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Eco-Trail de Brussels

07-Sep-2019 Chalet Robinson in the Bois de la Cambre, Belgium

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80KM / 50Miles
1 Day

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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PhilipSmith

09:31 19-09-18

I took part in the 2018 Ecotrail Brussels event. What attracted me about it was that it was a chance for a short trip away and fitted nicely timing wise between Race to the King and Wendover Woods 50. Compared to UK events the lead up information was ok, advice on hotels and location was pretty good. Race number pick up was simple on the day before and I was chatting to a couple of participants and this year they had changed the course due to complaints about course markings from 2017. The race start area was really well set-up, everything you could need, enough toilets, bag drop, volunteers and a nice little buzz. The race briefing was really clear and provided in several languages, the 80km runners then got buses to the start line...well what we thought was the start line. We then walked (as a group) about 1km to get a photo outside the EU Commission building, then eventually made it to the start line, which was in a park. They had drummers and the atmosphere was pretty cool. The course was great in terms of terrain, and they were right when they said 95% is on trails. The actual terrain was a good mixture of gravel trails, woodland trails and lots of sections of narrow paths covered in tree routes. There were a few sections of cobbles, but they only lasted for .25 or .5 of a mile. It's no surprise that the advertised elevation was over 800m short of what it actually was on the new route. The main challenge with the route was the course markings, they used flags in the ground and tape hanging from trees, I took a wrong turn once and came across a few others that had also taken wrong turns. The checkpoints / fuel stops were great, but longer apart in distance than some of the UK ultras, at 20km, 42km, 61km then 72km. The finish area was at a Race course and was set-up really well, even if you had to go up around 150 steps to get to the finish line. I finished in 15th place in 8hrs 19mins, if you are looking for an 'easy' 4 UTMB points, an enjoyable ultra and a weekend away then this might be ideal for you.

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tony.oerlemans

10:11 19-10-15

Ran this last month. It was my first run ever over marathon distance (wether racing or training), so this might bias my review.

I thought organization was up to par. Big events might have things more tightly organized but this was the good mix between organization and relaxed atmosphere.

Route was really nice in the beginning, forests and fields up to about the half way mark. After that mainly parks and paved roads so definitely harder grounds. Once it got dark I found it difficult to spot route-marking as, especially within the city, they 'drowned' easily in the superfluous street lights. Managed to hang on to a group with someone with the route in his GPS.

At the end going through the Boudewijn stadium and doing about 240 stairs up to the first ball of the Atomium to finish were great working you up to the high-point of finishing.

After race meal was just so-so however, and the showers were closed when I arrived (way before cut-off time). But I suppose I will be back next year...

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