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Child soldier to world class ultra runner / Red Bull

Photo courtesy of Martina Valmassoi

There once was a Nepalese village girl called Mira Rae. From age 12 she worked all day carrying 28kg bags of rice to market.

At 15, she sneaked away from her village to join the Maoist guerrilla army. In the jungle she learned that she could be as strong as any boy. She practiced karate. And she carried a gun. 

When the war finished, Mira stumbled into a 50K race. And won.

She didn’t stop there. She carried on running. Going on to win on the world stage at the Marathon du Mont Blanc.

I was asked by Red Bull to tell Mira’s story. With lots of patient help from Mira and her good friend Keilem Ching, you can follow her journey.

Read it here

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The bike raid that time forgot / Red Bull

This March I sneaked down into the Araucanía region of southern Chile. It’s a land of crushing waterfalls, hanging glaciers, splurging volcanoes and ancient rainforest. The trails are stalked by pumas and the skies are patrolled by 3 metre wingspan condors. 

There was a bike raid too – FireFlies Patagonia. I shared the story and photos with Red Bull. (Some excellent shots too from my friend Xisco Fuster!) 💥

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Batchelor’s party on bikes / Red Bull

We rode some bikes and drank some beer and whisky for my buddy’s stag do

Red Bull Adventure thought we should share what a jolly nice time we had

Read the article at Red Bull

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Getting fit in winter / Red Bull

Whipped this guide up for Red Bull online to inspire night time adventures this winter. Popped in a photo from our 98.5 hour run along the 156mile North Downs Way below.

Read the article here.

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Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ / Red Bull

Red Bull wanted an inspiring make-me-feel-I’m-there-on-the-mountain-with-you story from the UK’s hardest and most dangerous running race.

Completing the race’s 55km with 4,700m of ascent felt like feeding my quadriceps very slowly through a meat grinder. People clearly like that kind of schadenfreude stuff and Red Bull quickly pumped my suffering out on their global channel to an audience of 2.14million.

Read article here

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