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River Ayr Way Challenge

15-Sep-2018 Glenbuck, Scotland, UK (Scotland)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
66KM / 44Miles
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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MatthewW

08:05 19-09-18

I have now completed the 2017 and 2018 River Ayr Way Ultras and on both occasions they were great fun, brilliantly supported and impressively well organised.
You can be collected from coach pick up points to be taken to the start at the River Ayr's source at Glenbuck or you can be dropped off. For 2018 chip timing was added and once all sorted the race follows the River Ayr Way all the way back to Ayr.
The vast majority is on riverside paths and trails with some short muddy sections and some stepped sections, for example through the River Ayr Gorge. Although overall downhill, I still manage over 250m of ascent. The last 5 miles are mainly on very quiet roads and city park paths which helped them go a little quicker however the first 39 miles are stunning scenery in a much overlooked setting.
There are three checkpoints for kit changes plus multiple very well stocked "water stops" - for 2018, the marshalls seemed to interpret water as also including everything from water melon to new potatoes or Haribos, we were very spoilt.
The race also includes a 3 person relay option which enables those runners who can't quite bring themselves to do the full distance to enjoy the great organisation and scenery and have a team day out.
Overall, a great event and I strongly encourage everyone to put it on their calendar of events to add to their season.

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Fatshez

01:16 29-12-15

Have completed this event twice (2012 and 2015) and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. I'm not up with the speed demons (though I took 20 mins off my 2012 time this year!) and some of the fastest have moaned that drop points are sometimes not set up in time. This is a flat, fast ultra mainly off road but with nothing particularly challenging in the way of terrain or hills and it's perfectly possible to be self sufficient in terms of carrying nutrition ets - due to the river side course taking you away from the roads the drop points aren't in ideal spots anyway. I manage to get round with just some gells and a handful of sweeties and fruit from the check points.

All the volunteers are great - very encouraging and helpful. Big improvement from 2012 is the race now finishes on a running track - you get to do a sprint finish!

The start line is in the middle of no where - good to get to Ayr for the lift out as there are no toilets at the start line.

Good course for supporters, they can drive easily between checkpoints. Also, pro tip: don't go by the official end to the River Ayr Way, the race ends short of the coast and can come out of the blue a wee bit. If your aiming for a real fast time worth doing a recce of the last 5 miles or so as I'm sure you can pick time up here.

In the two years I've done it the race has attracted a small, knowledgeable and friendly crowd. This is a great introduction to ultra races while still providing plenty of challenge.

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