Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival

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£23.00 - £48.00Free injury protection
About
This established trail running festival is back for another year and getting bigger and better every time. The event starts and finishes in the grounds of the magnificent Kirkstall Abbey, a stunning medieval cistercian Abbey and is set on the banks of the river Aire.
Participants
Ultramarathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, and 1 more
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Calendar
Sat 13th Nov 2021
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Star
4.6
(5 Reviews)
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Amazing

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Elevation
Rolling Hills

5 to 20m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
68 Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3JG, UK
Start times
Ultramarathon:
9:30am |
Marathon:
9:30am |
Half Marathon:
10:30am |
8.8 Miles:
11:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival
Route information
You'll be running on some glorious trails surrounding Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds where the event starts and finishes. With a mixture of field, pavement, trail and canal tow path, this trail run has something for everyone. Along with different distances to choose from you'll find the perfect course for you.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Goody bag
  • Cakes
Train
How to get there
68 Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3JG, UK
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Parking
There will be on-site parking available.
By Car
If using a sat nav please follow directions to the following address: 68 Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3JG.
If travelling from London you can take the M1, continuing onto the M621, then at junction 2 take the A643 exit onto Abbey Road (A65) in Kirkstall.
By Train
If taking the train from London you can take the King's Cross LNER service to Leeds.
Event day logistics
09:30 Ultra marathon starts
09:30 Marathon starts
10:30 Half marathon starts
11:00 8.8 miles starts
Registration
Registration will be at the nearby working man's club. Details on where you can find it will be in the race brief.
Race Brief
The race brief will be sent out one week before the event.
Cut-off Time
There will be a cut-off time of 6.5 hours. All runners should complete the course in that time.
Age Requirements
You must be aged 18 or over to compete in the 8.8 miles, half marathon and marathon.
You must be aged 21 or over to compete in the ultra marathon.
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It’s Grim up North Running
Grim Up North Running is an established race company that offers multi distance events on both trail and road. With several years of experience we are able to offer a wide variety of races and with a range of distances and levels of difficulty there is something for everyone.
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FAQ's
How old to I have to be to run the Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival races?
You will need to be aged 21 for the ultra marathon and aged 18 for all other races.
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What will I get when I finish my Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival race?
You'll get a finisher's medal, goody bag and there'll be cakes too!
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Where can I find registration on the day of Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival?
Registration will be at the nearby working man's club. You'll receive more detailed information on where to find it in your race brief which will be sent out one week before the event.
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Reviews
4.6
5 reviews
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4.3
Did the 8.8 Miles in 2018
Great organisation and friendly atmosphere as usual from Grim Up North Running! I'm not convinced the course deserved the 5 boot 'grimmer than grim' rating as its a fairly straightforward race - largely flat & easy running on road & canal surfaces. the couple of more trail-y sections by the river and across fields also present no major challenges.Lovely setting at the Abbey start/finish. Lots of cake & a cool medal too!
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5.0
Did the 8.8 Miles in 2018
Great race with mixed terrain. Lucky we had not had lots of rain this year so pretty dry.
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5.0
Did the 8.8 Miles in 2018
A Great challenging race, canal part a bit boring but allows to gain some time back. Im always scared of tripping/falling so for me would only race this event in trail shoes. Plenty of water and jelly babies on the 8.8 route.
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4.7
Did the 8.8 Miles in 2018
Great event. There is quite a lot of road in it for a trail race though
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4.0
Did the 8.8 Miles in 2018
First ever race!Really enjoyed it!Very friendly & enthusiastic organisers & marshals.Great course with plenty of variety.Im hooked, cant wait for the next event!
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Recent Questions
Gaynor Watts
28/09/2021
What’s the total elevation for the ultra please? Also are road or trail trainers best? Many thanks Gaynor
Carl
13/09/2021
Can I run with my dog
Carl
13/09/2021
Can I run with my dog
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