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The Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to the northwestern tip of Scotland is regarded as Great Britain’s toughest trail. Wildly remote and packing in around 12,000m of ascent, the 230-mile route usually takes trekkers around three weeks to complete. Starting this Saturday (December 8th), ultra running friends Damian Hall and Beth Pascall hope to do …

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Looking to step off road and into trail running? New to trail running and wanting advice? You’ve found the right blog post. We asked inov-8 ambassadors to reveal their best tips for trail running beginners. The following tips are also useful for experienced trail runners who may be seeking renewed motivation. 1 Build up slowly …

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Inspirational runner Nicky Spinks has been presented with the British Empire Medal following her inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2018. The 51-year-old cancer survivor and inov-8 ambassador was rewarded for her outstanding services to sport and charity. She proudly collected her medal at a ceremony held in Yorkshire, England this week. Nicky …

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Thousands of obstacle course racers descended on London last weekend as the UK staged the OCR World Championships for the first time in the event’s five-year history. During three days of intense competition, racers from 60 countries battled it out over courses of 3km and 15km, before teaming up with friends on Sunday for the …

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It’s the most crucial piece of kit for anyone tackling an obstacle course race (OCR) or mud run. Make the wrong footwear choice and you’ll potentially slip and slide your way to an injury. Get it right and, as we’ve heard from many first-time testers of inov-8 shoes at OCR or mud run events, “it …

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I think I ran my perfect race last weekend. Remote, long, unmarked, through high and beautiful mountains, over unrelentingly technical terrain, Els 2900 was low-key and understated, like a classic fell running race being played out on a grand stage. Admittedly, in terms of performance it was far from perfect – photographs taken during the final two …

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With a gradient in places of 80% and multiple daredevil drops, the iconic Streif ski slope on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria, is regarded as the sport’s most notorious downhill. This past weekend, however, saw runners – not skiers – racing down its insanely-steep slopes, as we staged the first-ever inov-8 Descent Race. Starting …

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It’s been a whirlwind 10 months for Jasmin Paris. In December she gave birth to her first child – a baby daughter called Rowan. Just four months later she won the opening race of four in the 2018 British Fell Running Championship. In September, the 34-year-old wrapped up the British Championship title and then won …

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The big story for Autumn/Winter 2018 (AW18) is graphene, and our world-first use of the planet’s strongest material in sports footwear. By infusing the wonder-material into the rubber outsoles we’ve made them 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% harder wearing. The three shoes in the G-SERIES range all boast the world’s toughest graphene-enhanced grip …

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The story of ultra runner Sophie Power, who stopped mid-race at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) to breastfed her three-month-old son has gone viral this week. News stations and publications across the world are all telling Sophie’s inspiring story, with fellow female runners also adding their support. One of those is inov-8 ambassador Jasmin Paris, who wrote …

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Runner Damian Hall is The Underdog. A 42-year-old journalist and father-of-two living in the flat-lands of southern England, he went to this year’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) – the biggest trail running race in the world – hoping to fulfil a dream of finishing in the top-10. Racing against the sport’s best professional athletes, some …

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We caught up with inov-8 Training athlete and The CrossFit Games team athlete, Shane Farmer on the recent changes to The CrossFit Games, what it takes to be a CrossFit athlete and all things rowing!

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inov-8 stamped its name on the UTMB – the world’s biggest trail running race – by placing two athletes in the top-five. Underdogs Hallvard Schjolberg (Norway) and Damian Hall (UK) ran the races of their lives to finish 4th and 5th respectively (and 1st and 2nd veterans aged over 40) in one of the most …

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History was made on Ben Nevis as Victoria Wilkinson set a new women’s record for the iconic race up and down the UK’s highest mountain. The inov-8 ambassador clocked a time of 1hr 43mins 01secs for the nine-mile race, slicing 24 seconds off Pauline Stuart’s previous record, which had stood for 34 years. The Ben …

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inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall has completed Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) – the world’s biggest ultra-distance trail running race – in each of the last three years, steadily progressing his way up the field each time. In 2015 he placed 31st, improving that to 19th in 2016 and then last year finishing 12th (and first veteran …

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Ultra-distance runner Pavel Paloncy will attempt to break the record for the fastest completion of the 268-mile Pennine Way this weekend. The Pennine Way is Great Britain’s oldest national trail. It follows a central upland spine, wriggling its way from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and incorporating around 37,000ft of …

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Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is a sport that has witnessed a huge surge in popularity over the last decade. Attracting competitors of all abilities, OCR events are not only a test of running speed and endurance but also physical and mental strength. Courses vary in length and obstacles range in difficulty, but hills, thrills and …

