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13 Valleys Ultra

Keswick, Cumbria

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- - - Regretfully we have decided to postpone 13 Valleys due to the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see the press statement below. Do get in touch if you have any questions. - - - -

Be the first to take on the 13 Valleys Ultra, an epic ultra marathon event in the stunning landscape of the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are three distances – 60km, 100km and 180km – each promising spectacular trail and mountain running over the fells, round the magnificent lakes and waters, and through the unique valleys of the Lake District National Park.
Participants will follow a fully way marked route with regular check points and feed stations to keep fuelled and motivated.


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The 13 Valleys ultra marathon which was scheduled to take place over the weekend of 2 - 4 October has been postponed until next year.

The decision to postpone the event has been taken following government advice on slowing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and the impact that the current restrictions will have on the event planning and runners' ability to train and prepare for a major challenge.

Organisers have confirmed that all entrants will be able to claim a refund of their entry fee and they are in the process of contacting everyone signed up for the event, by email, with further information. A new date in 2021 has not yet been secured but will be announced as soon as possible.

Paul Foster, Chief Executive at the Great Run Company, said: “With the sensible and necessary restrictions that are in place, and with the high level of disruption over the next few months, we’re not able to properly plan and develop the event as we’d wish. We also rely on partners who will be rightly focussed in other areas, and not in the planning of a new event.

"We want this new event to be an amazing celebration of the Lake District so we feel it’s the pragmatic and sensible decision to postpone.

“We understand the commitment runners make when taking on a challenge of this level and do not take any decision to postpone an event lightly. In this case we felt our only option was to cancel the and rearrange for a later date in 2021.

“We want to thank all of our participants and partners for their continued support and understanding and we look forward to seeing them next year.”

The 13 Valleys Ultra is a hugely exciting concept. Our vision is to create a challenging new ultra that brings both new people to the sport and attracts a world class field to the Lake District.

The route showcases and celebrates the unique landscape of the lakes, and therefore 5% of each entry fee will be donated to the Lake District Foundation to support the National Park.

Whether as a participant, volunteer or supporter, be part of the first ever 13 Valleys Ultra event from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 October.

All participants must be aged 21 or over at the time of the event taking place, in order to enter the 13 Valleys, 7 Valleys or 5 Valleys events.

The 5 Valleys & 7 Valleys events are open to everyone, however, the following requirements are in place:

All participants must attend the event briefing on Friday 2 October

All participants must carry the mandatory equipment. This will be checked at the registration stand

13 Valleys (180km) entry criteria:
All participants must have completed at least one 100+ mile Ultra event since June 2018 and be able to provide evidence of this when applying for entry (i.e. results page or credible ranking page)

All participants must be able to complete the event in an estimated time of under 45 hours 

If successful with entry application, all participants must attend the event briefing on Friday 2 October

If successful with entry application, all participants must carry the mandatory equipment. This will be checked at the registration stand

The overall cut off times for the events are as follows:

13 Valleys cut off time = 45 hours

7 Valleys cut off time = 25 hours

5 Valleys cut off time = 15 hours

There will be additional cut off points along the route to give participants the best chance of completing the event inside the overall time.

A good quality back pack
Spare warm clothing to include base layers and leggings
Gloves and hat (neck warmers do not count)
Food for emergency. The route will be fully stocked with both hot and cold food, but pack small amounts of emergency energy food of at least 400 calories
Collapsible cup (200ml), must be able to use for hot drink
Off-road shoes that can withstand wet weather. No road running trainers will be allowed
Map (waterproof) and compass (handheld, not watch or phone)
Mobile phone (smartphone) fully charged
Water Bottles / Water pack – 1 Litre min capacity
£20 cash
Bivvy Bag
Full set of waterproofs including:
Long sleeve jacket with hood – must be fully waterproof with taped seams
Trouser with taped seems
Small first aid kit to include:
Blister plasters
Roll of adhesive bandage
Sterile dressing pad
Antiseptic wipes
Head torch x2 and spare batteries

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