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White Rose Ultra

04-Nov-2017 Colne Valley, Yorkshire & the Humber, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
97KM / 60Miles
1 Day - 250 Runners

Alternate Distances: 48KM/30M 161KM/100M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £45 GBP

Are you ready for a 30, 60 or 100 mile (50, 100 or 160km) Ultra marathon? 

WRU 30
​Sunday 4th November
30 miles from start to finish, 1 lap of the WRU 30.

WRU 60

Sunday 4th November

60 miles from start to finish, 2 lap of the WRU 30.

Sunday 4th November

100 miles from start to finish, 3 laps of the WRU 30. +

​The perfect introduction to ultra distance running.

 

Read Anne-Marie Lord's review of this race here.

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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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RobM

02:46 06-12-17

The WRU is no easy run. After last years completion of the 60, I thought it'd only be fitting to attempt the 100 this year. Knowing the course I had an idea of the training that would be required to get around the 100 but as always there are things that'll pop up to test you.

This years run had changed the meeting venue to Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre, a good upgrade and welcome space that had everything you would want pre and post race. This would also be the place where all runners would pass through as finished each 30 mile loop.

The race is organised into three categories, a 30, 60, and 100 mile run. This makes things more interesting as you make your way around the country side. You get to meet a number of people attempting to achieve their personal goal of getting around this testing route. I was lucky and managed to keep up with two other 100 milers throughout the run.

The hills are the killer. There is a steady flow of ups and downs as you make your way around the course. Some of the ups are gradual inclines that appear steeper each time you attempt them. Then there are the 'walkables'. These are the hills so steep that only the truly brave attempt to get to the top with any sort of lung bursting trot. They are not that bad in the grand scheme of ultra hill running, but when you know you have to do them 3, or 4 times, if you count the "nice looking one" the race director added at the end of the 100, you save your legs getting up them.
Being a November run bad weather is always expected, and this year was no different. Around 3 o'clock in the morning the gusts of wind picked up speed and the heavens opened. Fighting through this was one of the tougher parts of the run especially when you reach the top of the Pennines way at the highest point on the course.

When you finish your 3 loops of 30 miles the last thing you want to do is a "short 10 mile" out and back. This was where the mental part of training came into play, and this is what makes this run special. At the end of each loop you have the opportunity to stop, stay with the other runners in the warmth, but is the mental test this race chucks at you that makes it so special. To stand up and run that final ten miles hurts, but in the end it was one of the most satisfying things I have ever achieved. What's more when I and ever other runner made their way back to the finish, they were greeted with applause for completing an enjoyably and testing 100 mile run.

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Runmoor

08:01 18-11-17

The White Rose Ultra is either a 30, 60 or 100 mile race in the heart of West Yorkshire. Its a 30 mile loop, which for the 60 you would do twice, says the mathematics of ultramarathon running. The 100s would do 3 times and then a bit. I wasn't sure if the two loop concept would suit me, I like routes, from somewhere to somewhere else, I like islands too so loops may make me loopy but far from it, it went like clockwork.

So the run starts with runners mulling around Standedge Tunnel and Visitors Centre in Marsden, probably guaranteed drizzly dreary November weather. All runners set off together, surging forwards into the Yorkshire gloom each supporting a different coloured number, 30's with their green numbers, 60s with their blue numbers and 100s with their red numbers.

There was a really strong list of compulsory kit, including back light, spare fleece, or long sleeved, waterproof trousers etc - safety first and I certainty like decent compulsory kit lists. They do spot check kit checks so make sure you carry everything as you can get disqualified if you don't have the correct gear.

The race started off with a loop around Marsden and then onto the scrumptious trails heading up Wessendon onto part of the Pennine Way, A hefty climb at its best. The hilltops are guaranteed to shine in their self beauty and entice you up the magical pathways. The first water point was perfectly located at 6 or 7 miles in at Wessenden Head.

