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#RuntoUganda look back: Damian Carr on running the Ridgeway double

Friend of XNRG Damian Carr took on the Ridgeway out and back - possibly the first person to do it in one go - as part of our #RuntoUganda with Humanity Direct. Two weeks on, he's written about his experiences...

Run to Uganda: FAQs

We know you might have some questions about connecting to Strava, fundraising, and tracking results. To help, we've put together some FAQs...

How to stay hydrated during winter training

Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated and get the most out of your training sessions this winter...

Keep going! Running through the shortest days of the year

Here's Susie Chan on how to get through those cold, dark runs...

Trail or road shoes: choosing the right footwear for September's Tring Ultra

Whether it's your first ultra - or your fiftieth - wearing the right shoes is vital...

The difference you make: Humanity Direct & XNRG

Single-day ultra marathons - with a difference

Get Your 2019 Off to a Flying Start!

It might be chilly and grey outside, but we've got plenty to warm you up in 2019...

The Mountain Ultra: Your Training Session Checklist

Prepare for all the ups and downs of mountain racing. Here's XNRG's head coach Andy Mouncey on how to make your training sessions effective and progressive...

Marathon des Sables - a 12 week plan

Preparing for the Big One in the Sand? Here's an early Christmas present from XNRG head coach Andy Mouncey...

The Grand 2 Grand Ultra 2018 – Race Report

XNRG's very own Neil Thubron on racing the sublime - but tough - 2018 Grand 2 Grand Ultra...

10 years of the Druid's Challenge

Over a decade ago, we organised the very first Druid's Challenge. Since then, over 1,000 people have run the route - many several times...

"Five things that helped me cross the finish of the OCC®"

Fresh from completing the OCC®, the 56km cousin of the UTMB®, Clare Molyneux tells us the top five things that made the biggest difference to her Alpine journey...

Bon Courage From XNRG

The biggest week in the ultra-running calendar is here...

Don't Miss the Devil's Challenge

The Devil's Challenge 2019 is now live! 4th-6th May 2019 | 3 days, 97 miles / 156km. Run the full length of the South Downs Way over 3 days...

Running the Marathon Des Sables next year?

Join the 1,000s of runners we've helped over the line...

XNRG December Update: Get Your 2018 Off to a Flying Start

One week left to earn your virtual ultra, get 2018 off to a flying start, achieve your goals through coaching, prepare for UTMB success, putting the high fat-low carb theory to the test...

Waiting For Mummy

XNRG's Head Coach Andy Mouncey on one of his most memorable experiences as a race volunteer...

Fat For Fuel: Putting the theory to the test

A few years ago, XNRG's Head Coach Andy Mouncey decided that the only way to get to the bottom of the High Fat-Low Carb debate was to experience it directly...

How Long Is Long?

Head Coach Andy Mouncey on why and how you should 'go long'...

Eat 2 Complete: Is Your Inner Competitor on Message?

XNRG's head coach Andy Mouncey on the importance of food as fuel...

'It's amazing how much you can push your body - not just physically, but mentally too' - Sarah Hill on finding her ultra feet

Sarah Hill burst on to the ultra scene last year, taking the win at XNRG's gruelling three-day Druid's Challenge...

Nathan Montague on Running the Gobi

My ultra trip to China was everything it promised to be and more. The preparation for a 400km (250 mile) race is as gruelling as the race itself...

XNRG October Update: The Perfect Time to Ultra

Humanity Direct Tring Ultra results | Find your Autumn challenge | How to take recovery in your stride | Achieve your ultra dreams through coaching...

Ultramarathon recovery: Susie Chan's top tips

There are some things you can do to help recover post-ultra, and some things which will help you recover quicker. Here are my tips...

Empowering you to achieve your ultra-running dream

Introducing XNRG's ultra running coaches...

Ultrarunning: Paying The Price

Ain't no such thing as free fun

What to eat on an ultra

A guest blog by Nathan Montague, International Ultra Distance Runner and Coach...

Summer News

Conquer trails at their best / 2018 announcement / why run an ultra? / find your Autumn challenge

Why Run an Ultramarathon?

Andy Stewart tells us about goals and what it means to embark on the long journey to the ultra finish line...

MDS report - Nathan Montague

MDS 2017 – Living the Dream. By Nathan Montague, 18th Male in Marathon Des Sables 2017...

Prepare for the Marathon Des Sables 2018!

Prepare for the MDS 2018 - The World's Toughest Footrace - with XNRG!

Good luck to MDS runners!

Here's our free MDS guide (in case you missed it the first time!)

Kevin Webber's Pre MDS Blog

Our inspiring and amazing friend Kevin Webber will soon be in the desert ready for the Marathon Des Sable...

