Step up to an ultra with this new event from the team behind the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Yesterday The Royal Parks Foundation launched their new event: The Ultra. This 50K race will set off after their popular half-marathon on October 7, with 700 spaces up for grabs in its first year.
Here at RW Towers we’ve noticed the trend of runners going longer and longer. And this event looks like a crowd pleaser that could seduce many marathoners into pushing through extra miles.
The route will tick off tourist hotpots including Buckingham Palace and Westminster, five of the eight picturesque Royal Parks and wind through South West London before finishing in Bushy Park. Signage and marshals will feature along the full length of the route, together with regular first aid and refreshment stages (approx. every 10K). There’ll also be baggage transfer from the start to the finish and post-event showers.
Participants will also need to raise £750 to support the work of Scope. Find out more about the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra.
Are you tempted to go long? Which ultras are on your bucket list? Tell us in the comment section below.
We believe this is the start of a new age of charity challenge.
"the start of a new age of charity challenge" or another chapter in the dreary history of corporo-bollocks-speak?
Too many trips to the well already from previous fundraisers, simply uping the ante to an ultra will not mean anything to average jane/joe who already have put their hands in their pockets for marathons, halfs etc....
Wish the event well but I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw that it was minimum sponsorship of £750, London Marathon is bad enough with its 2,300+ minimum for charities...
Besides when I did not run for an official charity for LM, I felt compelled to raise funds for a local charity without the pressure of a minimum level and the donation was gratefully recieved as they could not afford the LM charity gold/silver costs per place....
I agree, I've raised money for my last half marathon (Sept) and marathon (April) and doing the same for the TR24 in July (not to mention other non-running charity events!). There are only so many times during a year people will give to the same person for charity.
I would have loved to have done this and would gladly have paid circa £100 to enter with optional charity fundraising (which I could probably have mustered up a couple of hundred quid) but £750 is just not likely for me. It's not just charities feeling the pinch!
i ran the royal parks ultra and it was great - fantastic organisation, supportive marshalls all the ways and an almost flat course ( apart from richmond park).
i was worried about the level of sponsorship required and did not raise the £750 limit - managed just over £400. the organisers have chased me a couple of times for the extra but i have politiely explained it was too high a limit and they have left me alone.
this was my first ultra and i am really tempted to do it again in 2013. they are offering £200 entry fee with no sponsirship this time ......................
I suppose as long as they call it a charity event and not try and sell it as an ultra then they are fine...I su[pose they will be enough London based people with money in their pockets to make it work for them....but to me that might well lose the appeal of the ultra because to me most of it is the great time you get meeting fellow runners out there....if its all corporate places then it might well have a different feel to it
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