The course was dotted with a few motivational signs - the first one I smiled at, 'Never trust a fart at 3 miles' which made us all smile, and plenty of people taking selfies at the signs making it a really friendly and relaxed sort of event.

There was a mixture of road and trail. Some say it was 60 of the former, 40 of the latter, but it never felt like 'tarmac hell' due to the constant variety of terrain.

The first welcoming checkpoints at around 12 miles just after Blackmoorfoot Reservoir had a plethora of mouthwatering goodies, biscuits, flapjacks, bananas, cake, crisps. Don't be too gready but try the homemade flapjack its yummy! It was a cupless event and I had bought a running cup a few weeks before they are cheap enough so bring your own!

Lots of 'Yorkshire flatness' as the course meandered up and down some fantastic hills and through little 'mill' villages and towns.

The route was immacutaly signposted right through to the next checkpoint where more food would be awaiting and lots of cheery marshals sending us their good wishes.

The route twisted round many a stretch of bridleway. Muddy at times, bubbling with sticky puddles. Occasionally it would give way to tarmac and at points giving views of the townships below.

There is a bit of a sting in the tail about a mile from HQ,a steeply steep hill evilly laughs at youas you push up one slow footstep at a time giving way to further climbs, from road to trail.

A mile before the end introduces a lovely rolling downhill and flat section (yes I said flat) and for the 30's they are done, for the 60's they go through HQ pick up any goodies from their drop bags, stock up on fuel and liquid and do it all again. As for the 100's they do it twice more plus a little 10 mile dog leg to finish them off.

One of the best things about this event is that it coincides with Bonfire Night (4th Nov in 2017) which meant for the 60 milers at least there were some spectacular displays of bangs and crackles as the evening skies of West Yorkshire lit up in all their glory.

At the end you are greeted with the race director waiting for each and every runner regardless of time or weather, then a hot meal and all the crisps, sausage rolls and cake you can eat. But isn't that why we run?

A fantastic event with distances to suit any 'ultra runner'. Just make sure you fully understand the term 'Yorkshire flat'.

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kerrysutton

02:53 08-03-17

I ran the 30mile option and really enjoyed it. The race has a healthy mix of trails, road, ascent and descent, views and weather. It was a crazy day weather wise. We had it all - hail, snow, rain, sun, wind. There were two or three areas where you needed to concentrate on the route as it was easy to get lost, as a number of front runners did.
I really enjoyed the event. There were lots of friendly supporters dotted around the route which I appreciated.

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filynch

04:21 04-11-15

Would recommend this to anyone making the step up from marathons to ultras. It has a lot of climbing but that only adds to the challenge. Such a beautiful route, lots of trail and a decent amount of road but through lovely countryside. Well organised and a very friendly atmosphere. Feeding stations were really well stocked and manned by friendly and encouraging marshalls. I will be signing up again next year!!!

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Cha36jennings

01:04 04-11-15

This was my 1st attempt at an ultra distance, I registered for the 30 mile option.
Online registration was very easy and the email updates on kite requirement etc was very useful. We even got weather updates!
On the day of the race, race registration was quick and simply, photo ID was required. There was little pre-race briefing but we did have plenty of information in emails prior to the event.
The course is a mixture of trail and road. It certainly prevented boredom from setting in and the views were stunning! The 30 mile option was about 4,100 feet of gain.
Aid stations were every 5 miles. unfortunately I had to water for water at 15 mile and 21.5 mile aid stations. Food such as fruit, sausage rolls, crisps, sweets were available. Aid station volunteers were fantastic.
The route was well signposted except in one part around the mile 23-24 mark. Several people, including myself, missed the small sign and this led to a slight 2 mile detour. It was easily corrected. This did mean we ran 31.6 miles instead of just under 30. However, this experience did not detract from the event experience.
I can say with certainty, I would not like to navigate this route in the dark, mainly because of my poor navigation/observations skills!
I would certainly recommend this event for experienced or novice ultra runners

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mrtompaget

07:45 03-11-15

This was my first race longer than marathon distance and I did the 60 mile course (2015).

