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.
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
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.