March Newsletter

Here at HQ we have a spring in our step as the bulbs begin to pop their heads above ground and the birds are a welcome soundtrack to our runs. Spring is definitely in the air!

Ready for your first Ultra Marathon?

Planning your first Ultra Marathon? We'll help you reach your goal!

Humanity Direct Amersham Ultra - March 2017

Part of the Humanity Direct Fundraising Series...

Top Five Tips on how to Succeed at Alpine Ultras

Lots of great ideas were shared by our ultra experts at the Alps Ultra Trail Seminar held by XNRG on the 25 February...

Your First Ultra - What to Wear

We've chatted to our partners at Apex Sports, the running specialists, to get some top tips on kit for your first time going 'long'...

Taking the Sweat out of Ultra Running

Why I’ll never forget my first time of going over 26.2...

We've joined forces with Sealskinz for a second year

In 2016 we teamed up with Sealskinz, the British Endurance Accessories manufacturer, as the title sponsor of our ultra events...

Succeed in the mountains - your free UTMB training guide

If you've entered the ballot for any of the UTMB races, you'll be thinking about your training programme - and we are here to help...

Nicky Spinks on where it all started

Champion Trail Runner Nicky Spinks tells us about where it all began and how she survived breast cancer to go on to achieve incredible feats of endurance...

Join us on the South Downs Way in Spring! Early Bird Offer...

Our brand new race, the 97 mile Devil's Challenge, set to be three days of glorious springtime scenery...

Build Something Amazing for your Business in 2017

There are lots of things we love about putting on our events; bringing like-minded people together, forming new bonds and friendships, the opportunity to spend time in our amazing countryside and of course—the cake...

My Three Days on The Ridgeway by Megan

XNRG Druids Challenge: Three Days Spent on The Ridgeway by Megan James...

Six reasons to get into ultra walking

When you think of ultra marathons, running is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But pull on your walkers instead, and enjoy these lesser-considered benefits...

Autumn News!

2017 Races Now Open for Early Bird Booking...

Be a part of the XNRG family in 2017 - Events now Open

We're thrilled to announce that our 2017 ultra events are now open for booking at the same price at 2016, with an early bird discount, so get in quick for a great deal and be a part of it!

Humanity Direct Post Race Round Up!

This weekend 114 of you headed out for 51 beautiful km's on the Humanity Direct Tring Ultra marathon, many of you donated and we raised enough money to fund operations for ten children!

Weekend getaways near London that offer the ultimate challenge

What challenges are in store for your 2017? Our extreme events are multistage ultra marathons that not only offer a complete escape from city life for the weekend, but also the chance to push yourself to the absolute max, whilst not having to think about a thing...

Free Marathon Des Sables training guide now launched

If it's your first time at the Marathon Des Sables, the chances are, you'll have a lot of questions. Thing is, when it comes to the MDS, you'll hear as many different opinions as you'll have questions, which can be all rather too confusing...

Considering your first ultra marathon? Here’s why you can go the extra mile

Long distance running is on the up. ‘Going long’ is fantastic for both body and mind, facilitating not only the longer cardio benefits, but providing an increasingly rare opportunity to connect in with ourselves, and perhaps more importantly, with nature.

XNRG Cotswold Way Ultra: A tale of ridge running, hills & making new friends

XNRG’s Cotswold Way Challenge is a multistage ultra, open to runner and walkers...

Meet Marie-Paule: Ultra Walker

‘I haven’t done any marathons, only ultras!’ Marie-Paule says. Some, of course, would argue that having done 18 ultra events Marie-Paule is, in fact, a marathoner...

Humanity Direct - One Month to Go!

With just a month to go before we set off for 31 glorious miles of Chilterns on 22nd October, here's a little more about why we set up the Humanity Direct 'Free to Enter' Ultra Marathon...

What inside your bag? It's kit list time!

This weekend we're heading to the Cotswolds for 57 glorious miles of running. With this, or any other multi-day event, sometimes the mind boggles a bit when prepping...

Participating in the MDS 2017? Read on...

We can't guarantee Moroccan sunshine, but we can guarantee a brilliant way to prepare for the Marathon Des Sables, the world's toughest footrace...

Meet Pat, the ultra-walker with 107 Marathons to her name

Pat Clatworthy, now 68, is a regular walker at ultra marathons, with 17 XNRG events to her name...

Anna-Marie on finding her flow at the Cotswold Way Ultra Marathon

Anna-Marie Watson is one inspiring woman. A performance coach, ultra runner and Ironman athlete...

