Ultramarathons & Trail Running

The Ultramarathon and Trail Running section in an official sub-section of WDAC made up of runners who seek to either take their running beyond the marathon distance, or who prefer running off-road on trails or rocky terrain for any length of distance.

An Ultramarathon is a race of any distance over that of a marathon (26.2 miles).

Trail Running tends to traverse varying terrain; hills, mountains, fields, deserts, forests, and narrow passages are common. Likewise, steep inclines or rough terrain sometimes may require hiking or scrambling. Runners participating in trail runs must often ascend and descend thousands of feet.

Training

Informal runs are often organised at various times throughout the week - usually shorter distances (up to 90mins) on Wednesday night and Friday nights and much longer distances on a Saturday or Sunday.  These runs are often along local trails.  Get in touch with Gary Thacker on a club night (Gary usually runs with Group 2/3)

Trail Running Championship

Trail Champs

For the 2014-2015 season, W&DAC are holding a Club Trail Running Championship.

This Championship will comprise of the following races:

Dunstable XC 5 miles Sun 11th Jan 2015
Irchester MT 10 km Sun 18th Jan 2015
Irchester MT 15 km Sun 1st Feb 2015
Ashridge Boundry 16 miles Sat 14th Mar 2015
Go Beyond Festival 10 km Sun 5th Apr 2015
Dukeries 40 miles Sun 17th May 2015
Shires & Spires 35 miles Sun 7th Jun 2015
Colworth 8.1 miles Sat 20th Jun 2015
Fairlands 12 miles Sun 19th Jul 2015
Dunstable Downs 20 miles Sun 13th Sep 2015
Monster Marathon 26.2 miles Sun 27th Sep 2015
Royston half 13.1 miles Sun 20th Sep 2015
Tring 15 km Sun 11th Oct 2015
Dirt half 13.1 miles Sat 14th Nov 2015

In order to take part in the Trail Championships, at least six races must be completed.  Points totals are done on a sliding scale with the winner of each race getting one point.  Results from the best 6 out of the 14 races will be totalled and points will be added to determine the overall winner.

 
NAME: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 TOTAL:
Gary Thacker     12 6   3 13 4   37
Julian Blackwell 3 1 1   1         6
Neil McDonald 12 5 4       7     28
Ed Norris 13 7 8 7           35
Tom Warner     10     5 17 8   40
Kevin O'Reilly     14     4 22 11   51
Jon Kemp 5           3 1   9
Michael Quinn     6 3     5     14
Chris Jones       4 2   8     14
Dean McCoy 9     2     6     17
Andrew Redden 11   5         2   18
David Yarnell 10 4   5           19
James Terry   9     3   10     22
Mark Edwards             15 5 2 22
Alan Griffiths 14   7       12     32
Andy Manning   14 15   4         33
Ian Mann             18 15 1 34
Mark Bonham 18 8 9             35
Ben Shirley           1 2     3
Nicholas Sinnott     2       1     3
Roger Bullen 7     1           8
Guy Travers             11 7   18
Josh Coulson 16             3   19
Mark Harrison     11 8           19
Jamie Gautrey   11           10   21
Colin Harris             9 12   21
Kevin Glendinning           6 16     22
Alan Mills             21   3 24
Mark Viccars 20 10               30
Tom Newton 21             9   30
Anthony Saynor 1                 1
Greg Spellman 2                 2
Edward Frain   2               2
Tim Ellwood           2       2
Keith Molloy   3               3
Jason French     3             3
Peter Currington 4                 4
David Webster             4     4
Andrew McKenna 6                 6
Daniel Bates   6               6
Stuart Humphrey               6   6
Matt Dickie 8                 8
Les Rolfe               13   13
Steven Holder               14   14
Stuart Mellows   12               12
Howard Smith   13               13
Stephen Wilding     13             13
Martin Newton             14     14
Kieran Burke 15                 15
Keith Lok 17                 17
Jason Sheridan             19     19
Peter Williams 19                 19
Amos Hill             20     20
   
 
NAME: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 TOTAL:
Loreto Sheils   6 7   2     16 6 36
Mandy Allen 9   6 4     16 15   50
Kelly Barnett 1 1 1         1   4
Emma Bilson   2 3     1 3     9
Stephanie Dennis 5   2 1       6   14
Jo Edwards         1   6 11 2 20
Mary Pearson   5   5     7 12   29
Nicola Walpole       3   2 4     9
Karen Tomkins 4           1 10   15
Natasha Wain 7           2 7   16
Julie O'Reilly         3   14   3 20
Sarah Ellwood 3             4   7
Kim Freeman   3 5             8
Gillian Brightwell   4 4             8
Victoria Watson 12     2           14
Sally Hewitt 10               4 14
Mandy Crabb             10   5 15
Kirsty Hewitt               17 1 18
Rebecca Sturgen             9 14   23
Kirsty Dodd 11           12     23
Dawn Holloway             15 19   34
Harriette Woolley 2                 2
Lisa Smith               2   2
Katharine Baxter               3   3
Karen Mehew             5     5
Justin Keech               5   5
Naomi Harte 6                 6
Diana Logan 8                 8
Kim Geeves               8   8
Lynda Rowse             8     8
Louise Kemp               9   9
Lorraine Kirk             11     11
Theresa Clark               13   13
Hayley Hardie             13     13
Jo Peden               18   18

View the Trail Championship results from 2014.