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Great Strides 65 Ultra Marathon

Details for the 2018 event will be available soon!

The Great Strides 65 Ultra is a circular trail run starting between Guildford and Farnham and passing through the Surrey Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. It uses the well-established route for the “Great Strides 65” challenge event (a team sponsored walk).

The race begins, and ends, on the Hampton Estate, just outside Seale, and travels along the North Downs Way as far as Moor Park (close to the edge of Farnham). The route then heads south to Tilford and crosses Hankley Common before a long climb up to the Devil’s Punchbowl on the edge of Hindhead. Having skirted the edge of the Punchbowl, the route drops under the A3 before climbing to Bowlhead Green; from there the route passes through Hambledon and the edge of Hascombe before crossing the Wintershall Estate and turning north along the Downs Link to Bramley. Having passed around the north of Chinthurst Hill, the route climbs up to Blackheath before dropping down to the Tilling Bourne next to the old gunpowder mills before the steepest climb of the route from Chilworth Manor to the top of St Martha’s Hill. From St Martha’s the route leads back along the North Downs Way, passing through the edge of Guildford and crossing the Loseley Estate before reaching Puttenham. The finish is reached after a final climb to the top of Puttenham Common.

Map of the route

Route profile

Important Information!

Entry fee: £60

Entry limit: As 2017 will be the first year of the event, entries will be restricted to 65.

Fundraising target: this event is being organised by and at the expense of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and badly needed funds to help in the battle against the UK’s most common inherited fatal disease. We ask runners to raise funds exclusively for the Trust.

Minimum age: 20.

Distance: approximately 40 miles

Total climb: 3038 feet.

Provisional start time: 10:30am

Provisional cut-off time: 10 hrs (cut-off times for the individual checkpoints will also be calculated and published prior to the event)

Checkpoints: there will be 12 checkpoints of which six will have a dedicated ULTRA feed station, these will carry, as a minimum: water, bananas, gels and other sweet and/or savoury snacks. Hot food and drink will be provided at the start/finish.

Details of checkpoint locations will be given in the information pack which all entrants will receive along with a digital gpx map.

Terrain: mainly marked footpaths (expect loose stone, sand, rock, mud and potential boggier sections depending on the weather); some short road stretches.

Medical: all runners will be required to certify their fitness to participate in the event, both at the time of entry and at registration on the day. Race paramedics will be available throughout the event. Further details will be given in the information pack which all entrants will receive.

Course markings: trickier sections of the course will be marked with red and white tape. Road stretches and crossings will not be marshalled (although caution walker/runner signs will be deployed to alert drivers); it will be the responsibility of the runner to self-navigate and negotiate such crossings/stretches successfully.

Crewing: crew support will only be allowed at the six designated checkpoints.

Drops Bags & Pacing: not allowed.

Kit: Minimum requirements will be detailed in the information pack which all entrants will receive. Kit checks will be performed before the start.

Prizes and Medals: there will be prizes for the first male and female finishers (overall) and the first veteran (over 40) male and female finishers. All runners finishing within the cut-off time will receive a medal.

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  • Enjoy our first Ultra Marathon! 

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