A True Hero and Some Life Advice For Us All

In 2015 at the Druid Challenge we were very fortunate to have a special person helping at the event. Kevin Webber was due to run, but due to his severe illness which you will read about, he was too ill to take part, but wanted to be part of the Druid as he was entered for the MDS 2016 and wanted to meet other MDS competitors...

Buckinghamshire woman to celebrate 50th birthday by running 31 marathons in 31 days

Covering a distance of over 800 miles Anna is aiming to raise over £5000 for Humanity Direct, a charity funding life saving and life changing surgery for children in developing countries...

Ultra Running Research Study – Chiltern Ultra July 16th 2016

Ever wondered how fit you are? Do you struggle to pace yourself through long running sessions? Do you start races too fast and struggle to maintain a constant speed?

Preparation for Anglo-Celtic Plate 100km England International and Global Limits Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Trail 6 Day Stage Race 210KM

After a block of aerobic base conditioning I set about a six week specific training block followed by a post Sri Lanka race two week taper in preparation for my England International at 100km...

UltraMonty, faster than a speeding motorbike!

Three months in and 2016 has been a crescendo of waves. Never have I been one for self-pity so the violins can stay firmly shut in their cases. Instead I am blessed with perspective and have the ability to dig deep and look forwards...

The Yukon Arctic Challenge 2015

300 miles across the Yukon Territory in Canada, pulling a pulk with all my survival gear, in temperatures down to -50 ° C, over a maximum of 8 days...

Pilgrim Challenge 2016

My ultra year is up and running – or, rather, up and plodding. Ultras don’t get any easier, and my first event of 2016 – the Pilgrims, an out-and-back two-day trail based on the Pilgrims Way in Surrey and Kent – is always a toughie...

From Marathon To Ultramarathon 20 Things You Need To Know

Andy specializes in coaching ultra-marathon runners and triathletes in person and by telephone so that their training has balance and their race performance becomes more consistent...

First You’ve Got To Get To The Start Line Staying injury-free while training for the big stuff

Getting to the start line is physical – getting to the finish line is mental and emotional...

Extreme Energy December 2015 Event Update

We hope that you all had a fabulous Christmas with your friends and family, and enjoying the holiday break (if you have one!)...

Nathan Montague attempts to become the first British Winner of The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon

Secondary school teacher and Extreme Energy athlete, Nathan Montague from Wiltshire, is preparing for an attempt to become the first Briton to win the gruelling Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) in South Africa this week...

The Buddy Check

Last week I was lucky enough to do a tandem skydive. It was a 50th birthday present that my daughters bought for me, and they were there to jump with me...

Train hard, rest harder

I can’t believe six weeks let alone several months have flown by. As a teacher the school holidays disappear with the inevitable dull, wet weather...

Nathan Montague Team XNRG Blog May 2015 - ‘My Scottish Fling'

‘Steadyyyyyyyy!!!!! The punctuated ‘y’ echoing my voice each day screeching at my testosterone fueled students to slow down or cut the horseplay throughout a typical day in British Secondary Education...

The Isle of Wight Round the Island 70 mile ultra, June 27th & 28th 2015

This race had been on my radar for nearly a year, and having entered it around eight months prior to the start, basically all of my running, including both the London and Milton Keynes marathons, had been in preparation for it...

The Pony Express 2015 – Race Report by Elaine Sage

You don’t have to be a super-human elite runner to do an ultramarathon, just an ordinary runner who is prepared to spend time on your feet...

Nathan Montague Team XNRG Blog March 2015 – ‘My Big Niggle’

From the novice beginner to the experienced professional I’m confident many of us runners have asked ourselves and others these questions or similar more often than we would like to admit as we struggle to balance the demands of finely tuning the body for competition with the stresses of everyday life...

Routine Boring Routine – How To get Through The Hardtimes……………………………………

I mentioned last week that I would share with you “learnings” I picked up whilst taking part in the 300 mile (500km) foot race across the arctic waste of the Yukon...

February 2015 ‘Tipping the Scales’

From the title you could be forgiven for thinking this blog was about burning off the Christmas fudge with some solid miles after a festive period of over indulgence...

Newton’s 1st Law Of Motion

An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an unbalanced force; An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force...

Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra Training Blog

At the end of November 2014 I decided to enter the Yukon Arctic Ultra...

This months blog from resident coach Andy Mouncey

When I Grow Up I Want To Be…A Stealth Ninja...

2015 – We Made It Without The Delorean !!

In Back to The Future II Marty Mcfly went to 2015. It seemed like a long way off – in the future – when I went to watch the movie back in the last 80s...

Yesterday or Yes-to-today

Extreme Energy sponsored athlete Nathan Montague shares his first blog of 2015. Follow and learn from one of the countries best ultra runners as he prepares to win the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in October 2015...

