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Ultra Trail Angkor

19-Jan-2019 Angkor, Cambodia

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128KM / 80Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 64KM/40M 42KM/26M 32KM/20M 16KM/10M

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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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Punk Panther

02:58 21-02-17

2017 64km Bayon Trail:

Review: The route was amazing, well thought out and stunning and for that, I would give 5 stars. There were interesting river crossings; one was waist deep murky water with black things wiggling about, another a branch to hold as you edged across on a second branch. The course was a Real-life Temple Run complete with rickety bridges, lots of temples, rice fields and villages. I even passed a rural wedding! The chance to visit parts of Cambodia that tourists don’t see!
Fully waymarked, easy navigation, wonderful people lots of support at the checkpoints. The only reason for marking it a 3.5 is that it was possible to avoid some of the temples and the big climb and I saw many people doing that. Tighten up on this aspect and it is a 5 in my view.

Personal report: One year to the day I died whilst out running (thankfully I was revived through CPR and a defibrillator). I headed out in the pitch black at 5am from The Terrace of Elephants, Angkor Thom Temple in Cambodia on the start of a 40-mile ultra-marathon. As we headed out of the temple grounds and towards the jungle I was at the back of a lead pack of about a dozen that had missed a turn. I had to turn back and join at the back of the race. After another half mile, I could see everyone going around some ruins, when I noticed an arrow pointing into the jungle. I stopped for a moment and shone my head torch at the trees and saw some tape through the jungle and I decided to follow it
It led through the trees for about 50 metres to a road. There was a policeman there who pointed the way. I carried on running and suddenly realised that for the next half a mile run I was actually leading an Ultramarathon! Eventually I was overtaken, but by the 10k mark I was still in fourth place as daylight broke. Most of the terrain underfoot was sand, often deep dry sand that was very hard to run on. As I got to 18miles I was in 12th place. Then there was an awesome climb, over 600 steps to a monastery. By now the temperature was 33C. I made it to the top and overtook two runners coming back down to move back up to 10th, except I wasn't.
I saw below me several people cutting out the hill. It wasn't clear what you had to do and there were no marshals. The next checkpoint was half a mile and when I got there knackered, there were loads of runners setting off or had just set off. None of them had overtaken me. With the heat, I started to get Jogger's nipple so switched to speed walking. We visited loads of temples on the way and were routed to go all the way around them, but again with no marshals, many just ran past them. Strava and my photos prove I did the whole course. I kept stopping and took over 150 photos such was the awesomeness of the route. I officially finished 9th in my age category.

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