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Once upon a time it was the aspiration of every long-distance runner to complete a marathon. Nowadays, it seems, 26.2 miles is just not far enough. The advent of ultra running as a sport in its own right has driven desire amongst runners of all abilities to push themselves further than ever before. Whether it’s …

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Our new TERRAULTRA G 260 is the first-ever running shoe to utilise graphene – the strongest material on the planet. Collaborating with graphene experts at The University of Manchester, we have infused the wonder-material into the rubber of our revolutionary G-SERIES shoes, making the outsoles 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% harder wearing. The …

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The inspirational Nicky Spinks is aiming to become the first runner to complete a 116-mile Double Ramsay Round in the Scottish mountains. The Ramsay Round is a 24-hour challenge which sees mountain runners attempt a 58-mile circuit over 24 summits, including the UK’s highest, Ben Nevis. The total ascent that must be scaled is 28,500ft …

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We’re set to get a grip of the training footwear market following the appointment of top crossfitter Fran Calvert. Below is the press release issued on 21/05/2018. PRESS RELEASE: INOV-8 APPOINT TOP CROSSFITTER TO MARKETING TEAM Fran, a regular competitor at the CrossFit Games Regionals, will head up inov-8’s functional fitness and training category. She …

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The original F-LITE 195 was perhaps the first Crossfit specific shoe. Picked by the sport’s California originators for its flexibility, breathability and low to the ground feel, the 195 was widely heralded among early Crossfitters as the ideal shoe for functional fitness. With such an amazing reception and following of the 195, it would be …

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We’re getting a grip of obstacle course racing in 2018 and have landed a major partnership deal by becoming the official footwear brand for the sport’s 2018 world championships. Below is the press release issued on May 1st, followed by our guide to the best footwear for obstacle course racing. Press release: Grip-masters team up with …

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Three inov-8 ambassadors topped the podium at the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) on a Super Saturday to remember. Selected as a 2018 Ultra-Trail World Tour event, the MIUT saw runners from all continents descend on the Portuguese island for super-competitive races over a variety distances. In the main event, the 115k race, Andris Ronimoiss …

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So you made it to Regionals… Kudos first. Every year making it to regionals becomes an increasingly impressive feat. The number of competitors in each region keeps rising year-on-year and the standard required to crack into those qualifying spots is always increasing. Regionals however are a different beast entirely compared to the Open; out of …

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Crossfit enthusiasts around the world are divided over lifting shoes. Some see them as welcome tools to boost athletes’ max lifts, others however see them as a nuisance. They argue that since weightlifting shoes can’t be used in workouts with non-weightlifting movements they distract from the adaptiveness at the centre of the sport. We set …

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Two-time American running champion Morgan Elliott is preparing to take his nomad lifestyle abroad in a bid to battle the world’s best mountain athletes. In both 2016 and 2017 Morgan spent his summers living out of a car while chasing his mountain running dreams around the States. Now the twice-crowned national ultra-distance skyrunning champion is …

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After 5 grueling weeks, time has been called on the 2018 Crossfit Open. This year’s competition saw a host of new movements, the first Crossfit ‘girl’ to feature and a choice of conclusion left to the Crossfit community. The excitement of all this novelty however also brought a few controversies with it: changes to standards …

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It’s done. 18.5 calls time on the 2018 Open and boy was it a finale! In yet another Open first, the choice of this year’s final installment of the competition was given to the community: repeat 11.6, 13.5 or 14.2… A repeat was certainly due this year.  After all the introductions in the first 4 …

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18.4 was new in many ways but all too familiar in others. The penultimate installment in this year’s Open series introduced a new movement to the Open and saw the first appearance of a classic Crossfit girl in this stage of the competition.   The essentially 2-part workout saw athletes take on a vintage 21-15-9 …

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Picking the right running jacket can be a tough and confusing process. Over the years we’ve tested hundreds of running jackets/shells in every weather condition imaginable and now provide a simplified range to meet all eventualities on the trails and mountains. Meet our magnificent seven, starting with waterproofs and followed by windproof & thermal jackets: …

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Despite the technicality of the muscle-ups, it was the humble rope that brought athletes to their knees in 18.3…   “A double-under workout for sure” – that’s what Neil Maddox concluded after completing 18.3 during the Open announcement show last Thursday. For the seasoned Games vet the double-unders did represent the bulk of the working …

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The 2016 extreme skyrunning world champion and ‘the fastest woman over the UK’s highest mountains’ Jasmin Paris became a mum for the first time in November last year. In a follow-up to her running during pregnancy blog post – and to mark Mother’s Day in the UK (March 11th) – we caught up with the …

