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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.

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Take on the dramatic landscape straddling the England & Wales border - an area of outstanding natural beauty. A Chepstow start then through woodlands and the limestone cliffs of the Wye gorge, with the magical twisting riverside path passing Tintern Abbey enroute to Ross-on-Wye at half way. You'll climb Capler Hill to the Iron Age fort, and traverse above the river before Hereford's cathedral comes into view, and a welcome finish line after an amazing 100km journey with full support and the best hospitality all the way.

It's Your Challenge - Your Way.

It will be fun, rewarding, and absolutely achievable with some training, determination and spirit! Join us and 2,000 other adventurers for an unforgettable weekend in this stunning British countryside, and push yourself further in 2018!

Join us for an unforgettable weekend - get in shape and push yourself further in 2018.

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Wye Valley Challenge

Coleford, GB
Wye Valley Challenge
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Starting on the bank of the Usk river in the market town of Brecon, the Beacons100 ultra marathon will take you on a journey across the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, an area we absolutely adore due to its beautiful scenery, and unforgiving terrain.

In a similar fashion to our winter event, the Beacons Ultra, you will find very tough terrain, fell in abundance, changeable weather conditions and the finest support to get you to the finish line. Completion = 6 UTMB points for your efforts.

To enter the Beacons100 it is expected that you will have completed a minimum of one 40 mile trail event in the 2017/2018 season and you can navigate effectively. We will host free navigation and footcare seminars leading up the event so if you are unsure about your navigation ability don't let that put you off. We welcome runners and hikers alike. Be aware that this is an incredibly tough adventure!

The Beacons 100 will begin at 20.00hrs on the 17th of August with a cut off time of 18.00hrs on the 19th of August.

Beacons 100

Brecon, Powys, GB
Beacons 100
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This Challenge takes in some of England's finest scenery as a walk, jog or run. An Eastbourne start, up the infamous Beachy Head, through the Seven Sisters Country Park and along the South Downs Way. A Brighton midpoint, Devils Dyke, stunning views, sunset and sunrise all lie ahead, before the Cathedral spire of historic Arundel comes into view and a welcome finish line after 100k and an amazing personal journey. 50k and 25k options.

Take on some of England's finest scenery - up Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along the South Downs Way with stunning views to a Brighton mid-point. Devil's Dyke, welcome rest stops, ups & downs all lie ahead before historic Arundel comes into view after an amazing journey you'll never forget.

Whether you're a keen walker and new to endurance events, or even a seasoned marathon runner looking to up the distance, your challenge will be unforgettable, with full support & great hospitality all the way.

Eastbourne start on Saturday morning, you'll Walk, Jog, or Run along the coastal path & South Downs Way through day & night (for some) on this 24+ hour challenge all the way to Arundel. The route goes through stunning scenery, with a Brighton half way point, and the undulating path will test you - but will be incredibly rewarding.

With some training and determination you'll be amazed at what you can achieve!

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South Coast Challenge

Eastbourne, East Sussex, GB
South Coast Challenge

The Ultra Tour of Dartmoor (U.T.D) is set to become a classic. It has been in the planning for almost two years. It has finally come to fruition, and with the creation of this unique event we believe we have the most exciting new ultra distance race in the country. The brief was to create the most challenging and adventurous way to circumnavigate the Moor within a 100 mile event. A complete tour, encompassing as many wild and not-to-be-missed places as possible, a landscape steeped in myths and legend.

The Ultra Tour of Dartmoor visits a myriad of Moorland landmarks, picture-postcard villages and crosses an intense diversity of terrain, from its wild remote heart to the satellite leafy woodland glades and meandering riverside trails of its outer edges.

With the Dartmoor 100 and Dartmoor Granite 50, we wanted to create something very special for ultra-distance runners, and we wanted to do it the right way. A way that was true to ourselves primarily as runners and secondly as race organisers. Our take on it was that there had to be a purpose, an end-game. Not simply to run 100 miles. Starting a long race needs a motivation, an incentive. Its a journey of discovery.. an adventure.! The motivation, we believe, would not merely be in the running but also in that journey. The reward would be in the discovery and the adventure of touring the whole of Dartmoor the last wild place in Southern England.

