Ultra Great Britain 2017


Ultra Great Britain. A Unique 200 mile Ultra-Marathon following the Trans-Pennine Trail from Southport to Hornsea earning an amazing ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle.

19th – 23rd August 2017

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The Trail follows a variety of terrain over the Pennines and combines a mixture of natural trail and urban trail. A 100 hour cut off welcomes all into the event, with generous cut-offs at each Village Hall.

Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female Finishers earn an outstanding two-tone ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle. Top 25 Finishers earn Gold, 26-50 Placed Finishers earn Silver & 51+ Finishers earn the beautiful Bronze ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle.

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Southport Promenade PR8 1RX
At the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre. The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ.

Friday 18th August 2017.

4.00pm – 9.00pm Registration, Dropbags, Kit Checks,Race No. Collection & Race & Medical Briefing.

Saturday 19th August 2017. – Race Day

4.00am – 5.30am Registration, Race No. Collection, Kit Checks.
5.30am – 5:40am Start Line Photo.
6.00am – Race Start.

At least 21 years old + on Race-day.
In good health. Medical Certificate (supplied by GB Ultras) signed by your Doctor and dated within 3 months prior to the event stating in good health and no reason not to run Ultra Great Britain Ultramarathon.
Feel free to email info@UltraGreatBritain.com with any questions.
Competitors can now sign-up via paying in full or using the Instalment Option. The Instalment Option splits the payments into 3 monthly payments.

Secure Your Place with a £99 Deposit.
Followed by 2 further equal monthly payments of £100.
Total amount payable = £299.
For more info please email UGB200@GBUltras.com

The Mandatory Kit stipulated in this section must be carried at all times during Ultra Great Britain as it is the duty of the participant to be self-sufficient throughout the event. The Checkpoints merely support your progress.
Map – Hardcopy Trans-Pennine Trail: West and East
Waterproof coat (Gore-Tex or similar),
Compass
Thermal Base layer (Not to be worn at the Start, carried in a Drybag)
Whistle
Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone,
Survival blanket,
Headtorch,
Backup lightsource.
Electrolytes/S-Caps
Emergency rations.
GPS Tracker (Provided by GB Ultras Prior to the Race).

Recommended kit –
Warm hat or buff.
Gloves (recommended kit only)
Waterproof trousers (recommended kit only)

The GPS trackers are extremely hard wearing and waterproof.
Upon completion of Ultra Great Britain 2017, the runner agrees to return the GPS tracker to the Race Organiser as soon as possible.
Should a GPS Tracker be damaged, lost or stolen then the entrant agrees to cover the cost of the tracker which is £150 + VAT per GPS tracker.

Start Line – Southport Promenade PR8 1RX
Checkpoint 1 – Mile 3.5 – Southport Coastal Road. Water CP.
Checkpoint 2 – Mile 13.5 – Chapel lane meets Brooms Cross Road – nr L30 7PD.
Checkpoint 3 – Mile 24.5 – Approaching Halewood.
Checkpoint 4 – Mile 29 – Hale Village Hall
Checkpoint 5 – Mile 33.5 – Spike Island WA8 0DF.
Checkpoint 6 – Mile 45.2 – Bradshaw Lane, Grappenhall, nr Latchford Locks, Warrington, WA4 2NJ.
Checkpoint 7 – Mile 52.5 – TPT Car Park. WA14 5PP.
Checkpoint 8 – Mile 63 – St Wilfrid Village Hall – (DB1) – Ford Lane, M22 4WE.
Checkpoint 9 – Mile 81 – Broadbottom Village Hall – A 24 hour cut off applies – SK14 6AA.
Checkpoint 10 – Mile 92 – Crossing Woodhead Pass – approx. SK13 1JE.
Checkpoint 11 – Mile 103 – St Johns Village Hall, Penistone (DB2) S36 6AR.
Checkpoint 12 – Mile 129.5 – Kirkstone Close Village Hall, Bentley, Doncaster, DN5 9QZ.
Checkpoint 13 – Mile 143 – Sykehouse Village Hall (DB3) DN14 9AY.
Checkpoint 14. Mile 167 – Blacktoft Village Hall (DB4) DN14 7YW.
Checkpoint 15. Mile 184 – Hull
Finish… End of the Trans-Pennine Trail in Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU18 1PZ. – Cut off 100 hours (DB5).
Each Checkpoint provides water, further refreshments, and a variety of snacks and at most venues, hot food too. There may also be further Checkpoints.
Participants should book accommodation for the finish in Hornsea prior to the event.
Due to the nature of the course spanning across different local authorities including Southport, Liverpool, Halton, Warrington, Trafford, Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, High Peak, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Selby, North Yorkshire, East Riding, Hull and Hornsea, and with permissions also in place from Merseylink, Fiddler Ferry, United Utilities and the Trans-Pennine Trail, changes of the route and diversions may well be necessary dependant on unforeseen local works at the time of the event.

GB Ultras therefore reserve the right to make alterations to the course to take this in account where necessary.

