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Run to the Castle Ultra

17-Aug-2019 Aberdyfi, UK (Wales)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
64KM / 40Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

A 42mile walking and running marshalled event that starts in the village of Aberdyfi to the castle town of Harlech, including: Tywyn, Fairbourne, Fairbourne bridge and Barmouth. The course is waymarked and includes beach, tracks and pavements as the main running surfaces.

Drop bags will be delivered to the finish line. The race fee includes food and drinks at the four checkpoints. The cut-off is 12 hours. There is a compulsory race kit.

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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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clarinetgod

08:42 08-02-19

Ran the Summer 2018 edition and would echo everything that previous reviewers have said. A great mix of trails, beach running and coastal views with challenging climbs but a generous cut off time. Denzil and his team specialise in 'no-frills', high quality friendly races and this was a beauty. Many thanks to all at codrc.co.uk

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RaeBlack

11:01 13-08-17

I ran the Winter edition of this event in Dec 16 as training towards another Ultra, and it was also the furthest i'd ran before so good practice for time on my feet and food/hydration intake. The event is ran by 'how hard can it be events' or www.codrc.co.uk with Denzil Martin as race director. The race starts in Aberdovey and follows the North Wales Coastal Pathway up to Barmouth before finishing just by Harlech Castle, the route is a mixture of trails, road, beach and coastal views with a fantastic climb at around mile 16 of around 600ft which on a clear day has one the best views. The checkpoints are well spread out and were stocked with everything you could need. The course is around 40ish miles and as with every CODRC race the medal is fantastic, fully recommend this race and there is also a summer edition.

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Gilkes

10:23 12-06-17

2016..
Epic day out! Great mix of terrain, beautiful scenery and friendly supportive marshalls. Good cake at cp3! Would definitely recommend...bring on 2017 race!

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Leemond

06:10 16-02-17

A fantastic race from the stunning scenery, varied terrain, friendly marshalls and the excellent organisation by Denzil all aspects are great. The race was very well organised, following the coastal path meant easy navigation and great views. The race had a friendly feel but delivered on quality. The course is point to point so the journey aspect added a nice dimension and the finish at Harlech is spectacular although the final stretch of beach felt like it went on forever!

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Skilldill

07:10 15-09-15

WOW..!! This ultra has everything from beach to mountain and all in between. Fantastic scenery and a grandstand finish under Harlech Castle. Really easy to navigate (only looked at map once whilst in Shell Island) and well stocked & friendly checkpoints. I would certainly do this again

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Cobes04

11:27 27-08-15

One of the best ultras I have ran,it takes in different terrain such as sand,road and trail,it's 42 miles of beautiful scenery with a testing route,the course is superbly marked and the organiser makes you feel supported and it was a great day in all

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Arrytbb

10:25 27-08-15

Ran in 2015: One fo the best organised and most well way marked off road Ultra's ever! Really friendly atmosphere, fantastic marshals and beautifully brutal route! Loved it!!

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