13 Valleys Ultra

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Be the first to take on the 13 Valleys Ultra in 2023, an epic ultra marathon event in the stunning landscape of the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are three ultra distances – 60k, 100k and 180k – and a 20k trail distance, each promising spectacular trail and mountain running over the fells, round the magnificent lakes and waters, and through the unique valleys of the Lake District National Park. Follow a fully way marked route with regular check points and feed stations to keep fuelled and motivated.
Participants
13 Valleys, 7 Valleys, 5 Valleys, and 1 more
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Calendar
Fri, 29 Sept 2023 - Sat, 30 Sept 2023
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Keswick, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
Keswick CA12, UK
Start times
Fri, 29 Sept 2023
13 Valleys:
5:00pm
Sat, 30 Sept 2023
7 Valleys:
6:00am |
5 Valleys:
8:00am |
2 Valleys Trail:
10:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for 13 Valleys Ultra
13 Valleys
Distance
180km
£150.00
7 Valleys
Distance
100km
£120.00
5 Valleys
Distance
60km
£85.00
2 Valleys Trail
Distance
20km
£45.00
Route information
13 Valleys - 180k
Total Elevation: 7000m
Highest Point: 800m+
Cut-Off Time: 45 Hours
Waymarked Course
Checkpoints: 17
Medical Cover
Starting and finishing in Keswick, participants will set off along a waymarked path through mountain fells, past breathtaking lakes, and through all 13 Valleys of the Lake District National Park.
There will be regular feed stations and checkpoints along the way. The 13 Valleys is open to experienced ultra runners on a qualification basis only.
A GPX of the route will be available closer to event day.
7 Valleys - 100k
Total Elevation: 3800m
Highest Point: 800m+
Cut-Off Time: 25 Hours
Waymarked Course
Checkpoints: 9
Medical Cover
Approximately 100k in length, the 7 Valleys route takes on 7 of the 13 valleys. The route starts in Waterhead, Ambleside and finishes in Keswick, but incorporates an additional loop of the central valleys. There will be regular feed stations and checkpoints along the way.
A GPX of the route will be available closer to event day.
5 Valleys - 60k
Total Elevation: 2500m
Highest Point: 800m+
Cut-Off Time: 15 Hours
Waymarked Course
Checkpoints: 5
Medical Cover
Approximately 60k in length, the 5 Valleys takes on just under half the total valleys in the area. Starting in Waterhead and finishing in Keswick, runners will follow the fully marked route and stop at regular checkpoints along the way to stay fuelled.
A GPX of the route will be available closer to event day.
2 Valleys Trail - 20k
Total Elevation: 500m+
Highest Point: 400m+
Cut-Off Time: 7 Hours
Waymarked Course
Checkpoints: 1
Medical Cover
*Route elevation and distance are subject to change, with any changes being communicated to entrants prior to the event.
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What's included
  • Exclusive Finisher Medal
  • GPS Tracking (excluding 2 Valleys Trail)
  • Medical Cover
  • Waymarked course
  • Fully-stocked checkpoints
  • Event Village
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How to get there
Keswick CA12, UK
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*More information will be available closer to the event date.
Bus Transfer Service
For 7 Valleys and 5 Valleys participants, a bus service will be available from Keswick to Waterhead for the 7 Valley and 5 Valley distances for an additional fee of £15 per person.
Event day logistics
2 Valleys Trail (20k) Entry Criteria
The 2 Valleys Trail is open to everyone. There is no mandatory kit required and participants will be briefed at the start.
5 Valleys (60k) & 7 Valleys (100k) Entry Criteria
There is no specific entry qualification required, however, participants should recognise that these routes are over challenging terrain and not suitable for novice participants.
The organisers highly recommend that you have experience of ultra-distance running. Please note that depending on their pace, participants will be completing part of the event in darkness.
All participants must attend the event briefing and all participants must carry the mandatory equipment. This will be checked at the registration stand.
13 Valleys (180k) Entry Criteria
13 Valleys (180k) participants  must have completed at least one 100+ mile Ultra event since March 2021 and be able to provide evidence of this when applying for entry (i.e. results page or credible ranking page)
You can enter the event in advance of your ‘qualification’ 100+ mile event, however, there is a strict requirement to provide evidence of completion at the latest 8 weeks prior to the 13 Valleys event.
