Manchester to Liverpool Ultra
7th Edition > The M2L Ultra is a unique 50 mile event heavily supported following the Trans-Pennine Trail, the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey from Manchester to Liverpool.
With Live Online GPS Tracking from GB Race Tracker allowing family & friends to track your progress throughout the day. Runners start the race beside the World Famous Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club.
The course is a well-marked, fast 50 mile race with a 14 hour cut-off, and is ideal for both the seasoned ultra-runner looking for a personal best on the distance and also a great introduction into ultra-running for beginners. Magnificent support from the GB Ultras team at 6 checkpoints. UTMB Qualifying Race with ITRA Points (Awaiting allocation - 2023).
GOOD FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 2023
Mens PB - Wouter Decock (Belgium) 5 Hours 44 Minutes (2017)
Ladies PB - Melanie Edwards (GBR) 6 Hours 56 Minutes (2018)
Watch the Race Live with GB Race Tracker
You can now watch the entire race unfold live thanks to the live tracking we use for this event
In the lead up to the Race, GB Ultras Running Club organise training runs covering the entire route section by section to help build confidence and prepare runners for the upcoming 50 Mile Race.
Top 100 finishers earn a Gold ‘M2LUltra’ Medal, 101-200 finishers earn a Silver ‘M2LUltra’ Medal and 201+ finishers earn the Bronze ‘M2LUltra’ Medal. The 2023 Manchester to Liverpool Ultra 50 Mile is part of the 2023 GB Ultras 50 Mile GRAND SLAM! There are additional prizes for the Top 3 Male & Top 3 Female finishers.
Brilliant Support, Live Online GPS Tracking, pre-paid Official Professional Photos, Optional 'Pre-Race' Transport to the start venue from the finish venue and optional drop bag where the team will transport your start line bag to the finish venue to await your finish.
Manchester to Liverpool Ultra 2023
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EVENT INSTRUCTIONS BRIEF
Full Race details
At Start Venue
Thursday 6th April 2023
5.30pm - 9.00pm Registration & Bib Number Collection
Good Friday 7th April 2023
4:00am - 5:30am GB Race Tracker & Bib Collection.
6.00am Race Start - Mass Start
In Association with GB Ultras Running Club, the U.K's 1st Dedicated Ultra-Running Club, all entrants are invited to join the Team on training runs covering the 2023 M2L Ultra 50 mile route prior to Race day. You can attend as many as you like, one day or both days with the aim of learning the route and increasing confidence should any markings go astray come Race day. You’ll also have the chance to meet other runners taking on the Race. There's a small charge for the training runs.
Date TBC – Manchester to Liverpool Ultra® RECCE 1:
Section covered & distance: Covering the first 23 miles of the M2LUltra 50 Route
Start time: 08:00 – Start/meeting point: N2 Car Park, Manchester United FC (advised not to park at N2 but possibly at Media City or locally), Sir Matt Busby Way, M16 0RA
Finish Point: Latchford Locks, Warrington, WA4 2XX. Car Sharing: Required or drop off/pick up.
Date TBC – Manchester to Liverpool Ultra® RECCE 2:
Section covered & distance: Miles 23 – 50 of the M2LUltra 50 Route – Start time: 08:00 – Start/meeting point: Latchford Locks, WA4 2XX
Finish Point: North End Sports & Social Club, Melling Rd, L9 0LQ – Car Sharing: Required
The training runs are free of charge to attend. Due to ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 please make your own careful arrangements to be picked up/dropped off/car share with friends/family.
Pace wise we’ll be going at a nice gentle pace ensuring all runners stay as a group with brief stops approximately every couple of miles.
Generally our training runs have high attendance and for safety reasons we’ll be imposing a limit depending on feedback. There will be no minimum attendance limit as i feel that if we can help just one runner prior to Race day then its been a success.
Please take into account weather conditions closer to the time. We recommend runners refer to the Mandatory kit section and carry sufficient food/water for the duration of each of the runs.
At least 20 years old + at the time of the race.
In good health.
Must have run at least a marathon distance race prior to the event. Due to the impact of COVID lockdowns on training and events, a virtual or a training run of marathon distance or over is sufficient.
This can be for an event not yet taken place but that will be completed prior to M2L start.
Each checkpoint will provide water, along with other refreshments and snacks. We’ll also have a Medic or a First Aider available.
There are Cut-Off times per Checkpoint – implemented by the Event Organisers, GB Ultras, at their discretion, to ensure safe and proper running of the event.
There is a 14 hour cut off time for the event.
Please note additional 'Support Crew Access Points' to help crews support runners during the event.
SUPPORT CREW INFORMATION
CHECKPOINT 1 - 6 Miles. Checkpoint Chorlton Water Park, Maitland Avenue, M21 7WH.
Additional Support Access Point - 12.5 Miles - Banky Lane, M33 5SL. Runners approach Carrington Spur traffic lights.
Additional Support Access Point - 15 Miles - Hanover Road, Altrincham, WA14 5RZ. Runners head down Diaryhouse Lane. Supporting runners here avoids parking issues at Checkpoint 3.
CHECKPOINT 2 - 15.5 Miles. Dunham Massey. NO SUPPORT TEAMS PERMITTED, Extremely limited parking!
