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Round Reading Ultramarathon

05-Aug-2017 Thames Valley Business Park, Reading RG6 1PQ, Berkshire, UK (England)

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100KM / 62Miles
1 Day - 400 Runners

Alternate Distances: 50KM/31M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £60 GBP

The inaugural Round Reading Ultra Marathon (RRUM) takes place on Saturday August 5th, taking in a fabulous multi terrain course that circumnavigates the town of Reading.

You’ll have a choice of a 50km route or a 100km route. The course will include a variety of terrain, including flat river and canal towpaths, undulating woodland trails, country lanes and paths through Reading's many urban green spaces.

With feed stations approximately every 10km, you don't need to worry about re-filling water bottles, etc.  We'll even take your own nutrition out to the feed stations for you, if you prefer to use your tried and tested food.

As a two-lap course, the 100km route passes through the start/finish at the 50k (halfway) point. On an ultra you can always have a bad day and if it isn't going to plan you have the option of finishing, having completed the 50k, and still receive your medal.

Why not take on the perfect intro to ultra running with the 50km, or challenge yourself for the real race of truth over the classic 100km distance.

4 UTMB points are available for the 100km and 2 points for the 50km.

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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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Olly8000

09:19 01-09-17

5th August 2017
Nice friendly low key atmosphere - feels very much like a race organised by runners for runners.
As you are alternating between trail and suburbs there are a lot of turns and so navigation was helped considerably by the race marking but having GPS turned on was key as well - after I got lost once anyway!
The organisers have managed to pick out a nice course making the most of the local countryside and green spaces.
Great to have an ultra race in the area and would be good for runners wanting to step up to the Ultra distances.
Registered for the 100k but had to step down to the 50k on the day due to illness and the 2 lap set up makes that possible.
May be back next year to finish it off!

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OCRAdam

11:44 11-08-17

5th August 2017
The inaugural Round Reading Ultra Marathon event organised by purple patch running was also my first with them. My training plan meant that I had to opt for the 50k event which was 1 lap around Reading; two laps for 100k.
The directions to the venue were easy to follow with ample free parking and a short walk to registration. The 100k runners went off two hours before the 50k. As this was their first race on this route the organisers (Chris, Claire and Andy) went the extra mile to make sure we knew the route. They supplied a GPS link, hard copy map, hard copy of directions and marked the course with 150 arrows. I still managed to go the wrong way at one point but that was me not concentrating. The start was on time and good humoured. The course is pretty flat, with a mix of trail, road, river side paths and some off road wooded areas. There are quite a few road crossings two of which were busy roads that runners were forced to stop at. One of the roads had a marshal at hand to warn us of the road ahead. The 4 aid stations (for 50k) were well supplied with energy food and fluids (some had toilets). Every competitor had to get their numbers and time taken at each aid station. I enjoyed the race although the terrain is a bit suburban than I like. There was very little crowd support, which is understandable being the first event. I have no doubt that I would have completed it a bitter faster if I knew the route as I did find a few land marks difficult to navigate however I didn’t hear of many others with the same issues. It was a welcome; although under stated finish line with a nice medal and buff. I recommend it for first time or early stage ultra runners or someone looking for a fast time. The organisers are clearly passionate and did a great job of updating (through email) competitors right up to race day. I may well have another go next year

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