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GUTS Ultra

23-Sep-2017 Barnes KT24 5HX, London, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
58KM / 36Miles
1 Day - 1000 Runners

Alternate Distances: 21KM/13M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £60 GBP

We’ve teamed up with local charity GUTS to deliver the GUTS Ultra, a 58km run from London to Guildford. The scenic course takes in the Thames footpath, Richmond Park and North Downs.

Medals for all finishers.

Entry fees:

  • Ultra – £60
  • Half Marathon – £26

GENERAL INFORMATION

What
A 58km run from London to Guildford town centre all in aid of local charity GUTS - fighting bowel cancer.
An off road half marathon from Effingham Junction to Guildford, in aid of local charity GUTS - fighting bowel cancer.

Where
Ultra: Barn Elms Athletics Ground, SW13 9SA
Half: Effingham Junction, KT24 5HX

When
23 September 2017 - Ultra - 0700 Half - 1000

Travel

Barnes station is a short walk from the start line.
Effingham Junction station is the start line for the Half Marathon.
Guildford is on the main line to London and stops at Effingham Junction.
Change at Clapham Junction to get to Barnes.

Baggage

What to wear
Sturdy, worn in trail shoes, waterproof, water and food, charged mobile phone.
Hydration pack with energy gels that work for you.

Course

A mix of river side running, urban landscapes and then forest trails to the finish line. The route will follow the Thames down to Hampton Court, head South across Esher Common, Oxshott Heath and around Cobham. Once under the M25 it continues on to Effingham and then up to the North Downs Way (phew) and along the trail down into Guildford.
It is down to the runner to follows the route markers and to cross any roads in the safest way possible.

Aid stations with food and drink approximately every 10km. Details to follow.

The route will be fully marked.

GPS Route
Elevation Graph (1893 feet of climbing total).

Timing
Chip timing will be provided

First aid
First aid will be available on the day.

Toilets
Toilets and changing will be available at the start line of the Ultra.
Toilets will be available at the start line of the Half Marathon.

Refreshment
There will be fully stocked aid stations at approximately every 10k. Details to be confirmed.

Don't forget
Your most comfortable off-road running shoes, head torch (compulsory), fully charged mobile phone (compulsory) and hydration system which works for you.

Other information
GUTS fighting Bowel Cancer, is the beneficiary of the event. The entry fee of this Ultra distance run covers the cost of the event only. Please take the time to raise sponsorship or make a donation via the entry page.

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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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Benw05

09:54 01-10-17

This was my 2nd ultra race and a lot shorter distance than my first. The race appealed to me as I have wanted to run back from London to Guildford after work, I thought I would use the opportunity to have a marked route and aid stations! :) also some of the money went to charity.

The route was a nice route and the organisers managed to find a lot of trails for us to run on by using parks and river paths. The aid stations were pretty basic and had no gels or other isotonic or other snacks. They mainly consisted of nuts chocolate cake and jelly babies, coke and water. This wasn’t a problem as the race wasn’t to long and I also had enough gels. I personally would have preferred some crisps or other savoury snacks as I often get sick of all the sugar.

The route markings were ok. I felt in sections they could have done with a few more as they could be quite spaced out and also turns could have been marked better. I actually missed a turn which had a bit of a dubiously placed arrow marker. I ended up running 1.5 miles before realising the error. On the way back I collected 6 other runners which was about a 7th of the total field. The mistake actually cost me the podium. But I could have been more vigilant and checked the route more carefully that I had loaded on my watch.

Overall I would recommend this race especially as a first ultra. The volunteers were fantastic and the race was really well organised. The medals were really well designed. AAT put on really good events and this was no exception. With a couple of little additions it would be a perfect ultra for any ultra runner or anybody looking to compete their first ultra.

10% off in the pub at the finish was also a great touch :) :)

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FeetInTheCrowds

04:47 23-09-17

A friendly and well organised race with an interesting route

I have done a couple of other trail races and a sportive organised by AAT Events and they have always been effectively organised with a friendly atmosphere - this was no exception. The route was an interesting way to escape from London; given the areas run through, there was inevitably quite a bit of running on roads or tarmac paths but the route planners had done a good job of trying to minimise this, with strategic use of parks and the Thames path, and there was the 'carrot' of knowing that there was some great trail running towards the end on and around the North Downs Way.

Since the route is fairly flat and mostly on benign surfaces, this is comparative runnable ultra - at least if you ignore St Martha's! - so it could make a fairly gentle start to ultras for a road runner.

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