Albion Running

Ok, so you like hills? Well here's a race that will take you to the top of some of the highest ones Somerset has to offer. On a clear day the views from the tops will draw an audible gasp from any of you who are known to gasp audibly at incredible views. There are very runnable sections too, but you're never too far from the next climb/descent. This route will take you through a multitude of breathtaking scenes: some of Britain's highest coastal cliffs, lush ancient woodland, sweeping moorland, paths alongside fast flowing rocky rivers - Exmoor has all of this, plus villages and small towns that redefine quaintness. Start and finish at West Somerset Community College in Minehead.

Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 miler

May

Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 miler

The Westcountry Ultra 100 Miler combines the routes of the two fifty milers. Commencing in the bustling metropolis (as in our county town) of Taunton, you will follow the canal path all the way to Bridgwater Docks. If you're lucky you may spot a kingfisher along this section. If you're very lucky you may spy an otter. Look out also for the 'space walk' signs - one for each planet in our solar system, which also have approximate distances in km to Bridgwater; handy for breaking things down.

Westcountry Ultra 100 Miler

May

Westcountry Ultra 100 Miler

The Ham & Lyme races take in the stunning Liberty Trail, which runs from Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset to Lyme Regis in Dorset, taking in some fabulous locations along the way - the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey, the enchanting Wayford Woods, the breathtaking panoramas from Lambert's Castle - before descending to wonderful Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb. You have the option of finishing in Lyme, where you can sit with some well-earned fish & chips and watch the waves lap against the shore, or you can take a pit stop in Lyme before turning and running back - 50k or 100k, the choice is yours.

Ham & Lyme 100K & 50K

July

Ham & Lyme 100K & 50K

The Mendip Way has to be one of the South-West's best-kept secrets. Like the Cotswolds' slightly more streetwise, alternative cousin, the Mendip Way features the spectacular Ebbor and Cheddar Gorges, the brutal climb up to Crook's Peak, incredible views over the Somerset Levels and to the circular Cheddar Reservoir, and then England's smallest city, Wells, with its magnificent cathedral.

Starting at the Market Town of Frome (for the whole of the Mendip Way) or from Wells (for the West Mendip Way only) you will run through a real smorgasbord of Somerset scenery. If you like hills then you will find plenty to enjoy here, but either way, you will be amply rewarded for climbing the hills with views to breathe life into tired legs and then a downhill cruise to help get your strength back. Some particularly scenic parts of the course are Cranmore Tower (the highest point on the whole route), the amazing panoramic views from Wavering Down, the quarries, and forests of Black Rock Nature Reserve, Ebbor Gorge and the lush pine forests of Rowberrow, but this route is absolutely jam-packed with stunning locations.

Mendip Marauder

August

Mendip Marauder

With our races we aim to showcase some of our region's best scenery; we've shown you some stunning coastlines, some sweeping panoramas from the hills and some quaint rural locations off the beaten track, but there can't have been many more spectacular finishes to any UK ultra than the descent into the enigmatic town of Glastonbury featured in Conquest of Avalon. Climb to the top of Glastonbury Tor for an astonishing 360 degree view, then descend through the quirky town to the spacious green fields next to Tor Leisure Centre, where the finish awaits. Have a lovely hot drink (or a lovely cold one if you finish in the day and it's warm like last year!) We would say it will be a once in a lifetime experience but you may find you want to come back and conquer Avalon again and again.

There's a 30, a 50 or a trail marathon to choose from, all of which are steeped in history and showcase the heart of the south-west; these routes display a side of the region that remains undiscovered by many.

The Conquest of Avalon

August

The Conquest of Avalon

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