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Ridgeway 40

11-May-2019 Overton Hill, Wiltshire, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
64KM / 40Miles
1 Day

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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Rollings

09:16 21-05-18

Ridgeway 40 - May 2018
A really gentle introduction to longer distances. This is a very well organised event. This was my first run over marathon distance and I specifically chose this event as I was hoping it would be a gentle intro into ultra marathons.

Navigation is super easy, you basically follow the Ridgeway (with one detour which is well signposted and clearly shown on the event map). It also helps that for the first few miles you'll be following walkers, and at the end you'll be overtaking the walkers who are doing the shorter 20 mile distance. So there is a long stream of people which will help you find your way. Even with all the people on the path, it never felt busy.

The terrain is mostly gentle rolling hills and there are a few nice climbs with some great views at the top of the hills. My Garmin clocked about 1,000m of climbing.

The aid stations are well stocked and the volunteers were very encouraging and friendly. I found the aid stations to be really well spaced. They even had toilets at most aid stations. At one aid station tea was provided and a lot of runners just stopped for a cup of tea and a chat, it was lovely. And that leads me on to what I think was the best thing about this event . . . It's not a race.

You can really go at your own pace and enjoy the journey. If you catch up with someone, or if someone catches up with you there is a good chance you can run together without the fear of missing a cut off etc. At one point I ran with a guy who was training for his 28th 100 miller(!!!), and at the end I ran with a guy who was going to do the Ridgeway 86 mile event. They both shared some knowledge and wisdom and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed listening and learning.

If you're thinking about trying to start going longer I can really recommend this event, and as an added bonus, it's incredibly cheap.

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ORowlands

11:40 09-05-17

Very friendly and well-organised event. Good entry level event for those who aren't confident with navigation - it's 95% on the way-marked Ridgeway national trail - and the cut-off is extremely generous. Terrain is generally undulating with a couple of steeper climbs (mostly after a checkpoint); given how dry it has been lately it was very hard underfoot but the Ridgeway is often slippery so not complaining! Given the event is organised by the LDWA and is run as not-for-profit, it is an absolute bargain considering the support along the way. The checkpoints are sometimes very close together but this is likely due to the location of suitable access; they were well-stocked with plenty of tasty treats and there was also a portaloo at most checkpoints (not sure if this has been the case in previous years).
This is only my second ultra (both LDWA challenge events) and I cannot commend the LDWA and the lovely participants enough :) This event is practically on my doorstep so will hopefully improve my time next year!

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March Hare

05:22 16-05-16

Very well organised and established event. Very good camaraderie among runners and walkers. Helpful marshalls, no complicated navigating and always lots of snacks and water available at checkpoints. Good support from St John's ambulance at various points along the route. The views are lovely but check ahead for weather forecast, some areas are slippery if it rains (especially exposed chalk surface). I've completed the route in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

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Andy216

03:18 08-05-16

Very well run event, organised by the LDWA. Well thought out event catering for all abilities, including walkers. Good number of checkpoints well stocked with water and all sorts of snacks. I would recommend this if you're new to ultra distance due to the ease of navigation, relaxed cut-offs (for runners) and undulating course with mostly firm track. I completed this in 2016.

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