Ultra North

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Take on this epic challenge on Newcastle's doorstep. Run, jog or walk a fully-marked, all-terrain 25k or 55k route, with stunning views and historic landmarks the whole way. Entries are available at a special launch price for a limited time only.
Participants
ULTRA 55, and TRAIL 25
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Calendar
Sat, 16 Jul 2022
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
Gateshead, UK
Start times
Sat, 16 Jul 2022
TRAIL 25:
10:00am |
ULTRA 55:
8:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Ultra North
TRAIL 25
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25km
£45.00
ULTRA 55
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55km
£75.00
Route information
ULTRA 55
ULTRA 55 is a 55k ultra-marathon starting and finishing within Derwenthaugh Park. The route will take competitors on a tour of the region, passing iconic landmarks such as the Tyne Bridge, Millennium Bridge and 9 arches viaduct, and following iconic footpaths including Hadrian’s Way, Wylam’s Wagon Way & Derwent Walk.
TRAIL 25
TRAIL 25 is the perfect event for half marathon runners and challenge walkers looking to embark on a new off-road challenge. Starting in Derwenthaugh Park, the 25k route follows the Derwent River to the famous River Tyne, before crossing the iconic 9 arches viaduct and a final stretch on the Derwent Walk before finishing in Derwenthaugh Park.
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What's included
  • Exclusive finishers medal
  • Exclusive finishers t-shirt
  • A fully signed route
  • Chip timing
  • Checkpoints/aid stations along the course with food and drinks
  • Medical Support
Train
How to get there
Gateshead, UK
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Parking
There is no parking at Swalwell Cricket Club and limited parking throughout the Derwenthaugh Valley. You can choose to walk or cycle to the venue, however the easiest option would be to use the drop-off facility at the cricket club. Cars will be permitted through the one way system at the cricket club to drop participants off or get picked up.
There are car parks in the surrounding area at the following what3words locations:
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By Car
Join the A1, heading towards Metrocentre. On the A1 (Both Directions), take Junction 73 and head towards Consett, Newcastle and Blaydon.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to Derwenthaugh Road/ A694. Follow the A694 for half a mile, and the Cricket Club entrance will appear on your left-hand side.
By Public Transport
The start line is accessible by bus from Newcastle City Centre using the X45, X46 or X47 route ran by Go North East from Stand C at Eldon Square. These services run on Saturdays regularly and it is appropriate to exit the bus at the stop on Spa Well Road, turn left and walk a short distance before turning right at the Cricket Club entrance.
Event day logistics
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Great Run
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.
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Backpack
What to bring
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 card to enable purchases from shops if required, and use on public transport
  • Small foil blanket or a warm layer of clothing.
  • Water bottle/foldable cup for water
  • Your own initial water supply and any specific fuel/food required.
  • Suitable footwear
Participants will be advised of the full mandatory equipment list well in advance of the event date.
FAQ's
Can I walk the Ultra North?
Absolutely! There's no doubt it'll be a tough challenge, but walkers can definitely take on this challenge.
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Are there any road crossings or gates/stiles to negotiate at the Ultra North?
Yes, there are a number of road crossings along each route. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure they travel along footpaths and not on roads, and that they crossroads at suitable and designated road crossing points. Participants must leave gates as they find them (i.e. opened or closed).
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Are support crews allowed at the Ultra North?
Yes, participants may receive support from friends and family along the course. Naturally this support cannot extend to assisting the participant to travel along the course.
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Is there a minimum qualification standard to achieve before I enter the Ultra North?
No, there isn't a minimum standard, however it is recommended that entrants have some experience of long-distance events, and have trained and prepared as entrants will be self-sufficient most of the route.
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Are pacers allowed at the Ultra North?
No, pacers are not permitted at the event. Entrants can run with friends who have also entered.
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Do I need a map for the Ultra North?
A map and/or course notes are recommended. Course notes will be made available on the website before the event.Whilst there will be event-specific directional signs and confidence markers throughout the course, due to the nature of the route, certain parts are somewhat complex to navigate and runners are advised to moderate their speed at these points to ensure the correct path is taken. A sports GPS navigation device is recommended if you have one.
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What happens if I need to drop out during the Ultra North?
It will be your responsibility to contact event control (via phoning the event control number or notifying event staff at the checkpoints) to let them know of your decision. Except in an emergency or where you cannot continue due to injury or ill health, please make your way to the next checkpoint and inform the event staff at the checkpoint that you intend to drop out. This is important so that we can account for all participants in the event. If you cannot make it to the checkpoint, you must call the event control (number on the back of your race number) to notify them of your location and of your intentions for onward travel (i.e. if you are planning to make your way to the finish). In the unlikely event of an emergency situation call the emergency services first and then call event control.
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How do I contact the event director on event day at the Ultra North?
The event control number will be printed on your race number. Participants will be advised to save this number into their phone at registration.
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