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The Ox Ultra

10-May-2019 Rushmore Estate, Wiltshire, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
58KM / 36Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 42KM/26M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

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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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@irunoffroad

07:04 10-06-16

The 2016 Ox Ultra was my longest race so far at 36 miles. The race is hosted by White Star Running (WSR) who combine a fun/relaxed approach with some real attention to detail and really do deliver on your running experience. The race instructions were accurate and funny at the same time. On arrival at the Rushmore Estate in Wiltshire there were numerous porta-loos and pre run food & drink to buy if required. The 36 miles ran through the estates trails, roads, farms, fields and hills. The signage was excellent and I never once worried if I was taking the correct route. The feed stations were well stocked and the Love Station at 29.5 miles had alcohol as well as a hug !! The course was quite demanding with some narrow muddy tracks that needed to be taken carefully and some steep muddy hills but a challenging course tests your limits and so you learnt a lot about yourself. There are no mile markers but lots of motivational signs which I liked. (most of us have a garmin) The marshals were very friendly as well as knowledgeable. The medal and T Shirt were excellent and I loved the fish & chip van & ice cream van at the end. All in all a great experience and it was nice to be congratulated by the race organiser personally. The WRS moto is keep it rural, the course went from wide open fields to one metre wide tracks through crops so it was interesting and engaging over the 36 miles. They have corrected all of the comments from the 2015 post I read earlier. The overnight camping was an interesting idea too. Not only would I run this race again but I'm looking at other WSR events. In summary, quite demanding but beautiful and a good challenge. A good race as a stepping some to running further. 5 star

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alflowersruns

01:53 17-01-16

I ran this in 2015 and make the following observations:

1. The course was 37.2 miles.
2. It's a fast course which is great, very runnable but with a few sharp climbs.
3. The scenery is worth the journey but there are one or two longer sections with not much to look at.
4. There were at least two aid stations about a mile out of position - pretty disheartening and frustrating when you're running out of water!
4. The last couple of stations had started rationing water by the time I arrived – not good considering I finished 51st in a field of 158 ultra runners and countless people running marathon and half marathon distance!
5. The atmosphere was relaxed, friendly and jovial. Camping overnight was permitted the night before. Even though I stayed at a local airbnb there was decent camaraderie between runners of all distances.
6. The medal and finisher's shirt were great! Take a look at the site because they are pretty special, particularly the medal.

Would I run this one again? I'm in two minds, the aid stations would definitely need to be better organised but overall it was a fun weekend.

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