Each entrant has a unique GPS tracker that must be worn on the arm. This tracker must stay with the entrant throughout the event. Should the GPS tracker be lost, given to another runner (including a pacer), misplaced, or left at a Checkpoint then the entrant can be disqualified at the discretion of the RD. This ultimate decision must be accepted as final, no reasons or debate will be entered into. This is to ensure runner safety and no shortening of the course. For runners with crews, the tracker will help to locate the runner and track progress. The GPS Tracker will also allow family and friends to track progress.

To ensure that every runner is looked after and accounted for sleep is only permitted at Village Halls, Designated Venues & Checkpoints.

This is also to ensure everyone is treated equally in the Race Across Great Britain.

Each runner must carry Mandatory kit at anyone time to ensure fairness during the Race.

Dropbag 1 (DB1) – St.Wilfrid Village Hall, Manchester – a small dropbag permitted.
Dropbag 2 (DB2) – St Johns Community Hall, Penistone – A larger dropbag (can contain a sleeping bag for limited rest).
Dropbag 3 (DB3) – Sykehouse Village Hall – a small dropbag permitted.
Dropbag 4 (DB4) – Blacktoft Village Hall
Dropbag 5 (DB5) – Hornsea – A larger bag (transported to the Finish Area – ideally for those without a crew)
All 5 Dropbags will be transported to the finish.
All Dropbags must be handed in prior to the start of the Race and must be clearly labelled with the Runners surname, Bib number, and with DB1, DB2, DB3, DB4 or DB5 stating where the Dropbag will meet the runner. Cut Off Times
Transport back to the Start Venue in Southport is optional. A £29.99 additional fee (per person), must be booked by the 20th May 2017. The Coach(s) will be leaving on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at approximately 12-2pm (exact time to be confirmed). For further information please email info@UltraGreatBritain.com. However, we imagine most participants will be welcomed across the finish line by family and friends, who’ll then look after the finishers transport home.

GB Ultras have designed the event to take into account participant needs and looked at all transport options possible. The Start Venue is conveniently situated near to Southport Train Station PR8 1BE. There is limited car parking at the Start Venue so we recommend leaving plenty of time to find suitable parking in the area. We also promote car sharing where possible.

Ultra-Marathon Admission Waiver

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.

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.
29. Should a GPS Tracker be damaged, lost or stolen then the entrant agrees to cover the cost of the tracker which is £150 + VAT per GPS tracker.
30. Upon withdrawal or completion of Ultra Great Britain, the runner agrees to return the GPS tracker to the Race Organiser. If a GPS tracker is not returned to a dedicated Race Marshal then the runner will be charged £150 + VAT.

No Ipods are allowed during the race as the route is shared with other users, and it dims awareness of other path users. If you see a runner experiencing difficulties please inform Checkpoint Marshals. Each runner has Head Quarters mobile numbers on their bib.

No roads are closed en route so please exercise due diligence and care at all times. Of particular note is the Trans-Pennine Trail diversion at mile 17.5 – mile 19, Halton-Widnes, due to the building of a new bridge called the Merseylink. This will mean that participants have to slow, possibly stop to cross roads, and there is also a railway line to cross due to this diversion. GB Ultras have arranged for the closure of this particular rail crossing on race day.

Level crossings are quite frequent on the Yorkshire side and are not closed for the race, these tend to be manned by the relevant Rail Authority but please use caution and exercise due care and diligence.

There are certain sections that lead onto country road, and/or road crossings – due to the length of the route – it won’t be possible to marshal a 200 mile route. It is the role of the entrant to be self-sufficient.

Our team will endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty within 4 hours due to the inaccessibility of the Trail. Medical staff will be dispatched as quickly as possible. Phones must be used only in emergency to conserve battery power should the need arise.

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.

GB Ultras believe all participants should make proper and mindful transport arrangements prior to the event and NO participant should be in charge of a car directly after the event. Please make sensible arrangements.

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 under any circumstances, nor is deferment, and transfer is not possible. There are some very good individual insurance policy’s that can be taken out to recover costs should issues arise.

During the race – This is a tough race, Checkpoints can be spread out thinly. You need to be able to stagger to a Checkpoint unless you are medically unable. When at a Checkpoint please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal. 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. Crew’s or Support teams can also aid a runners withdrawal. Event Organisers must be informed upon withdrawal.

If a participant withdraws at a Checkpoint they must hand over their race number and GPS tracker to race staff to signal their retirement. Marshals will inform one of the Race Director’s and each of the remaining Checkpoints can update their participant lists. A sweeper after the cut off time will take retired participants to (dependent on course location) a main check point which will provide shelter and from which you can arrange travel home or being picked up.

The Trans-Pennine Trail heads through and past a number of train stations en route and due to the viability of the event this will sometimes be the best option and course of action, especially for those without a crew. No guarantees are made to transport any retired participant to either the Start or the Finish. Cash/Card is recommended to be carried as there are a number of train station’s en route . Although ultimately decisions to continue are in the hands of the runner, we reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.

Events are nothing without Volunteers. Event costs can be reduced for the following year’s event, providing criteria is met. It would be amazing if you could join us and help bring the event to life.

Would you like to be a volunteer?