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The Welcome Ultra

06-Mar-2021 Otley, West Yorkshire, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
63KM / 39Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

Alternate Distances: 51KM/32M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Beginner  

Entry From £40 GBP

A Big Welcome to the Punk Panther 2018 series, our first event of the season starts off from Weston Lane Community Centre in Otley and heads up to Clifton then across to Askwith then to Denton before crossing an iron bridge over the River Wharfe to Ben Rhydding  then Burley-in-Wharfedale, up onto Burley Moor over to Shipley Glen then Baildon Moor, Guiseley, Yeadon over The Chevin to Surprise View and across to Bramhope and finally down to the finish in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale where a hot meal awaits (vegetarian and vegan option available upon request when entering) along with your well deserved Tech T-Shirt, medal and certificate.

Please be aware that part of this race is over open moorland providing stunnings views and challenges as well as sometimes boggy paths!

New for 2018: The Bingley Loop. An additional 7 mile loop which takes in the extended Welcome Way, at Shipley Glen the route loops around Bingley before returning to Shipley Glen for an added challenge.
Cost: £40 (£1 of each entry will go to St.Gemma’s Hospice) – Early Bird £35 for entries by 1/1/18

Car Park: Bridge End Auction Site, Otley : LS21 2AA: The start is a 10 minute walk. NOTE There is no car parking at the Start or Finish, a free lift back to the car park is available from the finish.

Registration: From 7.30am at Weston Lane Community Centre (half a mile walk from carpark, take everything with you – bag transfer to finish)

Start: 8.30am

Event Closes: 6.30pm

Maps Recommended: OS Explorer Maps 297 and 288 OR Welcome Way booklet for £7.49 including p & p covers most of the course except the last section from Surprise View to the finish. The route is substantially waymarked. The 51km course will be taped.
Distance: 51/63km (32/39 Miles)
Climb:  1300/1800 metres (4300/6000ft)
ITRA Points: 2/3 
Maximum Entrants: 200
Checkpoints: Each checkpoint will have water, coke, jelly babies, peanuts, Jaffa cakes, marshmallows and flapjacks, CP5 will also have pork pies and cheese.

  • Checkpoint 1: Denton 10km (6 miles) 9.00am to 10.30am
  • Checkpoint 2: Burley 19km (11 miles) 10.00am to 12 noon
  • Checkpoint 3: Shipley Glen 30km (18 miles) 11am to 3.30pm
  • Checkpoint 4:  Esholt 40km (23 miles) 12 noon to 4.30pm
  • Checkpoint 5: The Chevin 46km (27 miles) 12.30pm to 5.30pm

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 Welcome Ultra Tech T-Shirt and Certificate as well as a hot meal at the finish. 

Event finishing positions are in order of distance completed then time taken.

A GPX files of the exact route is available on request. 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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08:32 14-03-17


After a week of near relentless rain, and a misty early morning, the weather broke and crisp and sunny day provided near perfect conditions: from the ankle up. The race runs across farmland on the edge of the Moors, across Moorland, Country parks and some adjoining road sections.

The sections off the tarmac were extremely muddy and amongst the worst, if not the worst I have encountered. This is a local race to me, with the route passing within 300m of my house, so I knew a lot of the paths, and the going was hard work.

The race is very well organised and has a nice warm feel to it. There are 6 check points / feed stations approx. every 6 miles which are well stocked with jelly babies, flapjacks, millionaire short breads, water and (full fat) Coke / Pepsi. Perfect.

The race follows for ¾ of the route the Welcome Way – which is a new walking route organised between the three ‘Walkers are Welcome’ (WAW) communities of Otley, Burley in Wharfedale and Baildon in West Yorkshire – and then heads off to get in the extra mileage and end in Pool.

The route is well marked with a lots of yellow tape, and coupled with a detailed route description and map print outs, you should not go wrong. I did…but that’s down to incompetence and not the race organisers.

It’s an undulating varied course with lots of interest, great views, with even the sections on the edges of the urban areas cunningly routed.

A thoroughly enjoyable event; from registration, through to the start, the run, the fellow competitors, the finish and lastly the hot bath to soak off the mud.

At the finish there are snacks and hot food too – although I was not up to eating, plenty of others were.

There’s also a good Facebook page with lots of information and runners exchanging views and helping each other.

Chapeau Ryk – looking forward to the others in the series.

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