The two lap course has over 8,000ft of climbing in total, but that results in some stunning views, particularly around Butterley reservoir.

Aid stations are every 5 miles which was ideal for pacing, eating and (particularly when it fell dark!) motivation. They were staffed by awesome volunteers too who couldn't do enough for you. I still don't know who re tied my shoelaces at 50 miles in the dark.... but they were the bomb.

As it's run in November I'd recommend a better head torch than the one I took, as it got dark around 5.15pm. But even in the dark it felt well sign posted and I didn't have any trouble navigating the course.

Would definitely recommend.

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Konstantin

05:50 03-11-15

Stunning scenery along most of the route. Yorkshire is surprisingly hilly and the course packed a punch. Between miles 10 and 15 on the 2 lap course (for the 60 mile option) the course was pretty steep, both on the uphills and downhills. Between miles 15 and 20 there's a pretty long and relentless climb through a gorgeous valley. Not sure which one was harder, the steep undulating bit or the less steep but relentless bit.
The organisers are super nice, friendly and helpful. There were enough sleeping spots in the race HQ warehouse and an area with chairs and a big screen with the live tracker information. Everybody at the aid stations was super nice and helpful, the selection of snacks was pretty good.
There was some conflicting information on the website before the race, but the organisers always answered emails very swiftly. The sign-posting was very good, but some of the 100 mile runners who started in the dark seemed to have trouble at some points, whereas everybody on the 60 mile option already knew the course by the time it got dark.
Before the start of the race I was a bit worried about the fact that about 50% of the race was on roads or very good paths, but this was not a problem in the end.
I would definitely recommend this race! Beautiful landscapes, very nice and helpful people, good organisation, very friendly atmosphere and good aid stations every 5 miles, so you don't have to carry much at all.

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Meece

05:50 03-11-15

I would recommend this race to any runners who want to look at a longer distance!!! It was my 4th ultra and was glad I did the 30 miles as yorkshire is VERY HILLY and the thought of doing another 30 or 70 on a very tough course was unthinkable!!! The course has a lot of beautiful scenery and has some road up and down!!! You do pay a visit to the bog of doom(muddy field patch) early so you get covered in mud early on!!!!! Team OA are very good,very supportive and having water/food stations every 5 miles was great!!! I did the 30 in 7hrs 27mins which is my PB!!!

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antgat

12:57 03-11-15

My first Ultra so i took on the 30, what a great experience!! Fantasic organisation from OA and the route is stunning in parts, great for any first timers trying to get into this type of race. It is very hilly so don't take it lightly but i will be back to take on the 60 next year!

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Kirk

07:10 26-03-15

I selected the 60 mile option in 2014 as a last minute decision, not wanting my race season to end. And it turned out to be a great decision! The event organisers couldn't have been more accommodating with peoples needs. Even my family were looked after during their day of supporting around the course. The event headquarters were well selected with more than adequate facilities for runners and supporters.

The 60 mile format being two laps of the 30 mile option. But don't let this put you off, it's such a picturesque route in the Colne Valley the second lap (fatigue aside) was an absolute pleasure. The course is hilly (approx 6500ft ascent) but on the whole very runnable with enough variety to prevent boredom. It is also completely marked along the route so nav shy folk (like me) can rest assured they'll get round easily enough.

Aid stations are abundant throughout, meaning for the first time in an ultra I ran straight through a several, not requiring any of the fine selection of nutrition or hydration options available.

- My day was a mixture of the usual ups and downs, but finishing with a pleasant enough third place (they even built a podium!!) in a time of 10:16hrs, which was conveniently a minute under 2013's winning time -

This event is coming up to its third year with a 100 mile option this time too! Can't think of any reason not to have another go.

Race report on my blog - http://enhancingexistence.blogspot.co.uk

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