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Endurancelife - Coastal Trail Series - Dorset

01-Dec-2018 Lulworth Cove, Dorset, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
72KM / 45Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 53KM/33M 43KM/27M 26KM/16M 10KM/6M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £33 GBP

Given World Heritage status in 2001, The Jurassic Coast Path through Dorset is quite simply unique.

This is the only location on the planet where in a few short hours of trail running you will travel through a few million years of earth time - all with the ocean as a glorious backdrop. Oh yes, and those years are represented in hills...

Come and join us for our Dorset 10K, half marathon, marathon, ultra and ultra PLUS courses – a tough trail runner's paradise.

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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.

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gioelepassoni

07:29 01-02-18

I did the Ultra+ (45 miles). The race was well organised and everything went smooth. The track was well signaled and I have never felt not safe! The locations was also pretty stunning.

Things that could improve are: the route was made by some sort of 3-4 loops. The food and drinks at the stations were not great (only water, bananas, biscuits and jellies). Having to chip in sort of manually was also annoying at times.

However, overall the race was pretty good and I can recommend it. Also, it's one of the few races that you can actually find in December in the UK, and in Europe!

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pasc

05:42 22-01-18

I ran the Ultra (33.3 miles) in 2017. The weather was perfect when I did it, sometimes you can be lucky in December :-)
The event is very well organised, it is quite big as they are many distance options. The course is well sign posted, impossible to get lost. The aid station are pretty basic, so take your own food and electrolyte drink if you want to be on the safe side. The course is absolutely brutal! Up, down, up, down.... And the ups are super steep!
I gave 4 stars because, as others mentioned, having to go through the finish a couple of times because you can actually finish is not great.

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Leema73

08:52 07-12-17

This was my first ever ultra, ran the 33.5 miles - 53km run. Weather was great, start was good and the Marshalls were friendly and helpful. Course was pretty brutal, I expected the elevation and trained for it - although the gradient though was tough.
Really enjoyed the course and the great views, though aid stations were a little basic but other than that - all good.
Great experience for a first ultra.

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SamStaggersOn

08:12 05-12-17

My 3rd year in a row at this event. Beautiful scenery, brutal hills and luckily good weather this year! Ran the Ultra+ (45 miles) which meant two additional loops via the start/finish line which was unwelcome. The volunteers were all fantastic and would highly recommend. Only reason for 4* is they ran out of water at one of the checkpoints at the top of a long climb! Longer review on my blog

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Peter Telford

07:42 02-12-17

I did the 2017 (and 2016) ultra event (53Km) - this is a really excellent run with beautiful scenery. The weather this year was perfect - slightly cold but little wind and you could see for miles. The marshals and crowds were fantastic - really helpful and supportive. The course is really well signed and organised. Although this is billed as Intermediate be prepared for lots of hills and the 10Km loop at the end of the marathon is a mental test.
Would I do it again - yes.

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Pecorari

10:19 26-06-17

Great race, beautiful scenery however it's pretty painful having to loop round the start again!

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alflowersruns

02:04 17-01-16

I ran this one in 2015 and conditions were pretty tough with steady winds of about 40 to 50mph and reports of gusts up to 80mph - it made for hard going and with the sustained uphills and exposed coastal trail made this a real test of endurance and mental strength!

I ran the Ultra (53k) and can make the following observations about the race:

1. The elevation profile and course GPX provided by the organiser was spot on.
2. The views are fantastic.
3. Having to run through the start twice during the race is a real test of mental strength!
4. Aid stations are very basic. If you require anything more than water and jelly babies then carry your own gear!
5. Marshalls and race staff are some of the friendliest I've come across in my years of racing. Really supportive.
6. There aren't too many places around Lulworth to carb load the night before or to eat the night after the race so book in advance.
7. HILLS.

Would I do this one again? Most definitely! Would I hope for lighter winds and clearer skies? Absolutely!

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claphamchasers

09:29 21-12-15

The Dorset CTS Dorset is one of only two events in the CTS series to be labelled 'extreme'. However, it's fair to say with it's consistent rolling hills along the Jurassic coast & up to 8000 ft of ascent, it could easily be ranked a 6.

Every other year I've done this event we have had stunning weather, but the 2015 edition broke that pattern and gave us howling winds reaching over 50mph, which literally knocked some runners off their feet! Nevertheless, the race went ahead, the marshalls were their usual friendly and good humoured selves, the views were stunning and the hills were both brutal and endless!

This is a great event for all distances, tough and beautiful in equaL measures. However, the longer distances (ultra, and ultra+) all pass through the start more than once and involve repeating certain sections, which can make for a real mental challenge. Worth it though!

You need to assume you will be essentially self-sufficient on these events, take your own food and any energy drink you may require as the aid stations are relatively minimal (although they always have enough water). The organisation is slick, and EnduranceLife manage to retain that friendly small-event feel despite being quite a large and established operation. All the events in the series are well worth doing, but Dorset is definitely the toughest. However, Lulworth also has the biggest selection of ciders we've ever seen, and some of the most impressive views!

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Bridger19

06:45 18-12-15

I recently ran the CTS Dorset Ultra event, it was my first Ultra Marathon. Some particularly windy conditions and a hilly course made for a tough introduction to Ultra Marathon running, but I thought the event was awesome! Great course with stunning views. Well organised and signposted and some well positioned feed stations (the salty crisps were a personal favourite!). Top day!

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afauron

10:21 15-12-15

I completed this event in 2014 when the ultra was 75kms (instead of 50kms now). A tough course, there is no doubt about it (graded 5 out of 5 on Endurance Life's scale of horribleness)! But I can absolutely assure you that the scenery will blow your mind and make you forget about whatever pain you might be in!
This race does not kid around and you find yourself struggling up a STEEP climb within the first kilometre. But that's a small price to pay when you get to be running along the sea side on a beautiful cliff while the sun gets up on a beautiful winter day.
The aid stations are well spread out and provide enough food, electrolytes, sodas, whatever you might need. The event was well organised and the course well marked. While there is no doubt that you’ll need solid training to pull that one out of the hat, it is a beautiful course and a well organised event and that’s pretty much all you need to know before deciding to sign up!

You can read a full race report here:
https://racesandwritings.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/dorse-cts-ultra-part-ii-on-learning-to-let-go-and-overwhelming-beauty/

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