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                  SHORT ULTRA RACES
                                              (26 -34 miles)

The title may seem to be an oxymoron, but these types of event are great for making the step up from marathon to ultra marathon. There is such a wide choice that it is difficult to know which ones to mention. Most of the events in the UK tend to be off-road. We have choosen 2 road examples (1 overseas) and several off-road ones, but restricted these to the UK.

ROAD


Dartmoor Discovery - 32 miles - June. The first race took place in 1998 and has since then proved very popular, with entries selling out quickly. It is described as the largest single lap road ultra in the country. This extract is taken from the race website:

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The race starts in Princetown, and follows a route passing through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor, and Postbridge, before making its way back to finish in Princetown.

You'll experience everything Dartmoor can offer, from stunning views, beautiful scenery, wild ponies, unpredictable weather and of course those infamous hills! Make no mistake, the course is not easy, it's a great way to test you both mentally and physically!
"

It is all true.

Two Oceans - Cape Town South Africa - Easter Saturday 56km
At 34.8 miles this is right on the edge of our short definition. It is one of the world's classic ultra marathons being described by the organisers as:

"the world's most beautiful marathon"

It is. Ed would rank it as his favourite road ultra if it wasn't for the Comrades Marathon. NB the South Africans call anything from 42k up a marathon.

OFF-ROAD
 
Marlborough Downs Challenge - 33 miles - May. This is fairly typical of a club organised race. Relatively cheap to enter, well organised with good food on the checkpoints and a meal at the finish. With a nice memento and great views this is a super event.

Hardmoors 30 - 30 miles - New Year's Day. This race is the shortest of a series of races organised by a company. Still great value, well organised and with great views. You even get invited to a party after the event. To see all their races visit the H M Challenges' website.

The Pendine Ultra - just over 32 miles - April. This is a two lap race that starts on the famous Pendine Sands then heads inland. It is a part of a series of events organised that day so something for everyone. Details on the organiser's website.

Glen Ogle 33M - 33 miles November. This ultra took place for the first time in 2011 and got really good reviews. Organised by running enthusiasts this is a snippet from the race website.

"The route is run on a variety of surfaces, but all good underfoot, so it would make a nice race for those looking to step up from marathon distance. Of course, being Scotland in November, the weather might add a wee extra challenge to the proceedings. The route is out and back, so you don't need to worry about transport back to the start."

There are four to whet your appetite, you can find more via the links on the races main page or have a look Long Distance Walkers Association events, they accept runners and are great for first-timers.


 

 
 
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