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Green Man Midnight Express

24-Aug-2018 Long Ashton Community Centre, Somerset, UK (England)

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72KM / 45Miles
1 Day

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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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Attila the Run

10:06 20-02-18

Run in 2017...

A reverse loop of the ever popular Green Man Ultra, Midnight Express offers a different and rewarding challenge.

Run in August, the trails are certainly less of a mud bath than the March GMU but setting off at midnight guarantees a good deal of the race is run in the dark. Like the GMU it's a self navigation event and you certainly need to confident on the route.

What really makes the event is the low key 'stripped back' nature. It attracts less runners than the GMU and there is a brilliant spirit between the small field. However, be prepared for the fact that you may end up running solo as the small field and the night running means that you can quickly lose sight of other runners. To avoid that, simply walk the room at the start as you are bound to find someone to buddy up with...unless you are after a course record. The support is also more low key but no less enthusiastic and welcome than for its big brother.

One final point of note, whilst you should be able to enjoy better weather than the March event, running in reverse sees you hitting the biggest climb over Dundry at around 40 miles, rather than within the first 5 as for the GMU.

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