The Kielder Ultra Trail was a brand new event in 2014 set in the vast expanse of Kielder Water and Forest Park.
The Park spans 600 square kilometres and is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. The area features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks, woodland singletrack and heather clad moorland. Add to this a few little unique features & this will be an ultra trail run like no other.....the perfect way to explore this amazing area.
50km: This is a superb route whether you are looking to complete your first ultra or an experienced runner. The course is one loop encircling Kielder Water, incorporating the tranquil Lewisburn Valley, Kielder Observatory and Skyspace, Kielder Castle, Bakethin Reservoir nature reserve, Kielder Viaduct, Bellingburn Valley & sections of the Lakeside Way. The route also climbs onto open moorland on a number of occasions to offer stunning panoramic views over the whole of Kielder Water and across to the Scottish Border.
80km Course: In addition to the sections covered on the 50km route, the 80km will feature an additional 29km section to the English/Scottish Border. This will incorporate the summits of Peel Fell (at 602m the highest point in the area), Deadwater Fell (571m/1900') and Three Pikes. On a clear day these summits offer spectacular panoramic views from the Cheviot hill range in the east to the Solway Firth & Lake District Fells in the west. This is a tough section covering remote fell terrain. Expect plenty of superb climbing and moorland trails.
100km Course: This will be one full circuit exploring this vast area. In addition to the sections covered on the 50k & 80km routes, the 100km will feature an additional section to Sidwood in the beautiful Tarset valley and returning via Thorneyburn Fell & Falstone village.
The routes will be fully marked so no need for navigation. However, the 100/80k routes cover remote fell terrain. All participants must have the necessary skills to cope with any navigational problems which may occur.
Professionally run event, qualified and experienced personel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, online registration, fully marked routes, route maps, commemorative race t-shirt and unique finishers medal, refreshments at finish, hydration and feed stations, on site catering, event photography, free event parking, toilets, showers.
£35 - 50k
£50 -100k & 80k
Read Simon Pryde's review of the 2014 edition HERE.
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