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SarahCrunning - 17/05/2018 22:06:33
   
Monarchs Way Ultra
This race is the longest single-stage ultra in Britain and currently has a DNF rate of 100%. In 2016, 3 runners started the race and all had dropped out by day 4. Last year, 3 runners started. Two of them reached day 10 but then dropped out. The route follows Britain's longest inland path for 615 miles from Powick Bridge in Worcestershire to Shoreham-by-Sea. It is the route followed by King Charles II in 1651 after he was defeated in the Battle of Worcester.

This year's 12 entrants set of at 10am on Saturday and must run an average of 43 miles a day (for 14 days) if they are to reach the finish by the cut-off of 10am on 2nd June. They are not allowed any crew or pacers, and checkpoints are roughly 40 miles apart. Do you think anyone will make it this year?
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walkertg - 18/05/2018 15:30:09
   
RE:Monarchs Way Ultra
Is there a live tracker website? Watching the little dots is quite therapeutic...

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Governor - 18/05/2018 17:05:55
   
RE:Monarchs Way Ultra
Has the length of the route been 100% confirmed as 615 miles? Have the whole (alleged 615 miles of the route been reccied in one go this year?

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SarahCrunning - 18/05/2018 18:22:45
   
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Here you go: http://live.opentracking.co.uk/monarchs_way_2018/
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SarahCrunning - 18/05/2018 18:24:23
   
RE:Monarchs Way Ultra
The distance is 615 miles as far as I am aware. Any questions regarding recces or official measurement would have to be directed to the Race Director.
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SarahCrunning - 20/05/2018 20:29:46
   
RE:Monarchs Way Ultra
Eleven runners have been on their feet for over 30 hours. All have made it as far as CP2 (92 miles). John Stocker has just reached CP3 in the last 20 minutes. At CP2, Oriol Antola Sarrau was in 2nd, and Joon Kiat Yeo in 3rd.
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ChallengeRunning - 21/05/2018 00:42:56
   
RE:Monarchs Way Ultra
I am the RD and the race is as close to 615 as can be with regular changes due to local diversions and changes that happen over a route this long.
I have personally run a vast majority of the course over the last 3 years and also data from the two previous years and other who have been on the course as well as info from the Monarchs Way Society who look after the route.
All measurements in the guide books and on the OS Maps are pretty accurate based on my own gpx files of the same sections and recorded data from my own personal runs.

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SarahCrunning - 21/05/2018 22:29:19
   
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Thanks very much for clarifying - that's really helpful. Hope it's all going smoothly.
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SarahCrunning - 21/05/2018 22:31:06
   
RE:Monarchs Way Ultra
There are still 11 runners on the course. John Stocker was the first to reach CP4 at 6:32pm today. Oriol Antola Sarrau arrived at 9:21pm, with Joon Kiat Yeo just 13 minutes behind him. The remaining runners are all between CP3 and CP4.
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SarahCrunning - 22/05/2018 21:55:56
   
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Today saw the first DNF, but it won't be the last. After a great effort, Richard Cranswick retired between CP3 and CP4 - he was feeling unwell. John Stocker, Oriol Antola Sarrau and Joon Kiat Yeo have all made it through CP5 today. The remaining runners are between CP4 and CP5.
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