Are Ultras Really That Bad?

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Dubai Dave    pirate
11/03/2007 at 12:56

Flier from orgainisers below, I'll see you there

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2007 (Bank Holiday Weekend)

85 miles along a 5000 year old trackway through the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs; Grim’s Ditch and Barbury Castle and Liddington Castle (hill forts) en route; waymarked throughout; 9,000 feet of ascent; most check points managed by local running clubs. Support teams recommended but not essential. Entrants must be at least 21 years old.

Starts on the top of Ivinghoe Beacon. Registration in nearby Ashridge car park from 0830 on 25th August. 1000 start time for those expecting to take more than 24 hours; 1200 start time for those expecting to take less than 24 hours. Transport to start from Tring Station (and possibly local hotels) subject to prior booking. Finish at National Trust Study Centre, Avebury, near Marlborough (subject to agreement of National Trust). Meals at Goring-on-Thames (half way) and at finish. Baggage transport for unsupported entrants to Goring and then on to finish. No transport back to start. Cut off at Goring midnight Saturday and at finish 1500 on Sunday 26th August.

Refreshments at check points. Qualification requirement: at least a marathon since 1st January 2006. Entry fee: £45 with a reduction to £32.50 for entries received by 30th June 2007. Unattached runners £2 extra.

Entrants who are not members of the TRA will be entitled to free membership until 31.12.2007 subject to submission of a membership application form.

Contact Anthony Taylor at West Briarwood, 125 Ipswich Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4BY Telephone 01394 387169 and 020 7828 0580 Email Also refer to TRA website at
11/03/2007 at 13:23
I guess I will Dave!!!
11/03/2007 at 19:10
There is also the Ridgeway 40 on 12th May, the which is the other half, starting at Avebury and finishing at Goring. I am doing the ldwa event but according to info there is anothers runners event on same day. Runners can join with ldwa event, but check points might not be open when they reach them.
And KEEP QUIET ABOUT ULTRAS BEING EASIER THAN THEY SOUND!!! It is meant to be a deadly secret so other runners look at you in amazement and say 'How far?'

11/03/2007 at 20:45
lol jason.... i have you well trained.
11/03/2007 at 23:55
Yeah when you tell people you run marathon they say something lke

"Wow that's amazing!" (well sometimes)

When you tell people you can run 50 miles (in my case), people say

"What, in one go??"
"Your mental"
"Not possible!"

It makes me happy
12/03/2007 at 07:19
"more mental trauma for your money"

thats brilliant that it
i LIKE it!!!!!!!!!

harry, i cant even get under sub 5 for a marathon
so you can imagine how long it would take me to do 50 miles;)
12/03/2007 at 13:33
Just out of curiosity - are there any decent ultras for first timers in the mid to late autumn period?

Caeser's Camp sounds perhaps a little too "interesting"!
12/03/2007 at 13:34


theres tooting track race
12/03/2007 at 13:50
there's a 50 miler at Caesar's Camp
13/03/2007 at 16:47
Think i'll be doing 50 at Caesar's camp, is there a ridgeway thread, I couldn't find one??
Dubai Dave    pirate
14/03/2007 at 05:51
No Ridgeway thread that i know of for 2007, start one!
14/03/2007 at 06:46
14/03/2007 at 14:45
Bear B.Hind

I have done Rdigeway the last 2 years,
there is only trouble as a runner on the Ridgeway 40 LDWA if you run much under 6 hrs.

Basically they ask the runners to start later. Only 5 of us ran last year in "the race" but a number of "walkers" were not walking.

14/03/2007 at 17:02
6 hours 'in my dreams', the way I'm feeling at the moment that goes for a normal marathon. No I've entered as a wa*ker, got to finish the second half of the Ridgeway (last year it took me fron 9.15 am Sat to 1.30pm Sun - yes 16hrs 15 mins - to get from Ivinghoe Beacon to Goring - JUST DON'T ASK WHY!!! (or I might tell you) clue - even managed to miss path coming down from Beacon...

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