Dorset Hillfort Ultra
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Enjoy the history and hills of West Dorset as you run from one ancient hillfort to another in our 35 mile running event. It’s not flat with approximately 1,300m of ascent, but it is exceedingly pretty – which is good as there will be plenty of cake to keep you going.
Sun 17th Oct 2021
Cattistock, United Kingdom
Where and when
763 The Square, Cattistock, Dorchester DT2 0JD, UK
Starting in the pretty Dorset village of Cattistock, the route takes you up hill to Eggardon Hillfort (10km / 6.2 miles), with its fantastic views over the Marshwood Vale and Lyme Bay. This will be the first Cake Stop. As well as filling you up with goodies we use these to check you are safely through, provide you with water and stuff some cake into your hand. You will need to ensure that we check off your number here, even if you don’t stop for fuel. If you’re running in the team event these are where the handover points are too. Plunging down from Eggardon you then climb up to cross – with the greatest of care - the Bridport road and pass another fort (15 km / 9.3 miles) on the way. Enjoy the mud of the now-infamous 'Cow Lane'. It’s then down again and up to Abbotsbury Castle at approximately half marathon distance (22 km / 13.6 miles) with its splendiferous views of the sea and Portland Bill, with St Catherine’s chapel in the foreground (perhaps one of the most famous views on the Jurassic Coast). From here we have put in an easy section (I must be getting soft) along the ridge following the inland route of the South West Coast Path, again with great views out to sea. Hardy Monument (28 km / 17.5 miles) is not a full Cake Stop but a drinks station and is soon passed, after which there is a long gentle downhill section to Maiden Castle (36 km / 22.5 miles). As well as cake there will be sandwiches here. The next section has a few small lumps before (after another drinks stop at 42 km / 26 miles) you tackle the gentle but rising ridge up the ridge between Sydling St Nicholas and Maiden Newton, from whence you descend past Castle Hill into Cattistock and your triumphal arrival at the finish. (57 km / 35.6 miles). The route is all on public rights of way with a small amount on quiet roads. The majority of the route (85%) is off road on old turf and on tracks, which may or may not be uneven, muddy or hard-baked. There are a couple of busy road crossings, but no running along busy roads. All runners must ensure that gates are closed behind them, even if another runner is just behind you. Failure to close gates may lead to disqualification. Abiding by The Countryside Code is an integral part of our terms and conditions. There are two intermediate timing points at approximately half and full marathon distance.
How to get there
763 The Square, Cattistock, Dorchester DT2 0JD, UKGet full directions
- Emergency Mars Bar or similar - Charged mobile phone with data and wifi turned off to preserve battery life - Waterproof jacket & hat - Water bottle / Camelback (we do not provide plastic bottles or cups, you will be filling your own receptacles at the intermediate points) - A sense of humour. There will be times you feel cream crackered and will wonder why you’re not sitting in a pub beer garden on such a lovely day. Most people will have a dark moment or two. Push on and you will come out the other end and it will get better, but it’s easier if you can laugh about it. Mental strength is as important as physical strength in long distance events. - All of the above should fit into what our American cousins call a fanny pack / dedicated endurance racepack – apart from your humungous sense of humour which will be on display for everyone to enjoy.
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