Yukon Arctic Ultra – My Biggest Challenge To Date

In February 2015 I am taking part in a 300 mile non stop, self supported ultra running event called the Yukon Arctic Ultra...

Summarise Your Life’s Achievements

I was recently reading a eBook, and it asked the reader to complete an exercise of summarizing your life’s achievements...

You Gotta Have A Plan – Dontcha?

At least, that’s what all the lead characters in the great movies/TV thrillers have...

Get Your Teams Out Having Some Fun Together

Ever thought about getting your work colleagues, reportees or peers out of the work place doing something different to the day to day office activities?

Ultra Don’ts !

I was recently asked for a ‘Do’s & Don’ts’ list. This was a first ‘cos as a coach I usually focus on what my runner wants as opposed to what they don’t want...

Edinburgh Ultra Festival 11th – 12th October 2014

Two of XNRG’s avid supporters; Lucja Leonard and Andy Mouncey have joined forces and created a full day of excitement for the running community in Edinburgh on Saturday October 11th...

It’s Not All About The Distance

Except that in my experience most runners stepping up to ultra distance running think it’s all about the distance...

September Event Update

We hope that you had a fantastic summer, not just on vacation, but achieving some of your running or other sports goals...

Extreme Energy July Event Update

2014 / 2015 event updates and news...

Reflect On The 1st 6 Months of 2014 and Plan for the 2nd 6 Months

As we head into the 2nd half of 2014, now is a great time to reflect on what you have achieved so far this year...

Do Your Fears Limit Or Inspire You?

I was the key note motivational speaker at an event recently and when I was talking about setting challenging inspiring goals and stepping outside of your comfort zone someone asked me a question...

Ultra Runners Need Inspiring Goals

What are your goals for 2014 ? What races are you targeting ? What times are you hoping to achieve ? Where are you running ?

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 2013

250kms over 7 days, 6 stages, across the tough but beautiful terrain of the Kalahari Desert...

Druid Challenge Ultra Challenge 2013 – when you finish in the sun you forget all the rain!!

It was great to arrive in Tring and see so many familiar, friendly faces...

Want UTMB Points for 2014 or 2015 ?

Congratulations to all those that completed the UTMB, TDS or CCC last weekend...

Extreme Energy August Newsletter

We hope you are having a great summer enjoying the great weather, fantastic for training or racing...

Carol Ann’s Pony Express Story

Well, that was my 3rd Pony Express and it did not fail to impress. I love these events, as it is like a weekend away with friends – oh, and a bit of running too...

Round the Island in just two days: challenge yourself!

The fourth annual Round the Island Ultra Challenge is scheduled for 1/2 June, and it’s one of our firm favourites...

Pony Express – 3rd Place Lady – shorts a vest and not getting lost !

The forecast for once was good… The last event I ran in I ended up wearing 8 layers of clothing and that was in March...

The Pony Express: A Bank Holiday Belter

Congratulations to the 70+ runners who joined us in the New Forest on May Bank Holiday weekend for the third annual Pony Express...

Joey’s Marathon Des Sables 2013

From underdog to ultra marathon runner – my Marathon des Sables adventure!!

A Surprised Winner

Cotswold Way Challenge – Competitor Report by 3rd place Dan De Belder...

I could see for miles and miles…………….

Cotswold Way Challenge – Best Views Ever...

Don’t Miss The Pony Express

2013 sees the 3rd running of the Pony Express Challenge – a 60 mile, 2 day ultra run around the New Forest National Park...

Neil’s Marathon Des Sables Race 2009

Running 240kms across the SaharaDesert in 40 – 50 degrees of heat carrying all you need to survive on for 7 days is an awesome challenge, but one I fancied taking on...

Monty’s Race At The Pilgrim Challenge

Back in early 2012 I signed up for XNRG Ultra Trail series consisting of 5 multi-stage Ultras starting with the Pilgrims Challenge...

The Pilgrim Challenge – Carol Ann’s race

Regardless of what else is going on, once you arrive at the event base on the first morning, you know why you came...

Embrace The Mud

The Extreme Energy 2013 race season got off to a record-breaking start at last weekend’s Pilgrim Challenge...

Pilgrims Way 2013 Race Report by Michelle Double

Being typically British I eagerly watched the weather reports throughout the week...

Set Inspiring Goals for 2013

As you start the new year off and the exciting new chapter in your running life – what are you hoping to achieve in 2013...

The Toad Challenge

I didn’t realise it at the time but the three days of the Toad Challenge were my 28, 29 and 30th Marathons...

Round the Island 2012

A few months ago I decided to sign up to the "Round the Island Ultra Marathon – 2012" –a run around the Isle of Wight, 69 miles in 2 days – a multiday ultra marathon...

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