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Hi, having run quite a few marathons I fancy a try at a 50k or slightly further race. Please could someone recommend a beginner friendly race. Thanks.
Might I ask where you live Helen?
Hi I live in Derbyshire. Thanks
OK I will throw out a few ideas.
The Dukeries Ultra in Nottinghamshire has 30 and 40 mile options, and it is a nice event, not too far from you.
The Northants Shires and Spires 35, was my first ultra, and I can recommend it.
If you want something sooner, and don't mind traveling, you could look at the Stort 30.
You might also look at the Compton Downland Challenge
Thanks for your input Dave - I have not heard of the Northanst one. A few to consider. I think I am looking at nexyt year.
NoMad Ultra which starts in Breaston and is in July with a 50m and a 50km distance. Also has a facebook group which closer to the event is full of useful tips.
Website for this is:- http://www.nomad50.longeatonrunningclub.com/
If your further North lots of stuff in the peak district if your more adventurous.
https://www.sientries.co.uk/ SI Entries has a reasonable list of races.
Thanks for the advice I will certainly look into these.
I hope that isn't your leg, as putting a thick line through it and putting in your ultra distance might not look very pretty
Hanksta I think you did Chester Mara? In May/June, Helsby organise the Sandstone Trail Challenge, from Whitchurch to Frodsham, a hilly 36 mile route. It's great day nd as easy or hard as you want to make it, with a great atmosphere.
Picking your first Ultra one of the best criteria is what do you want out of it.....
Do you want something EPIC... As in silly hard, and great macho points, or do you want something that is possibly a little more low key, just to build your confidence.
The more I think about it the more I think just whatever one is closest to you in the time frame you want is probably the best, it's hard enough doing your first ultra, so if you do something close to home then that takes the logistics hassle out of the equation.
For the SSC you meet at Frodsham community centre and they bus you down to Whitchurch to finish back at Frodsham.
The sandstone trail is clearly marked, if you're used to following footpaths and seeing those little yellow markers. there are one or two places you could go wrong, and you can find yourself on your own for quite long stretches, I tthink you'd need to recce some of the sections. You wouldn't get lost as in off the side of a mountain, but you could go miles off route If you were unfamiliar.
If you don't want to have the extra task of navigating on your first step up to ultra then try to find one close enough to home that you can recce in sections beforehand - that can really help. Depending on transport links you may need to out-and-back some sections, but if possible go in the correct direction and then return by public transport.
And if you're doing that, don't forget to take a layer to put on during the non-running homeward journey. And something to eat/drink, and your ticket/fare money!
You shouldn't get lost on Canalathon, point to point (for the 50k); central Manchester to Sowerby Bridge, but there are trains back every hour. I've not run it before, I'm aiming to end of March next year.
I second lowrez's post on the Canalathon. A flat scenic course with well stocked checkpoints and encouraging marshals. It was my first 50KM ultra and I have nothing but good memories from it.