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A Coventry Way Challenge

07-Apr-2019 Old Road, Meriden, Coventry, England / West Midlands, UK (England)

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64KM / 40Miles
1 Day - 250 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

A walking or running, solo or relay event of 40 miles for fun or charity. This event is marshalled and the entry fee includes a map and route description booklet.

Sweet and savoury food and cold drinks will be available at the 7 checkpoints. A meal for all will be provided post race. There is a bag zone at the start line.

Although starting times are flexible (last start is at 10am) there will be cut-off times enforced at each checkpoint.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Mr_B

06:41 14-04-16

My first ever ultra so I have nothing to compare it to. Living locally (3 miles from the start) I could think of no better event to dip my toes into the world of ultra running. What a fab event!! A well marked route with the added bonus of a route booklet. The feed stations were well stocked and plentiful, with 2 extra unofficial ones as it was quite warm for the time of the year. Everyone involved was extremely welcoming and friendly! The route had it been dry would have been an easy one, however the rain meant that some of the fields and bridleways were extremely boggy/muddy! We love mud though don`t we!! The steps at the very end of the event though were not what I wanted to see, although I`d soon forgotten about about them when I was tucking into my well deserved baked potato!
For anyone new to the distance I`d recommend it as there is no real pressure on time! Ill be back!!

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Cotswoldcharitychallenge2016

01:43 14-04-16

This year saw me run my first ever ultra and what a great event to choose as a newbie. This event is simply amazing when you consider it costs only £15. From start to finish I came across friendly and helpful volunteers. The route was relatively easy to follow and the accompanying map meant any issues could be overcome. The route is very flat and ideal for PB seekers, first timers or those wishing to see the area from a different perspective. The feed stations were well stocked and frequent. My only suggestion would be to have more savouries at the latter feed stations as we don't all have a sweet tooth. With a maximum of 250 people (including many walkers and relay teams) it had the feel of a small friendly event. You also get fed at the end and the finish is at a pub 😀 The bar has now been set for my ultra expectations and I expect to pay a lot more money for them to be matched. 9.5/10

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irnwk

02:42 16-04-15

Living close to Coventry, I decided to run my first ultra in A Coventry Way (ACW) Challenge. ACW is a relatively low key event, organised by the people that take care of the Coventry Way walks and as such is also relatively budget friendly, compared to other events. In terms of the course, it is anything but hilly, so it also makes a great introduction to the 40 miles distance, it is one less thing to worry about.
The organisation and volunteers at each checkpoint were fantastic, and the event is superbly managed. Everyone is friendly and is out to enjoy a nice time. You won't be seeing the scenery that races in the Peak District etc give you, but the course does provide some nice moments with a traditional English landscape. Highly recommended.

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