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UK Ultramarathons: 2022 - 2023

Ultramarathons, or ultras, are any running races beyond the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles (or 42.2k). The most common ultra distances are 50k, 100k, 50 miles, or 100 miles, but each event is unique in terms of distance and terrain. The International Association of Athletics Federation recognises world records at ultramarathon events that have a distance of 100km. There are even 24hr ultramarathons, where the distance is unlimited, or multiday ultras, where the distance can extend beyond 1000km. There are a couple of city-based ultramarathons, but most ultras make the most of the UK's stunning scenery and countryside. A lot of these events go off-road and require trail-running over difficult terrain with steep climbs or along rugged coastlines. The Race to the Stones is one of the UK's best and most popular ultra marathons, taking in 100km of the historic Ridgeway. Or there is the famous Dragon's Back Race, which takes place over 5 days, taking runners from North to South Wales and requiring ascents adding up to twice the elevation of Mount Everest.

210 events found
XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon
Booked 5 times this week

Sunday, Jul 10, 2022

XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon

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Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket£28 – £86.94
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Beyond Badminton Trail
Booked 10 times this week

Saturday, Sep 3, 2022

Beyond Badminton Trail

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Badminton, South Gloucestershire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket£17.50 – £40
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Blair Castle Trail Weekender

Saturday, Jun 4, 2022

Blair Castle Trail Weekender

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Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£26 – £65
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Mourne Way Marathon

Friday, Jun 10, 2022

Mourne Way Marathon

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Rostrevor

Participants

marathon, ultramarathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£40 – £150
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Hey Up It's Helmsley
Booked 5 times this week

Sunday, Jul 10, 2022

Hey Up It's Helmsley

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York, North Yorkshire

Participants

half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

Star1.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£22 – £50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Ultra North
Booked 9 times this week

Saturday, Jul 16, 2022

Ultra North

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Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£45 – £75
Booking perksTrail
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RunThrough Tittesworth Water 10k, Half Marathon & 50k - August
Booked 7 times this week

Saturday, Aug 6, 2022

RunThrough Tittesworth Water 10k, Half Marathon & 50k - August

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Leek, Staffordshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£16.70 – £50
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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The Cotswold Ultra

Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

The Cotswold Ultra

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Kemble, Gloucestershire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£35 – £85
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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The Thames Challenge

Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

The Thames Challenge

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Kemble, Gloucestershire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£15 – £445
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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The Oxford Ultra

Friday, Aug 12, 2022

The Oxford Ultra

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Bablock Hythe, Oxfordshire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£35 – £90
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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The Windsor Ultra

Saturday, Aug 13, 2022

The Windsor Ultra

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Henley-on-Thames, Wokingham

Participants

ultramarathon

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£35 – £90
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat trail
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The Richmond Ultra

Sunday, Aug 14, 2022

The Richmond Ultra

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Kingston upon Thames, Greater London

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£80
Booking perksFlat trail
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Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races - August
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022

Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races - August

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Bath, Bath and North East Somerset

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k, ultramarathon, 10k

Star5

(6 reviews)

FilledTicket£10 – £50
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Causeway Coast Marathon
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022

Causeway Coast Marathon

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Portballintrae, Causeway Coast and Glens

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star5

(7 reviews)

FilledTicket£40 – £80
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Bewl Water Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra & 10k - September
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022

Bewl Water Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra & 10k - September

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Lamberhurst, East Sussex

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£26 – £52
Booking perksFlat trail
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Run to the Sea Bournemouth

Saturday, Oct 15, 2022

Run to the Sea Bournemouth

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Ashley Heath

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£60
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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The Maverick ARUK X-Series Suffolk
Booked 5 times this week

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022

The Maverick ARUK X-Series Suffolk

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Woodbridge, Suffolk

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£35 – £65
Booking perksFlat trail
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13 Valleys Ultra
Booked 1 time this week

Friday, Sep 29, 2023

13 Valleys Ultra

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Keswick, Cumbria

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£45 – £150
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Wuthering Heights Wander
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, Jun 5, 2022

Wuthering Heights Wander

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Haworth, West Yorkshire

Participants

10 miles, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£22 – £50
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Summer Extravaganza
Booked 11 times this week

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Summer Extravaganza

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Leeds, West Yorkshire

Participants

5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£13 – £50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Ultra Scotland 50 Mile

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Ultra Scotland 50 Mile

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Saint John's Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£77 – £93.99
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Salisbury Plain Summer Edition - Marathon, Half Marathon & 50 Mile
Booked 8 times this week

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Salisbury Plain Summer Edition - Marathon, Half Marathon & 50 Mile

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Ludgershall, Wiltshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon, ultramarathon

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£28 – £55
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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BigSea 50k & 18 Mile

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022

BigSea 50k & 18 Mile

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Studland, Dorset

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£33 – £55
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Race across Dorset
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, Jun 18, 2022

Race across Dorset

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Salisbury, Wiltshire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon

FilledTicket£40 – £75
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
HeartOutline
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About ultramarathons in the UK

Ultramarathons, or ultra runs, are endurance running races or treks beyond the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42.2k). The most common distances for ultra running are 50k, 100k, 50 miles, or 100 miles (aka centurion races). Ultras take place on roads or trails across the UK, and some last for 24 hours or multiple days. Some multi-day stage races are even self-sufficient, where runners must carry all of there equipment and provisions with them for the duration of the race.

What are the best UK ultra marathons?

The best attended ultramarathons in the UK are the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones along the famous Ridgeway, with 2,500 participants, and the historic Thames Path Challenge, with 3,000 participants. The Ridgeway 40 is one of the best value ultramarathons in the UK. For the best scenic ultras, the Scottish Highlands and Snowdonia are popular areas for mountainous ultras, or for coastal routes, try out the Jurassic Coast and The Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series. The longest ultra race in the UK is the Monarch's Way Ultra, which covers 615-miles (990k) in the course of 14 days. There are many ultra marathon events across the UK to choose from, depending on your preferences. Check out our list of UK ultra marathons to find the best event for you.

How long should I train for an ultramarathon?

It is important to devote a significant amount of time and effort to training if you are wanting to complete an ultramarathon. Everybody has different levels of fitness and the race distances vary, so it is difficult to be precise with training plans. Most first-time ultrarunners will already have lots of running experience, so 6-10 weeks of specific training should get you ready for a 50k ultra. During your training, it is also important to get used to in-race nutrition and running on trails.

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