The Smuggler's Way Ultra

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This 55k ultra is the perfect chance to pit your mental and physical prowess against some of the wildest coastline in Britain. Come to test your navigational skills as you run from Boscastle to Looe.
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Sun 1st Aug 2021
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Boscastle, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Boscastle, UK
Start times
Sun 1st Aug 2021
Races summary
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Route information
This 55k trail run takes runners across Cornwall. With route highlights like Bodmin Moor, Jamaica Inn, Dobwalls, Herodsfoot and Sowden's Bridge, this route isn't short on views.
Runners will essentially be taken from coast to coast, ending in the harbour town of Looe.
The Smugglers' Way came to prominence thanks to the sterling work of Frank Squibb who documented his experiences of the route.
All entrants should be fully aware of the event rules before entering:
What's included
  • GPS Tracker hire
  • Time and position recorded on the leaderboard
  • Route planned
  • Aid station
  • Finishers medal
How to get there
Boscastle, UK
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Exact start and finish locations will be available closer to the event date.
Event day logistics
07:30 Race starts from Cobweb Carpark in Boscastl
Support Crew
Participants will need a support crew to drop them off at the start, assist on route and collect them at the finish.
Navigational System
All entrants must have a device capable of navigating using a GPX route.
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Votwo Events & Adventure Ltd organise sporting events including Triathlons, Duathlons, Trail Running Challenges, Running Races, Open Water Swims, Adventure Runs, and Aquathlons. Votwo Ltd coach athletes to achieve their goals and operate the Porsche Human Performance Centre at Silverstone - a specialist sports science lab dedicated to improving the performance of motor racing drivers and endurance athletes.
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Kit List
Recommended Kit list:
  • Means of navigation, preferably a GPS watch
  • Whistle
  • Compass (make sure your compass is attached to you or your kit)
  • Waterproof top
  • Long trousers or tights
  • Gloves (waterproofed in a plastic freezer bag)
  • Hat (waterproofed in a plastic freezer bag)
  • Food and water
  • Small torch with spare batteries
  • A lightweight piece of warm clothing (waterproofed)
  • A fully charged working mobile phone (waterproofed)
Is the course self-navigating at The Smuggler's Way Ultra?
Yes this course is entirely self-navigating so please only enter if you feel comfortable doing so.
Is there any required kit for The Smuggler's Way Ultra?
All entrants must have their own GPS system enabling them to navigate using a GPX route.
Do I need a support crew for The Smuggler's Way Ultra?
Yes, all entrants must have their own support crew to assist them en route.
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