Congratulations – our top 10 race reviews for October 2015

Last updated: 25-Oct-18

By Luke Jarmey

We’re pleased to announce that we have another lucky prize draw winner for October, so many congratulations to Phil Webster (@ultrarunning365) who will receive a box of Bounce Balls.

3X3000 Ultra Trail
Phil wrote a fantastic review of the 3x3000m Ultra Trail. This is a new race, which is part of the Sky Runner National Series and was designed by 2013 IAU World Trail Running Champion and Salomon International Mountain Runner Ricky Lightfoot. Phil praised the technical aspects of the course, which involved a hefty dose of steep ascending and descending.

In Phil’s words ‘If you’re planning this as your first ultra, I’d maybe reconsider, depending on your background.’ If, however you’ve got some experience like Phil, we say go for it!

 

Many thanks to everyone who posted some great race reviews on the site last month. Here are some of the best runner reviews but let us know which ones you think are the best of our highlights below:

Groombridge Place High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail
We really enjoyed Luigi Fumero’s (@gigetto) account of this race. He praised the superb organization and route, but highlighted the need for good navigation.

Sears Great Canadian Run Ottawa charity event
Thanks to Kevin Haggerty (@haggaret) for his report on this event. He ran the 100km route as a pair and hopes to return next year to complete it solo.

NUTS Pallas “Midnight Sun Trail Ultra
This is a fantastic looking race, located amongst the draw dropping scenery of the Ylläs-Pallas National Park in Finland. John Ryan lays out an extremely informative report, with in-depth analysis on all the aspects of his trip. A must read for anyone interested in this race.

Ultra Cape Town
We were really pleased to read three reviews of the Ultra Cape Town that we felt were worthy of inclusion in this month’s top 10. Luke Powers, Moerieda Mackay (@myMillionMiles) and Michael Thorne all wrote really detailed reviews that praised the toughness of the route, the scenery and superb organization despite the stormy weather.

The Lakes In A Day
This is a race from the highest point of the Lakes to the lowest. This is spread over 50 scenic miles and includes a thigh numbing 4000m of ascent. Sounds positively wonderful. Stuart Dickson certainly agreed in his review and also managed a 3rd place in the race, well done!

The St Oswald’s Ultra
This is a firm favorite of the UK race calendar and fittingly we received nine reviews for it this month. Two of these really stood out for us; the first by Dan Shrimpton is a hugely detailed account that could almost be made into an article. Packed to the rafters with information, we heartily advise any prospective runners to check it out.

We also really enjoyed reading Gary Butler’s review, where he described how he entered the race simply because it was close by. However, he was surprised by what he writes as a ‘one hell of a route!’ making it his favorite 100-mile race. This was his 7th 100 miler, by the way, so we certainly respect his opinion.

What’s your experience? Have you run any of these races or others on our site? Do share your stories.

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Elevation

A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for

For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Elevation

An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for

Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Brutal

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

Suitable for

Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

Elevation

Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

Suitable for

First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.