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Humanity Direct Amersham Ultra

10-Mar-2018 Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 300 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From €48 GBP

Be a part of this unique chance to get a place on an amazing one day ultra simply by donating or fundraising for a Humanity Direct patient instead of paying an entry free!

We recommend a donation of £48 when you sign up, or you can pledge to raise as much as you can instead of paying to enter an ultra marathon - saving & changing the lives of children in developing countries who desperately need surgery.

Starting and finishing at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham, the 31 mile route takes in many areas of natural beauty in the Chilterns, including the Misbourne Valley, the Chess Valley, some of the best areas in the Chiltern Hills.

The "Humanity Direct 50Km Challenge" is run mainly on footpaths and bridleways, with a little road section.


Event Organiser
Annie Dougall



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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04:03 15-03-18

This was not a race to be taken lightly. Trail marathons are tough. I have run a few and I DO NOT look forward to them. This does beg the question of “why do I do them?” and my answer would be that sometimes they just fit in the calendar.

I did not feel great about this race but only from a personal achievement perspective. It was very well organised and friendly. Other than the lack of promised marmite the aid stations were well manned with supportive marshals, well stocked and varied. One had jam sandwiches and chocolate spread sandwiches, another sausage rolls, and another slices of cheese. Free tee, free tea, medal, timing at CPs, online tracking, all the good stuff. Cannot fault the organisers and highly recommend their races, even if just as prep for a longer trail effort like Stones, King and Tower.

But it was the toughness of the course I could not really handle when I had barely exercised since TGC. Long periods of muddy fields, or paths where the mud is more like slush and you slip all over, a few hills. I really enjoyed any road surface I could get to. There was a point, I think after the 2nd CP where you were in town, and ran through a park, across a road and around by the station. It was bliss. I do need to get my finger out when it comes to Tower, and Green Man now it has been rescheduled for September. I need to be able to handle the mud, as well as I do road. So, something to aim for.

Would I recommend the Extreme Energy Amersham 50K? I would, for the people who I know who love this kinda thing really would have had more fun than me.

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12:08 12-03-18

Extreme energy Humanity direct 31 mile/50k March 10th 2018 Amersham

A 50 kilometre event around Amersham taking in the some of the Chilterns Way, the Misbourne Valley and the Chess Valley.
A good 90% off road and trail with about 700 meters of incline.
This is the 3rd Event I have attended with XNRG so I had an idea of what to expect. However this event passes 100% of the fees to charity so I would expect there to be a little less in the offering. But I was wrong.
After signing up, I received plenty of update emails, links to the course, the route, the kit and weather updates. On the day, the parking was easy and spacious, the headquarters based in a school/collage was easy to access.
Registration was simple and friendly. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. We all received a T shirt, a good map of the route and our chip timing strap and number. The race brief was informative, friendly and motivational.
The first K was downhill on the paths and roads that lead to wood land and plenty of trails. The rain had muddied up the course so poor foot ware would make an impact on the day. A few of the early fields were bog like but manageable , then plenty of uphill trails; although I didn’t encounter any nasty hills, some wide fields and easy to navigate foot paths. The course was very well marked. I went the wrong way once but it was my error. I was daydreaming and following a runner ahead. It turned out he wasn’t racing but a local jogger. The map got me back on track quickly. Apart from the odd village run through the vast majority was a mix of trail, fields and foot paths. There were 4 check points well spread. They had water, Soft drinks, malt loaf, savoury snacks, brownies and jaffa cakes. The Marshals were very helpful, filling my water bottle while I grabbed some food. Just a few kilometres from the end I got a second wind and started to move a bit faster. The finish was a u turn on the start, through a field to a cheering band of marshals and spectators. I have to say I really loved the finish. As the race director shook my hand a marshal gave me my medal then another marshal offered a chair as he went to fetch me a cup of tea - heaven.

It is a very enjoyable 50k that I would recommend to anyone doing their first 50 trail as well as the experienced runners. It is tough but not too tough. Considering that 100% of the fee is going to charity I am very surprised that they didn’t cut back on a few things – Humanity Direct (the charity) is a great cause to be supporting. Amazing work XNRG, you are an inspiration!
See you at the next one.

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01:53 21-03-17

If you enjoy the following; oozy mud, an undulating route, a great atmosphere, top drawer organisation and beautiful countryside then the Amersham Ultra is for you. Actually if you like all the above then this is a 'must do'.

Clocking in at around 30 miles this is at the baby end of the ultra running world but that should not detract from it being a very worthwhile and stunningly good event. The course is mighty, the aid stations glorious, the volunteers a delight and a really tasty medal to get your teeth into.

What I liked was that at no point did I become bored by the surroundings, it was a pleasant mix of really grinding and good running trail with the bits of tarmac acting as connective tissue between the greenery. Perhaps it goes to show just how well considered the route is, it certainly highlights the competence and consideration of organisers who really know what they're doing.

I can't praise this race enough.

For myself I ran better than expected but not as well as I would have liked with my hamstring and 'crotchal' region proving that this was perhaps a bit too far after an accident at the Hockley Woods Challenge the week before! Serves me right for believing my running was starting to go well!

That said the Amersham Ultra was no brutaliser by any stretch of the imagination but it was an excellent test of your marathon pace over tough conditions and a few spare miles chucked in to give you a fright.

Perhaps the nicest thing though was the charitable element - your £48 bought you much more than a race as XNRG were donating all of the entry fee to Humanity Direct who do amazing work with those that need it most (and I'd recommend checking them out). The organisers I can only assume absorb the costs of putting on this event (medals, t-shirts, food, logistics, etc) in order that this worthwhile charity benefits from such a spectacular event. It's fitting to say that I'm in genuine awe of the guys at XNRG and can understand we're the excellent re*****tion they have comes from.

All in all, top marks for a top event and I would happily return to XNRG for more lovely runs. Check them and the Amersham Ultra out!

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