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Peddars Way Ultra Marathon

26-Jan-2019 Knettishall Heath, Suffolk, UK (England)

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77KM / 48Miles
1 Day

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At a total distance of 48 miles, this ultra runs from the Suffolk border to the North Norfolk coast with well stocked checkpoints every 12.5 miles. Cut-off time is 12 hours and there is a partial cut-off time at Castle Acre checkpoint. The minimum requirement for runners is to have a run at least one marathon in the last 12 months. First aiders will be present during the entire race.

A coach will be available to transport runners from the finish line (Holme Next The Sea) to the start of the race at Knettishall Heath.

Personal drinks can be sent to each checkpoint and a small drop bag can be transported to the Castle Acre checkpoint at 26 miles. Hot food and drink will be available at the finish line.

The mandatory kit will be check during the race and no pacers are allowed.

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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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adamtoyne

11:34 12-02-18

2018. A great mid distance Ultra. Look at the route on a map and you might think "boring" but on the ground there's enough variety to keep you interested. What makes this event tough is the time of year and this year the theme was MUD. Within the 1st 3 miles runners had to, literally, ford the Thet, we're talking wading through a foot of water, more akin to Xc than Ultra! The organisation was second to non, the first of three aid stations was a little scant but this was made up for by the 2nd with hot drinks, shelter and fantastic volunteers. A couple of longish road stretches might seem a tad dull but the following lanes turned to trench like wallows by the recent rain and snow presented quite a challenge. A final aid station with more bon homie and hot beverages before the final push and a tricky final section in the dark (for me) with sucky mud and fallen trees before hitting the road and a slow plod into the welcoming finish. Again great organisation at the finish, camaraderie from other runners and a warm welcome, hot food and drinks and space to change. All in all a fantastic race.

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peterbradley27

08:54 22-05-17

I ran the 2017 edition. Having battled Achillies problems over the winter, I chose this event as it was a flatter, shorter course and a good early season test of how things were going. Weather was good, unlike reports of previous years, which made for a thoroughly enjoyable day. I had been a bit lazy about making sure I knew where the start was, even though the course notes made it clear it was a little tricky but made it with 5mins to spare. I was not the only one so a quick recce the night before or allowing plenty of time in the morning is not a bad idea. Organisation is friendly and efficient through out the race and good feed at the finish before setting off home. The course is not to technical so you get the chance to pick your head up and enjoy the views more than on many other races where you're always looking for the next foot placement.

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gilesthurston

09:46 15-02-16

Cracking route, always well organised and would highly recommend. A great way to start the ultra running year!

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Neil.May

02:34 15-02-16

Nice route. Well organised. Deceptively tough first half. Very flat so a lot of steady state running. Second half is more rolling which breaks things up more. I go better on hills! Also mentally tough middle section following an arrow-straight Roman road with little variation.

Treated as training this year to test nutrition and kit for another race. But will be back next year to race this one. 8 hours is definitely achieve able. Also intend to enter the June 100k race also organised by Positive Steps.

All things considered I'd highly recommend.

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bouncy_ponytail

05:49 07-02-16

Lovely trail run and really well organised. Highly recommended!

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Iron*****ney

03:07 07-02-16

Peddars Way 2016.
This race was not even on my radar, in fact any ultra would struggle to gain my interest, until now.
An Ironman friend had suggested this race and it was plain and simple,my competitive streak could not allow him to have the t-shirt and me not.
Part of the entry criteria was a marathon time within the previous 12months which meant I ran the North Norfolk Coastal marathon to gain myself a time and entry slot.
Fast forward to the start, I seemed to have the biggest back pack of the day yet had struggled to get the 'essentials' in, my estimate of an 8hr ish finish seemed to cause some puzzled faces amongst the few more experienced faces I knew which left me starting my first ultra with a mixture of God help me and I'll show you feelings.
Plan was, if you can call it a plan, was to run a conservative marathon and then just deal with the rest as it came. It would either work or bite me hard ! Garmin was set to 10min miles as a guide but as per usual I fell into my comfy stride which is somewhat quicker. First mistake. My first negative thoughts came on board at Wretham, about mile 8, do I really want to run another 40 miles to the sea side when a right turn would see me home in 5 minutes ? Something kept me left. Check point 1 at approx 13 miles came and went with a brief rain shower but check point 2 at Castle Acre seemed to take an age. A reasonable selection of food and drink was on offer but I could really only tackle a cup of Rosie !! Entering new territory in terms of mileage I found it hard to get goin again, it's quite lumpy as you leave Castle Acre, Norfolk is not flat ! I had thought that I would hold a reasonable pace on the tarmac sections but it didn't really happen for me, looking at my splits post race made interesting reading, asleep for one mile, stung by a wasp the next ? Mistake 2. It was certainly a help seeing a couple of supporting friends every few miles, who would have thought a simple drink of water or a piece of orange would hit so many spots, I really should improve my nutrition plan. Mistake 3. The muddy stretches were really strength sapping and at times it was just easier to walk, I had always intended to walk up anything more than a pimple but I walked rather more than I'd hoped.
A reasonable last few miles chasing a familiar face added to the 'fun' and the last mile was very emotional as my 7yr old daughter ran along side me. I blubbed my way to Holme village hall, glad that it was over, got my t-shirt and medal and some warm food and another cup of Rosie. I finished in 8hrs 24 and 22nd out of 121 finishers, and at the time thought that it had all been a stupid idea. It was all very well organised and the route was easy to follow but I hurt, I hurt everywhere and thought that running that far is even more stupid than doin an ironman. I still thought that on Sunday, and Monday. Tuesday I drove past part of the route we had run and though that it wasn't so bad. Wednesday I would have entered for 2017 but after my little run on Thursday I hurt again and ultra running is stupid again. Now, however, I like the 'you ran how far' reaction and yes, I will be on the start line for 2017 and I will be hoping to go under 8hrs. I still think it's stupid to want to run that far but it is rewarding afterwards, and a lot cheaper than ironman. I probably will investigate some other ultra's but I'm not selling my wetsuit or tt bike just yet.

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