you are all blind-betting against each other! You won’t know where anyone starts from until the GPS tracking link goes live at midday. Even then, will those who started far away make the finish line on time? Of course if you start 100 miles away and miss the finish line cut-off, then you don’t get a medal. Oh, the cruelty. The Crow will be watching all of those Converging, using the miracle of Race Drone event tracking technology. The Crow will judge how far the shadows have run, and reward them with the right medal on the line. If you travel from 30 miles away or fewer, we’ll email you a certificate only. Venture from further away (30 to 60 miles) and claim a Silver Convergence, 60 to 90 miles and you’ll take Gold. If you come from 90 miles or more away (As the crow flies), then you’ll claim the Black Convergence medal. There is a little more to tell you. You can Converge only on foot. The Crow knows how fast you travel You can Converge solo for 24 hours, either female or male If you are scared of the dark, you can converge for 24 hours as a pair You will be given no advice on where to run, or hide You make your own route. Use any means you wish to wayfind You obviously can’t use private land or anything illegal (motorways etc). Your route choice is your own choice and risk. We recommend strongly that you stay off A-roads, or roads that have no pavement There are no checkpoints. Use your wit and guile to feed yourself. Call for your mother if you must The World will keep an eye on you from afar using tracking technology Have more questions? The wise old bird has the answers Feel ready to take your first steps into a darker world? Register Here

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