Ultimate Trails 100k Race

Another easy run this morning.  I’m really pleased with how I’ve recovered from last Saturday’s race.  I’m still being cautious and my heart rate is higher for an easy run than normal but generally it’s good to feel injury free and pain free just a week after the race.

At the beginning of the year I entered two ultra races, Hoka Highland Fling in April and West Highland Way Race in June.  I purposely didn’t plan anything after the summer because firstly we are going to Indonesia for 3 week for our daughter Emma’s wedding to Yonas and secondly I wanted to wait until after the Fling to see how things were going.

I’m keen to do the Hardmoors Grand Slam next year and had thought about doing the Hardmoors 60 in September in preparation for next year.  But last Saturday in our goody bag there was a leaflet about the Ultimate Trails 100k race in the Lake District on Saturday 14th September.

Having really enjoyed running in the Lakes last year for the Lakeland 100 I was immediately interested and even more so when I talked to Gaynor, who is the race director, told me more about it.  Gaynor also said that she has put forward my name to be given a  complimentary place which clinched it!!

Here is a map of the route.  It goes anticlockwise and covers maybe 20% of the ground of the Lakeland 100 but going the opposite direction.

The profile looks like this ….

There is as much ascent and descent as the West Highland Way Race but only 62miles rather than 95miles.  My work colleague Jonny, who ran the Fling last week, has also entered so we can travel down together.

I see from the web site that there are only 27 places left so if you want to join us sign up quick!! 

If you want to read more about it here is the press release about the event …

100K in a Day? – Lake District’s ULTIMATE Trails Challenge

A brand new off road ultra marathon event is being launched by the award winning Lakeland Trails team, taking place on the weekend of 14th/15th September 2013.

The Ultimate Trails Challenge, is a 100km circuit of the central Lake District starts and finishes at Brockhole, Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, and takes in 6 mountain passes, with 14, 000ft of ascent & descent, 5 picturesque lakes and 10 iconic feed stations. The Challenge is to complete the entire circuit within 24 hours. The way marked and marshalled course also has a 50km ultra marathon option covering the final half of the route and starting from Patterdale.

Course Director, Gaynor Prior, one of the UK’s top ultra distance runners, is already convinced the stunning Lake District course will quickly become the most popular ultra marathon in the UK and appeal to an International audience. Gaynor says “Having run the entire route, every step is amazing, the scenery stunning, and the start and finish venue at Brockhole is just a perfect venue to stage such an event.”

The Ultimate Trails Challenge will be supporting the charity Nurture Lakeland and Fix the Fells, and aims to bring a world class ultra marathon event to the Lake District. Already the event has partnered with the world’s biggest ultra marathon –  the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), and the 100km is worth 3 entry credit points for the UTMB.

Event Director, Graham Patten says “This year we’re celebrating our 10th year organising the Lakeland Trails, and we’re responding to the growing demand for personal challenges such as ultra marathons. We wanted to create something truly unique here in the Lake District, and to offer a real challenge to everyone – runners and walkers alike, to achieve something remarkable by completing 100km in a day, in a safe, enjoyable and environmentally responsible event. We hope normal everyday people will see completing the Ultimate Trails as their equivalent to experienced fell runners tackling the epic Bob Graham Round”

Early bird entry is available until 30th April and entry numbers are being restricted for this first year on a first come, first served basis. Already the event is over 50% full, so we’re advising people to book now to guarantee their place. Entry includes electronic chip timing, food and drinks along the route, event T shirt memento, digital photo memento out on the course, a meal at the finish and coach transfer to the start (50km only).
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