The Toughest 24 Hour Race in the UK!
Taking place in the heart of the Lake District National Park at Whinlatter Forest, GB Ultras host the Amazing ‘GB24’ Race! This Stunning 24 Hour Race has 380m of Ascent for each 5.8 mile lap and an unbeatable atmosphere, ensuring its status as the U.K’s Toughest & Most Beautiful 24 hour Course! GB Ultras ensure maximum support with a further Checkpoint half way, as well as a Checkpoint at its Runner HQ at the Start/Finish Zone. There’s also Free Event Photos from the team! How many laps of this BRUTAL Course can you complete within 24 hours? Open to Solo & Pairs.
Saturday 1st June 2019
In Partnership with the Forestry Commission
Solo Runners: Those Completing 14 Laps or more earn a Gold ‘GB24’ Medal, those completing 8 laps or more earn a Silver ‘GB24’ Medal, and those completing less than 8 laps earn the magnificent Bronze ‘GB24’ Medal.
Pairs: Awarded based the combined lap total of both runners in the Male/Female/Mixed Pair. There are Prizes for the Top 3 Male & Female Finishers and for the Top 3 Male/Female/Mixed Pairs! There is also an Award for Best Sportsman/Sportswoman!
Ready for the challenge?RACE OPEN
Full Race details
Friday 31st May 2019
5pm Course Open for Inspection. Please note the course marshals & first aid team will not be in place until Saturday morning.
5pm – 9pm Registration Open
9.30pm – 7am Quiet time at Race HQ
Saturday 1st June 2019
7am – 11am Registration Open
11.30am Race Briefing. Please attend so that we can run through some important points about GB24.
11.45am Runners begin line up on the Start. Runners will be asked to line up according to their last
10k time. This should help all runners get a clear start (Do bear in mind this is along race).
12pm The 2019 & 2nd Edition of GB24 begins!!!
9.37pm Sunset. All runners must carry a light from this point.
9.30pm – 7am Quiet time at Race HQ
Sunday 2nd June 2019
12pm Race Finishes. All runners to complete the lap they are on.
1.30pm – 2pm Prize presentation
Pairs are made up of 2 runners and there are award categories for Male Pairs, Female Pairs & Mixed Pairs.
Once racing begins there can be no change to the team line up. The order in which the runners go out on course may change, but team members cannot be substituted. Solo competitors must race on their own for the 24 hours.
Cheating will not be tolerated. Substituting unregistered runners, cutting through the tapes, taking short cuts and any other cheating will result in instant disqualification for the whole team. Runners must race within the course tape. Where it has not been possible or practical to put out course tape, then they must stick to the obvious route.
The relay baton must be carried by the ‘on course’ runner at all times. Losing the baton will incur a time penalty, with the incoming runner forced to wait ten minutes before being given a new baton to hand over. You must have your race number on while racing.
The timing chips must be worn (Please be sure to hand back your timing chip at the end of the Race). As you pass through the timing tent, you will walk over some mats and the system will detect your racing chip and credit you with that lap and time. The clock starts on the next lap, whoever might be doing it. If you are doing another lap, just carry on. If another runner is doing the lap, hand the baton over to them. Their lap time will stop when they pass through the timing tent.
Every registered runner must complete at least one lap during the 24 hours. There is no maximum number of laps. If each team member does not race the minimum, then the team’s score will not count. If taking a break please leave the course after coming through the timing tent and tell the timing official that you are taking a rest period, this time will then be added when you return to continue this lap.
Being a 24 hour race, it’s going to get dark and all racers who are on course between sunset and sunrise must have a working light, be it a head torch or a hand held unit. Bear in mind that it gets dark at around 9pm and doesn’t get properly light again until 6am. That’s 9 hours of darkness – please make sure that your lights will see you through the whole night.
All competitors must sign on with registration before 11am on the day of the Race. You’ll collect your Race Number, timing chip and baton at this time. Any last minute team member changes/absences or swaps must be done before 11am on Saturday.
IMPORTANT – Runners must check their details are correct and that they are entered into the correct category when they sign on.
If you’re allergic to medication or are on medication for the race, this must be written on the reverse of your Race No.
Problems during the Race.
If you encounter any problems while actually racing – i.e. changes to course markings, then please do let a marshal know and they’ll send a race official or security to investigate.
While runner A is out on the course, runner B needs to go to the changeover area and wait for their team member to arrive. Runner A will come into the arena after their lap and hand the baton over to runner B before they start the next lap. If the runner on course is doing a double lap, they will just be able to pass through the timing tent (registering lap time) and continue on their next lap.
