UTMB fallback plan

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13/01/2013 at 21:27

The draw for the UTMB ballot takes place next Friday.  I would like to think that everybody on this site with an entry will get picked, but realistically it isn't going to happen. 

Is there perhaps a European event of similar difficulty, with less competition for entry, that we could have as a fallback plan for those who are unlucky?


13/01/2013 at 21:45
Don't know about similar difficulty but have a look at either the Swiss alpine ultra or the mountain man ultra both in Switzerland
13/01/2013 at 21:49
Tor des Geants, I'm still trying to figure out how I can convince my wife, and then my body, that I can do both.
Failing that the Brecons ten peaks looks great
Edited: 13/01/2013 at 21:49
13/01/2013 at 22:05

If I don't get a place I'll probably plan a self supported WHW or Cleveland Way.

14/01/2013 at 09:26

No idea... Not European but Leadville or The Bear if I can find the cash!

Edited: 14/01/2013 at 09:27
14/01/2013 at 15:29



Have a look at that Ben


14/01/2013 at 15:48

That looks awesome! 200k a little far for me but the 2 middle distances look great!

14/01/2013 at 19:56

I shall see what's left with places if i fail.

Maidstone half perhaps...

14/01/2013 at 21:29

What about a park run?

16/01/2013 at 17:25

You should really try the http://www.trailvsb.com/en/ - starting in Verbier, Switzerland.

The 110k loop overlaps the UTMB route, passing through both Champex and La Fouly.  There is also a CCC equivalent (the Traversee) which is run over the second half of the full course (the Boucle).

I've done UTMB, and both Verbier races.  They are all fabulous if you love running in the Alps.  Actually I did them both in 2010, and have signed up again for TDS and the Traversee again this year.

16/01/2013 at 21:52
16/01/2013 at 21:56
16/01/2013 at 22:49
Swiss looked good as a substitute til I realised it clashed with the NDW100
17/01/2013 at 14:09

Andorra Ultra Trail, ( Ronda Dels Cims), 170k, 13000m D+!! Its the hardest trail on Europe.





17/01/2013 at 18:47

I've not entred UTMB. I have it on my list to do and am planning to attempt to qualify (and get through the ballott!) for CCC. Good luck to all of you in getting through and then in completing your races. 

In looking to qualify i quite fancy The tour of the Vanoise is in late June. Its 72km and only gets 2 UTMB points but I've walked/camped the route and its awesome. So if you fancy something in the same area (its prob only 40km from Chamonix) then it might be worth a look. You can find the link on UTMBs qualifying races pages.



18/01/2013 at 09:27

No place for me. Bugger!

19/01/2013 at 12:55

I guess this thread has an added significance for many of us now!

21/01/2013 at 22:11
No luck Ben?
22/01/2013 at 23:15

Sadly not!

I will still accomplish my main running objective of 2013, which is to surpass my accomplishments of 2012!

23/01/2013 at 03:00
Might be worth having a look at


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