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Durham Dales Challenge

23-Jun-2018 Wolsingham, Northumbria, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
48KM / 30Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 26KM/16M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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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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Dagmar

08:13 04-07-16

2016 was the 6th consecutive year I participated. It's a fantastically hospitable and well organised event with Mountain Rescue backup. The route keeps you interested due to its variety of farmland, moorland, forest, river valley. It's the highlight of the year for me. The time you run it in will vary much on weather conditions. If it is very wet some river/burn crossings can be a bit of an adventure and the mud quite deep in places.

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Shorty297

05:35 04-07-16

This was my first Ultra & i LOVED it!- checkpoints were stocked with amazing food & superb marshalls & volunteers- def doing it again next year only next time we should be able to run more of it as my buddy got blisters at mile 11 :-(

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mishmash89

04:56 04-07-16

I ran this event in 2016 for the first time. It is LWDA event, so there are lots of walkers. Runners are the minority.

The race organisation was OK, but the route description was only sent out the week prior to the event so doing a recce was out of the question for most people. I believe the route was much the same as previous years, but there had been some changes due to flooding. It would have been nice to have the route description with more time to spare. The route description was also very vague in points ("cross several fields", etc), and used landmarks that were not available to see on an OS map.

On the day, the only thing I can fault was the number of toilets available before the race. There were only 3 available and we nearly missed the start because we waited for so long. Everything else was organised brilliantly. The checkpoints were very good, with friendly people and lots of nice food. We also got a meal at the end which was very nice!

The route itself was really scenic with lots of hills and trails. The terrain wasn't particularly difficult, but some of the fields etc. were impossible to run on because they were very uneven.

In previous years, the organisers have provided a results list with times, but this year they decided not to, which was a problem for us as the race was in our club championship. I suppose that we can't complain too much about it though, as it is primarily a walking event!

Overall, I definitely want to do the challenge again - it's a great day out!

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