If a runner drops out of your team, tell the start/finish marshals sothey can be struck off the register. Remember that your team can’t get a result unless everyone has raced a lap (excludes serious injury).
GB24 officially finishes at 12pm on Sunday afternoon. So long as a runner has started a lap before the 24 hours has elapsed, that lap will count to their total lap score. Teams can stop at any point & their lap total will stand.
The winning team will be the one that completes the most laps in the shortest time. Results will be as number of laps, plus time taken to finish after 12pm.
Medical & Massage
There is a qualified medical team on site to deal with medical emergencies for the whole event based at Race HQ at Ennerdale Showfield.
We may well have a team of masseurs too, whom will be able to ease tired limbs with a cash donation (further details to be confirmed).
We strongly recommend every runner that is driving home gets some rest at the campsite after the event prior to being in control of a motor vehicle. Or get a fresh driver to take you home.
To download the GPX or KML file for this event simply select the correct file in the menu below.
In good health.
Headtorch (those continuing through the night)
Electrolytes – S-Caps
Waterproof coat with sealed seams, i.e. Goretex
Thermal Base layer (Separate from Start Kit in a dry bag).
Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone,
Please be aware GB Ultras Races Now Cupless! You can buy a GB Ultras reusable cup CLICK HERE to visit the shop.
Each ultra runner agrees and understands the full nature of an Ultra-Marathon. That an Ultra-Marathon involves running throughout the day and well into the night at times with limited rest over challenging terrain with inherent risks of changing weather conditions. Each ultra runner understands that it is their responsibility to adequately train for the event, and monitor their own health throughout and are ultimately responsible for their own safety. Criteria ensures that a runners safety depends on their own skills and abilities and these have been gained from other events placing them in good stead to take on the mental and physical challenges of GB24.
Each ultra runner understands these are there responsibilities not those of GB Ultras.
Please read these terms and conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them, before placing an entry on our site. By submitting your entry form, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (“the Terms”), and by submitting, you declare that you hereby, for yourself, your heirs and executors, administrators, successors, and assigns, declare that:-
1. I hereby agree to comply with the Conditions of Entry and all event rules and regulations as set down by GB Ultras Ltd (“the Event Organisers”) a company registered in England and Wales under company number 09397186. These conditions include the length of time taken to complete sections of the course which may be implemented by the Event Organisers, at their discretion, to ensure safe and proper running of the event.
2. I agree that the decision of the Race Referee will be final in all circumstances and no discussion will be entered into.
3. I agree to conduct myself in a sporting, professional and cautious manner during my participation in the event and understand that I may be disqualified if I do not do so.
4. I understand participation in this Event is physically strenuous and demanding and am fully aware of the nature of the event and all associated medical and physical risks involved. I further certify that I am physically capable of competing in this Event and I will only compete if I am fit enough to do so.
5. I will be immediately disqualified from the Event if I am found to have intentionally shortened the route to the race, and found to be deliberately littering the course.
6. If I have any medical condition(s), including allergies, which the Event Organisers or Event medical advisors might need to be aware of, I have provided details of this on my entry form, and will also provide written details of this on the rear of my pin-on numbers prior to my participation in the Event. I agree to display my number at all times during the Event.
7. I acknowledge that my pin-on number is personal to me and it is non-transferable under any circumstances.
8. I understand and agree that I participate in this Event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that I must conduct myself in a manner that is safe for myself and all others throughout the duration of this Event.
9. I agree to retire immediately from the event if ordered to do so by the Event Organisers, any government official or member of the emergency services.
10. I accept full liability for any medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participating in the Event
11. I accept that the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event are not liable for any injury or illness or resultant death that I may suffer as a result of my participation in the Event, whether prior to, during or subsequent to the Event. I enter the race entirely at my own risk. I renounce any rights and claims for damages that I may have against the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event together with their officers, directors, shareholders, successors and assigns, (collectively, “Releasees”) and release them from all liability to the Participant and his/her personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors, and successors for loss(es), damage(s) and claims therefor on account of injury to Participant or his/her property or the resultant death of Participant, whether caused by the active or passive negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, in connection with Participants involvement in the Event (“Losses”), and further covenants not to sue any of the aforementioned parties for such Losses.
12. Whilst the Event Organisers take every care with the staging of the Event, I accept that I must make all reasonable precautions for the safeguarding of my person and of my property during my participation in this Event. I further acknowledge that personal accident and personal items insurance is my responsibility.
