Ultra London

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Ultra London is London’s ultra marathon. This urban ultra-marathon is on a stunning route along the Capital Ring footpath, through nine of South London’s Boroughs from Woolwich to Richmond upon Thames. Ultra London will provide participants the opportunity to experience some of south London’s stunning scenery and hidden footpaths in a challenging and accessible event. Run, jog or walk along the stunning route to Richmond.
27.5K, and 55K
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Sat, 5 Oct 2019
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London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Woolwich Foot Tunnel, Greenwich, London, UK
Start times
Sat, 5 Oct 2019
55K :
7:00am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Ultra London
Route information
ULTRA LONDON 55: 55km (35 miles) from Woolwich to Richmond upon Thames
ULTRA LONDON 55: there are three check points along the route, plus the finish.
LONDON 27.5: 27.5km (17.5 miles) from Crystal Palace to Richmond upon Thames
LONDON 27.5: there is one check point along the route, plus the finish.
Details of the checkpoints will be shared with all participants prior to the event. There will be event-specific directional signs and confidence markers throughouth the course. At registration and in the briefing before the race participants will be shown the course markers.
The ULTRA LONDON route follows the fantastic Capital Ring footpath.
The Capital Ring forms an inner circle around Greater London. The ULTRA LONDON route will take on the entire southern section of the path. The route includes some of London’s finest scenery, including the Thames Barrier, Eltham Palace, Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park.
The route is a mix of trails, footpaths, parks, disused railway lines, woodland and more. The surface will be gravel, grass, tarmac and depending on weather conditions, may be muddy in places.
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What's included
  • Trophies will be awarded to the first three men and women in each challenge distance.
  • Exclusive finishers medal
  • Free ULTRA LONDON t-shirt
  • Bag drop & bag transfer to finish
  • On course aid stations
  • Medical Support
  • Chip Timing
  • A fully signed rout
How to get there
Woolwich Foot Tunnel, Greenwich, London, UK
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The ULTRA LONDON 55 start location is very accessible. The closest public transport to the start are is Woolwich Arsenal, which is served by National Rail and the DLR.
The first National Rail trains from London Bridge to Woolwich Arsenal are 05:09-05:30, 05:39-06:00, 05:48-06:10, 06:09-06:30, 06:18-06:40, 06:21-06:44, 06:39-07:00 etc. The first trains from Dartford to Woolwich Arsenal are 05:03- 05:23, 05:15-05:34, 05:41-06:00, 05:45-06:04, 06:11-06:30, 06:15-06:34, 06:41-07:00, 06:45-07:04
The first DLR trains to Woolwich Arsenal from Canning Town are from 05:31-05:43.
**LONDON 27.5
**The LONDON 27.5 starts in Crystal Palace, the half way point for the longer race.
Finish (both distances) - Both the ULTRA LONDON 55 and LONDON 27.5 will finish at the Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, Parkshot Campus, Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9 2RE. The finish location is very accessible. The closest public transport to the start is Richmond, which is served by National Rail, Tube (District Line) and London Overground.
Event day logistics
Please arrive at the ULTRA LONDON 55 start location for registration at least one hour before your allocated start time. Registration will be open from 06:00hrs. Participants must register here to have their mandatory kit checked and to receive their number bib.
Please arrive at the LONDON 27.5 start for registration at least one hour before your allocated start time. Registration will be open from 10:00hrs. Participants must register here to have their mandatory kit checked and to receive their number bib.
The ULTRA LONDON 55 race will start from Woolwich in waves between 07.00hrs and 09.00hrs
The LONDON 27.5 race will start from Crystal Palace in waves between 11.00hrs and 13.00hrs
**This event will have strict cut off times that will be enforced. The cut off times are to ensure that all participants have completed the route by 18:00 (sunset for 5 October is 18:30). This is an average speed of approx. 12minute/km or 5km/h.
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Spectator Info
ULTRA LONDON is a fantastic event, not only for participants but also for spectators and supporters. The route is highly accessible throughout its 27.5/55km journey. This means your supporters can join you at multiple locations along the route. They can travel on foot, by bike, car, rail, Tube or bus. to support you along the way. Arrange to see your friends at Shooters Hill, Eltham Palace, Crystal Palace, Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park and many more of London's beauty spots. They can also join you at the finish and in the bars and restaurants of Richmond for a celebratory drink.
What to bring
Yes. All participants must carry some basic provisions and equipment with them at all times, including:
  • A mobile phone with a fully charged battery on race day morning
  • Debit/Credit/Oyster card to enable travel on public transport if required
  • Small foil blanket
  • Small first aid kit
  • Water bottle/foldable cup for water
  • Your own initial water supply and any specific fuel/food required.
  • A sports GPS navigation device is recommended if you have one - GPX files will be released closer to the event date.
Participants will be advised of the full mandatory equipment list well in advance of the event date.
As with all ultra running events it is important that you wear appropriate kit - and test your kit out on a long run/walk prior to the event.
With the event being staged in October you should be prepared for all weather conditions.
Consider the following:
  • Shoes - comfort/cushioning, lightweight, adequate grip for multi-terrain
  • Socks and underwear - comfort, able to wick away moisture
  • Gloves
  • Legs & upper body - consider the potential of changing temperatures and the potential for wind and rain.
  • Race pack & hydration vest - comfort is key but also consider how much you want to carry with you, and ease of access whilst on the run.
And remember to train with the gear you plan to race in!
What is the cut-off time for the Ultra London?
To prevent anyone from running after sunset (18:30), there will be a cut-off at 18:00. This requires a speed of ~12minute/km for the 55km, or an average speed of 15min/km for the 27.5km run.
What do I need to bring to the Ultra London?
A fully charged phone, Debit/Credit/Oyster card, Foil blanket, Water bottle/foldable cup for water (paper cups will not be provided), Small first aid kit
At what time does the Ultra London start?
The 55km starts in waves between 7:00 and 9:00. The 27.5km waves start between 9:00 and 11:00.
Jenna M
Did the 55K in 2019
Well signposted 55km through London showing off areas unknown to many. Well organised although 3rd checkpoint was way too far from the previous one and the finish fell a bit flat hidden away off a street and very little atmosphere.
Anna S
Did the 55K in 2019
Saw quite a few racers lost. Almost no support along the route, but perhaps that's to be expected from an ultra course. Quite a few people nearly missed the finish line as it was hidden, pretty small and a bit of a let-down after running so far. Also felt the organisers could have been more friendly and helpful at the end. Only one trophy for the overall winner which was a bit of a surprise given the race was such a big achievement for participants and given the high entry fee.
Did the 55K in 2019
Very well organised. Very friendly staff and lovely route. Good facilities and excellent signs all throughout the course
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