We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

Hey there, Don't forget to log in and join the conversation Log in

Cystric Fibrosis Great Strides 65 Ultra

08-Jun-2019 Seale, Surrey, UK (England)

YOUR RATING

Image Mask
3 REVIEWS
Trail Race Race Terrain
65KM / 40Miles
1 Day - 65 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £60 GBP

Take on the Great Strides Ultra Marathon route this year and see the Surrey Hills - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

The Great Strides 65 Ultra is a circular trail run starting between Guildford and Farnham and passing through the Surrey Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. It uses the well-established route for the “Great Strides 65” challenge event (a team sponsored walk).

The route begins, and ends, on the Hampton Estate, just outside Seale, and travels along the North Downs Way as far as Moor Park (close to the edge of Farnham).

The route then heads south to Tilford and crosses Hankley Common before a long climb up to the Devil’s Punchbowl on the edge of Hindhead. Having skirted the edge of the Punchbowl, the route drops under the A3 before climbing to Bowlhead Green; from there the route passes through Hambledon and the edge of Hascombe before crossing the Wintershall Estate and turning north along the Downs Link to Bramley.

Having passed around the north of Chinthurst Hill, the route climbs up to Blackheath before dropping down to the Tilling Bourne next to the old gunpowder mills for the steepest climb of the route from Chilworth Manor to the top of St Martha’s Hill (maximum gradient 31.1%!).

From St Martha’s the route leads back along the North Downs Way, passing through the edge of Guildford and crossing the Loseley Estate before reaching Puttenham. The finish is reached after a short climb to the top of Puttenham Common.

  • Approximately 65km/roughly 40 miles
  • Total climb is approximately 3800 feet
  • We recommend you aim to finish within 10 hours
  • There will be portaloos at some checkpoints, and public toilets at others
  • This is a self-navigated route (*.gpx and *.kml files available)

There are mainly marked footpaths (expect loose stone, sand, rock, mud and potential boggier sections depending on the weather); some short road stretches.

All runners will be required to certify their fitness to participate in the event, both at the time of entry and at registration on the day. Race paramedics will be available throughout the event. Further details will be given in the information pack which all entrants will receive.

Trickier sections of the course will be marked with red and white tape. Road stretches and crossings will not be marshalled (although caution walker/runner signs will be deployed to alert drivers); it will be the responsibility of the runner to self-navigate and negotiate such crossings/stretches successfully.

Seven intermediate feeding stations at approximately 5-6 mile intervals.

Minimum requirements for kit will be detailed in the information pack which all entrants will receive.

Hot and cold food/drink will be available at the start/finish line.

Avatar

Event Organiser
Cystic Fibrosis Trust

VIEW PROFILE
LIKE WHAT YOU READ?
SIGN UP FOR MORE

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.

Review Cystric Fibrosis Great Strides 65 Ultra

You must be logged in to add your review, click here to login or register

Comment Arrow

mdouglasrunfold

10:23 21-09-18

One of our runners has kindly given us permission to share his review - Many thanks to Kirk and hope to see you again in 2019. Here is the link to his report
http://enhancingexistence.blogspot.com/2017/06/great-strides-65km-ultra.html

Comment Arrow

CFDaddy

10:43 10-09-18

Also ran this in 2017 & 2018 and already registered for 2019. Challenging Ultra in fantastic surroundings complimented by excellent organisation & phenomenal support from the volunteers, runners & Trekkers. In addition to all that, you are helping to support & raise awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Community. It's my favourite Ultra & I absolutely recommend this to everyone.

Comment Arrow

gmorp

06:21 09-09-18

I ran this in 2017 and 2018, it's first and second years. It is mostly off-road, with a few challenging climbs through the Surrey Hills. The route is stunning, and the event is very well-organised, with frequent and well-stocked aid stations. There is always a great atmosphere from the volunteers and friendly fellow runners. I highly recommend it.

Have you run one of these races?

Add your race review
to the race page for your
chance to win great kit
like these

Not a member?

Join Now

It takes less than
a minute