13. I understand that at registration, I must produce photographic identification.
14. I am aware that when running, the function of the marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide if the movement is safe.
15. I accept that, in relation to my participation in this Event, I am required to obey instructions from marshals and relevant signage before, during and after the Event.
16. The Event Organisers introduce cut off times for completion of sections of the course as they see fit. These will be made clear prior to the race. Competitors may be instructed to withdraw from the Event in accordance with the imposed cut off times.
17. I accept that the Event Organisers reserve the right to amend the event format or cancel the Event due to health and safety reasons, including storm, rain, inclement weather, winds or any other act of god conditions. I accept that my Entry fee shall be non-refundable in this circumstance as costs have already been incurred.
18. I accept that the Event Organisers will do their utmost to provide me with a finish time following my completion of the Event, however they will not be held responsible for any computer result anomalies.
19. I will be 18 years old or over on the day of the Event.
20. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
21. I understand that confirmed entry to this event is dependent on a fully and accurately completed online Entry Form; and receipt of payment to cover my Entry fee at least 10 working days (2 weeks) in advance of the event. If either of these conditions is not fulfilled then my entry will not be valid nor accepted, and I will not be eligible to take part in the Event.
22. Through my completion and submission of the online Entry Form, I am committing to paying for my Event entry via the means as instructed on the GB Ultras Ltd website.
23. I irrevocably consent to my appearance in any media format, in relation to the publicity of this Event, and in future publicity and advertising of GB Ultras Ltd; provided that such use does not imply my direct endorsement of any official sponsor or suppliers of the Event.
24. All decisions and rulings by the Event Organisers, its employees and its agents are considered final.
25. The Event Organisers reserve the right to vary these conditions by giving notice to in writing in any official event material or correspondence prior to the Event.
26. A person who is not party to these Terms shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
27. We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under the Terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control (Force Majeure Event).
A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-happening, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes in particular (without limitation) the following: strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action; civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks; the acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government; and pandemic or epidemic.
28. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
Checkpoints are approximately every 3.5 mile so the team will be there to support your Race as much as we can. We will also sign the route prior to Race day and have glow sticks on the ground during night time hours.
For runners wishing to check the route prior to the start of the Race we’ll be inviting runners to check the course on Saturday morning.
Although largely a trail and mountainous route, please be aware of other people sharing the trails.
As always, if you see a runner experiencing difficulties please inform Checkpoint Marshals. Each runner should have the Race Organiser’s mobile number. Our team will always endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty but due to inaccessibility of the Trail this can take time. Participants who lose time helping another fallen participant, struggling against the cut off time due to this reason, can claim this time back, subject to RD discretion and under the proviso of completing within their new, extended cut off period.
In the mountains, the weather can change very quickly so please consider other kit items (i.e. recommended kit list) prior to the event. Depending on conditions closer to Race day, additional kit may well be required too. Spot checks will be done on Race day and any runner without a headtorch/torch at night will be disqualified.
In order to ensure ‘Event Safety’ is at its very highest for the event, the course has been designed to have the support where you need it.
Due to running through mountain terrain, careful footing and approaching the ascent/descents from the correct lines are very important. Also when running in woodland and along trails, be mindful of loose branches, unseen stones, uneven terrain, falling branches, some overgrowth, stiles to negotiate, and slippery surfaces. The main danger is presented by steep drops. So please watch your footing and have a good bearing of where you are on the course as you gradually get used to the route. For those new to this type of event, the team is always happy to help with any queries so please feel free to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org . Be mindful and understanding of other users sharing the Trail and please be aware mountain bikes.
Prior to the race – Due to the nature of the event, costs are incurred as soon as a participant signs up, no refunds are possible in this event. However, GB Ultras understand injuries do occur and 1 years deferment is possible providing we have 8 weeks notice. Alternatively, transfer to another participant is allowed providing these are agreed by ourselves at least 3 weeks prior to the event.
During the race – Unless medically unable, you should only be pulling out of this Race at the Start/Finish HQ… It is not our responsibility to pick up a runner short of the HQ. Please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal or the Event Director of your withdrawal. This will ensure all participants who are registered and pull out of the race are accounted for, allowing for the accurate and safe running of the event. If a participant withdraws at a Checkpoint they must hand over their race number to race staff to signal their retirement. Marshals’ will inform the race organiser and the team can then update their lists. Although ultimately decisions to continue are in the hands of the runner, GB Ultras reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.
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