We hear stories almost daily about highly skilled athletes breaking records on more marketable race events, but what we don’t hear about enough is the distances that push the human body to the absolute limit. These events are not for the faint of heart, individuals must train excessively to even be considered for the competition. We’ve highlighted six events on Race Space that will inspire and challenge the most dedicated athletes. Lace up, things are about to get serious in 2018.
White Rose Ultra 100
Date for the diary: 3rd November 2018
What is it? 100 miles from start to finish, 3 laps of the standard WRU 30 + a 10 mile extension at the end. You MUST have at least one finish recorded, at an ultra, on a distance of 70k or more on a comparable course. Yes this is a serious event with no exceptions, come prepared or you’ll sidelined.
Where is it?RACE HQ : Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre, Waters Road, Marsden, Huddersfield. Team OA often hosts events in Huddersfield and surrounding area, ideal for competitors from Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield.
First step: Book your spot at RaceSpace.comassuming of course you have the correct experience. Second step, train, train and train some more. Third step, compete. Fourth step, take a week off from everything! Tickets £70 + fee (100 Mile Entry).
THE FAN DANCE
Date for the diary: 20th January 2018
What is it?The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24km SAS Selection test march staged over Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This challenge is infamous within the ranks of all UKSF soldiers. The route itself is over 50 years old and is still used today as a major indicator to measure the fitness levels of potential UKSF soldiers.
Where is it? The Fan Dance is a staple event for Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in south wales located amongst the beautiful Brecon Beacons. The route starts and finishes at The Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre and ascends Pen y Fan which is 2,907 feet (886 m.)
First step: If you’re taking on the most legitimate challenge you’ve got to compete ‘fully loaded’ this refers to a packed rucksack of a standard wieght and size. We suggest you get in a bit of training like this, consider taking advantage of local inclines/descents. Following that you can sign up to The Fan Dance at Racespace.com. Entering costs £45 + fee.
What is it? TRAIL and MOUNTAIN RUNNING, CYCLING and KAYAKING, have we got your ear now? This is a full on adventure race and can be completed in a 49KM or 29KM format, although you know which one we’re talking about.
Where is it? Though not actually in the UK this one was too good to miss the mark. Race HQ is at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin only 20 minutes from the city centre. The perfect challenge for those based in Ireland or those who want to see what it means to battle through the weather and distance on the emerald isle.
What is it? Don’t be tricked by the name, there is nothing too welcoming about this 39 Mile Ultra Marathon that weaves through Ilkley Moor, The Chevin and other local reservoirs. Just take a quick look at the elevation chart and you’ll understand.
Where is it?RACE HQ: Weston Lane Community Centre Otley, West Yorkshire, at the South East tip of the Yorkshire Dales. A picturesque run if you can garner the strength to focus on something besides your breathing.
What is it? Quite simply, 2 marathons! One on the Sat and one on the Sun through the West Pennines. Although the organiser Stuart Repon-Ness describes it this way, there nothing too simple about the race. As the race description leads with ‘WARNING! NOT FOR BEGINNERS!’.
Where is it? Each route is different, but both start and end in Sunnyhurst Woods in the West Pennines, outside Darwen and Blackburn.
First step: Make sure you have the training in already, then grab your place at Racespace.com. If you think you got the mental determination to take on the West Pennines Trail challenge.. We welcome you to the start line and will reward with you some serious bling and a tee for your efforts!
KING OF THE HILL 6 HOUR
Date for the diary: 1st April 2018
What is it? The King of the Hill 6, is 6 hours of tough Yorkshire, climbs, up at down the famous Wessenden Valley. Of course you can take it at the pace suits you but even with that in mind the challenge in elevation is daunting just looking at the chart.
Where is it?RACE HQ : Chapel Hill, Huddersfield at the north tip of Peak District National Park, take in the peaceful surroundings while you push yourself to the limits.
First step: go to Racespace.com to get a ticket then simply share the news on social media and challenge your mates to join. This race is the ideal challenge for those looking to raise money for charity. entry is £35 +fee.