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The Forces March

23-May-2018 Ilfracombe, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire, UK (England)

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219KM / 136Miles
5 Days - 100-150 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £120 GBP

136 miles (5 marathons in 5 days!) following the route of a legendary WWII training march from Ilfracombe on the spectacular North Devon coast, across Exmoor, Somerset and the Quantock Hills, Salisbury Plain and finally finishing in Bulford, Wiltshire.

The Forces March is not a race – it’s an adventure!

The all-road route is especially challenging as well as highly scenic from start to finish. There are many large hills to overcome but the rewards along the way are plenty.

Each night, the group stops at a different camp location and enjoys fabulous food which is cooked and served by an award-winning Royal Air Force chef team. There is a professional sports therapy team on hand to assist with aches and strains and our medic team are always on hand, both on site and on the route to ensure everyone is taken care of.

Each morning, after a hot breakfast and plenty of hot drinks and nutritional snacks and goodies, there is a daily route briefing for all participants and crew before the group sets off at 1000hrs.

There are 5-6 static water points each day which are set approximately 7 miles apart. These are manned by the experienced event team and are well stocked with water.

The event is open to everyone including serving military personnel (incl. reserves), ex-forces, civilians, emergency services and corporate teams. Individual entrants are very much welcomed too!

More than 650 runners and walkers have taken part in The Forces March since 2010 and have raised more than £425,000 for The Veterans Charity!

RUN IT - WALK IT - TAB IT.

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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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