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City Race



Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE is to become ambassador for Seeing is Believing, a global initiative dedicated to tackling avoidable blindness.

Sir Ranulph will be available for one to one interviews to talk about his role as ambasador at the launch of The Standard Chartered Great City Race – a 5km run in the City of London which will be raising funds for the initiative -  on Monday 13 June at the EDF Energy London Eye.

Sir Ranulph will be joined by Visually Impaired Paralympic legend Noel Thatcher MBE, Richard Holmes, Standard Chartered CEO Europe and David Bedford, Race Director.

Date: Monday 13 June 2011
Location: EDF Energy London Eye (London south bank)
09.15 – 09.50 Interview opportunities
Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, one of the world’s greatest living explorers.
Noel Thatcher MBE competed in 6 Paralympic Games (1984 to 2004) winning five gold medals.
Richard Holmes, Standard Chartered CEO Europe
David Bedford, London Marathon and Standard Chartered Great City Race Director.

Further information:

Jonathon Bates: 020 7940 1700 / M +44 (0) 7825 427461
Richard Henman: 020 7940 1700 / M +44 (0)7810 448782 /
Alison Forth: 020 7940 1700 / M +44 (0) 7713 741 566 /

Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Standard Chartered PLC is a leading international bank, listed on the London, Hong Kong and Mumbai stock exchanges. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world’s most dynamic markets and earns more than 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years.

With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, Standard Chartered offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities for around 85,000 staff. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. The Bank’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’.

For more information on Standard Chartered, please visit

About Seeing is Believing (SiB)

Seeing is Believing (SiB) is a major global public-private initiative to help tackle avoidable blindness. It is a collaboration between Standard Chartered,  the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) (registered charity, No. 1100559) and  leading international eye-care NGOs.

Started by Standard Chartered staff in 2003 as a way of celebrating the Bank’s 150th anniversary, Seeing is Believing has raised over US$32  million and impacted over 23 million people to date, including over 2.78 million who have benefited from sight restorations. The programme’s latest commitment will invest a further US$20 million by 2014 to provide comprehensive and sustainable eye care services to 20 million people in impoverished urban areas.  For more information, visit

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ultra-FIT model search

Fitness TV (Channel 282) will be screening the ultra-FIT fitness model workout. It features team members Audrey Kaipio, Caroline Pearce and Simon Howard. Look out for DvDs of the show available from Fitness TV and ultra-FIT. Click on this link  ultra-FIT fitness model TV showThe female finalists ulta-FIT model search 2010 to watch a sneak preview. You should soon be able to see what happened at the finals of the ultra-FIT model search – the picture shows the 11 short-listed females. The winner: Linn Hansen (centre in black). Look out for video on this site and others soon…….

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Ultra-FIT Forum

Ultra-FIT magazine and website are pleased to announce our latest arrival – the ultra-FIT Forum.

This is THE place to discuss articles, fitness, nutrition, injuries and other health related topics.


We invite you to sign up, create an account and join it what we hope will become a lively, friendly forum. Article authors will be dropping by regularly to answer your fitness and health related questions so if you have a burning desire for knowldge, make sure you stop by soon!

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Fitness models

FAME 2010 – watch the highlights

FAME 2010

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ultra-FIT Tri Challenge Event News

The ultra-FIT Tri Challenge

Entrants advice

Dorney Lake, Eton Nr Windsor Sunday May 23rd 2010


The event

The ultra-FIT Tri Challenge, held at Dorney Lake, Eton Windsor on Sunday May 23rd 2010 consists of a Half Olympic Distance of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run plus a 3Quarter Olympic Distance of 1000m swim, 30km bike and 7.5km run.

The swim

The Half Olympic triathlon starts with a 750m swim, a one-lap rectangular course in the Lake. The 3Quarter Olympic Distance 800m swim is a two-lap rectangular course in the Lake. The start will be a deep water start. Keep the buoys on your right as you swim round the course. The swim exit will be clearly marked with a large buoy and flags.

The bike

Then it is a four-lap 20km bike course, which takes you around the lake 4 times. The 3Quarter Olympic bike course is a six-lap 30km bike course, which takes you around the lake 6 times. You must count your own laps!. Drafting on the bike is not allowed. Drafting is cycling too closely behind another cyclist and therefore taking pace from that cyclist. The drafting zone is 7m, so keep at least 7m behind the cyclist in front, unless you are overtaking. An approved cycle helmet must be worn for this section.

The run

Lastly, the Half Olympic 5km run finishes with 2-laps of the lake with the 3Quarter 7.5km run being 3-laps.This final run will be clockwise round the right hand side of the Lake, to finish just outside the transition area. Your race number must be clearly visible at all times. Water will be available on the finish line.

Wetsuit use

Use of a wetsuit is highly recommended if the water temperature deems that wetsuits are optional. Please contact for wetsuit hire, purchase or advice. The wearing of wetsuits in triathlon is governed by British Triathlon rules and is totally dependent on water temperature one hour before the start of the race. The rules are:

  • Water temp = less than 14 degrees – wetsuits are compulsory
  • Water temp = between 14 degrees and 22 degrees – wetsuits are optional
  • Water temp = above 22 degrees – wetsuits are banned


We won’t know until each race day whether wetsuits will be compulsory, optional or banned this year. However, we do say that wetsuits in fact help with buoyancy and warmth, so we strongly recommend that you wear one if they are optional. As May is the start of the triathlon season, the water temperature may be less than 14 degrees, so wetsuits could be compulsory for this event.


Venue and car parking

The venue is Eton College Rowing Centre, Dorney Lake, Boveney, near Eton Wick SL4 6QP. Please leave plenty of time to get here. Car parking will be at the side of the bike course. The only access will be via the main access road. Just follow the signs as you come into the venue. You will have at least an 800m walk to the race site, so allow yourself extra time after you have parked your car. The closest station is Windsor and Eton Riverside and taxi’s need to be pre-ordered.


