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Saint Cuthbert's Way Ultra

29-Jun-2019 Holy Island, Northumberland, UK (England)

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100KM / 62Miles
1 Day - 300 Runners

Alternate Distances: 71KM/44M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £50 GBP

Trail Outlaws present Saint Cuthbert's Way Ultra.

Bridging the national borders between Scotland and England, this inspiring 100km (62.5 miles) route will be reversed.

Starting at Holy Island in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Northumberland coast. The route heads Westwards crossing large sections of the Northumberland National Park and the beautiful Scottish Borders region. Finishing at Melrose, which is where Saint Cuthbert's journey is thought to have started.

There is also a 40(ish) mile race option starting at Wooler. This may miss running from the iconic Holy Island to Wooler, but it misses none of the stunning scenery and undulations as you pass through Northumberland National Park into the Scottish Borders.

Saint Cuthbert

Saint Cuthbert (c. 634 – 20 March 687) was a saint of the early Northumbrian church in the Celtic tradition. He was a monk, bishop and hermit, associated with the monasteries of Melrose and Lindisfarne in what might loosely be termed the Kingdom of Northumbria in the Northeast of England. After his death he became one of the most important medieval saints of Northern England, with a cult centred on his tomb at Durham Cathedral. Cuthbert is regarded as the patron saint of northern England. His feast day is 20 March.

More details about the race can be found http://www.trailoutlaws.com/stcuthbert.html

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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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SarahCrunning

12:38 23-09-18

I ran this in 2018, which was an incredibly hot year. This made the event much tougher, but it is a phenomenal route with great organisation. The race starts on Holy Island. It is a shame that the route takes you straight off the island on the causeway rather than including the stunning scenery around the beaches, but the route has historical significance and it seems St. Cuthbert did not stop to admire the landscape! A word of warning - the start is very flat, easy running and the temperature will be lower than later in the race. It is very easy to go out too fast - I was at the back for the first few miles and finished first lady and third overall by being conservative.

The route has some great views and contains lovely woodland and open agricultural land. There are some tough climbs, but there is nothing technical - it is runnable. It is tough on a hot day - the climbs will have you sweating, and some of the open sections of trail are very exposed to the sun. That being said, the volunteers did their best to help. Marshalls at a safety check point between aid stations offered additional water to those of us who had run out, and some checkpoints offered wet towels and ice pops to cool runners down.

This is a very friendly event, and I would recommend Trail Outlaws highly. Despite the tough conditions (there was a high drop-out rate with the heat), I had a great race and would definitely recommend it.

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ultra_dave

06:54 18-07-16

Ran the 2016 edition, very pretty route with plenty of ascent. Navigating is challenging but the organisation was seamless. Recommended!

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Ianmcmcmc

10:39 18-07-16

This was my first dabble into the world of ultra running so rather than ease in gently, I went for the full 100km route.....! What to say? I had no idea what to expect and don't want to spill any beans for future entrants so all I'll say is that the highs certainly outweighed the lows and I had an amazing experience. Three of us ran together - I'd have struggle on my own, so the support was amazing. We also had friends meet us en route to join us for a segment which was a boost.

This course will challenge you physically and mentally - running, climbing, walking and navigating.

If you're considering it, do it.

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thehag

02:26 13-07-15

Ran the inaugural race, well marshalled & cracking views. Definitely recommend

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