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Guernsey Ultra

19-May-2019 Liberation Monument, St Peter Port, Guernsey, UK (Channel Islands)

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58KM / 36Miles
1 Day - 100 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £40 GBP

A 36 mile mixed terrain race around the island of Guernsey in the Channel islands. 

Easy navigation - the course is fully marked and you just need to keep the sea on your left!

The race starts in the picturesque town of St Peter Port before leading on to 16 miles of beautifully rugged cliffs.  There will be a water stop checkpoint at 8 miles with the first full checkpoint at Portlet, the end of the cliff section.  Here you can access your drop bag, water, get food and drinks from the checkpoint and hot drinks and ice-cream from the beach kiosk (included in entry).

From here it is fairly flat going along the west coast, where you will enjoy the view of the sweeping bays and beaches. Take some money as you may want to treat yourself to an ice cream or a cold drink from one of the kiosks.

At around mile 25 there will be another fully stocked checkpoint and kiosk to replenish you before continuing around the north coast of the island and finally the east coast back to St Peter Port and the finish.

Trail shoes are recommended for the cliffs - you can always put a change of shoes at the Portlet checkpoint for the flatter section as there are some unavoidable road sections.

This is an ideal race for those wanting to step up to ultra distance.  With the checkpoints further apart than you may be used to when running marathons, this will accustom you to the more self-sufficient way  that most ultra races are run.
The safety and enjoyment or our runners are important to us.  We will do our best to give you first class race support and help you on your way to the finish.  

T-shirt and medal for all finishers.
Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st Female, 1st Male.
Ascent/Descent: Around 1000 metres.

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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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Helenbly

12:16 24-06-17

If you're looking for stunning views, trails, climbs, roads and beaches then this is the race for you. 16 miles of challenging steps and elevation through the tree line, followed by 20 miles of roads. The route follows the coast and does a loop of Guernsey, starting and finishing in St Peters Port. The scenery is divine, the race incredibly well organised, the CPs well stocked with even free ice cream at mile 26. The course is really well marked and one you'll never forget!!

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JamesMidgley

02:43 31-05-16

I have ran mountains all over the world and can say the Guernsey cliffs are in my top .....1. The light on gorse, the technicolor flower carpet on which you float, and the tantalizing edges make a magical first section. Bags of support when the going gets flat, with golden crescent sand and turquoise waters. The final section is Baghdad on a bad day in comparison to the previous 31 mile sea of tranquility. But that's the motivation to finish. Very friendly lovely atmosphere, and lashings of gache. You either know or you don't. James

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Guernsey Plodder

10:17 31-05-16

Great course, cliff paths for the 1st half with about 4,000ft of climb then bay hopping round the flatter west & north coasts of the island before finishing back in St. Peter Port.

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ninjarunr

04:50 04-06-15

Helped Digby with this race 2014/2015. It's a great course and good for a first ultra as only 36 miles, but has tough cliff paths and varied terrain.

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