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Hardmoors 60

15-Sep-2018 Guisborough, Yorkshire & the Humber, UK (England)

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100KM / 62Miles
1 Day

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The Hardmoors 60 is a 60 miles race along the Cleveland coast, starting at Guisborough and ending at the Methodist Hall in Filey. It includes Saltburn, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar and Scarborough.

There will be an early morning coach to take runners from Filey to the start line at Guisborough.

There are seven checkpoints with water and food and the race is marshalled. Two non-returnable drop bags are allowed as are support crews, at the designated places. There is mandatory kit that will be check before and during the race.

The cut-off time is 18 hours but there are partial cut-off times in place at each check point. And finishing this race earns UTMB points.

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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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Jude dayne

09:51 25-09-18

Hardmoors 60 2018...This is the second year of running the hardmoors 60, yet again it didn’t fail to impress me with the amazing scenery,..the countless steps make this a tough run,but the checkpoints are put at a reasonable distance,and are well stocked,also an opportunity to have your own provisions at two drop bag points..the race is organised extremely well,and there is always help and a smiley face from the marshals,,trackers are fitted to every runner so friends at home can dot watch..will definitely be doing this one again.

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mich83

01:31 25-09-18

My longest ultra to date and I can honestly say that I can't wait to go back next year.

The course is stunning (if you love coastal running) but brutal. I was told that the first climb to High Nab was apparently the worst, but factoring in tired legs and numerous coastal cliff steps along the way, any number of the climbs (or descents) down the steps along the route could have been given the title of "the worst bit". Despite the climbs and the steps there are some fantastic stretches of really runnable terrain (particularly in the later miles, so save some running in your legs for these).

As others have mentioned, there is the inevitable tourist dodging in Whitby and some of the other coastal villages, and the antics of people in Scarborough at 10.30pm on a Saturday night were a sight to behold... but these parts are quickly over and you're back out onto the trails.

Overall the route is easy to navigate - just follow the Cleveland Way Acorn posts and you can't go far wrong. I had a gpx file loaded just in case, but didn't need to use it.

In terms of organisation, I can't fault it - the checkpoints were all well stocked, the drop bags were where they should have been (if you put your race number on the bag along with your name, the volunteers at the CPs will pull your bag out and hand it to you as you enter the CP), hot food and drinks were available at the finish (even in the early hours of the morning when I finished) and all the race crew and volunteers were cheery and helpful.

Definitely recommended but don't underestimate the toll of the steps (up and down) on your legs. Strength training advised for a truly enjoyable jaunt along the cliff tops!

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SarahCrunning

01:22 23-09-18

I ran this in 2018 and absolutely loved it. We were very lucky to get a sunny day that wasn't too hot or too cold. The coastline is really beautiful. Whitby and Scarborough involve some tourist-dodging, but the rest of the route is phenomenal. There are some tough climbs and a lot of steps, but it's completely worth it for those clifftop trails and epic views. There are a small number of short, tricky sections over rocks or on narrow paths, but most of the route is runnable.

The Hardmoors team marked the beginning and end of the route. The rest is on the Cleveland Way, which is well marked. There was one section around 10km before the finish where a sign appeared to be pointing in the wrong direction (a Cleveland Way sign, not a Hardmoors sign), and a number of us ended up on a rocky beach with the tide coming in, but this is being investigated. Overall, navigation is straightforward but you need to pay a bit more attention once it gets dark.

Hardmoors races are always meticulously organised and very friendly. The checkpoints are good, and you will be well looked after. I can honestly say that this is one of my favourite ever race routes - stunning coastline, exhilarating climbs, a little bit of woodland for variety, pretty fishing villages and beautiful cliff-top trails. It probably isn't ideal as a first ultra, unless you are familiar with the area/terrain, but it's a great one to aim for if you are at home on the trails and in the hills. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Mike_burke01

05:24 18-12-17

Ran this first time in 2017 - Well organised, great views along the coast. Lots of steps but what do you expect cliff running? Will be back for more next year.

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Jude dayne

07:17 01-10-17

A brilliant race,it's tough terrain,scenery is stunning,,,very well organised event,and a very friendly atmosphere..will definitely do this again

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nosbig007

04:17 24-09-16

An excellently organised race from Guisborough to Filey, covering about 62-64 miles and 3.5km of ascent. A great route along the Yorkshire coast going through a few villages and towns and some stunning countryside. If you like steps you'll love this race, there are gazillions of them! The check points are well spaced and are very welcoming with friendly marshalls only too happy to help. The whole race has a real friendly vibe and I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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0094994

08:28 22-09-16

Great race from start to finish. Have run it 2014, 2015 and 2016 (DNF's in 2014 and 2015).

Superb organisation, very friendly staff and marshalls. Other runners great, trails are spectacular.

Difficulty rating 8/10
Fun rating 10/10

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gary@ne3d.co.uk

09:20 22-09-16

2016 Hardmoors 60
Really great event from start to finish. Lots of info from the organisers and a beautiful course along the Yorkshire coast. The route takes you from Guisborough to Saltburn and then you head down to Filey, which is about 62 miles in total. You pass through picturesque coastal villages and some busy towns along the way. I really like the mix as it helped break the run up. Lots of steps to climb and descend. Also, some nice runnable sections too. The check points are well stocked and manned by really helpful people who tend to be runners too so they know exactly what to do. I enjoyed hanging around at the end sharing stories with other runners and refuelling on a great spread of food the organisers had provided at the finish. All in all, a long, but great day.

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rwilson1

06:09 25-09-15

Its a great event!! Very beautiful scenery. And lots and lots of stairs. Quite a tough run. Full respect must be given to the course.

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borleyrose

07:02 23-09-15

Fabulous race, great organisation, tough and varied course, amazing location

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