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In the second week of the Open we were asked to suffer, and suffer we did.   Director of the Crossfit Games, Dave Castro, could not be more accurate than when he posted a picture of burning embers last Wednesday in his weekly hint as to the next Open workout in the series. Indeed, 18.2 …

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2018 Ice Ultra winner Damian Hall says he ran as fast as he could through the Arctic wilderness – just to try and keep warm. The 42-year-old inov-8 ambassador (photographed above by Mikkel Beisner) won the epic 230km race in a time of 27 hours and 45 minutes – more than 8 hours ahead of …

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As the dust settles on the first week of the 2018 Open we look back on 18.1 to see what we can learn from the workout. 18.1 saw athletes face a fiery AMRAP that paired toes-to-bar and calorie rowing with a new movement for the competition – dumbbell hang clean and jerk. While fairly light …

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Avery Collins is one of the world’s best 100-mile ultra runners. The 25-year-old from Colorado, USA, kicked off his 2018 season by winning the notoriously tough HURT 100-Mile Endurance Run in Hawaii (see photo above by Howie Stern). This followed a 2017 in which he also won the Grindstone 100 and placed 6th in the USA’s …

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If you could run any ultra distance race in the world, which would it be? That’s the question we posed to UK inov-8 ambassador Damian Hall, who as well as being a globe-trotting outdoor journalist is also a top international ultra runner. Here’s the top-five that make up his bucket list, including those he’s already …

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As the competitive season gets nearer, we’ve teamed up with the Crossfit Alioth Facility Manager & Coach James Wright, to bring you our 5 best WODs for 2018. These are sure to get you prepped and ready for the CrossFit Games Open at the end of the month. From Hero workouts to one of the Girls, …

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2018 will be the year of the world’s toughest grip, and where better to make that count than on the trails belonging to some of the most popular off-road running events on both sides of The Atlantic. Building on the alliances forged in 2017, we will again partner-up with Lakeland Trails, Maverick Race, Three Peaks, Snowdon International …

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Ask runners about the love of their life and the chances are they will say ‘running’…. before correcting it with ‘well, after my husband / wife / boyfriend / girlfriend / significant other, of course!’ Juggling a healthy love life alongside an often-selfish running obsession can be a balancing act that requires careful navigation to …

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“If you want a lightweight shoe with excellent grip and some underfoot protection that is suitable for both off-road training and racing then check out the X-TALON 230.” That is the view of Dave Taylor (The Fell Running Guide), who has been testing our newest addition to the X-TALON running shoe series for several weeks. …

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As the popularity of ski mountaineering, or skimo, continues to rise amongst runners, inov-8 ambassador Eirik Haugsnes assesses the benefits and drawbacks. You push and push as the top gets ever closer. That peak you saw from the road less than an hour ago is now right in front of you. All around is blue …

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Think of inov-8 and more often than not you think of the X-TALON. In the 10 years since its inception, this iconic off-road running shoe has become a global success story. Run on soft ground trails in the UK, the USA or anywhere else in the world and you will no doubt see the distinctive …

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Some runners love it. Some runners hate it. Downhill running, it’s fair to say, splits opinion. Whether on the trail, the mountain or the fell-side, to descend quickly requires skill, strength, technique, bravery and a whole lot more. Want to improve your own downhill running speed? Check out these tips from top runners and coaches: …

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inov-8 ambassador Avery Collins stormed to a brilliant win at the HURT 100-Mile Endurance Run in Hawaii to open his 2018 season in fine style. The notoriously-tough ultra running race was already underway on Saturday (January 13) when an alert about an incoming ballistic missile sent Hawaii into panic. The alert, which was sent to cellphones, said …

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First launched in 2008, the iconic inov-8 X-TALON running shoe has gone on to become a global success story. In the 10 years since it first hit retail shelves, the X-TALON – with its lightweight, flexible upper and aggressive rubber stud pattern – has propelled mountain runners, fell runners, trail runners, orienteers and obstacle course …

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Runners love to make New Year’s resolutions. Keeping them, however, can prove to be a different matter entirely. Check out these top-10 tips on how to stick to your 2018 running-related New Year’s resolutions. From those that seek quiet inspiration to those who prefer to shout about their exploits from the mountain tops, there are nuggets …

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Based out of New England, US, Amy Rusiecki knows trail running from all angles. Not only is Amy a successful ultra runner herself, she is also married to one (Brian Rusiecki) and together they are the race directors for the Vermont 100. Amy had visited the Lake District fells of the UK in 2015 during a …

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Record-breaking Nicky Spinks knows how to succeed when it comes to tackling some of the toughest ultra running challenges imaginable (watch Run Forever). And while her incredible endurance fitness and mental strength play an important role, she also knows just how crucial it is to have a super-organised support crew filled with friends and family, …

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