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Malvern Hills Ultra

11-May-2019 Holt Castle, West Midlands, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
84KM / 52Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 71KM/44M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

This race is open to solo runners and relay teams and finishers are awarded UTMB qualifying points. The registration fee includes the catered and raw options. It starts and finishes at Top Barn Farm Shop.

The route includes: Monk Wood, Ockeridge Wood, The Crown (Martley), the Worcestershire Way, Ankerdine Hill, The New Inn (Storridge), the Malvern Hills, The Malvern Hills Hotel.

All five checkpoints are fully catered with gels, water, refreshments and snacks. Runners must make sure their times are recorded at each checkpoint; in addition, there are other unmanned punch points along the route.

The route must be self-navigated and runners may be assisted by the race map with route directions, a gpx file, the Time Lords (running at designated hourly paces) or the Garmin rental available.

Camping at the start line is available.

There is mandatory kit for this race and the cut-off time for the race is 14 hours. There will be partial cut-off times in place at the checkpoints.

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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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robsp8

08:49 19-06-18

My first "Ultra" (I did the 29 mile, which turned into 34 miles due to a last minute CP change)and it didnt disapoint. I couldnt have asked for a more relaxed and friendly event. It was pretty tough (for me) but a great first experience of Ultra events. Scenery was amazing (it helped with the suffering) and the CP points were well stocked with lots of diffrent goodies. The route was a bit tricky to follow, but luckily had a local guide to help along the way. The finish line is in the beautiful setting of Amberley Hall. I 'enjoyed' it so much I have signed up to do the 45 mile route in 2019.

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Gilkes

06:06 29-07-17

Beautiful route, fantastic scenery...lots of uphill but the downhills were tougher!
Well organised and thought the pacers were a great help. Well stocked cp' s...even hot drinks at later ones...and who doesn't need a brew at 35+ miles!! It was definitely challenging but an awesome day... I'd do it again for sure

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expatsamson

09:41 24-03-17

Ran in 2016. Great out and back course in the countryside, fairly easy navigation following the Worcestershire Way. Friendly people, good atmosphere.

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ANDYSCCFC87

10:41 31-05-16

Great event, friendly crew at well stock checkpoints. Will be back to do this again

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rach

07:21 26-05-16

I completed this event this year (2016). I really enjoyed the event, found it both scenic and challenging. Extremely well organised - the food at the checkpoints was varied and plentiful. I ran with a pacing group which provided navigation and a way to minimise the blister pain ! Would recommend this as a decent one day ultra to attempt.

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benkasper13@yahoo.co.uk

10:19 20-05-16

Very well run. Perfect positions of check points. Great selection of food and drink at checkpoints. Crew were amazing and so helpful. Professional photos are included! Fantastic day, will be doing the 104 miler next year!

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jennyhartley

12:57 20-05-16

Really friendly race staff, great selection of food at checkpoints. Fantastic route.

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