After reading our man George’s experience with Singapore’s 50k race, you might feel inspired to take on the monster challenge yourselves. You might not, but it’s always fun to pretend you could if you really wanted to.
The best way to blast Christmas flab is the MacRitchie Runners’ MR25 Ultra, which involves running as many laps of the reservoir as you can in 12 hours in a trail race held on the last Sunday of the year (29 December this year). Those who achieve 50km in under 10 hours get a certificate and a T-shirt. The winner typically achieves 90km in ten hours or less.
The Sundown Marathon in May was followed by a 100km ultra in September, also with 2 x 50km and 4 x 25km relay team events, following the inaugural Sundown Ultra in 2011. The organisers HiVelocity say they intend to make this a bi-annual event, so watch out for the 2015 event.
The North Face 100 series is a Pan-Asian trail series of off-road races in beautiful scenery with 25km, 50km and 100km events. The Singapore event is held every October. Other North Face 100 races are held in Thailand, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and the Philippines.
Further afield, the Mongolia Sunset to Sunrise in Hovsgol National Park bills itself as “the world’s most beautiful trail race”. Singaporean Ewin Teo has finished third there, and the 2014 event is scheduled for 6 August, with 42km and 100km runs. The maximum time allowed for the 100km is 18 hours, and the elevation adds piquancy to the challenge. The race starts at 1,645m above sea level with massive distance changes, and over 3.3km of climb and descent.
Even more gruelling is the new 75.5km Buffalo Stampede Sky Marathon in Bright, Victoria, Australia on 5 and 6 April 2014, which features 4,500m of ascent and 4,500m of descent in the course.