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Ultra Great Britain

17-Aug-2019 Portpatrick, Scotland, UK (Scotland)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
346KM / 215Miles
4 Days - 200 Runners

Alternate Distances: 346KM/215M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Expert  

Entry From £499 GBP

The Race Across Scotland 2018: A Unique 215 mile (346km) Ultra-Marathon following the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath.

A stunning marked trail reflecting back to us the turbulent history between Scotland and England.

The voices and the lessons of the Killing Times in the 1600’s echo in the Forests, the Valleys, and high on the Mountains along the Way.

Ultra Great Britain. A Unique 215 mile Ultra-Marathon following the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath earning an amazing 'Ultra Great Britain' Buckle.

A continuous race but allowing upto 100 hours ... Support Crews welcome. Live Online GPS Tracking for the 2016, 2017 & 2018 Race (England) was at http://live.opentracking.co.uk/ultragb18, similar tracking available on the Scottish Route.

The Trail follows a beautiful and scenic trail over valleys, mountains, and forests. There's even 4000 year old sentinels that runners pass by.  A 100 hour cut off welcomes all into the event, we want all that start to finish. There are a number of Village Halls en route to help support each ultrarunner across Scotland.

One Amazing Race!

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Wayne Drinkwater

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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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Becky7074

06:33 31-08-18

Once again, GB Ultras have exceeded all expectations! Fantastic race. The time and effort that the race directors put in is second to none, with free of charge recce runs starting some nine months before race day. Checkpoints are run by wonderful volunteers who are fast becoming familiar faces if you've done a few GB Ultra events, and they are so encouraging and so supportive. Some of them are even happy to tend to soggy, blistered feet if required, which gets the race some mega brownie points in my book :-D
The route was beautiful, and steeped in history, with rolling hills but nothing too technical. And the finish line welcome was as enthusiastic for the last finishers as it was for the first. It's a tough, tough race, dont underestimate it, but that feeling as you finish is the best in the world!

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TeamB_O_B

02:05 28-08-17

After completing my first 100mi race I wondered what I could do next to continue to push my personal boundaries, after pacing a good friend during the 2016 edition of this race I knew this race would be my next challenge. It never disappointed. The organisation behind this race was fantastic. The course was well signed and the CPs were 2nd to none, from an event shelter in the wilderness to a warm village hall, the CPs were very friendly and well stocked. While running I felt famous, everyone went above and beyond to ensure I had everything I needed, I can't thank the checkout team and race organisers enough. The sence of achievement after completing this adventure has been mind blowing. I will certainly do my best to follow the series and race in Scotland next year.

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Dascendis

09:13 03-09-16

What an amazing event. I was lucky enough to have taken part in the inaugural event (2016) a massive challenge for me and a massive challenge I would imagine for the organiser's to have pulled this off so well. However, what impressed me the most was the emotional investment the organiser's had in the participant's, they were all so encouraging and wanted us all to succeed. This is a highly recommended event for those looking for a massive challenge. Thanks for putting it on guys I am proud to be a part of it!

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MrsC

06:24 30-08-16

The planning and organisation that must have gone in to providing Ultra Great Britain 2016 is unthinkable, but to pull it off to such a high standard is absolutely incredible. And GB Ultras did just that in their first year, making it a top quality event.
You get lots of pre race information to ensure that you know all you need before you get to the start. Once you get to the start, it's as if you are now a member of the GB Ultras family and you are throughly looked after. In all the races that I have done, I have never felt such a valued competitor. Each checkpoint takes care of all your needs and you couldn't ask for anything more. The transpenine trail is marked and GB Ultras clearing spent days adding extra markers to the route to try and aid in getting lost. I got lost many times although the race directors were always monitoring via the tracker and were very supportive at trying to get me on track. I would recommend that anyone entering this does not take the navigation side of the event likely. I did not feel that the TPT map was thorough enough for my 'directionally challenged mind' and I wish had I run of some the route before hand or got a GPS. The GB Ultra team also provide other races which run across this route and I would highly recommend making use of that opportunity. The Traking system that they provide is 5 star and my family loved following me on my journey. Some members even phoned me to let me know that had I taken a wrong turn, which shows how good the system is!
I can't think of a single bad word about the organisation of this event. Every aspect of it was turned to gold by Wayne and the team. I am proud to have been a part of one of their first events because I imagine that as soon as word spreads, they will have a huge following and a I will have to join a waitlist!

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PiratePudge

07:40 30-08-16

Highly recommend that this event goes on anyone's race calendar.

The route follows the entire Transpennine Trail from West to East and is a mixed bag of countryside wilderness, canal and river side paths, hard packed trails and urban landscape.

The organisation and support throughout the race was superb, and the volunteers at each checkpoint couldn't do enough for each runner passing through.

This is now the second event from this particular organiser that I have taken part in, and I certain that it won't be the last.

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Lainey_J

03:05 29-08-16

Ultra Great Britian is a fantastic event. Well stocked and manned check points and helpful and friendly organisers and volunteers. Although the race is brand new this year (2016) the organisers have an enormous amount of ultra racing experience and this is evident in the planning and delivery of the race. This is definitely one to watch. A very tough race but with lots of support from volunteers, organisers and other runners. This race will absolutely test your mental and physical capabilities. I will be back for more next year!!

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JonMather

02:22 29-08-16

Great event, I've competed in quite a few events, nothing has compared to this tho. Never have I felt such camaraderie between each entrant and also the organiser's. Really helpful and supportive checkpoint staff and also at the Drop Bag points with hot drinks and meals. This years event(2016) I was unable to finish due to injuries, Wayne and the other organiser's were there to give me a comforting talk and advice, I love the personal touch in Wayne's races, I'm never just a number. I can't wait to sign on for next years race.

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Cheshirerunner

01:34 29-08-16

Wow! This is a challenge that will leave you with so many great memories and major bragging rights. It's tough but manageable with the right planning and experience. The organisation was excellent and run directors really put the welfare of runners first. Put the bike away and try this awesome race on foot :)

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dennis014

01:23 29-08-16

From 20th till 24th of august 2016 i have runnen this event. After 60 miles i had to stop. I was the first and only dutch in the group of runners. The race was perfectly organised, a beautiful track from southport to Hornsea over the Pennines and along Canals and forest. This Race is different from other races of this kind because there is a great combination between Urban and Nature paths. The Racedirector is a familymen during the whole race, not only taking care of the runners but also their families/ friends/ supporters and the volunteers. Allthough i had to stop early in the race, this is one of best organised races i ever did in my entire life. This Race i will recommend to everyone who loves to explore their own body how far you can get and to everyone who want to do an unique race. "To strive to seek to find and not to yield". The buckle which runners can be earn, It is really great...... It was an wonderful adventure and really want to do it again. It is not only the race and the finish, it is the whole way to the finish which is really great to experience. ~Most important is that all runners have got the same goal, the volunteers, runners and racedirectors try to help you where ever they can and at the end as a present new friends for the future. Come and join us next year UGB200 in 2017! Beat the trail....

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