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Manchester to Liverpool Ultra (formerly L2M Ultra)

02-Apr-2021 Manchester, UK (England)


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Road Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 300 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £79 GBP

Good Friday 2nd April 2021... From Manchester United's Football Ground...

The Return of the Manchester to Liverpool Ultra with Live Online GPS Tracking to allow Family & Friends to Track Your Progress throughout the Day. Runners Start the Race beside the World Famous Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club, the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. 

This Unique Race is a Heavily Supported 50 Mile Ultra-Marathon following the Trans-Pennine Trail, the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey from Manchester to Liverpool.

The course is a Well-Marked, Fast 50 Mile Race with a 14 Hour Cut-Off, and is ideal for both the Seasoned Ultra-runner looking for a Personal Best on the distance and also a Great Introduction into Ultra-running for Beginners. Magnificent Support from the GB Ultras team at 6 Checkpoints. UTMB Qualifying Race.

Part of the Ultra Great Britain Race Series www.GBUltras.com


Event Organiser
Wayne Drinkwater



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.

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.

Review Manchester to Liverpool Ultra (formerly L2M Ultra)

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01:14 21-08-18

This was my first 50 miler in April 2018 and it was hell. But I'd happily do it again :-)

We had an early start in torrential rain in Liverpool which turned to hail, sleet and then snow. My wife DNFed at mile 20 due to the cold, but I staggered on for 14 hours, frozen to the bone and got to the finish as darkness descended.

I think my gloves were the difference between finishing and DNFing. I wouldn't have thought of winner Charlie Sharpe's genius idea to use crisp packets on his hands!

But enough of the moaning, this is a really fantastic race. It's very flat and only requires road shoes. It's almost all on very well groomed paths with a small amount of road and some lumpy ground in areas like the river in Manchester/Didsbury.

The organisation was top-notch and incredibly friendly. I'd never have got to the end without the lovely people handing out food, hot drinks and encouragement at each aid station.

If you're thinking about doing it (in the reverse direction to 2018), I highly recommend you join their Facebook Group. It's filled with amazing positivity and everyone from the winners to the last few stragglers are very active there.

Assuming the weather isn't as bad in 2019 and beyond, it's an ideal first 50 miler.

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09:22 03-04-18

This was my first ever ultra marathon done in April 2018 and it was absolutely amazing. From the event organizers to the volunteers the support you received was amazing. It has a great community feel to it and takes in some great scenery I'm already thinking of doing it again next year

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09:25 21-06-17

Great event.

Having been given a place after a friend became injured. There wasn't much time to do my homework regarding the route. I'd need not have worried.
The route followed the Trans Pennine Way, which is well marked in itself. The team also marked sections with down direction arrows and red and white tape. The mandatory map wasn't needed once.
The race was well organised and supported by some passionate volunteers. All checkpoints were managed professionally and were well stocked with a good variety of food choices.
The team really pulled out all the stops and supported everyone throughout the race.
Within days of completing the event I'd already signed up for the new Pennine Barrier Ultra.I'll be back next year to do this event again.

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01:06 23-04-17

I’m not a morning runner. I’m not even a moaning runner, but I do moan about mornings. Especially 4am ones somewhere on the outskirts of Liverpool. Of course, it’s a lot easier to get up for exciting things such as jetting off on a remote holiday. Or running an ultra.

As is the norm with such races I’m standing in the middle of a field with a bunch of compression clad warriors decked from head-to-toe with the latest stretch fabric, multi-bottle, hydro-ultra-tech-lightweight rucksacks crammed with expensive waterproofs that no-one wants to actually use.

This is the Liverpool to Manchester Ultra Marathon, a 50 mile jaunt along the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) starting close to Aintree in Liverpool and finishing in Didsbury in Manchester. For those who have a strange desire to run back to Liverpool there is 100 mile option (on a different date).

Silence falls over the field for a minute in honour of Stephen Carragher before an enthusiastic cowbell signals the start of the race. My strategy is to take it easy at the start, running around a 6 minute kilometre, but knowing I’ll slow down and hopefully finish in 8-9 hours. Others clearly have different plans as I glance concerningly at a stocky fellow powering past me during the first kilometre huffing and puffing like a steam train. I hope he didn’t misread the distance when he entered this one……

The marked route was easy enough to follow although it soon begins to blur into one, moving from long sections of road/tarmac to basic trails. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a smell permeated my nostrils that is so foul my carefully planned nutrition strategy is almost ruined but I know immediately where I am.


I had experienced this smell some 18 years earlier when I worked there for several months and it was almost like I’d never left. My pace quickens as I continue out of the area into the fresh air beyond.

As an extra twist the race organisers have offered up Gold medals to the top 50 finishers, silver for 51-100 and bronze for all finishers after that. Deep-down I want a gold medal but as the pack thins I don’t really have any idea of my position, so I just concentrate on moving forwards.

