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Tyne Trail Ultra

18-May-2019 Deadwater Farm, Northumberland, UK (England)

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150KM / 93Miles
1 Day - 250 Runners

Alternate Distances: 75KM/47M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £90 GBP

Take on the challenge of running the length of the River Tyne from Source to Sea.

The Tyne Trail Ultra Race Series are all events following the course of the mighty River Tyne from Source to Sea.

Encompassing a wonderful variety of terrain and scenery in Northumberland & Cumbria, the routes pass through sparsely populated landscapes, forests, farmland and delightful villages with their castles, churches and traditional pubs.

The trail encompasses Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, vestiges of Roman, early Christian heritage and railway history as well as the regeneration and transformation of one of the world’s most foremost shipbuilding regions.

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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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Alwilan

09:01 02-05-17

I did the 75k version of the Tyne Trail Ultra North. Was kept upto date via email in the lead upto the race, even with an updated gps route for a minor detour. There was coach transfers available to pre book on the morning from both the 150 and 75 k end points. Race registration was held in a little tea shop where we were given race numbers and gps trackers. Race briefing was held outside to a lot of very nervous faces. A speech was made by the daft as a brush charity who created the tyne source to sea routes for both the North and South Tyne Trail, that we were about to run. A group photo was taken outside Kielder Castle, where we promptly were loaded onto a coach to take us to the start about 10 minutes away. Coach parked on the Scottish/English border, where we walked up the trail to the start of the Tyne Trail marked by a stone column. Minutes later we were away, back down the path over the road and following the trickle of the Tyne to Kielder reservoir. The route followed the path around the west side of Kielder. The first checkpoint came at the dam about 15k into the race. Plenty on offer and water bottles were quickly refilled. The next stage took the Tyne route to Bellingham at 42k mark. This was a real mixture of trail, dirt roads, swampy fields, woodland paths and a few road sections. All stunningly beautiful and several climbs. At Bellingham there was a climb up some steps towards the indoor checkpoint, held at the Town Hall. This was fantastic, a chance to meet family and support crew, used the indoor toilet facilities, and a good choice of cold snacks and drinks. The next stage was between Bellingham and Wark at 55km. The most note worthy part of this stage had to be a close encounter with a bull, its many cows and calves! We were warned of this at race briefing, and it was reasonably easy to navigate around, took some higher ground and rolled under some low lying trees. After this heart pumping moment the trail was similar to the last section. At the checkpoint at Wark, there were hot drinks and soups on offer on top of the cold snacks and drinks. Water was refilled. For the 75k route it was now to the final section to Warden. The first and last part of this section was mainly road through nice villages and countryside. The middle part was riverside trail with a steep climb at the end. After a long slow climb from Chesters Roman Fort, we reached the brow of the hill, and then it was a lovely downhill road to the 75k finish line at Warden. Plenty of spectators there to cheer you on as you came around the last corner. Rewarded with a lovely medal and t shirt at the end of the race.

100% recommend this race, it is so far the furthest I've run. The organisation, support en route from the Team, volunteers and the Daft as a Brush charity was second to none.
Being originally from the Tyne Valley, I may be bias, but the scenery was beautiful, the mix of terrain and gradients made it a really enjoyable run.
Without doubt I will be back to try the South Tyne Trail and hopefully up the distance to the 150k.
Live gps tracking, was also fantastic, and allowed friends and family to follow progress, and see race times in real time. I think most of the 75k's followed the last 150's on the tracker the next day.

Post race, Tyne Trail Ultra have been updating photos and videos as soon as available on the web.

I thourughly recommend this race to everyone.

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Ninja

08:29 30-04-17

Great debut of what I expect to be a popular race in future. From the start everything went to plan and communications with the organiser were excellent. The race is in a beautiful part of the world and was easy to navigate. Aid stations were well stocked and marshal support was above and beyond. Finally a chunky medal and tech t shirt at the end rounded off a perfect day.

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