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Ultra North

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Derwenthaugh Riverside Park, Unnamed Road, Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Sat 05th June 2021

2 races

£45.00 - £75.00

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Covid-19 Secure Event Protocol

This advice will be updated in line with national and local regulations in place at the time of the event.

The ULTRA NORTH event will be taking place with approval from Newcastle City Council, and all other stakeholders, to ensure we comply with the latest regulations and guidance to deliver a Covid-secure event. We will continue to liaise and plan right up until the event, and due to Covid-19 we will be introducing a number of additional measures to ensure the event can go ahead.

As guidance is subject to change, please make sure you monitor the website, check your emails and follow the latest communications and instructions right up until event day.

C-19 PLAN
UltraNorth has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Try a new kind of event... run, jog or walk a fully marked all terrain route celebrating the north east's rural landscapes. from its industrial heritage to today's renewal and reinvention.

An inspiring and epic challenge for all, whether seasoned ultra runners, walkers or first timers looking to push themselves even further.

Taking you off the beaten track on a stunning rural route showcasing the North East's landscapes with the choice of a 25k or 55k Ultra marathon.

Enjoy stunning views, historic landmarks and hidden gems of the North East on a fully marked course with easy access in and out of Newcastle.

Races

  • Ultra 55

    20+ Yrs Old

    £75.00 CLOSED
  • Ultra 25

    18+ Yrs Old

    £45.00 CLOSED

Book

  • Ultra 55

    20+ Yrs Old

    £75.00 CLOSED
  • Ultra 25

    18+ Yrs Old

    £45.00 CLOSED
What's Included

Entry into the event

Exclusive finishers medal

Exclusive finishers tee shirt

Chip timing

A fully signed route

Checkpoints/aid stations along the route with food and drinks

Medical support

Course Details

STARTING & FINISHING IN THE AMAZING DERWENTHAUGH PARK, RUN, JOG OR WALK AN ALL-TERRAIN ROUTE CELEBRATING THE NORTH EAST, FROM ITS INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE TO TODAY'S RENEWAL AND REINVENTION

ULTRA NORTH explores the industrial history of the North East, offering a unique opportunity to explore the blend of urban, railway and woodland trails that the North East has to offer.

Starting and finishing in Derwentaugh Park (what3words location ruler.feast.peanut), ULTRA NORTH 55km and NORTH 25km participants will start their tour of the region just a short distance from Newcastle.


55k participants will travel through Derwenthaugh Park until they reach the River Tyne, then following the south side of the river through Gateshead to the farthest eastern point of the route, where runners cross the Tyne using the Millenium Bridge.

Participants then travel west on the north side of the river, using the Hadrians Way and Wylam Wagon Way arriving in Wylam. Then heading south and east participants will cross from the Tyne Valley through Chopwell Woods back into the Derwent Valley, then using the Derwent Walk participants will make their way east to reach the finish line.


The 25km route will also start in within Derwenthaugh Park. Participants will head northeast initially until they reach the River Tyne, then head south to bring them back along the Derwent River heading south west to the 9 arches viaduct on the Derwent Walk.

Then runners climb up the Valley side initially heading north before heading west towards Highfield.

A loop around Rowlands Gill brings participants back to their Derwent Walk where they head east back into Derwenthaugh Park and the finish.

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Required Kit List

All participants must carry some basic provisions and equipment with them at all times, including:

- A mobile phone with a fully charged battery on race day morning
- Debit/Credit card to enable purchases from shops if required, and use on public transport
- Small foil blanket or a warm layer of clothing.
- Water bottle/foldable cup for water
- Your own initial water supply and any specific fuel/food required.
- Suitable footwear

Participants will be advised of the full mandatory equipment list well in advance of the event date.

Aid Stations

ULTRA NORTH 55: there are three checkpoints along the route, plus the finish.

NORTH 27.5: there is one checkpoint along the route, plus the finish.

Specific details of the checkpoints will be shared with all participants prior to the event.

Walkers

If you’re a walker looking for a challenge ULTRA NORTH could be for you!

The events are not a walk-in-the-park (ahem) – but as long as you can complete the distance within the specified cut off times then why not join us? A 25K walk can be completed in 5 hours at a relatively comfortable pace for most people.