Ultras are a great social experience and I chat to loads of people along the route, many saying this is their second time at the L2M after the inaugural one last year. Somewhere after halfway I start running with Dave Fort from Burnley (more accurately Padiham), and we soon stick together to start ticking off the miles and discussing how we felt about the race so far. In one of those “small-world” moments, it turns out Dave knows my auntie, but then I imagine most people in Padiham know my auntie, but that’s a different story altogether……

Men being such fine examples of humanity, we soon start discussing how “stomach problems” can become an issue on ultras. Earlier on I’d made a rather horrific trip to the bushes which emotionally I hadn’t yet recovered from. Dave casually announced he just popped in to a luxurious Premier Inn (I’m still dubious about the existence of this) along the way which made my hunt for a secluded spot seem ludicrous. Note to self – mark Premier Inn’s on race maps in future.

With around 25km to go, one of the friendly aid station volunteers let slip that Dave, myself and Paul Carse (who we’d also spent some time running with) were in 42nd, 43rd and 44th position. Now this is serious! We know there is a lot of time to gain some places, but also plenty of time to lose some places. The focus moves on to keeping position, so with military type enthusiasm I scoff another pork pie and we plough on. Our heads regularly spin around like paranoid owls as we keep checking if anyone is on our tail. Occasionally runners crept into our rear view so we push on as hard as we can knowing that our gold medals are at stake.

We have a minor panic towards the end as we took a couple of wrong turnings but emerged victoriously into the final field where, in one last cruel twist, the route continues past the finish, around a large field before crossing the finish line. Job done. I complete it in 41st position in 8 hours 43 minutes.

So how would I rate this race? The organisation was top-notch, especially considering the three recces to covering the entire route offered in advance. There was lots of social media buzz, plenty of information sent out and a true enthusiasm towards getting people through an ultra. Reflecting on the route I’ve realised I like to be inspired by running down a valley, remote woodland trails, or climbing a peak to witness natures beauty stretch out below. Whilst you won’t get this at the L2M, what you will get is a solidly organised race, huge support at the aid stations and a great crack at a 50 mile PB! Thanks GBUltras!

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09:31 08-04-16

Great event. a little bit of something for everyone. I only heard about the L2M after entries had closed but Wayne managed to sort an entry out and has been super helpful with everything. Its not very often you enter a race and everyone is so down to earth.

The race itself was very great and there was ample food and drinks at all checkpoints. Race marshals/volunteers were really supportive and the race medal is possibly the highest quality medal I've ever received.

For the first ever event Wayne and the L2M team really did their homework and got it spot on. Definitely be back next year

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05:57 07-04-16

The event was very well organised. The check points were perfect, good vibes and plenty to offer. The only fault I had was a particular point at the last few miles were I got lost and I heard I wasn't the only one, maybe a few more signs next year. Overall though it was great!!! Well done everyone!

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03:47 07-04-16

This was my first ultra and I have well and truly caught the bug after this amazing race. For their first ever ultra, Wayne and the GB Ultras team but on an amazing event, and I can only see this improving over time. The pre-race communications were excellent and encouraging, with recce runs of sections of the course being organised. On the day itself everything ran like clockwork. The checkpoints were ideally spaced out, and well managed. There was adequate food and drink for all runners, along with hugely supportive marshals. The atmosphere during the race was excellent, and although there were cut offs in place, every single runner who was able to finish was allowed to do so. I cannot recommend this race enough, it is ideal for beginners and a good stepping stone for one of their longer events. I for one will be signing up next year, and also hope to do their planned 100-miler!

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03:09 07-04-16

For it's first time the L2MUltra push a hell of the right buttons. The built up to the event was very nice with recces of the route and plenty of support via the website and their facebook page. I opted to collect my numbers the night before as I was staying over at a local hotel. The race day was well organized with lots of marshals and support. I thoguht the water stations were well placed ( every 6miles ish). The route itself was nice and flat ish so nothing really too difficult to run. I did feel that there should have been a few more signs or arrows placed at certain spots on the route as the TPT branches out to several parts so very easy to take another path then have to double back. At the end there was a very very high qualtiy medal that will take pride as one of the best ones i have earnt. I did feel that having no refreshments on the finish line was a big mistake esp making us walk up 2 flights of stairs to go get a drink and then that was only teas or coffees, no water. ( think this will be addressed next year). All in all i think the day was a great success and will most likely do another event held by them again. I think this one will become very popular.

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10:34 07-04-16

Fantastic event, with brilliant pre-race opportunities to run sections of the route with other runners.

Well stocked aid stations with amazing marshalls and photos by Mick Hall.

I can't find fault with the race. Definitely signing up again for next year (don't tell the wife!!)

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09:10 07-04-16

Excellent communication from the start. Great to offer a run the route prior to the race. Aid stations well equipped with very helpful cheerful marshals. Can't wait to do it next year.

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