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Runner launches Nottinghamshire's first ultra marathon

Notts gets first ultra marathon

Nottinghamshire's first ultra marathon, organised by record breaking runner Rory Coleman, will take place on Sunday, 22 August 2010.

The 50km event starts in Blidworth and finishes at Nottingham Castle.

Mr Coleman said: "We're trying to get people to push their boundaries, what better way than doing one of our baby ultras."

According to Mr Coleman the Nottingham Ultra will help people make the step up to running 50 and 100 mile marathons.

Runners will follow the mainly rural Robin Hood Way, after setting off from Blidworth Community Leisure Centre. They will also get a map and have to navigate their way to Nottingham.

"You get lost quite quickly at the start," said the Derbyshire-based runner.

"But as the day goes on you get really good at navigating because every time you go wrong it adds distance and uses up your energy. [Navigating] is part of the fun."

Running 50km might seem like a daunting prospect but Rory believes that "anyone could run the Nottingham Ultra".

He is in a good position to make the claim.

Before Rory started running he was overweight, he smoked heavily and he was an alcoholic.

He has since run 600 marathons, 150 ultra marathons and has nine Guinness World Records to his name. He also ran all the way to Lisbon in 2004.

"I had my midlife crisis at 31 but here I am at 48 and as fit as a butcher's dog," he said.

"I'm very lucky because I am now inspiring lots of other people to do things that I love doing."

The Nottingham Ultra takes places on Sunday, 22 August 2010, and starts at 9.00am at Blidworth Community Leisure Centre. For more information call 01332 875785.

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