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Short Circuit

02-Nov-2019 Otley, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Beginner  

Entry From £40 GBP

Starting in Otley the route goes straight up the steps to Surprise View at the top of the Chevin it then heads over to Bramhope then Cookridge. Then around the runway of Leeds Bradford Airport (outside the fence!) Over to Yeadon Tarn then Guiseley Woods, up to Hawksworth, then Menston up onto the moors towards Ilkley and the famous Cow and Calf Rocks, down through Ben Rhydding and up to Timble then across to Norwood along the beautiful Lindley Wood Reservoir through Leathley to the finish at Pool-in-Wharfedale.

ITRA points: 2 

Maximum Entrants: 200

Cost: £40/ (£1 of each entry will go to St.Gemma’s Hospice): Early Bird £35 for entries by 1/10/18

Car Park: Station Top, Otley off East Chevin Road

Registration: From 7.30am at the Yorkshire Runner Shop, 38 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 1AD (5 mins walk from the car park) 01943 666750 Get your last minute running equipment from Tim who organises the race numbers for us.

Start: 8.30am at Station Top, Otley

Event Closes: 6.30pm

Maps Recommended: OS Explorer Map 297. The route will also be taped and a route description provided.

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint will have water, coke, jelly babies, peanuts, Jaffa cakes, marshmallows and flapjacks. CP5 onwards will also have pork pies and cheese as well as hot drinks.

  • Checkpoint 1: Cookridge 9km (5.5 miles): Open 9.15am to 10.00am
  • Checkpoint 2: New Scarborough 19km (1.5 miles): Open 9.45am to 11.45am
  • Checkpoint 3: Menston 26km (16 miles) : Open 10.30am to 1pm
  • Checkpoint 4: Denton 35km (22 miles): Open 11.15am to 3pm
  • Checkpoint 5: Norwood 45km (28 miles): Open 12noon to 5pm

Finish: Pool-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church, Main Street, Pool-in-Wharfedale, LS21 1LH –There is NO parking at the Finish (please ask friends and family to park sensibly in the village)

Every finisher receives a medal, A Short Circuit Tech T-shirt and Certificate as well as a hot meal at the finish. Event finishing positions are done in order of distance completed then time completed.

A GPX file of the exact route is available upon request or via the Facebook Group Page. The file is provisional and will be confirmed as soon as entries close.


Event Organiser
Ryk Downes



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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09:45 15-11-17

The sun shined again for Punk Panther. This race was the sixth, and last, in this new series of Ultras; see also my reviews for The Welcome Ultra, A Bridge Too Far, Reservoir Dogs, The Urban Ultra and The High Life.

The week leading up to the race had been dry, and but the night before, it poured with rain. However this series of races has been blessed with good weather on race day. However the previous evening’s downpour made it wet underfoot and very muddy in places.

The race starts off, as the previous two, straight up the Chevin. So after a short run, you are into a very steep climb of about 600ft in the first ¾ of a mile. A respite follows with an undulating but mostly downhill run for the next six miles through forest and fields.

Soon after you approach the Airport and the route for the next mile is a narrow muddy path between two high security fences and views of planes taking off. It was hard going, before emerging into Yeadon to run through streets, parkland, more streets and urban paths through Guiseley, to Esholt woods.

After Esholt it’s up and through the adjoining Hollins Hall and Bradford golf courses. Is this what it’s like at an African watering hole – we’re all out for the same thing, (not water; but exercise / entertainment / participation) - we just look a little different and move at different speeds.

A few more miles along farmer’s paths, skirting around Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale takes you to the half way point, and this race does feel like one of two distinct identities. The first is semi-urban and the second half much more enjoyable across Moorland and through the Washburn Valley.

The route up onto Burley Moor is steep and then traverses along the moor to the Cow and Calf rocks. A little (enjoyable) scramble through the rocks takes you off the moor and a drop though a small wood to a road section through Ben Rhydding and upto Denton and a check point. There are six checkpoints, five with food, spaced about six miles apart – all with the usual snacks and fluids.

The next section takes you across remote moorland up to Ellarcarr Pike which was excellent. As per the last couple of races I had been running with Ian Winstanley, but at 20 miles I was struggling and holding him back. So he slowly increased his distance from me, however it was useful to be able to follow his progress across the moor without having to map read or concentrate too hard on route finding.

There’s a real feeling of wilderness in this section, before arriving at the road, the northernmost part of the route, with a little bit of road running taking you through the delightful village of Trimble. The route then drops down to the Washburn Valley to run alongside the river before a climb and some more road, to the last check point.

This check point also had hot drinks, and pork pies, should you so desire.

The final section was generally flat with some nice woodland and a rather disconcerting near encounter with a single storey roof, which was at the same level of the path. A quick 90 degree turn was required before something rather embarrassing could have happened, and I may have easily have dropped in for tea with an unsuspecting occupant.

A last couple of fields to cross, one with some frisky cows, and a final busy road section before the welcome sight of the Methodist Church playing host to the Punk Panther Ultra running congregation.

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