Location: Ingleton, North Yorkshire
Distance: 98K/61 miles
Ascent: 3,350m total ascent
Find out more: fellsman.org.uk
As featured in RW’s September issue, Britain’s ‘best value race’ may also be its toughest. Incredible scenery, a lifetime of bragging rights and three UTMB (see opposite) qualifying points are on offer, but you need to be proficient with a map and compass to self-navigate across 61 miles of rugged moorland.
Location: Seaton, Dorset
Distance: 32.2K/20.1 miles
Ascent: 418m total ascent
Find out more: axevalleyrunners.org.uk/races/grizzly.htm
Nearly 2,000 runners flock to the Dorset coast to fling their weary bodies up and down dozens of hills. A combination of shingle beaches, mud, hills, bagpipes and the gentle waft of incense makes
this an absolute classic.
Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Distance: 24K/15 miles (other options: 42-123K)
Ascent: 1700m total ascent
Price: €50 (£39)
Find out more: transgrancanaria.net
If you’re brave/unhinged enough, the full 123K Transgrancanaria with 11,000 gruelling metres of ascent is always an option, but we think the ‘starter’ version at 24K and 1,700m of ascent is quite challenging enough. With 1,400 competitors, it’s now one of the major races on the trail running world stage.
Yorkshire Three Peaks Race
Location: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire
Distance: 37.4K/23.3 miles
Ascent: 1,608m total ascent
Find out more: threepeaksrace.org.uk
After 58 years, this is still a race that every fell runner wants to tick off the list. The spectacular summit hat-trick of Pen-y-Ghent (689m), Whernside (723m) Ingleborough (722m) is breathtaking in more ways than one.