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 2015-2016 season, W&DAC are holding an Ultramarathon & Trail Series Championship.
This Championship will comprise of the following races:
|Dukeries||10m||13th Feb 2016|
|Belvoir Challenge||15m||27th February 2016|
|Wendover||13.1m||5th March 2016|
|Ashridge||16m||19th March 2016|
|Obelisk ‘Obble||14m||26th March 2016|
|Dukeries||30m||14th May 2016|
|The Ox||10k||21st May 2016|
|Shires & Spires||35m||5th June 2016|
|Colworth||8.1m||25th June 2016|
|Fairlands||26.2m||17th July 2016|
|Dunstable Downs||26.2m||4th Sept 2016|
|Royston Harvest Trail||13.1m||Sept 2016|
|T'Owd Man||13.1m||Sept 2016|
|Tissington||13.1m||9th Oct 2016|
|Remembrance (TBC based
In order to take part in the Trail Championships, at least six races must be completed, which must include at least one marathon or ultramarathon. 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 15 races will be totalled and points will be added to determine the overall winner.
A prize will also be given to the person or persons who cover the most miles within the series.