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Red Rose Ultra / Oldham Way Ultra

20-Apr-2019 Castleshaw Centre, Delph, Greater Manchester, UK (England)

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64KM / 40Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £38 GBP

March 19th 2017

Red Rose Ultra - 40 miles 1638m Ascent.

Red Rose Ultra is a 40 Mile loop from the Castleshaw centre (Delpth) closely following the route of the Oldham Way Ultra with landscape that varies from moorland to canal, trails, woodlands & tracks.

Expect some spectacular views, hills and great landscape, along the Red Rose Ultra one of the newest routes in the UK.
  
40 Miles, just a few short miles up from a marathon, the perfect step to ultra distance.

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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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04:20 19-04-16

Oldham Way Ultra / Red Rose Ultra 40miles

I decided to run the Oldham Way Ultra as a part of my training for an unsupported event that I’m doing next month – to attempt to run Hadrian’s Wall in record time.

My Hadrian’s Wall run will take place on April 16th, so I thought that the Oldham Way Ultra would be a great way to check my navigation, fitness levels and nutritional strategies. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the spectacular views; I thought we’d spend most of the time in urban surroundings!

On the day I was welcomed by some great drum and bass tunes outside the Castleshaw Centre, which gave us all an energy boost before the race. Registration and kit checks were quick and easy, and we had access to toilet facilities and plenty of hot tea/coffee, like it should be!
Race briefing and off we go, spot on…7:30am!

The first part of the race was pretty hilly and followed some very runnable trails. I must admit, navigation was tricky from the beginning so some of the runners, including me, added a few extra yards by taking wrong turns! After the first 5 miles, three other runners and I were in the lead. We helped each other with the navigation, keeping close together. Just before the second check point, we lost one of our group and then the length of the canal was run at a comfortable pace - 7min/mile.

The canal path was a good place to regenerate before hitting the hills again! I manged to lose one of our group (Phillip) shortly after we left the canal and, a few miles later, Tomas was unable to keep up with my pace when we faced the first long climb. From the 26th mile I continued my journey alone.

The scenery after the canal run really surprised me - beautiful views over the hills, little villages and valleys - you couldn’t ask for more, especially with the beautiful weather we had! I still felt really fresh and the run along the valley and reservoir was pure pleasure!

I stopped for few seconds at the last check point to grab a piece of fresh watermelon and a cup of water and plodded along to climb those last hills and finish with unexpected victory!

6:21:03 for a training run made me really happy, especially after all the navigational mistakes!

Congratulations to all runners, especially to Phillip Hayes for 2nd place and Tomas Braziulis for being 3rd in his first ever ultra!

I would highly recommend Red Rose Ultra. It is a very well organised event with beautiful scenery and variety of terrain. It is ideal to test your navigation skills and perfect for your first, or 10th, ultra.

Many thanks to all of the Marshalls and Team OA.

I can’t wait to run it again next year!
Jacob Snochowski
Above2000 Endurance Sports Group

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