TRIBE Run For Love 3: The Long Stage

Writ­ten By Jam­ie Sparks

Jam­ie is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. He enjoys ram­bling on about a vari­ety of top­ics; motor­bikes, cyc­ling, adven­ture, and, of course, ultra run­ning.

5 Decem­ber 2019

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Back in Novem­ber 2018, Ultra X were approached by the co-founders of TRIBE — Tom, Rob, and Guy — to assist with cre­at­ing the third instal­ment of their epic Run For Love series. Cre­at­ing chal­lenges to push the mind and the body is in our DNA and so we jumped at the chance to do some­thing which would also align with such a bril­liant cause — to raise £250,000 for the TRIBE Free­dom Found­a­tion. See here for some of the plan­ning which went into the week.

One week on from Run For Love we are re-liv­ing the week by video. Here’s the “Long Stage”. Like any Ultra X event this is the defin­ing point of the week and when run­ners fin­ish this they have broken the back of the chal­lenge.

Hav­ing star­ted in pitch black at 0430 com­pet­it­ors were asked to climb to the highest point on the island (Pico da Vara, 1,103m) where they were met with hor­rif­ic weath­er — thick fog, gale force winds and heavy rain. The fast­est made it to check­point two, which is at the 15km mark, in just over three hours, and many made it no fur­ther. Those that con­tin­ued still had 60km to go before the fin­ish line, but when they made it there they were wel­comed home as her­oes.

Like what you see? Ultra X 125 Azores takes place on the 25th and 26th April 2020 and we still have some places remain­ing. Hit the link below if you fancy join­ing us for an adven­ture on some of the trails shown above.

Ultra X are also delighted to be work­ing with TRIBE again in 2020 for a one-off event unusu­ally close to home — TRIBE Relay Across Scot­land by Ultra X. Pre-register below to make sure you get your spot!

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