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Calderdale Way Ultra Races

01-Jun-2019 Todmorden, Lancashire / Yorkshire, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
81KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 150 Runners

Alternate Distances: 46KM/29M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £45 GBP

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Famed for its iconic landmarks, immense scenery and runnable hills, the trails and fells of The Calderdale Way are a favourite among runners and walkers from the North of England.

You may have experienced parts of the course in The Calderdale Way Relays, or perhaps it's part of your favourite training runs - up to Stoodley Pike for example. Be one of the few runners to complete the full Calderdale Way route in one go in our 50.5 mile Ultra-marathon. Competing as either solo or in pairs, you'll race across some of the best loved running hills in the North West of England. The 50.5 mile option also carries 2 points towards the North Face® Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc®.

Looking to compete in your first Ultra ? Ticked off the marathon ?

The 28.5 mile option is a great introduction for runners looking to make the step-up into running and competing in Ultra-marathons.

 

THE EVENT CAN BE RUN AS SOLO OR PAIRS.

The CWUltra Long is:

50.5 miles (81.3km) and 7000ft (2134m) of ascent.

The 50.5 mile carries 2UTMB points.

The CWUltra short is:

28.5 miles (46km) and 3747ft (1142m) of ascent.

For pricing please check website as we have earlybird offers that are changing every few months up until the event.

 

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John Lloyd

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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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SarahCrunning

12:27 23-09-18

I ran this is 2018, and it is a lovely route in a beautiful part of the country. All the Cannonball Events team are enthusiastic and helpful, and the race has a friendly feel. It is relatively small and low key, which I enjoyed. The Calderdale Way has some great climbs and varied terrain, but the majority is runnable. There is the odd tricky section, but it is not overly technical. There is some tarmac to plod through, but no long road sections. The route is challenging but suitable for anyone who has experience of running off-road and doesn't mind hills.

There is quite a long gap between a couple of the checkpoints. Had the weather been hotter (which it easily could be in June), then this might have been too long given that there were places where a checkpoint could easily have been located a few miles earlier. Other than that, the event is well supported, and the checkpoints fairly well stocked. The volunteers are extremely helpful and friendly.

I did have a few minor issues with navigation. The Calderdale Way could use a few more waymarkers. The event team had attempted to add additional signs or markers where needed, but there were a few places where the route wasn't obvious and there were no markings, and other places where there were unnecessary additional arrows. There is a GPX file of the route, which I used. However, it had clearly been made using a map that was wasn't zoomed in sufficiently - the main trail direction was accurate, but quite a few turnings were way off, and most people seemed to have some navigation issues and bonus miles. Nothing huge, but there is room for improvement here.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the event and it is worth adding to your bucket list. Keep your wits about you as regards navigation and make sure you have enough supplies to get you up to 12 steep miles between checkpoints.

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clarkhind

08:10 18-06-16

Ran the 50(.5!) miles race in 2016. Organised by John at Cannonball who is enthusiastic, loves a chat with all the runners and willing to help/advise in any way possible. This was my first ultra and loved it. Great scenic route along the same course used for the Calderdale Way Fell relays. The race has only run three years (I believe) so still very low key but expect to grow in popularity. I would recommend to anyone.

Link to my race write up - http://wp.me/p7B5V5-n

Link to Strava profile of the course - https://www.strava.com/activities/598151642

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bangey73

09:46 14-06-16

Enjoyable run through some great scenery, pretty villages with some nice trails. Got my first race win, so will always have good memories for me.

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Ginger Running Man

12:17 08-06-16

Great race full reveiw at gingerrunningman.com

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