The results will be on the website within 24hours of the finish and photos will be available on

If you haven’t entered yet it’s not too late. If you don’t think you can tackle the half of 3Quarter distance on your own, grab some mates and enter as a relay team

Enter online @

We look forward to seeing you at Dorney Lake May 23rd!

ultra-FIT and the Human Race Team

“The harder you train the week prior to the race, the more you take away from your race day performance”

One of the greatest rewards and feelings in triathlon, is experiencing the perfect race, when all appears to go perfectly to plan in all three disciplines, your transitions were swift and you achieve a new personal best!  This can only be achieved following months and probably years of hard work, self discipline and determination, and I have come across many triathletes that rarely experience such a perfect priority race.  One of the biggest reasons for under achieving is insufficient recovery i.e. training too much during the competition phase and not allowing yourself to recover pre and post racing and training.

The best way to approach race week, is to make rest the major objective of the week. When a taper is executed correctly, you increase your chances of achieving the perfect race tenfold.

There are a number of different approaches to tapering, and each taper can be individual to the athlete. I would advise you to discuss a specific taper with your coach or attend one of training days, to find out which approach would be best suited to yourself. A word of warning on tapering. Yes, although I did previously state that the objective the week prior to your priority race should be rest, there are several studies that have shown that total rest causes steady loss of fitness. The happy medium would be between your normal training week and total inactivity. Reducing the volume of training by 40%-60%, reducing the number of intervals within your key sessions by 50% and increasing the normal recovery time between repetitions.

Train Hard and race SMART!

Rich Jones

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Three ways to get FIT! Enter the ultra-FIT Triathlon

Enter the fitness triathlon - click for more details

Enter the fitness triathlon - click for more details

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Unleashed – PUMP, JAM and STEP with hundreds of others

Unleashed takes Group Exercise to the Next Level!

Attend a super class

Attend a super class

Next month (April 10) the UK will play host to Fit Pro’s first ever mass participation fitness session, with the arrival of the Les Mills Unleashed event.

If you are already a fan of fitness classes and the ever popular Les Mills Body Training System, which includes all time favourite classes BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK, then Unleashed could be your idea of heaven!

Unleashed will feature a full day of Les Mills classes, in a huge auditorium at Loughborough University; housing 350 people – all taking part in the same class at the same time!

This is how they do things in New Zealand, where Les Mills originates from.  Down there the gyms have super-studios that can facilitate hundreds of people taking a class at any one time. The feeling of moving together in unison to the same music with that volume of people is pretty intense, and if you ask the fanatics, they might say, magical!

With all your favourite Les Mills classes on offer, the price of a pass (£49) gets you as many classes as you can handle in one day. So, if you’ve never felt the endorphin rush of BODYSTEP™ or witnessed 200 people all dancing to the same beat in BODYJAM™, now’s your chance.

Stephen Buckley from Fit Pro said, “The day will be run by our top international presenting team, giving you the expertise and showmanship of the world’s top fitness instructors. If fitness is your religion, these guys are its gods …. Unleashed will guarantee you a super-sized showcase of all the motivation, mass participation and fun of Les Mills group fitness.

Want to become an instructor?

For those of you that are thinking of becoming a fitness instructor yourself, FitPro – the largest association of fitness professionals in the world – will be there promoting a new qualification that they will be offering – Studio Apprenticeships – which will enable people to teach Les Mills classes quickly and with ease. ultra-FIT will also be attending the event.

Where: Loughborough University

When: Saturday April 10, 2010 – 9am-5pm

How much: £49 for a day pass

Which programmes: BODYPUMP, BODYBALANCE, BODYATTACK, BODYJAM, BODYCOMBAT, BODYSTEP classes will be on offer throughout the course of the event.

How to sign up: Visit or email

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Fancy a spin before a spring marathon?

Paced event is perfect warm up for the London Marathon

There’s still time for competitors in this year’s London Marathon to take part in the perfect pre-race build up; the 13.1 mile Lucozade Sport Race Your Pace event at Dorney Lake, near Windsor, on Sunday 28 March 2010, but entries are closing very soon.


Liz Yelling will pace you

Liz Yelling will pace you

Led by double Olympian, Liz Yelling, this unique Human Race event, supporting the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, enables runners to try the pace they’d like to run over the longer Marathon distance on a flat, accurate, four-lap course led by a team of ‘pacers’.

To help put this into practice, Race Your Pace will split competitors into two groups of runners setting off at different times. The first start, ‘Performers’, at 10am is for those who have run between one hour five minutes and one hour forty five for a half marathon while ‘Improvers’ is for those who have run a half marathon in over one hour forty five minutes.  Improvers will leave at 12.30pm.

Within each of these groups a variety of pacers will set the pace. So, for example, Performers will have pacers running at 7, 7.5, 8 and 8.5 minute mile pace while Improvers can choose from 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5 or 12 minute mile pace.

After the race Yelling, who has a marathon personal best of 2hrs 30 minutes, will be holding a series of 20-minute seminars on how to Improve Your Performance.  Yelling says the reason for the seminars is to help runners set and reach their goals.

‘I want to help people to achieve their own personal marathon or half marathon goals and knowing how to pace effort helps runners to feel in control of their race,’ says Yelling.  ‘They feel good as they run, stay relaxed, motivated and on track and it gives them the confidence to achieve their targets,’ she adds.

The Lucozade Sport Race Your Pace event takes place on Sunday March 28 and is aimed at runners of all abilities and speeds and there’s still time to be part of it. Entries are £25 or £30 to include the seminar.

For details and online entry visit

Entries close Monday 22 March 2010.


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