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Wooler Trail Marathon

11-Nov-2018 Wooler, Northumberland National Park, North East, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
45KM / 28Miles
1 Day - 300 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

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Tim Bateson

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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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JohnC

10:19 17-12-17

I took part in the November 2017 event. I'd joined the facebook group for the event aand this provided good updates and pre run info. On the day, as i got to the hostel for the start, I realised it was opposite the house my great uncle had lived in in the 70's when I was last in Wooler, so I took that as a good omen, and indeed it was. The kit check made me realise this was a proper undertaking, and reflected the attitude of the marshals all day, friendly, helpful and encouraging, pointing out iced areas at the top of the Cheviot (and there were many).
The start was good: “its cold, so lets get going, 3,2,1”
We were very lucky with the weather, cold, no wind to speak of and blue skies for virtually the whole day.. astonishing views and trails, great people to run with and soup at the end..
It was 46km and 1,841m elevation gain (and 5,500 calories) by my suunto, and I'd recommend it to anyone as a tough run (at least it was for me) but a very enjoyable one in great country...

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dunsrunner

10:39 02-12-16

I ran this in November 2016. This was the first running of this race and what a beauty it is. Apart from a short tarmac section at the start and finish this race takes you through the Cheviot hills, along the Pennine Way and St Cuthberts Way. As it takes in the summit of the Cheviot itself, this is a tough race. The stats come up as 28.2 miles and over 5000 feet of climb.
The pre race information was very good, with email updates during the week leading up to the race. These were mainly concerned with the weather as the forecasts had possible blizzard conditions and wind chills of -11C. On the day itself conditions were not as severe as forecast but the ground was frozen solid for a large part of the route, which made for very difficult descending.
I was pleased to see a very stringent kit check, with each required item having to be shown before your race number was issued. The marshals were fantastic. Friendly and helpful with bottles at the checkpoints and the guys who stood at the top of the Cheviots to make sure everyone went safely deserve extra praise as they must have been damn cold!
I loved this race but would say that its not an entry level ultra. It may be short in ultra terms but it is not easy. But if you have run big hills before and fancy upping the distance then its ideal. One for your bucket list.

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