Ultra Tour of Dartmoor

Okehampton, Devon, GB
Ultra Tour of Dartmoor

The race is non-stop and will continue through the night. The route will incorporate multiple loops through the beautiful grounds of the Grimsthorpe estate. Runners will carry electronic timing chips that will record the lap times. The terrain is a mixture of a limestone trail , tarmac and field trails. At the end of each loop entrants will return to the main check point where they have access to their tent supplies. All entrants are required to bring a tent to put their supplies in that they will need for the duration of the event.

The GrimReaper UltraMarathon is a non-stop race in teams or as solo runner/walkers that continue through the night for those doing the longer distances Incorporating multiple 10 mile loops around the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle Estate. Teams can be made up of between 2-4 persons and will share the distance out between the team members. Teams and solo runners/walkers can choose between 40 ,70 or 100 miles. All race distances start at the same time and all have the same time limit of 26 hours. Camping available and a great atmosphere guaranteed.

All competitors will be expected to manage their own time, deciding how long to spend resting and refueling during the event.

The GrimReaper Ultra

Bourne, GB
The GrimReaper Ultra
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Race HQ is at St. Polycarps Primary School in Farnham a short walk from Farnham station. The race itself starts at the trail head of the North Downs Way. Farnham Station is directly between race HQ and the start point, around 200 metres from both. Runners will walk down to the race start following the race briefing.

The finish is at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford.

The 2018 race route follows the North Downs Way footpath, from Farnham in the west to Ashford in the East, for it's duration with two deviations only, to the 50 mile aid station, and the finish location.

A map of the route can be found at the bottom of this page. The distance of the route is 103 miles. The race is still called the NDW100.

North Downs Way 100

Farnham, Surrey, GB
North Downs Way 100

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

Frome, Somerset, GB
Mendip Marauder
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A 42-mile point-to-point ultramarathon along the West Highland Way trail through the highlands of Scotland from Tyndrum to Fort William.

The Devil o' the Highlands race was first to run in 2003 making it the 2nd oldest ultramarathon in Scotland (after the West Highland Way Race). The 2018 event will be the 19th anniversary.

Devil O’ The Highlands Footrace

Fort William, Highland, GB
Devil O’ The Highlands Footrace

Peaks & Trails is a picturesque run starting and finishing in the heart of Dunkeld, Victoria over the weekend of Saturday, 4 August to Sunday, 5 August 2018.

The weekend offers something for all levels of trail enthusiast with access to beautiful Southern Grampians trails and a number of private trails normally inaccessible to the public.

Saturday has the 6.2km Mt Abrupt Short Course Challenge, and Sunday has 50km, 26km, 22km, 11km and 6.4km trail runs and the Salt Creek Kids Dash.

Peaks & Trails

Dunkeld, Victoria, AU
Peaks & Trails

England's longest river path from the source of the Thames in the Cotswolds, to the Thames Barrier in Greenwich, a distance of 184 miles. The challenge is to complete the entire length over a four day period. The Thames Challenge is the 'Sister' event of The Severn Challenge. Each daily Ultra - Cotswold Ultra, Oxford Ultra, Windsor Ultra, Richmond Ultra - can be done individually. 10-13 August.

The BRC Thames Challenge

Kemble, Gloucestershire, GB
The BRC Thames Challenge

First stage of the 4-day Thames Challenge, which can be done as a single one-day Ultra. 45 miles from the source of the Thames through the Cotswolds, taking in several meanders, pretty bridges and locks. Competitors of the Thames Challenge & the Cotswold Ultra, must arrive at Kemble Station for registration and equipment checks.

After a short trek from Kemble Station, along the Thames Path to the source, competitors retrace their steps back to Wysis Way then continue on The Thames Path through Neigh Bridge Country Park and on to Manor Ho.
Crossing back and forth over a couple of bridges you pass Lower Mill Nature Reserve to the right, Aston Keynes and onto Cricklade the first township of the Thames.
From Castle Eaton village the route strays from the river until Blackford Farm where it re-joins the Thames briefly before again departing over meadows until meeting again just before Lechlade.
Taking in several meanders, pretty bridges and locks, going through Shifford Lock, and Newbridge, eventually arriving at Bablock Hythe which is the conclusion of The Cotswold Ultra.

The Cotswold Ultra

Kemble, Gloucestershire, GB
The Cotswold Ultra

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