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 a Wednesday night and much longer distances on a Saturday or Sunday.  These runs are often along local trails.  Get in touch with Kev O'Reilly on a club night (Kev usually runs with Group 4)

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
Colworth 8.1 miles Sat 20th Jun 2015
Shires & Spires 35 miles Sun 7th Jun 2015
Fairlands 12 miles Sun 19th Jul 2015
Dunstable Downs 20 miles Sep 2015
Monster Marathon 26.2 miles Sun 27th Sep 2015
Royston half 13.1 miles Sep 2015
Tring 15 km 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 TOTAL:
Julian Blackwell 3 1 1         5
Neil McDonald 12 5 4         21
Ed Norris 13 7 8         28
Mark Bonham 18 8 9         35
David Yarnell 10 4           14
Andrew Redden 11   5         16
Alan Griffiths 14   7         21
Andy Manning   14 15         29
Mark Viccars 20 10           30
Anthony Saynor 1             1
Greg Spellman 2             2
Edward Frain   2           2
Nicholas Sinnott     2         2
Keith Molloy   3           3
Jason French     3         3
Peter Currington 4             4
Jon Kemp 5             5
Andrew McKenna 6             6
Daniel Bates   6           6
Michael Quinn     6         6
Roger Bullen 7             7
Matt Dickie 8             8
Dean McCoy 9             9
James Terry   9           9
Thomas Warner     10         10
Jamie Gautrey   11           11
Mark Harrison     11         11
Stuart Mellows   12           12
Gary Thacker     12         12
Howard Smith   13           13
Stephen Wilding     13         13
Kevin O'Reilly     14         14
Kieran Burke 15             15
Josh Coulson 16             16
Keith Lok 17             17
Peter Williams 19             19
Tom Newton 21             21
   
 
NAME: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 TOTAL:
Kelly Barnett 1 1 1         3
Emma Bilson   2 3         5
Stephanie Dennis 5   2         7
Kim Freeman   3 5         8
Gillian Brightwell   4 4         8
Loreto Sheils   6 7         12
Mandy Allen 9   6         15
Harriette Woolley 2             2
Sarah Ellwood 3             3
Karen Tomkins 4             4
Mary Pearson   5           5
Naomi Harte 6             6
Natasha Wain 7             7
Diana Logan 8             8
Sally Hewitt 10             10
Kirsty Dodd 11             11
Victoria Watson 12             12

View the Trail Championship results from 2014.