As the route follows the descent of the river from both it’s sources, the courses are relatively flat and provide the opportunity for some relatively fast trail running with the usual hazards that this provides, such as stiles, uneven ground, technical underfoot conditions. There is a diversion in place outside Corbridge due to river bank erosion which presents the only significant climb throughout the entire route.
The routes follow public footpaths and is therefore waymarked for much of the way, with the added benefit of the river providing good navigation. The routes will also be aided where necessary with reflective tape and signs. We recommend that you study the route and carry a course map with you. We also recommend that you download the course GPX file if you are using an electronic navigation device.
Transport will be provided from the race finish to the race start on the morning of the event. There will be a charge for this service for those who wish to use it, but this will be kept to the minimum amount possible. Our wish is to ensure competitors race experience is as easy and hassle free as possible.
Due to the remoteness of the race starts and the limited parking available we do not recommend that you leave your vehicle at the start. If you are travelling with family/supporters, we will be providing information to assist them.
Please wear clothing that you are comfortable running in but also suitable for the weather conditions and also the significant climatic changes which can take place over the duration of the event. Regarding footwear, it would be sensible to wear off road trainers/trail shoes given almost all of the routes are on this terrain.
Amongst other things the entry fee provides you with a running number, race timing, nutrition as outlined at the checkpoints, full race support provided by the event crew including assistance as necessary, such as race drop-out support, medical cover and additional route marking. Finishers will also receive medal and t-shirt.
The total number of competitors in the Race series will be limited to 250.
We will close entry to the Races 14 days prior to the race or when the maximum number of entrants is reached.
Unfortunately no entries will be accepted after online entries close.
Under UKA rules you must be 20 or over to compete in Ultra Distance events.
No, but we strongly recommend that you are comfortable with long distance running (preferably marathon distance) and also have experience of off-road/trail running. Please ensure that for the 75km race you are comfortable running at least 17 miles unsupported. Please also be aware that for the 150km races a proportion of these may/will be run in the dark and as such we would recommend that you are comfortable running and navigating (although the route will be well marked) in the dark and also running with a head torch.
There are many useful online tools to assist you such as UltraMarathonRunning.com. We will also hope to arrange some taster days in the build up to the race including running parts of the race route – look out for e-mails from us on this once you have signed up.
If competitors withdraw prior to the event, the following costs are incurred:
180 days or more before event – 50% refund
Between 179 days and 60 days – 25% refund
Less than 60 days – no refunds will be given.
Unfortunately we are unable to defer entries to subsequent years.
We may need to modify the route or even cancel the event, if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, such as, but not limited, to a force majeure (event that is a result of nature e.g. severe flooding). Should this arise and it is deemed to negatively impact upon the safety of the event we will communicate this to you as soon as practicable via the e-mail address you have provided. A decision to cancel the event may in extreme circumstances be taken on the day or during the course of the event. The safety of competitors, spectators and race officials and volunteers is our overriding priority.
Should the event be cancelled we will do everything possible to reschedule the event to a future date. All entries will be carried forward to this new date. Should the event be cancelled due to these circumstances and due to the fixed costs associated with the event we will not be able to provide refunds on this basis.
In the event of abandonment, postponement or cancellation of the event we will have no responsibility for any associated costs of competitors including travel and accommodation costs.
Contact details for the Event Director will be provided to all competitors at registration.