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The Great Welsh Ultra
The route starts in Machynlleth, an historic town that was once the administrative capital of Wales, it follows Glyndwr's Way, the Wye Valley Way, the Black Mountains via the Waun Fach Ridge and into Cardiff, the modern-day capital of Wales. A spectacular route along National Trails, peaceful rivers, remote hills, mountains and villages.
A single stage foot-race of 200km, with 5200m+ height gain, and a 44 hour cut-off. There will be an indoor sleeping area available (at approximately halfway). You choose if, and for how long, you sleep. The clock won't stop.
The inaugural Great Welsh Ultra will start in Machynlleth at 4am on Saturday, 18th Sep 2021. You have 44 hours to make it to the finish line at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay (Midnight on Sunday, 19th Sep 2021).
Timings in Machynlleth
16:00 on Fri 17 Sep - Registration & Kit Check
18:00 on Fri 17 Sep - Race Brief
04:00 on Sat 18 Sep - Race Start
Driving? Leave your car at the finish and travel by private coach to Machynlleth. Leaving Cardiff at 12 noon on Fri 17 Sep.
This is a single-stage event with 7 Check Points well-stocked with good food, hot drinks, water & encouragement roughly every 28km.
One of which will be a dedicated indoor space where there will be hot food, hot drinks, floor-space for sleeping, toilets, your drop-bag, and USB charging points.
Provisional Check Points
- CP1 Staylittle - 25km
- CP2 Llanidloes - 42km
- CP3 Rhayader - 69km
- CP4 Buith Wells - 94km
- CP5 Talgarth - 122km (floor space, drop bag)
- CP6 Crickhowell - 144km
- CP7 Mynyddistwyn - 175km
Distance: 200km (125.16 miles)
Height Gain: 5323 metres (17464 feet)
The GWU 200km has been awarded 6 iTRA Points by the International Trail Running Association and 6 UTMB Points.
The route starts in Machynlleth, an historic town that was once the administrative capital of Wales, it follows Glyndwr's Way, the Wye Valley Way, the Black Mountains via the Waun Fach Ridge and into Cardiff, the modern-day capital of Wales.
Every competitor is given a GPS tracker so we can see where you are at all times during the race and your family and friends can watch your progress online.
Each Check Point will have an associated opening & closing time (cut-off). The Racer Info document has details of cut-offs on page 4. These can be used as a rough guide, but are subject to some slight changes. Updates will be communicated with participants.
You will need to be a competent navigator, and experienced at off-road ultramarathon distances. We recommend that you have minimum experience of completing a 50 mile ultra prior to standing on the start line of The GWU. Participants must accept our participant declaration at registration.
If you are unsure please get in touch and we will happily advise.
Fully-stocked checkpoints will be there when you need them most. Additional support from friends/family is allowed - we will be providing recommended locations for where support vehicles can meet you en route.
Dave & Mike will be holding guided recce days from April 2021. Feel free to use the GPX file to plan your own reconnaissance, below shows transport links across Wales which may help.
If you are travelling from overseas we recommend that you choose Cardiff as your destination and take advantage of the private coach transfer to Machynlleth, leaving Cardiff at 12 noon on Friday 17th Sept.
CARDIFF: Direct train links to London and Cardiff International Airport.
MACHYNLLETH: Direct train links to Birmingham and Birmingham International Airport.
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