Warwickshire Bear Ultra

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This brand new 60k ultra through the Warwickshire countryside is the perfect opportunity to push yourself this autumn. The mostly flat route makes this a great shot for a PB or to try your hand at ultra running. Come for stunning views and an epic finisher's medal.
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Sun 19th Sep 2021
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Rugby CV21 3QP, UK
Start times
Sun 19th Sep 2021
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Warwickshire Bear Ultra
Route information
This mostly trail run starts in Rugby, and follows along the Great Central Way, a local nature reserve.
Runners will enjoy a 2 mile stretch in open fields as the route takes you towards Draycote Water. Runners will then enjoy views of the water as they head towards Thurlaston for the first checkpoint. Next, a mix of roads and grassy fields will get runners back onto the Route 41 cycle route, before another quiet country-road section.
Then, runners are taken on the old railway line and gravel cycle track on their way to Birdingbury, where there will be a welcome aid station marking 10 miles.
Next, runners can enjoy Grand Union Canal at Stockton Locks, as they run past picturesque views of the canal all the way to Leamington Spa, with another aid station at the Two Boats Inn which marks 15 miles.
The route then takes runners along to the other side of the canal to The Fusilers Pub at mile 19.
From here, there are no more surprises as is back the way you came to the finish line and to pick up your hard earned medal.
The entire route will display Warwickshire's beautiful countryside, and will take place over 60% trail and 40% asphalt.
What's included
  • Aid stations and checkpoints
  • Finisher's medal
  • Flapjack & drink
  • Bag drop
  • Fully marked course
How to get there
Rugby CV21 3QP, UK
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The event starts and finishes at St Andrews Benn Primary School, so there is no need to worry about getting back to the start line.
There is no parking at the Event HQ and participants are strongly encouraged to park at Rugby Train Station, an 800m walk from HQ, which costs £2 for the day.
If you are staying overnight it costs £9 for the whole weekend.
Please Note: There is absolutely no parking at Event HQ or on the surrounding residential streets.
By Train
Rugby Train Station is less than 500m from the event site. However, trains do not run on Sunday mornings, so entrants will have to stay overnight if they cannot drive.
There is a Premier Inn around the corner from the start line, and the event will store anyones overnight bag while they run.
Event day logistics
08:00 Race Starts
18:00 Cut-Off Time
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 21 and over on race day to enter the event.
Athlete Pack
An athlete pack will be released to all entrants closer to the event date with more detailed information.
Cut-Off Times
There will be strict cut-off times enforced throughout the race so please ensure you can complete the distance in the time allowed.
The organisers will be working off a 4-mile an hour pace (15min/miles) with an overall race cut-off of 10 hours.
There will be a hard cut-off at 5 hours (13:15 regardless of start time) at the turn around point in Leamington Spa.
Each checkpoint along the way will have opening and closing times which will be available when the Athlete Pack is released.
Crews are welcome to help runners along their way, and are brought at the responsibility of the entrant.
More detailed crew instructions will be sent out before the race.
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The majority of our events are challenge events - multi-lap races with a time limit rather than a set distance. This means people can run all different distances on the same day, making for a great atmosphere. Lapped events can get some negative feedback but our laps are around beautiful locations. We avoid out and back laps and coming back to the wonderful aid station (full of your requests) can be a good motivator. Whether it's your A race, you need to do some long training runs, you have a 100-mile ultra in a few weeks or you want to hammer out a quick 10k, our races allow everyone to get involved together. We’re also expanding our mid-week evening 10K series too. Keep an eye out for updates on these as we are continually adding more. Expect the same care and attention and in the same great locations!
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Can I have a pacer at the Warwickshire Bear Ultra?
Unfortunately, pacers are not allowed at the event If your friends want to run alongside you for a few minutes, or your children want to cross the finish line with you, thats more than ok, but no pacers are allowed.
Is the Warwickshire Bear Ultra cupless?
Yes! In an effort to be more Earth-friendly the entire event is cupless. There will be drinks at each aid station however please bring your own bottle, or alternatively there will be water bottles for purchase at the event.
Is there an age requirement to enter the Warwickshire Bear Ultra?
Yes, all entrants must be 21 and over on race day to enter.
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