GUCR, South downs way, Ridgeway, Thames ring or if you want pain do the Jogle April 2011 should keep you busy
Hmm, I think you should really mix your events up. Tough Guy, Hellrunner, Brutal 10, then mix some dualathlons in like Richmond Parks Classic, Arundel sprint tri and er....well that's my list so far for next year.
Lots of races claim to be the toughest in the U.K, but for the most part these claims should be treated with skepticism.
If an event is a serious contender to be regarded as the toughest race in the U.K, it will have either very tough qualifying criteria, or a dropout of well over 50%, or more likely than not both. If it does not have the above, then it is probably not even in the running (no pun intended).
I tend to think that events like tough guy talk a better fight than they put up. You could pretty much pick a runner off the street at random, and they would have a shot at completing most of these events. If I ever do one, I might change my tune.
The serious contenders would be found among the hardest ultras, triathlons and adventure races. Among the single stage events, I am inclined to agree with WIB that the Bob Graham Round is the hardest to achieve.
Among scheduled events, I think that the Viking Way Ultra would have a pretty credible claim. Minimum qualifying standard this year was completion of a 100 mile event (check). Less than 25% of the field finished (check). Another event that I would consider a very credible claimant for the same reasons is the Hardmoors 110.
Haven't seen Hardmoors110 in anyones list. It's second only to lakeland 100 in my book.
I think the Hardmoors 110 is definitely in the argument.
I'm biased as it's my favourite race and i help out on it tbh but as hill Ultra's go Hardmoors 110 is one of the best. And unlike some Ultra's you can actually enter all four races (30 on new years day , the 55 which is the first half, the 110 and the 60 which is the 2nd half ) for £110-00 -thats last years prices mind but still amazing value.
I think Lakeland is UK's toughest Hil Ultra race ( i don't really do the flat ones like GUCR but appreciate there toughness )
sorry if that sounded like a sales pitch btw, it wasn't - it's just that i'm finding the cost of some of the new races out of my reach. Lakeland is good value mind.
I will make another observation.
With the races that have the more credible claims, e.g Viking Way, Lakeland 100, Hardmoors 110, the organisers generally don't say that their event is the toughest single stage race in the U.K.
They are more likely to let the DNF rate do the talking.
This one might be quite tough
Marsden 10 mile challange this is all uphill for the first 6 miles a bit on flat then 3 miles back down
Cheddar Gorge Marathon?! Crazy ascents and descents galore, but the views are worth it!!
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