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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.




Event Organiser
wane law



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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02:39 05-03-15

I ran the 2014 event, the second time the race has been done, and as an ultra virgin, went for the 30 mile option.

From start to finish, the team at Team OA Events made this a pleasure of a first ultramarathon. The organisation was seamless and thoughtful, both before, during and after the race.

The course itself was a beautiful mix of 'Yorkshire flat' (read, very hilly!) roads, tracks and trails around the Colne Valley in West Yorkshire, offering spectacular scenery and views over the hills. The course was well marked throughout, rendering map reading skills unnecessary- another reason why it's a great first ultra.

I ran the race with a friend, and between the gorgeous scenery and the wonderful checkpoints, we had a brilliant time. The checkpoints were every 5 miles, and staffed by wonderful, obliging volunteers, providing a plethora of snacks, and one lady even let us use the loo in her house- it doesn't get more helpful than that!

If bling is your thing, or a tshirt for bragging rights, both of these were excellent, with the shirt being one of a size that actually fits women- top marks to Wane for that, an area so often overlooked by race organisers.

There's not much more I can say about this wonderful race, other than I plan to do it again and think everyone should sign up!

I wrote a race report for it over on my blog here: http://wp.me/p4NRaE-eJ

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04:11 01-03-15

Another month, and another ultra. As usual, I only entered a week or so before hand as trying to plan things too far ahead in my life is pretty difficult! With a couple of weeks off work I decided to go up to the Lake District to recce some of the Bob Graham Round route (which is another story for another day!). Some friends were having a get together nearby and whilst in the area I thought I may as well do the White Rose Ultra. When entering I had the choice of 30 or 60 miles, (1 or 2 laps of the course) and went with the latter – although during the 2nd lap I often wished I hadn’t but afterwards was glad I cracked on. It’s not supposed to be easy.

The event was only in its 2nd year of running so I was not sure what to expect given how little is out there in terms of info and experience, not many competed last year and I think only seven people finished the 60 miler, although the weather was apparently very poor. A good indication of how tough a route it is though.

First impressions were good, with plenty of info on the website, twitter and facebook. After a beer, bonfire and blow-up bed the night before I awoke early to pick up another mate who was running and get to the start line. Clearly a lot more people had entered this year and there was a good atmosphere at a well organised race HQ.

Not much I can say about the beautiful 60 miles without boring you but I can tell you is that it was hilly (“Yorkshire flat”), the weather was very good for the time of year and that the people on the checkpoints were simply fantastic. Every 5 miles I was greeted with a smile, some banter, friendly encouragement and a good feed (which given how tight Yorkshiremen are I was pleasantly surprised not just to receive some water and fresh air! ). The route is a mix of rolling moorland, tracks, roads and fields with lovely views over the local countryside, reservoirs and villages – invariably whilst going up, or down a hill (which make up the almost 2,500 metres of ascent). The whole course is marked and the good thing about two laps is that I knew what to expect the second time around and made an effort to remember key features on the way around as it would still be quite easy to lose your way in the dark when knackered.

As for me, I ran the race pretty much how I wanted to by maintaining a steady pace throughout, minimising time at checkpoints, drinking and eating plenty and staying focused. I got around the first lap in 5 hours which was reasonable and I’m sure I could knock off a lot more if I hadn’t been running another 30 miles. The second lap was slower at 6:25 but that is to be expected. I didn't crash but I think a couple of days hard training in the Lake District just before the race had caught up with me and my legs felt like concrete. Given all that, I finished in 8th place overall in a time of 11:25. All things considered I was very pleased with the result and had I been a bit more rested I may have gotten below the 11 hr mark. It was good to represent Derbyshire in the top 10!

I really enjoyed the event and met some really nice people going round, what I will remember is the farmhouse just a few miles from the finish where the owners had a left out a tray with cups of water for us runners on our way by (including a Yorkshire Tea cup !), a lovely touch. If you are thinking of doing your first ultra then the 30 miler is a good option, or the 60 miler is another tough option and will get you 2 x UTMB points – well earned.

They are planning a 3 lap version for next year as well……


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