Welcome to the March edition of the XNRG 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!
We've had a busy start to the year, and last weekend enjoyed getting out and about on our Amersham Ultra Marathon. Taking in 31 miles over the beautiful Chiltern Hills, £12,000 was raised for worthwhile African charity Humanity Direct who help children in Uganda and Somalia to have much needed life saving operations (You can view their heartwarming thank you message here). We saw superb times from our winners Justin Montague (1st place, 03:56) and Sophie Carter (2nd place, 04:01) and there were heroic performances throughout the field, right down to the two Kates who finished as it was getting dark - inspirational, all of you!
As the days grow warmer and lighter, we know that you'll be keen to get out and train, so we would love to provide you with a few goals to work towards... read on for details of our early 2017 line up and get inspired!
BOOKING OPEN FOR THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY 'DEVILS CHALLENGE' MULTI DAY ULTRA
Check out our brand new Multi Day endurance race through 97 miles of stunning english countryside - the 'Devil's Challenge' takes place along the South Downs Way from 29th April - 1st May 2017.
This race is worth 4 UTMB points so if you're looking to gain entry to the Mont Blanc Ultra Trail or similar 'big race' on your bucket list, this is a great way to do it!
Starting in Winchester, Hants, and ending in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the route winds through the South Down National Park, passing the spectacular 'Devil's Dyke' along the way - a valley more than 100 metres deep with legendary views.
Overnight accommodation, a guest speaker, evening meals, showers, breakfast and checkpoint essentials are included for full three day participants, along with the comprehensive race support that you can expect from Team XNRG. If you fancy joining us for a day the rail links to London make this easily accessible.
Prices from just £48 for single day participants - full details here.
Round the Island 2017
Not just for yachts! Join us for the incredible 'Round The Island' 2017, a 70 mile, 2 day Ultra Marathon around beautiful the Isle of Wight coastal path with stunning view over the bays and out to sea. With no cut off times, the event is great for runners and walkers alike. This year we are joined by Sealskinz sponsored athlete Claire Steels - World Duathlon Champion.
With up to 2000 yachts and their crews congregating in Cowes for the same weekend, the Round the Island ultra guarantees a fantastic race weekend buzz, and you'll pick up 4 UTMB points to boot. Find out more >
Alps Training Week 17th - 24th June 2017
Are you taking part in the UTMB®, TDS®, CCC®, OCC®, or fancy an opportunity to spend time, running, walking and enjoying the stunning French Alps?
Join the XNRG team for our all-inclusive Alpine ultra training event, the ultimate way to prepare for your Alpine race. All you have to do is get yourself there - we'll do the rest!
NEW half week option available - so you can choose to book 4 day or 7 day options to suit your schedule. This training event is suitable for a variety of abilities, so everyone is welcome.
Finally, enter and WIN discounted entry to the Kalahari Extreme Marathon (RRP £1100)
We are offering you the chance to get a discounted entry to one of the toughest but most beautiful events in 2018 - The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon.
Complete 3 of our multistage events in 2017 and go into a draw to win 50% off a place in the KAEM 2018, set over 250kms of one of the most stunning and living deserts in the world. You'll get automatic entry to the draw when 3 XNRG events are booked. Good luck!
That's it for now, enjoy the spring trails and we look forward to seeing you at the start line soon!
- Team XNRG