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Shropshire Way Ultra

27-Apr-2019 Ellesmere, Shropshire, UK (England)

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81KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 100 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £50 GBP

April 27th 2019 will see Ellesmere host the inaugural Shropshire Way Ultra. 

With the start finish line being on the banks of The Mere, runners will initially run along the shoreline, before heading away to complete an approximately 7-mile loop back to the start/finish area. 

Here, the first of four feed stations will be stocked full of all the essentials. Sweets and crisps, chocolate and cake, alongside sandwiches, fruit and much more to keep you going; there’ll be hydration fluid and water on tap for bottle re-fills. 

From there, the longest leg of the race will take runners South-West to Llanymynech along the Shropshire Union Canal towpaths. Count off the bridges as you make your way along a net-downhill section of the route with some fantastic views.

Leaving the pretty town of Llanymynech (and feed station no. 2), runners will head North to the rolling hills of Oswestry Racecourse. Here’s where the majority of the elevation gain can be found, but also some stunning vistas of the Shropshire countryside.

Past the half way point now, runners will find feed station number 3 and notice that the distance run is now into “Ultra” territory. Descending to Chirk Bank, runners will find the final feed station and once again pick up the Shropshire Union Canal for the final run in to Ellesmere.

At the finish line, runners will be presented with their medal and finishers t-shirt.  Also on hand, will be Heather Smith from Shropshire Massage to ease those aching legs and get your recovery kick-started.

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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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