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Maverick Ultra Trail Series

13-Jul-2019 Hope Valley, Derbyshire, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
69KM / 43Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 46KM/29M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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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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macsac

02:18 22-01-19

I ran this race in 2017, initially wasn't going to do it as I'd already ran the Peak Skyrace the year before and my race rule is never to run the same location twice however i was assured by locals that the Skyrace, which was in the White Peaks, was a lot different to the Maverick location, being in the Dark Peaks.

Happy to report they weren't lying about this and was really glad i entered, I wouldn't say one location is better than the other as they are very different, but both are truly epic. The route took us past huge reservoirs, challenging inclines, and the inevitable peat bogs (hence the "dark" in dark peaks i guess?). We also got to follow some of the famous Pennine Way, kudos to those who do all 268 miles of that !

As was usual in Maverick races (i'm a big fan of them having done many of their races over the last 3 years), the trail was well marked, food stations well stocked, and support along the way highly appreciated - whether this be from the marshals, other runners, of the many locals who came out to support.

As is usual for my wife and I, we booked AirBnB and stayed up in the area for an extended period to enjoy more of the Peak District and explore many of the local pubs (for food, not alcohol) - it's a wonderful area, it's a waste if you literally do a race and go home.

Highly recommended regardless of distance you chose

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EPaulson

09:22 19-01-19

The Maverick X-Series Peak District event in 2018 was amongst the best running experiences I have ever had. The event village was so welcoming from start to finish. There was a friendly atmosphere filled with runners of all different abilities and as we all set off on a very hot day the event village atmosphere continued whilst out on the course.
The route was really well marked and their were marshals at every possible route split, road crossing or even slightly ambiguous turn in the trails. Because it was such a hot day the organisers had gone out of their way to add in additional water stations, and a HUGE thank you to all the helpers on these water stations as they took care of all of us runners.
The route itself was completely beautiful. Taking in the reservoirs, win hill and lose hill to name a few. The outposts were well stocked with everything from watermelon, sweets, precision hydration to boiled potatoes and energy bars.
This race was hard, and hilly and really challenging and often unforgiving. But it was brilliant.

The race venue when we finally crossed the finish line was like a mini festival, with everyone chatting with beers and the organisers had even linked up a TV so those who wanted to could watch the England world cup football match.

Will be doing this race again in 2019!!

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Pdonovan

11:32 28-08-18

Absolutely savage. Would definitely do it again.
Ran the long course and it left me with heat exhaustion then hospitalised me for 2 days**
Ran this undertrained with a cyclist friend who came off far better than I did!

The course is brutal and challenging but beautiful. Super well marked.
6,000ft+ of elevation was everything it was everything it was advertised to be , particularly the last 12km or so. Scenery and route was diverse and spectacular. Particularly for someone who lives on the South Downs and has had a lifelong phobia of the north (this definitely broke that off).

Understand previous concerns about lack of aid stations and some discrepancies in distances etc, but I think 3 aid stations for 46km (my suunto measured just short of 29miles) was plenty. Didn’t sign up to an all you can eat buffet that romanticisezed YouTube films of American 100milers Portray.

I wasn’t physically prepared... longest run I had done was a chilled 22miler on the South Downs and 2 17/18mile days. Heat exhaustion and suffering were my fault for poor preparation.

Being so hot, I continuously dipped my hat in rivers we crossed... some weren’t rivers and dirty stagnant pools of water which is what led to me being hospitalised with a nasty infection. (My family said I must warn people of the dangers of the dark peaks dirty water...)

All in all, was a super tough day and would 100% recommend this race to people wanting to challenge themselves. Peaks are definitely a few steps up from south/north Downs.
Race organisers are continuously brilliant. Atmosphere is always top notch. On the day, the team managed to rig up a TV in the inov 8 booTh to watch the England vs sweden game once Runner’s crossed the finish.

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mattblick

06:09 13-07-18

Pros

ideal for a first ultra
beautiful location
good mix of terrain
well marked course
medal
high quality free photos
three distances (16km, 26km, 46km – can change on the day)
free parking
well stocked aid stations
nice post race area with deckchairs and food/drink tents

cons

too far till first aid station
inaccurate distances
very small selection of photos available
massive logjam in first km of race

Tips

Take even more water than you think you'll need
take your own photos if you're into that
sprint the start or wait to cross the start line
If in doubt sign up for the longer distance and drop down on the day


I'm training for my first ultra in Sept so I decided to do The Maverick Inov-8 X Series: Peak District to prepare. I arrived with a sprained ankle on a sweltering hot day in July to run the middle distance (26km). I chose the race for it's location, lack of navigation requirements and generous cut off (10 hours), started off DFL but managed come in about 13 places from the end in 5:30 plus change.

The race takes place in the 'Dark Peak' area of the Peak District starting in Hope and climbs Win Hill, descends past Ladybower Reservoir around Kinder Scout, through the village of Edale and up to Mam Tor and Crowden Head before returning to Hope.

The three distances start together and split off, reuniting just before the end. The whole course is brilliantly marked with blue signs or blue tape every 0.5m. It's basically impossible to get lost. The location is stunningly beautiful and varied - lakes, woods, mountains, fields, villages - and covers every type of terrain, from fields, dirt trails and gravel roads, to technical (treacherous rocks and roots), paved paths and steps with even a bit of beginners rock scrambling thrown in.

I picked the middle distance, but everyone was given the option to drop down distances on the day, no hassle, some did due to the heat or injury and I suspect others did to be back in time for the England v Sweden kick off.

For all these reasons I'd say The Maverick Series races are a brilliant first step for anyone wanting to get into trail, mountain or ultra running.

Overall I would recommend this race. However - a few cons.

The distance to the first (and only) aid station on the middle distance was way too far. I took 2L of Hi5 with me and had run out of fluid an hour before I got to the aid station. Now admittedly I am really slow, but I was by no means the slowest and the station was 6k further than was advertised. We were warned beforehand to drink lots, as stations could only be placed where there was road access, but I feel this is a safety problem that the race directors need to look at again.

Stated distances seemed a little vague. I hate 'my Garmin says...” pedantry as much as the next man, but I was running the 26k with an aid station at 11k. When I arrived at the aid station there was a sign saying “17k done. 10 to go”.

The course is incredibly narrow right at the beginning. In the first 0.4k you have a single track path, crossing a tiny bridge, another single path leading to a stile, followed immediately by a second stile. No problem for a back of the pack-er like me, but anyone wanting to set a PB should beat the queues by either sprint from the start or hang back and cross the start line 5 minutes after the gun. This is one of those races that would benefit from a staggered start for each distance.

Along with a medal (nice, heavyweight, identical for all distances) finishers get 'event photography' which is free to download post race. On the plus side these are really high quality artistic photos. But on the downside these are primarily photos of the event. Other event photos are searchable by race number, but the Maverick's are just in a downloadable gallery. You can hunt for photos of you, but you might only find sunning shots of the scenery, the race director, a cowbell, drinks, medals, the ground, legs and of course some of the runners.

This is a great first race and I'd love to come back next year and try the longer distance.

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