I have already experienced some amazing races since switching to ultra running and to date they have all been in this country. Whether its the stunning coastal paths of Anglesey or the Jurassic hills of Shropshire to the historical Ridgeway around Avesbury, each one at some point has made me stop and take stock of our beautiful surroundings. Life can sometimes be a little bustling, repetitive and even grey, let any one of these events take you away from all that and enjoy the untouched beauty they offer along with the unforgettable camaraderie of likeminded people and the wonderful sense of achievement and accomplishment when you arrive at the finish.
Ring O’ Fire – www.ringofire.co.uk
Ring O’ Fire is an annual 135 mile coastal ultra marathon circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales.
This epic foot race is staged over three consecutive days and follows the rugged and spectacular Anglesey Coastal Path around the island. The extreme distance and variable terrain places Ring O’ Fire as one of the most extreme ultra marathons in the United Kingdom.
The Apocalypse 100 – www.beyondmarathon.com
100 mile ultra marathon starting at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire. The course has been ingeniously designed with a single complete circle, but with independent 10 mile loops at each compass point featuring the names of the four riders of the Apocalypse; Conquest, Famine, War and Death.
Race to the Stones – www.racetothestones.com
The Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones is a fully supported 100km route following in the footsteps of Romans, Vikings, farmers and traders along the iconic Ridgeway to the finish line at the 3,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury.
The Brecon Beacons are steeped in history, with standing stones, hill fort sites and castles, Soldiers of different historic periods have been occupying the area for thousands of years, with the SAS being the most recent. There is a reason why the UK special forces use the Brecon Beacons for testing their recruits, and you are about to find out why!
Dragon’s Back Race – www.dragonsbackrace.com
The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.