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Tollymore Trail Ultra Marathon

11-Nov-2017 Tollymore Forest Park, UK (N. Ireland)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
63KM / 39Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 42KM/26M 21KM/13M 10KM/6M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

The Tollymore Trail Ultra Marathon also includes marathon, half marathon and 10k distances.

The ultra event is 3 loops of a 13.05-mile route.

The route is fully way marked and located within the spectacular forest trails of the Tollymore Forest Park.

Support and feed stations will be located en route.

All participants will be chipped timed.

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Lucy Cumming

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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.

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Richardpduffy

06:32 13-11-17

How hard could it be? 3 Near 13 mile loops in a beautiful surrounding with relatively sheltered conditions for most of the event and what transpired to be a perfect morning for running.
In truth it's hard, really hard. The run is on trail and no off trail to worth a mention. There are no obstacles, rocks, sand or cliff faces to complicate things. What makes the event is the 4500 in elevation gain. Steep climbs with fast decents that pound on the limbs in to the third loop.
The rule makers may have something to say about the course length. My Garmin had 37.6M as opposed to the 39M listed but the trails are fantastic and make the event a pleasure to run in stunning surroundings.
As competitors join from the the Full, half and 10K distances on the same course this can either inspire the legs in to life using the unsuspecting Pacers to maintain rythem or demoralise by a steady flow of overtaking. I liked the addition of more people on the course and found an unlikely running partner for the last 4 miles in a 16 year old doing the Half.
It's a beautiful place, a tough challenge and well worth considering if you eat up steady climbs and bomb down decents with reckless abandon!

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Aussi

07:45 17-02-17

Another local race for me. This is a great 39mile ultra through the Tollymore forest just outside Newcastle Co. Down. It is a 3 loop race with Ultra runners on the first loop then (depending on your speed) Second loop the Marathoners join and the third loop the half marathoners but you want to try and finish before the 10k'ers start as them boys are fast. Again, professionally organised and a great atmosphere at the finish. This is a brilliant and ideal trail ultra for any first timers as it's only a small step up from a marathon and you are never too far away from the start/finish line if you get into diffs. Also the scenery is great, with stepping stones across the river and a spectacular view of Newcastle on a clear day.

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padraig.mckeag

01:55 19-08-16

I ran this last year (my first year of ultras) and I loved it. What i remember is that the staff on the feed stations were great craic. My only (minor) complaint is that when I finished (08:04 - good for me) the inflatable finish line had been removed.

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