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Pewsey Downsaround

28-Apr-2019 Pewsey, Wiltshire, UK (England)

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56KM / 35Miles
1 Day

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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.

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ORowlands

10:36 06-10-18

I ran the 35mile route in 2016 as my first ultra and again in 2017. This is a lovely event, relatively low-key with excellent checkpoints, friendly marshals and generous cut-offs (it's a LDWA walking challenge event). It is self-nav and it can take some time to get used to the written route description - definitely worth sitting down with a map and plotting it out if you can't recce the route in advance. One word of warning if you don't know the area - there is very little shade or wind shelter so plan your water and clothing accordingly!! As I live locally, I have no doubt that I will be back many more times!

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Peter Telford

04:22 22-04-18

A lovely run with beautiful scenery - it is completely self-navigate and I had some problems with directions and CP location/opening times which didn't matter too much as the weather was excellent and the views were great; plus I wasn't really worried about a time and used it as a training run. It is primarily organised for walkers by LDWA and the marshals were really helpful, well organised and the food was excellent at the CP.

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Dan Connors

07:21 17-04-16

The Pewsey Downsaround was my first ultra and as such has a special place in my heart. I've now run it 4 times and it has become a bit of an annual ritual for me. Organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association the event is primarily aimed at walkers but runners are more than welcome. There are different distances available from 10, 17, 26.2 and 35 miles. At £10 to enter you might not expect much but the food at the CPs is always good and the chilli, baked potato and rice pudding at the end are probably worth more than the entry fee. The route isn't signed but directions are provided and a GPX file can be downloaded from the website. The route itself is pretty hilly - I clocked 3,757 ft on the 35 mile route. The event isn't a 'race' per se but is a really good semi-competitive training run.

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Ultraholly

01:16 13-04-16

A nice little local event, the instructions were fine but there were no signs so you do have to navigate completely on your own. I ran the marathon distance and arrived at CP 3 half an hour before it opened so there was no food for me just water. I would suggest them reviewing their CP times to ensure all runners are catered for.

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