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West Pennines Double Ultra Marathon

09-Mar-2019 Darwen , UK (England)

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97KM / 60Miles
2 Days - 100 Runners

Alternate Distances: 48KM/30M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £50 GBP

The Howlers 2019 Double Ultra Marathon Challenge is simply not for beginners... Nor for the feint of heart.  

Both routes take in some of the most beautiful trails of the west pennines from Sunnyhurst boasting some challenging climbs, undulating terrain and whatever mother nature decides to throw at you on the day(s).  We are confident you will remember this challenge long after you conquer it! 

What is the West Pennines Double Ultra Marathon?

Quite simply, 2 x 30 mile Ultra Marathons! One on the Sat and one on the Sun. 

Day 1 has a strict 7.5 hour cut off.

Day 2 (Double Ultras will have a 8hour cut off) and single day runners remains at 7.5hours.   

This will be enforced at CP3 on both days.

Each route is different, but both start and end in Sunnyhurst Woods, Darwen. 

Your efforts will earn you some serious bling, tech tee, hot food at the finish and post event massage! 

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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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davebb

03:21 13-03-18

Raced in 2017 and 2018.

I was searching for something that would be good training for a summer ultra and this Howler event fit my race calendar perfectly... I've now done it twice (loved it so much I came back and entered other events in the series too) - it's worth noting that parts of the Double Marathon courses came in really handy as route recces for Howler Events' 3 Towers Ultra (October) and the Howling Trail Chase (November).

The West Pennines Double Marathon is an amazing weekend with a fantastic community feeling to it - the event has a very friendly and personal level of attention from all the event team, marshalls and volunteers. These challenges can often be quite daunting, but the welcoming and friendly atmosphere quickly ease any nerves with the emphasis on getting round and enjoying the trails. Two beautiful (and different) routes on each day (with no repetitive laps!), with 3 well-stocked checkpoints (water, coke, redbull, sweets, biscuits, crisps, peanuts, bananas and vegan options too etc) distributed evenly throughout, over a variety of terrain. The courses comprise of a lot of dirt track/paths with very little tarmac/roads, and a good portion of trickier moorland bogs with knee-high grass tufts and knee-deep mud in places - wet weather leading up to March adding water and mud to the toughness of the terrain but nothing my trusty Speedcross couldn't handle.

The routes were well marked but you can find yourself spread throughout the field with nobody to follow or aid with nav at times, so careful navigation can be required over some of the more cross-country routes where paths or trods aren't as obvious. Gpx files are provided and helped aid navigation on my watch (or others used smartphones with success) and Howler events offer organised recce runs throughout the year. The marathons this year actually came in at 28 and 30.5 miles so you definitely get value for money in that respect - also worth noting that the route has changed each year - which also adds to the uniqueness of the event - I've loved exploring new trails each time.

No doubt about it, the double marathon is a tough challenge, but that's where the reward lies - the sense of achievement is great, and the stunning views, the adventure, the fun and camerarderie of it all make it well worth the effort. Hot food and post-race massage (optional donation to Bolton Mountain Rescue) on both days together with a stunning medal and tech t-shirt seem worth the entry alone - not to mention the work that goes into creating, marking, marshalling and covering safety on the routes for both days.

If you enjoy adventures in the hills, this one is a must.

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