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Round Pen Llyn Ultra Marathon

29-Jun-2019 Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd, UK (Wales)

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121KM / 75Miles
1 Day - 100 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Expert  

Entry From £50 GBP

The breathtaking Pen Llyn will host its first ever Ultra Marathon this Summer.

75 miles against the clock (24hours cut off). With a majority of the course hugging the coastal path this is sure to become an unforgettable race.

The coastline boasts over 9 beaches, forts and caves and with a vertical challenge to cross back over the coast it certainly isn't for the faint hearted. Entrants for the race must have completed a marathon in the last 12 months.

RACE DATE 29 JUNE 2019 - START 5AM - 24HOURS TO COMPLETE 75 MILES

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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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Northender

11:41 06-07-18

I ran the 2017 and 2018 races... the only times I've entered ultras, so I can't compare it with other similar races - though I've done many marathons and shorter. In 2017, I almost made it round but this time I tasted success. I think this race has everything. This year, they had a race village on a nice campsite, which was really great... then the race start and finish was about 200m away on the beach.
What a fantastic vibe there is to this race. The people are spectacular - equalled by the most wonderful scenery. The first 60ish miles follow the Wales Coast Path as it undulates its way around the peninsular. It's tough in places but also you get periods where you get some flatter sections for respite. There's a bit of beach, some road sections and lots and lots of trail - some of it quite remote and not well trodden. You just need to look at the UTMB points on offer to work out that this is a challenge! Most of the remaining miles are through narrow lanes as you cut back across the peninsular. Most people have their drop bag delivered to the start of the road section for a welcome change in shoes!
8 checkpoints nicely stocked, (plus a couple of other water stations on the longer sections), so you don't need to carry much. Navigation not difficult. Whatever I write, I can't do this race justice. I'll run this race again, even though it's far from local, although might consider the 50m option because I'm not fast enough to do the 76 miles in time to enjoy the after-race evening, so might be nice to have a taste of that - although there is a nice Sunday lunchtime event for prizegiving, food and music. Well recommended. (ps... there is a 100mile option too, but you'd have to be mad for that!)

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jameshinton

12:41 28-06-18

This is a tough event with a really beautiful route along an undulating coastline. The check points are well spaced, with super supportive marshals and friendly locals to cheer you on your way. It is very well organised and the navigation is straightforward. Hue the event organiser deserves a special mention, as you won't find a more enthusiastic and committed race director, he is also a bit mad.

Be prepared for a long day out, running on some great trails, in a wonderful part of the world. I even saw a pod of dolphins close up. You will have earned your medal when you cross the finish line.

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