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Lea Valley

06-Jun-2020 Welwyn Garden City, London, UK (England)

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50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Beginner  

Entry From £48

Our first event of 2020 will be the “Lea Valley 50 km” which is a fast 50 km from Welwyn Garden City to Hackney Wick in East London. The route follows the scenic Cole Green Way and Lea Valley Path all the way from rural Hertfordshire to the Big Smoke.

Welwyn is very accessible from Central London, being only a 35 minute train ride from Kings Cross station. The race finishes very close to Hackney Wick station for fast access back to other parts of London.

LEA VALLEY 50 KM FAQ:

  1. How can I sign up? – You can enter all Camino Ultra events through our partner Race Director: https://www.racedirector.co.uk/events/lea-valley-50km-2020
  2. Can I walk this race? There are cut-offs for all our events (mostly because the kind folk that you meet at all the start/finish/aid-stations are volunteers and we hire the venues and need to keep to strict times for our licences) So whilst you will definitely be able to walk sections of our ultra events they are not suitable for pure walkers.
  3. What happens with my stuff at the start? You will be given a tag to write your “name + contact number + race number” on and all of these bags will be transported for you to the finish location.
  4. This is my first race – what happens if I don’t finish? One of the great things about our events are the accessibility of easy public transport. You are never too far from a bus or train station – dare say that a taxi could be called out to most places too.
  5. Is there any mandatory kit? For Camino events the answer will mostly be no. However please do read any emails that are shared or community/social media posts – especially ones that may be helpful around weather warnings.
  6. This is my first Ultra – what do I need to consider that I may not have done for a road marathon? Probably the biggest impact will be the amount of food/hydration that you may need. All the Camino Ultras will have adequate Checkpoints and we want to have a reputation for stocking the types of food on our aid stations that are actually good for you.
  7. Is it possible to leave a car at the finish and easily get to the start via public transport? Yes - the journey between Hackney Wick and Welwyn is really straight forward and can be done in one hour. Catch the London Overground to Highbury & Islington Rail Station and then Great Northern train to Welwyn station. Cost will be less than £10 for this journey. There are more than two trains leaving Hackney Wick per hour and these start as early as 06:17 am. You would probably want to get 06:42am which would leave you over an hour to get to the start and registered. You can park all day near Hackney Wick from less than £8 using https://www.justpark.com/uk/parking/hackney-wick-station/
  8. What does the Lea Valley 50 KM race include:
  • World-class timing from Race Director
  • Your results will appear on DUV Statistiks ultra website
  • You will receive a ReRun clothing token
  • Warm drink and delicious food at the finish
  • Checkpoints stocked with nutritious food/drink
  • Full insurance from UK Athletics
  1. What happens at the finish? There will be volunteers towards the end of the race that will inform you how close you are to the finish – so that you can be prepared to sprint it home. You will clearly see the finish banner (for Lea Valley 50 KM 2020 this will be by the Here East zone near the Hackney Olympic park. Our finish venue is the St Columba Barge which will have your bag, a clean toilet and your finish. There is a station at Hackney Wick which is a 10 minute walk from the Barge. There are plenty of amazing places to meet your friends and eat – we recommend the Crate for beer and pizza.
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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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