When you enter the 13 Valleys (180k), you will be asked for the qualification event name and date so that we can check your result. The organiser reserve the right to refuse entry if, at their sole discretion, they feel that your level of ability and experience is insufficient to take on the event. In such instances, your entry fee will be refunded.
What Qualifies
In most cases, the organiser will want to see the completion of a single-stage 100+ mile ultra over challenging multi-terrain in under 50 hours, or equivalent event, with published results. They may accept alternative evidence of experience, however, this will be at the organiser's sole discretion. If you have any questions or would like to discuss qualifications please contact the organisers here: info@13valleysultra.comExternalLink
  • All participants must be able to complete the event in an estimated time of under 45 hours.
  • All participants must attend the event briefing
  • All participants must carry the mandatory equipment. This will be checked at the registration stand.
Age Requirements
All participants must be aged 20 or over at the time of the event taking place in order to enter the 13 Valleys, 7 Valleys or 5 Valleys events, and aged 17 or over at the time of the event to enter the 2 Valleys Trail.
Cut-off Times
Due to the challenging nature of the event, there will be cut-off times in place for each distance.
They are as follows:
  • 13 Valleys - 45 hours
  • 7 Valleys - 25 hours
  • 5 Valleys - 15 hours
  • 2 Valleys Trail – 7 hours
There will be cut-off times along the route to give participants the best opportunity to complete the event.
More Info on Entry Qualification for 13 Valleys
13 Valleys (180k) participants must have completed a 100+ mile distance event prior to this event. You can enter 13 Valleys in advance of your ‘qualification’ 100+ mile event, however, you will need to show evidence of completion prior to the 13 Valleys event date.
When you enter the 13 Valleys (180k), you will be asked for the qualification event name and date so that we can check your result. The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry if, at their sole discretion, they feel that your level of ability and experience is insufficient to take on the event. In such instances, your entry fee will be refunded.
What Qualifies
In most cases, the organiser will want to see the completion of a single-stage 100+ mile ultra, or equivalent event, with published results. They may accept alternative evidence of experience, however, this will be at our sole discretion. If you have any questions or would like to discuss qualifications please contact them here: info@13valleysultra.comExternalLink
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Backpack
Kit List
Mandatory Kit List
  • A good quality backpack
  • Spare warm clothing to include base layers and leggings
  • Gloves and hat (neck warmers do not count)
  • Food for an emergency. The route will be fully stocked with both hot and cold food, but pack small amounts of emergency energy food of at least 400 calories
  • Collapsible cup (200ml), must be able to use for a hot drink
  • Off-road shoes that can withstand wet weather. No road running trainers will be allowed
  • Map (waterproof) and compass (handheld, not watch or phone)
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone (smartphone) fully charged
  • Water Bottles / Water pack – 1 Litre min capacity
  • £20 cash
  • Bivvy Bag
  • Full set of waterproofs including:
  • Long sleeve jacket with hood – must be fully waterproof with taped seams
  • Trouser with taped seems
Small first aid kit to include
  • Blister plasters
  • Roll of adhesive bandage
  • Sterile dressing pad
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Head torch x2 and spare batteries
Optional but recommended Kit List
  • Running Poles
Final kit list requirements will be sent to participants closer to the event date. There will be cold weather and hot weather plans in place should the weather require it, including but not limited to a lightweight fleece or down jacket for cold weather, and a cap and sun cream for hot weather.
FAQs
How old do I need to be to enter the 13 Valleys?
All participants must be aged 20 or over at the time of the event taking place, in order to enter the 13 Valleys, 7 Valleys or 5 Valleys events, and aged 17 or over at the time of the event to enter the 2 Valleys Trail.
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Where does the 13 Valleys start?
The 13 Valleys (180k) and the 2 Valleys Trail start and finish in Keswick, while the 5 Valleys and 7 Valleys routes start at Waterhead, Ambleside and finish in Keswick.
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What do I need to bring to the 13 Valleys?
There is a detailed kit list available on this page which entrants must bring to the event. There will be mandatory kit checks for all entrants before the race starts.
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