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St Begas Ultra

June 10, 2016

SBU35 - St Begas Ultra, Trail Race
Designed for new ultra-runners, loved by all...

The SBU35 is now entering its 4th year and after being voted in the top 5 ultras in the country by Running Fitness magazine, is all set for a fantastic 2016 event!

Whether you’re new to ultra-running, an old hand, or a long distance walker - completing the SBU35 is an experience you’ll look back on for many years to come. We’ve a fantastic mix of terrain, on a largely off-road route, that combines varied and spectacular scenery. There’s a good mix of relaxed and technical sections, with a couple of significant challenges thrown in. Putting all this in one route and keeping navigation simple is one of reasons that the SBU35 has become so popular

Whilst still being a challenging route and distance, all aspects of this event have been carefully designed to support runners tackling their first ultra distance. With first-class medical support, checkpoints based in permanent buildings and our superb volunteer marshals and checkpoint staff, we’ll give you the support to get you through to the end, where you’ll receive the warmest finish line welcome you’re likely to experience. 

For those of you who are first-timers, we want the SBU35 to be your choice for your first ultra, to give you a true appreciation of what ultra-running is all about. The record number of new ultra-runners in 2015 (40 percent!) told us how great the rest of you experienced runners were, in giving your camaraderie, support, guidance and friendship when it really mattered. Thank-you, you are true ambassadors of the sport.

Encouraging people to push their limits, to run with friends old and new, in truly stunning surroundings and getting you safely to the finish line; that’s what we at UKanTrail, are about.

Taking you further...

And so without further ado, we are pleased to announce the St Begas Ultra 2016 on the 27th August. 

Route Summary

The SBU35 is an 'as tough as you want it', largely off-road 36 country* mile (approx.) ultra trail race. It’s suitable for all* runners and distance walkers who are willing to build their endurance to meet the demands of the event.

It follows a point-to-point route, from the heart of the Lake District to the West Coast and is based on the long distance walk, the St Begas’ Way. Runners follow the route of the legendary Irish princess, St Bega, travelling between two chapels, that both bear her name.

The Start is in the heart of the Lake District, overlooking Bass Lake near Keswick, and the Finish and race HQ is in the west coast village of St Bees, the start of Wainwright's coast to coast walk.

Between these two points, lay 36 ‘country’ miles of some of the most varied and beautiful country the Lake District has to offer.

Route Description.

Leg 1 - From the wooded shores of Bass lake, the route climbs on forest tracks and through a break in the trees, you’ll get your first glimpse of the route ahead, and the wall of fells you’ll traverse, towering over the open valley floor. Descending steeply through woods, you cross the valley floor to the shores of Derwentwater. The route then hugs the lake shore, through more low level woodland, before finally breaking off toward Borrowdale and Checkpoint 1.

Leg 2 - Heading South, through the 'Jaws' of Borrowdale. Ahead a momentous climb is revealed, that you must ascend. After a welcome flat section to pass through Honister Slate mine and the source of our Finish line medals, the route climbs again on one of the steepest sections of track you'll have ever seen. The character of the route changes then, as runners enter the remotest section of the journey. Heading out over open fell on rough tracks and then descending, stunningly, into the uppermost end, of the secluded Ennerdale valley. There are no roads here and the only vehicle you're likely to see in this truly remote valley, is the Black Sail Youth Hostel warden's Landrover. Midway down this valley you reach Checkpoint 2, the main fuelling stop for the runners.

Leg 3 – Reaching the shore of Ennerdale Water the route again hugs the lake along its full length. Then after tracking the length of this isolated and beautiful place, the route climbs steeply once more onto gentler fells, wherein the discrete, but not to be underestimated ‘Bummers’ hill resides. At the top of this punishing climb, you reach the summit of our local fell, Dent, giving runners their first view of the sea and the welcome flat land ahead. A steep grassy and fast descent from here brings you to the final route checkpoint - Checkpoint 3

Leg 4 – Leaving this checkpoint, the finish line is just a few short miles away at the end of the St Bees valley. Here, a warm, warm welcome, awaits every runner. First, or last to cross the line, each finisher has faced their own challenges, their own mix of highs and lows and each and every one of them, is greeted by the applause they deserve..

The SBU35 is a journey, in every sense...

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