Eight Point Two

ULTRA blog
May 1, 2012, 12:57 pm
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Yesterday was a grand day spent running the first two sections of the ULTRA tour of the Peak District. The route is the ‘main attraction’ of the Big Running Weekend (www.bigrunningweekend.co.uk ) in August. I ran the first 30 odd miles, ie the first two stages, and the following is a bit of info about what I found out on the 1st leg! Ill blog about the 2nd leg later this week..

Stage 1 – Whirlow to Moscar   15.4 miles (dependant on route taken)

It was a beautiful day but, as you can see from the picture above, the ducks had found new homes thanks to the ridiculous amounts of rain weve had over the past few days (weeks!). This meant that conditions were a bit mushy under foot but in August you can expect the first section to provide a fast start to the ULTRA.

From Whirlow the route winds its way up towards Burbage and then Stanage through the outskirts of Sheffield. Runners wont need to worry about navigating the first few miles as it will all be signed ready for the 12.12 race which follows part of the route. 

Funnily enough the first part of the ULTRA (shared with the 12,12) is probably the steepest section of the first leg and will provide the ULTRA competitors with the ultimte question… to run or not to run… Its barely ever too steep to have to walk but often steep enough to make running hard work. I ran at a steady jog and walked only the steepest sections but felt that if I was to have carried on for the full 56 I would have probably have paid for my early enthusiasm.

The picture above shows the views as you drop down in to the Burbage valley – stunning!

The footpath from Lady Cannings Plantation all the way to Burnage Bridges and the road section alongside Redmires are probably the fastest section of the first leg and provide the flatest sections.

The picture above shows the route back along Redmires and will be a checkpoint on the ULTRA.

After Stanage pole and then Redmires the route takes you through the beautiful Wyoming Brook and then over the A57 and up towards Moscar before finally dropping down to the first feed station and 1st leg changeover! This section is again very obvious but worth a recce if you have the time before the race.

To summarise, generally good under foot, easy navigation and long and steady uphill sections! Feels hot if there isnt any wind!


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