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Northern Traverse

18-Apr-2020 St Bees, Cumbria, UK (England)

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306KM / 190Miles
6 Days - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £350 GBP

190 miles of rugged terrain, following Wainwright's Coast to Coast route and crossing 3 National Parks - Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Beginning at St Bees on the west coast, the route crosses the north of England through three National Parks finishing in Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast. Taking in iconic mountains, valleys, moors and over 16,000 feet of ascent, the Northern Traverse is one of the most spectacular ultra races in the world.

Wainwright got it right when he devised a route across the country taking in the three National Parks. The mountains of the Lake District define the first section but also provide half of the ascent. Although Kirkby Stephen is less than 90 miles in to the route it is often thought of as halfway.

The remote paths off Nine Standards in the Dales provide a stark contrast before crossing the relatively busy Vale of York which are followed by crossing the quiet high plateaus of the North York Moors. The final run along the coastal path is a fitting finish to an amazing journey.

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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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runhisayorun

12:31 13-06-16

Absolutely 5 star event. The race was meticulously planned and the support system throughout the event was superb. The race was tough but I knew that the safety team was constantly checking our tracker so that we were after all in a very safe environment. The check point food was excellent and dedicated support by the crew at each location was second to none. I recommend the race to anyone who wants to have a go at a bit of wild adventure in the Noethern part of England by running.

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