Western States 100 Qualifier

Can anyone recommend one?

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26/11/2011 at 22:06
Hi all,

Can anyone recommend any of the races in the list of WS100 qualifiers? There are two UK races but timing of both isn't great for me so has anyone qualified with any of the others on this list?

Link of Q races for reference: http://ws100.com/QualifyingRuns.htm

Many thanks for any info.
26/11/2011 at 22:08

From memory Jans you can do a 50 as a qualifier as long as you finish in under 12 hours, was that or a 100 what you'd prefer?

  Apologies, just had a look at the list of qualifiers and they say any race that's not on their list won't qualify. For what it's worth the coastal ultra is perfectly runnable with only a few miles on shingle beach to slow you down.

Edited: 26/11/2011 at 22:20
27/11/2011 at 07:45
From looking at the list a while back, isn't Round Rotherham the only UK qualifier?
27/11/2011 at 15:09
There are two UK races, the Round Rotherham and the Norfolk coast ultra, but both are 1 week apart in Mid-October, which clashes with my usual autumn road marathon.

Belves, UTMB (France), Chiemgauer, Stunt (Germany), Taby (Sweden) appear to be the only European qualifiers and I wondered if anybody had tackled these (clearly lots of people will have done UTMB but I was looking for something a bit more sign-up-and-go).

Chiemgauer looks like quite a good race although it's the same weekend as the Lakeland 100 which is irritating.

27/11/2011 at 15:24
Sorry haven't done any of the European qualifiers, it's a shame there aren't more races on the list actually, there's plenty in the uk that fulfill the criteria.
I guess it may be a matter of how much importance you attach to your autumn marathon?
27/11/2011 at 15:56

It says on the site of the NDW Ultra and SDW Ultra (both 100-milers with a 50 mile option on the NDW) that they are Western States Qualifiers. SDW is end of June and NDW is mid-August.  http://www.centurionrunning.com/

27/11/2011 at 15:58

For 2012, the qualification period has ended. For 2013 there are a few races that are official qualifiers in the UK. All of the qualifiers are listed here http://www.WS100.com/QualifyingRuns2013.htm

West Highland Way Race http://www.westhighlandwayrace.org/

South Downs Way 100 http://www.centurionrunning.com/

North Downs 50 and 100 http://www.centurionrunning.com/

Round Rotherham

Our two (centurion races) are listed as being around milton keynes but obviously that is incorrect. James.

27/11/2011 at 17:27
Ah ha - that looks like a better list. Many thanks for the info all.

James, the NDW looks like it will fit in perfectly, cheers.

05/12/2011 at 18:20
James, you've managed to single handedly double the UK WS100 qualifying runs! Any reason why there aren't more races that have been submitted as qualifiers? Is it just because you have an interest in WS100 so took the initiative? Just wondering, as I would think that there are plenty of races in the UK that would work as qualifiers.
11/12/2011 at 17:37
Hi Sam, yes I think that's probably it, having run it - and wanting to run it again meant that I was aware of changing qualifying standards/ minimums etc. I actually missed the deadline but they made an exception because my initial enquiry was many months ago. It is down to all the individual race directors but as long as a race is or has a stage of 50 miles or longer they should be included (note this may change too after next year)
04/01/2012 at 18:48

I'm a friend of the Hardmoors series of races  and would like our 110 mile (with 22000ft of ascent ) through the north yorks moors and down the Yorkshire coast to qualify for WS100 . Do we just e-mail the WS100 RD ?


04/01/2012 at 20:55
Hi flip. Yeah just drop Greg Soderlund an e mail. His address is on the website I think. The application period isn't open yet but he will tell you when it is.

04/01/2012 at 21:32
Cheers James. I'll do that. Anna and i may wel do the North or south downs next year btw. Bit busy this year ..

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