Raindrops keep falling on my head… what’s happening this Spring?

Last updated: 16-Nov-16

By Elsa Trujillo

UK Spring races

Spring is almost upon us and for the UK this means a variety of descriptions in weather channels and reports: glorious, dismal, explosive cyclogenesis, dry overnight or mild temperatures. And a fair amount of mud out in the countryside.

Whatever your favourite weather for running or training, here are our UK ultra run suggestions for the months of April and May.

England: The Oner Ultra Run in Dorset (80miles) and the Kielder Ultra Trail in Northumberland (62miles) in April. In May we have three timed races: the Isle of Wight Challenge, the 24 Hour Challenge in Kent and the London2Brighton Challenge.

Wales: run 42 miles from the countryside to the city in the Brecon to Cardiff race in May.

Scotland: run 67 miles of gorgeous Scottish landscape in the Kintyre Way Relay & Ultra in May.

Channel Islands: the Five Islands Ultra also in May is the ultimate Channel Islands race experience, a total of 110 miles around the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark, in three days.

Aching for some sun? How about Madeira, Tuscany or Croatia?

Grab your passport and head for the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (115km) or the 100-Miles of Istria in Croatia this April, or choose the 100 Km del Passatore in Tuscany in May.

Have some air miles saved?

Run further or run ultra far to the USA, Bhutan or Australia. We have some serious distances and milder temperatures to suggest.

In America you can run the Salt Flats 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah in April, or the Smith Rock Ascent (50km) and the Trail Factor 50K in Oregon in May.

In Bhutan, you can discover the wonder of this tiny country in the Global Limits Bhutan by running 200km in six days in May.

Run further to Australia this spring and take part in the ANZAC Ultra (435km), the ANZAC Day Challenge (100km) in April, or The Track (520km) and The North Face Australia 100K in May.

What was the weather like last year? Would you recommend these races to your best friend or worst enemy? Share your thoughts with us and your fellow runners who might be thinking about signing up. Just by clicking on a race and leaving your review you can really help other runners to decide which race is best for them.

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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).

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Increase of up to 1000 metres

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

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Very little change < 500 metres

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