MHU - Malvern Hills Ultra
A test of endurance with some navigational skill required. Entrants can choose various distances: 23, 31, 38 and 46 miles. following much of the Worcestershire Way. The total ascent of the 46 mile race is over 6,000 ft. The race is open to solo runners and relay teams. From the Abberley Hall, Worcester.
The event is open to runners, walkers, teams of two or more, and relay teams. All entrants must be 20 years of age or over at the start of the race. Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete the race.
Please note that ALL our races are now cup-free which means we will not be supplying cups and you will need to bring your own. We will provide water and squash dispensers and cola bottles for you to pour into your own cup.
All finishers will receive an appropriate MHU race medal and a MHU Technical T-Shirt. (The size of the finishers medal will increase depending on the distance of the race you enter).
- Men’s & Ladies individual trophy for the MHU 46 race.
- Men’s & Ladies veteran trophy (over 55) for the MHU 46 race.
- Men’s & Ladies individual trophy for the MHU 38, MHU 31, & MHU 23 mile races.
- Team trophy for the MHU 45 mile race.
- Relay Team trophies for both Cat Pairs and Cat 3/6 in the MHU 46 mile event.
- Men’s & Ladies winners of the MHU 46 will receive free entry into next year’s event.
The Worcestershire Way is a well signposted route, however you are still required to carry copies of our free downloadable maps and route directions available off this website. In addition we provide a gpx file which can be downloaded onto your GPS device. We also have the ‘Time Lords’ who will run at desingnated hourly paces – 11 hour, 12 hour, 13 hour and 14 hour.
If you are confident about being able to navigate the course consistently at any of these times, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availablity. Time Lords will benefit from free race entry.
Abberley Hall (Start) to The Admiral Rodney (CP1) is 6.7 miles
The Admiral Rodney (CP1) to Suckley Post Office (CP2) is 7.2 miles
Suckley Post Office (CP2) to Sally’s Place (CP3) is 8.8 miles
Sally’s Place (CP3) to Suckley Post Office (CP4) is 8.8 miles
Suckley Post Office (CP4) to The Admiral Rodney (CP5) is 7.2 miles
The Admiral Rodney (CP5) to Abberley Hall (Finish) is 6.7 miles
Completion for the 46 mile race is required to be inside 14 hours. Check points will be technically closed at the following times:
- CP1 – 09:00
- CP2 – 11:30
- CP3 – 13:30
- CP4 – 16:00
- CP5 – 19:00
MHU 46 will start at 7.00am
MHU 38 will start from The Admiral Rodney Inn at Martley at 8.30am.
MHU 31 will start from Suckley Post Office & Stores at 9:30am.
MHU 23 will start from Sally’s Place at 11.00am.
If required, transport for MHU38, MHU31 & MHU23 competitors can be provided to the various start locations which will cost £15.00 per person and you can secure your transport by selecting that option during your booking process. On the day, each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins, to either the back or front and be clearly visible. It is the competitors responsibilty to ensure all CP stations have recorded their time as they pass through (this is in addition to the chip-timing system). All Teams must have pre-registered before the day and consist of at least three competitors who will also count as individual competitors amongst the rankings. Relay team members in categories of either 2/ 3 or 4/6 will carry chip-timed battens.
- Backpack or equivalent
- Head Torch with spare batteries
- Ordnance Survey Map 150 (Our downloadable maps are ok)
- Compass or GPS device
- Mobile phone
- Emergency food pack consisting of a two chocolate bars, Mars or similar
- Basic first Aid Kit
The MHU benefits from CP stations which have a great selection of food items and drinks, but any personal requirements are the responsibility of the entrant. Competitors must go through all check points and it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded their race number; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.
Along the route, between Suckley – Sally’s Place there are two Punch Points which are un-manned punch-points, where you must use your punch-card to confirm your arrival. Initial punch-cards must be handed over at Sally’s Place, where a fresh punch-card will be issued for your return leg. On finishing, the second punch-card should be handed over to a URL Marshall at the finish-line. Any competitor found to not follow the pre determined race route will be disqualified.
The race is open to Solo Runners and Relay Teams. Trophy Categories consist for the individual winner’s for men and women of all race categories, veteran men and women for the 46 race only, teams of three, and a relay team event where team members just run between checkpoints.
Checkpoints are a minimum of 7 miles and a maximum of 10 miles apart. Completion of the Malvern Hills Ultra 46 mile race allows three qualifying points for Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc Race. The 46 mile race (Purple Route) starts and finishs at the Abberley Hall School WR6 6DD and then to The Admiral Rodney Inn at Martley WR6 6PL which is CP1. CP1 is also the starting point for the 38 mile race (Red Route). From Martley the route follows the Worcestershire Way, over Ankerdine Hill and into Storridge where Suckley Post Office & Stores is CP2. CP2 is also the starting point for 31 mile race (Yellow Route). Continuing on the Worcestershire Way, over the Malvern Hills and to Sally’s Place WR13 6DD)(opposite side of the lane to the Malvern Hills Hotel) which is CP3. It is at CP3 that all competitors turn and retrace their tracks back to the finish at the Abberley Hall, utilising previous CP Stations. CP3 is also the starting point for the 23 mile race (Blue Route). For the 92 mile race competitors repeat the same route.
The Race Start time for the MHU46 is 7.00am on Saturday 9th May 2020, signing in and checks open at 5.45 am, and close at 6.30am (PROMPT). Late entrants may be refused entry. A race brief will then follow and a group photograph. Food: for the 2019 race the food at the finish was chilli and rice (vegetarian option also available) and the 2020 race will be on a similar basis. Check points will have unlimited water, coke, orange squash together with a selection of items such as malt loaf, peanuts, jelly beans, jam or peanut butter sandwiches, cakes. Under no circumstances is litter to be left along the route.
Camping - It is requested that these facilities are respected and all litter etc is removed by the responsible competitor.
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