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ULTRA 55, and TRAIL 25
Sat, 8 Oct 2022
London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Sat, 8 Oct 2022
TRAIL 25:11:00am |
The ULTRA 55 is a 55k ultra-marathon starting in Woolwich following the Southern half of the Capital Ring all the way to Richmond-Upon-Thames.
You will traverse a multitude of terrain as you take in stunning views of London's skyline whilst embracing London's iconic scenery.
Most notably, take the extraordinary Eltham Palace, Wimbledon Common and Richmond park as you tackle London's off-the-beaten-track Ultra route.
The TRAIL 25 is a 25k route starting in Upper Norwood and finishing in Richmond-Upon Thames. Following the last half of the Southern Capital Ring, you will take in highlights such as Wimbledon Common Richmond Park, and most notably London's iconic skyline.
The view will be incredible throughout and will have you following footpaths, parks, disused railways woodlands and much more.
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- Exclusive finishers medal
- Exclusive ULTRA LONDON finishers t-shirt
- Chip-timed results
- Bag drop & transfer to finish
- A fully signed route
- Medical Support
How to get there
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ULTRA 55 Start Location: Woolwich
TRAIL 25 Start Location: Upper Norwood
TRAIL 25 Start Location: Upper Norwood
Finish Location: Central Richmond
It is strongly advised to use public transport to access the start and finish locations. There is no event parking available at the start.
There are numerous hotels a short distance from the starts in both Richmond and Woolwich.
Event day logistics
07:00 ULTRA 55 starts
11:00 TRAIL 25 starts
Entrants must be 18 or over to enter the TRAIL 25 and 20 or over to enter the UTLRA 55.
All checkpoints will have a range of drinks and cold food for participants to enjoy.
There will be three checkpoints along the route, plus the finish, details will be shared with participants prior to the event.
There will be one checkpoint along the route, plus the finish, details will be shared with all participants prior to the event.
If you do not pass the checkpoints at the correct times, you will not be permitted to continue the race.
- Cut off point 1: The first cut off time will be at the second checkpoint at Upper Norwood at 12:30 (regardless of your start wave time).
- Cut off point 2: The second cut off point is at the entrance to Richmond Park at 17:00.
- Cut off point: There will be a cut-off point at Richmond Park at 17:00
The start locations will have toilets and changing rooms available. It is recommended to bring a full supply of drinking water with you.
There will be a bag drop and transfer service from the event startlines to the finish. The baggage transport will leave the start locations once the last participant has left.
Walkers are more than welcome to take part in this event, but they will need to maintain a certain pace throughout to ensure they finish within the cut-off time:
- ULTRA 55: Average speed of 12 minutes per kilometre (19 minutes per mile) or faster.
- TRAIL 25: Average speed of 15 minutes per kilometre (24 minutes per mile) or faster.
The ULTRA 55 is a qualifier event for the UTMB and for other events where ITRA points are required. The 55k event will earn you 2 qualifying points.
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Great Run is the UK’s biggest mass participation sports business. They have been creating and delivering major, televised, mass participation events for over 4 decades. In that time, over 4.7m runners, swimmers and cyclists have been cheered across the finish line. Their signature event is the world’s biggest half marathon, the iconic Great North Run, which reached its milestone 40th event last year. The Great North Run evolved into a UK wide series of events, giving over 200,000 runners the chance to achieve their goals every year.
What to bring
All participants must carry the following with them at all times, including:
- 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
- Own initial water supply and specific fuel/food
- Participants will be advised of the full mandatory kit well in advance of the event date
Make sure to be prepared for all likely weather conditions, taking into account the wealth forecast for London in the lead up to the event date.
Consider the following:
- Shoes: Comfort/cushioning, lightweight, adequate grip for multi-terrain
- Socks and underwear: comfort, moisture-wicking
- Legs & upper body: consider the potential of changing temperatures and wind and rain
- Race pack and hydration vest: consider how much you want to carry and ease whilst on the run
Can I walk the Ultra London?
Yes, all walkers are welcome to take part in the Ultra London, please refer to the information above to see what speed you will have to adhere to in order to complete the race in time.
Are there any road crossings or gates/stiles to negotiate at the Ultra London?
Yes there will be some road crossing on the route, some quiet and some busy. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure they travel along footpaths and not on roads, and that they cross roads at suitable and designated crossing points.
Are support crews allowed at the Ultra London?
Yes, all are welcome to receive support from friends and family along the way. This support cannot extend to assisting participants to travel along the course.
Are pacers allowed at the Ultra London?
No pacers are allowed at this event. However, you are welcome to the run with friends (who have also entered), so long as you participate within any Covid-19 regulations that are in place at the event.
Are there prizes / awards at the Ultra London?
Yes, all will receive a medal and a t-shirt to commemorate their experience. The first male and female in each distance will also receive a trophy.
Will I need a map for the Ultra London?
A map and course notes are recommended. There will be directional signs and confidence markers throughout the course. Certain parts are complex to navigation. A sports GPS navigational device is recommended if you have one, you will be able to load the GPX route file provided onto the device to follow.
What happens if I need to drop out during the Ultra London?
If you need to drop out please phone event control and inform them of your decision to retire. If you have a bag yo collect you will need to make your way to the finish line. The organisers will try to help where they can although public transport may be the most suitable option. Unless you are injured or un well, please make your way to the next checkpoint and inform the event staff that you intend to drop out.
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