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Isaac's Tea Trail Ultra Marathon

06-Aug-2022 Allendale Town, Northumberland, UK (England)

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60KM / 37Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £65 GBP

Come and join us on this epic journey through some of the most dramatic countryside in the UK. This trail race route follows Isaac’s Tea Trail, a 37-mile loop from Allendale  via Nenthead, Alston and Ninebanks before returning back to Allendale. The route takes place in the North Pennines AONB, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a UNESCO Global Geopark. The North Pennines is a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more.

The race route will follow the finger posts and Isaac’s Tea Trail markers through some stunning landscapes, on a great mixture of farmland, meandering riverside trails, beautiful villages, flower filled meadows and moorland. We will have marshals at key points along the route, but other than the permanent signage this event is a self-navigating challenge. We will provide you with a route description, map, the Isaac’s Tea Trail Guide book and a GPX file should you choose to use a GPS device. You will have 12 hrs to complete the route which means you need to average approx. 3 mph, the current fastest know time is held by Cees van der Land who won the 2021 event in a time of 5:48:25. Emily Cowper-Coles set a new ladies record in 7:02:13.

You can read more about the 2021 event on Anne's blog. https://walkingisaacsteatrail.wpcomstaging.com/2021/08/08/an-ultra-marathon-by-car-with-coffee-stops-and-cake/

Your entry and whats included:

37 miles of dramatic scenery.
5000 ft of ascent.
Branded mug.
Copy of the Isaac Tea Trail Guide
Free downloadable event pictures
A packet of wild flower seeds.
Branded tea pots for category winners.
Event tracker to provide safety and dot watching fun for your family and friends
Well stocked checkpoints each with a featured tea en-route, offering hot/cold drinks, snacks, fruit, vegan sweets and cake!
Hot food and drinks available at race HQ following completion of the event.
A £3 donation from each entry will go towards the upkeep of the trail. Donations will be made to the Friends of the North Pennines and the Pennine Way National trail.
Venue: Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, NE47 9PR
Parking: Allendale Primary School, Allendale, NE47 9PS
Start Time: 9am
Registration: 6.30-8.30 am
Relay Team leg distances.

Allendale to Nenthead 11.26 miles and 1779ft of climbing

Nenthead to Ninebanks 16 miles and 2023ft of climbing

Ninebanks to Allendale 13 miles and 1177ft of climbing

We will be running some recce days covering the whole route, but broken down into manageable chunks and with a lunch stop along the way at one of the villages. We will provide transport back to the start. There will be a small charge for this to cover the cost of bus hire etc.

A great resource for getting a flavour of the Trail, Isaac Holden and the North Pennines is isaacs-tea-trail.co.uk

If you would like to learn more about why the North Pennines AONB is so special you can do so here. www.northpennines.org.uk

We are an eco-friendly company and, on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts as standard – many go to waste after events. As with all of our races we will be collecting Pre-loved running kit so that we can pass it all onto an up-cycling scheme which we are supporting. We are actively encouraging participants to give something back to the environment which is why your race goodies are a little bit different. We are including a packet of mixed wild flower seeds for you to plant which will encourage bees and other pollinators to visit your garden and is great for the environment.

We have recently signed up to the North Pennines AONB Responsible Tourism Charter, which broadly means that when planning our events full consideration is given to the environment, conservation issues, the local economies, local landowners and obviously any impact we may have on wildlife.

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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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