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UK Ultramarathon Events
Following the route of the North Downs Way National Trail, the Pilgrim Challenge is firmly established as one of our best loved multi-stage ultra races. This, the oldest trade route in England, was used by Pilgrims heading for Winchester, Canterbury, Dover and the Continent. This ultra follows a glorious section of the ancient route, from Farnham through to Merstham, in Surrey, passing through picturesque villages and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Whether this is your first ultra of your 100th, the stunning scenery of the North Downs will take your breath away and take you to new limits. 4/5 February.
The Imber Ultra Marathon is a trail run of approximately 33 miles. It starts at the Leighton Recreation Centre in the town of Westbury at the north west of the Imber Ranges.
Over the first couple of miles runners ascend the escarpment of Salisbury Plain, then follow the Imber Range Perimeter Path in an anti clockwise direction.
In the first 10 miles they pass round the town of Warminster and a number of iron age hill forts on footpaths. Then they run on metalled roads, bridleways and tracks east then north.
On the way they pass through some of the most remote parts of southern England, apart from a German village around the halfway mark! The final 10 miles are westward along the north side of the training area. Here the going is good on roads or big tracks, but it will be against the usually prevailing wind to add to the challenge. The final couple of miles include the biggest descent of the day, back to the finish at the Leighton Recreation Centre.
As the name suggests this is an out and back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route will start and finish at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst this flat route is not particularly technical its a great opportunity to improve your own PB. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is 127.25 miles in length, stretching between the busy cities of Leeds and Liverpool. It is in fact the longest canal in the north of England and passing through 91 locks. The construction began in 1770 and was completed in 1816.
The Vale Of Glamorgan Coastal Ultra challenge is to complete a 32-mile linear route along the entire coast of the Vale of Glamorgan. It is suitable for both runners and fast walkers. There is also a short course option of 18.5 miles taking in the second half of the route.
the full course race starts at 08:00 on Saturday morning from Penarth Pier.
From here the route follows the Wales Coastal Path, almost entirely on a trail. It hugs the clifftop passing numerously hidden and rugged bays all the way to the splendid beachside resort of Ogmore-by-sea. The route itself passes 19 beaches, with the final 14 miles traveling along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with its dramatic cliffs, amazing rock formations, romantic coves and rolling countryside.
The 18.5-mile race starts at 10.30 at Porthkerry Park, Barry.
Red Rose Ultra is a 40 Mile loop from the Castleshaw centre (Delph) closely following the route of the Oldham Way Ultra with landscape that varies from moorland to canal, trails, woodlands & tracks expect some spectacular views, hills and great landscape, along the Red Rose Ultra one of the newest routes in the UK
40 Miles, just a few short miles up from a marathon, the perfect step to ultra distance.
The 2019 OWU sees the start of the OWU2 A 2 lap run around this amazing route, that's 80 miles!
Sign up for the normal OWU then turn up on race day with a gift for us!!!!
You start at 07:00 on the Saturday with everyone else and then continue around, you will have to be self supported after your first lap as all the CPs will be closing down!
Be warned there is a cutt off of 24 hours! & zero support after your first lap!
Welcome to the Gregynog Wales 10k,Half,Marathon & Ultra on Saturday 20th April 2019.
Chip Timing with Split Timing Points - Bespoke Gregynog Hall Medal & Goody Bag to All Finishers. Free Unlimited Photo Downloads for All Runners.
The Longhorn is back! Sunday April 28th 2019
Choose 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon or 60k Ultra set in private areas of Sherwood Forest & the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Park; next to a Grade1 listed 19th Century country house in north Nottinghamshire; Thoresby Hall.
Running over old military roads, cleared tracks through ancient woodland and grassed paths around the country estate. The route includes a few hills to offer a small challenge around the course in the most scenic countryside & forest. The elevation is noted on the downloadable course map. The course has very firm hard ground if dry (2015) but if we get rain (or snow!) then there can also be considerable amount of muddy areas to run through (2016). The event will be held 1 week later in 2019 from 2018 & we had glorious sunshine but in April - who knows?!
The Devil's Challenge is a three-day, 97-mile ultra marathon along the South Downs Way, passing the legendary Devil's Dyke valley.
Starting in Winchester in Hampshire, the route heads south east through the stunning South Downs National Park, finishing in Eastbourne in East Sussex on the third day.
Take in some of England's most breathtaking countryside between Winchester, our original capital city, and the distinctive white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne. Encompassing visible prehistory, picturesque villages and stunning wildlife, the South Downs Way is the perfect challenge for those training for events like the Marathon des Sables, long single-stage events like the SDW100, or who simply want to experience some of the best views in the country.
The Revenge of the Fifth is a 6 hour timed event along the old Meon Valley Railway line. Complete one 3.3mile lap to qualify for the medal or continue to run further laps achieving 10k, half marathon, marathon, and ultra distance or something in between, its up to you.
At the end of each lap an aid station will be stocked with all the goodies runners like: water, squash, jelly babies, Haribo, crisps and cakes. All the things required to help set you off for another lap or two or if you prefer you can ring the bell to officially finish your run and collect your medal.
A scenic late spring run starting from the Bewl Water Visitor Centre and following the Bewl round the reservoir route. Both courses are run on a combination of undulating rural wooded trail and along some quiet country lanes, with lovely views of the lake for most of the route.
What you need to know about Ultramarathon running
An ultramarathon is any running race longer than a traditional marathon of 26.2 miles. Most of them take place on trails, often surrounded by spectacular scenery, and involve continuously stuffing your face to keep your body going mile after mile. At the extreme end, ultras can involve running more than 300km over multiple days through mountains, deserts, jungles and snow. But if this is your first ultra, you might want to start with something a little shorter, like a “gentle” 50km.