The cut off times are not particularly difficult and the required pace is designed to be achievable by most walkers– the shorter distance option also requires a slightly slower pace than the longer distances.


WHAT PACE WILL I NEED TO WALK AT?

For those taking part in ULTRA NORTH 55, an average speed of approx. 12 minutes per KM (19 minutes per mile) to ensure you make it to the checkpoints by the designated cut off time.

And for those taking part in NORTH 25, an average speed of approx. 19 minutes per KM (30 minutes per mile) to ensure you complete the distance in time.

Run-Walkers

RUN-WALKERS
Did you know that the vast majority of participants will mix up running and walking during their ultra? That’s right, very few participants will even attempt to run the entire distance.

Generally speaking you will find that walking the inclines and then running/jogging the flat and downhill sections are the way to go. But it's entirely up to you.

As with any challenge it’s important to ensure that you are well prepared. That means some training! A quick web search for run-walk training plans will offer up some plans that you might like to follow.

A good tip is to find your 'level' during training and then make sure you stick to that during the event. It's very tempting to get carried away at the start of an event and head out a little too fast!

If your level is, say, jogging 5 minutes and then walking 1 minute, then try to stick to that from the start.

Cut Off Times

This event will have strict cut-off times that will be enforced. The cut-off times are to ensure that all participants have completed the route by 19:00.

ULTRA NORTH 55: there is a required completion time of 19.00hrs (this is an average speed of approx. 12minute/km, not including stopping time at checkpoints).

The first cut-off time will be (approx. 15km) at 11:10hrs - location TBC. Any ULTRA NORTH 55 participant who has not passed this point by 11:10hrs will not be permitted to continue.

The second cut-off time will be (approx. 38km) at 15:45hrs - location TBC. Any ULTRA NORTH 55 participant who has not passed this point by 15:45hrs will not be permitted to continue.

A final cut-off time is in place at the finish (approx. 55km) at 19.00hrs for any participant who has not yet reached this point.

NORTH 25: there is a required completion time of 19.00hrs (this is an average speed of approx. 19 minute/km). A cut-off time is in place (approx. 11km) at 14:10hrs - location TBC. Any NORTH 25 participant who has not passed this point by 14:10hrs will not be permitted to continue.

A second cut-off time is in place at the finish (approx. 25km) at 19.00hrs for any participant who has not yet reached this point.

Age Restrictions

To enter ULTRA NORTH 55 you must be aged 20 or over.

To enter NORTH 25 you must be aged 18 or over.

FAQs

WILL I NEED A MAP?

A map and/or course notes are recommended. Course notes will be made available on the website closer to the event.

Whilst there will be event-specific directional signs and confidence markers throughout the course, due to the nature of the route, certain parts are somewhat complex to navigate and runners are advised to moderate their speed at these points to ensure the correct path is taken.

A sports GPS navigation device is recommended if you have one - GPX files will be released closer to the event date.

More detailed course notes will be published closer to the event date.


WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START?

ULTRA NORTH 55 will start from Derwenthaugh Park at 08.00hrs. The specific start location will be shared with all participants prior to the event.

NORTH 25 will start from Derwenthaugh Park at 10.00hrs. The specific start location will be shared with all participants prior to the event.


WHAT IF THE EVENT IS CANCELLED?

If the event is cancelled we will endeavour to stage the event at a later date. If you are unable to take part in the re-staged event, you will receive a refund (minus a £5 admin charge).

If the event cannot be re-staged at a later date, we will automatically process a refund of participant’s entry fee, minus a £5 admin charge. We will also refund any iTab orders purchased at the point of entry. All refunds are subject to a £5 administrative fee which covers some of, but not all, of the costs we have already been committed, such as fees charged to us to process the original booking, staff time and supplier costs, and third party payment providers. This is very much in line with other event and ticket providers across the industry.


IS THE ROUTE FULLY MARKED?

Yes, there will be event-specific directional signs and confidence markers throughout the course. At registration and in the briefing before the race participants will be shown the course markers.

Due to the nature of the route, certain parts are somewhat complex to navigate and runners are advised to moderate their speed at these points to ensure the correct path is taken.

A sports GPS navigation device is recommended if you have one - GPX files will be released closer to the event date.

More detailed course notes will be published closer to the event date.


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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK