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Ultramarathons

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.

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The Longhorn
Route
Trail

Sunday, 24th Apr 2022

The Longhorn

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Newark, Nottinghamshire

Participants

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

Star4.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£9 – £59
Great atmosphere
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Lulworth Cove Trail Running Challenge

Saturday, 30th Oct 2021

Lulworth Cove Trail Running Challenge

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Wareham, Dorset

Participants

ultramarathon, 10k, half marathon

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Stroud Trails
Route
Hilly trail

Sunday, 8th May 2022

Stroud Trails

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Stroud, Gloucestershire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£18.45 – £49.50
Great atmosphereGreat scenery
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Thames Trot Ultra
Route
Flat road

Saturday, 23rd Oct 2021

Thames Trot Ultra

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Village, Oxfordshire

Participants

ultramarathon

Star4

(21 reviews)

FilledTicket£58
Great atmosphere
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White Rose Ultra
Route
Hilly

Friday, 5th Nov 2021

White Rose Ultra

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Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Participants

ultramarathon

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£75 – £110
Great atmosphere
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The Beacons Trail Marathon

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

The Beacons Trail Marathon

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Brecon, Powys

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Poppy Half Marathon

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

Poppy Half Marathon

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Bexhill, East Sussex

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k, ultramarathon

Star4.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£15 – £32
Great atmosphere
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The Beacons Ultra

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

The Beacons Ultra

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Talybont-on-Usk, Powys

Participants

ultramarathon

Star4.5

(11 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphere
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The Hardwolds 80

Saturday, 20th Nov 2021

The Hardwolds 80

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Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Sunday, 20th Feb 2022

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

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Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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A Coventry Way Challenge

Sunday, 3rd Apr 2022

A Coventry Way Challenge

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Meriden, West Midlands

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Blacks to the Beacons Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
Route
Hilly trail

Saturday, 30th Apr 2022

Blacks to the Beacons Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

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Llanbedr, Powys

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£30 – £80
Great scenery
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Tyne Trail Ultra - North
Route
Hilly trail

Saturday, 14th May 2022

Tyne Trail Ultra - North

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Garrigill, Cumbria

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£65 – £103
Great scenery
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Black Mountains 50 & Marathon
Route
Hilly trail

Saturday, 11th Jun 2022

Black Mountains 50 & Marathon

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Crickhowell, Powys

Participants

marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£55 – £80
Great scenery
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Amberaid 30
Route
Flat trail

Saturday, 23rd Oct 2021

Amberaid 30

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Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicket£26 – £28
Great scenery
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Fortitude Ultra - Autumn

Saturday, 23rd Oct 2021

Fortitude Ultra - Autumn

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Nutley, East Sussex

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Nidderdale Way Challenge

Saturday, 23rd Oct 2021

Nidderdale Way Challenge

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Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Ullswater Way & Challenge

Saturday, 30th Oct 2021

Ullswater Way & Challenge

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Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The Druid’s Challenge
Route
Hilly

Friday, 12th Nov 2021

The Druid’s Challenge

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Tring, Hertfordshire

Participants

ultramarathon

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£65 – £190
Great atmosphere
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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Gower

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Gower

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Rhossili, Swansea

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£33 – £66
Great atmosphere
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Short Circuit Ultra

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

Short Circuit Ultra

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Otley, West Yorkshire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Peak District South & North

Saturday, 20th Nov 2021

Peak District South & North

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Edale, Derbyshire

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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St Davids 24

Saturday, 4th Dec 2021

St Davids 24

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Wales

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Cheviot Goat Ultra

Saturday, 4th Dec 2021

Cheviot Goat Ultra

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Ingram, Northumberland

Participants

ultramarathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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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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