Additional Support Access Point - 19 Miles - Parking beside Co-op Food, Heatley Mere, Lymm, WA13 9UP.
CHECKPOINT 3 - 23 Miles. Latchford Locks. Checkpoint Nr to 20 Bradshaws Lane, Warrington, WA4 2NJ.
Additional Support Access Point - 25 Miles - Parking at Morrisons, Greenalls Avenue, Warrington, WA4 6RN. Runners cross Wilderspool Causeway beside the Manchester Ship Canal.
Additional Support Access Point - 29 Miles - Ferry Tavern, Station Road, Warrington, WA5 2UJ.
CHECKPOINT 4 - 32 Miles. Spike Island, Widnes. Spike Island Checkpoint, WA8 0DG. Cut Off at CP5 : 13:50 PM. Cut off 2:57pm Good Friday.
Additional Support Access Point - 35 Miles - Pickering Pasture, Mersey View Road, Widnes, WA8 8LP.
Additional Support Access Point - 37 Miles - Hale Village shops, Ivy Farm Court, Hale, L24 4AG.
CHECKPOINT 5 - 38 Miles. Checkpoint TPT Verge beside Alderfield Drive, Liverpool, L24 7SE & Hale Road.
Additional Support Access Point - 40.5 Miles. Halewood Doorstep Green, Parking at Blackburne Drive, off Higher Road, L25 0QH. Runners pass through the Green, along Blackburne Road and cross Higher Road.
CHECKPOINT 6 - 44 Miles. Underneath the Bridges on the Trans-Pennine Trail, Broadgreen, Liverpool. Parking Close to Thomas Lane, L14 5NU.
Mandatory kit to be carried during the race. Without which a participant can be disqualified. Random kit checks during the Race will take place.
Waterproof coat with sealed seams, i.e. Goretex – Min 10,000mm
Long Sleeved Base layer (separate from start kit in a dry bag in case of emergency).
Water bottles or bladder - minimum 1 litre capacity
Fully charged mobile phone with Race HQ phone number stored,
Headtorch or Primary Light Source,
Secondary Headtorch (not mobile phone),
GPS Tracker provided by GB Race Tracker at Race Registration (given back to GB Race Tracker directly after the event).
PPE - Face Mask
PPE - Personal Hand Sanitiser
Map - Trans-Pennine Trail
Electrolytes - S-Caps
Please be aware GB Ultras Races Cupless! You can buy a GB Ultras reusable cup CLICK HERE to visit the shop.
An optional Dropbag can be handed to GB Ultras staff on arrival at Race Registration prior to the event (on race morning).
Any Dropbag should be clearly labelled with the participant’s Race number at Registration. Labels are provided via a tear-off strip on the bottom of the bib no. on collection at Race Registration.
These will be transported to the finish venue in Liverpool to meet runners there.
It is the responsibility of the runner to pick up any dropbags. Dropbag's not collected from the finish line will be disposed of.
GB Ultras have designed the event to take into account participant needs and looked at all transport options possible.
Optional 'pre-race' coach transport is available at 4am on race morning to take runners to Manchester for the start of the event. Please ensure you arrive on time as the coach will not wait.
The Start Venue is conveniently situated near to Trafford Park & also Deansgate Train Station and the Finish Line is near to Aintree Train Station.
There is no car parking at Old Trafford’s N2 Car Park (Visitor Car Park) and as such we highly recommend being dropped off.
There is sufficient parking at the Finish Venue.
We would strongly advise participants to make arrangements prior to the event, including checking train times if applicable.
On Race Day, Car Park N2 should be used for Short term parking/drop off zone car parking only as we must vacate the car park, i.e. United lock the gates shortly after the event start.
More suitable long term parking is available locally at Media City Parking, the Greenhouse, Salford, M50 2EQ just a short walk away.
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. 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 Manchester to Liverpool Ultra.
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. Participants who have passed kit check at Race Registration and then failed a random kit check during the event can be immediately disqualified by the Race Director or by Senior Checkpoint Marshals. It is the judgement and decision of the Race Director or the Senior Checkpoint Marshal to decide on the seriousness of the breach. A time penalty can be added as an alternative (a minimum of 1 hour added to the runners race time per missing item) unless the runner decides to head back to the Checkpoint to obtain the 'Mandatory kit' item.
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 20 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 & GB Race Tracker 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).
28. You agree that we may publish your Personal Information as part of the results of the Event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, licences or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times, occupation and age category. You consent that your details maybe passed onto GB Race Tracker Ltd and Race Tracker AS to ensure the smooth and accurate running of the Tracking software. Your details may also be passed onto 3rd parties via Live tracking so that your family and friends and the general public can follow every entrants position during the Race.
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. You agree that we may publish your Personal Information as part of the results of the Event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, licences or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times, occupation and age category. Your details may also be passed onto 3rd parties via Live tracking so that your family and friends and the general public can follow every entrants position during the Race.
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 the Race, the runner agrees to return the GPS tracker to the Race Organiser. If a GPS tracker is not returned to a dedicated Race Marshal at Race HQ then the runner will be charged £150 + VAT.
31. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
32. At the time of the launch and release of the 2022 Manchester to Liverpool Ultra-Marathon, the 2021 - 2022 Premier League fixture list has not yet been announced which may have an affect on the agreed date of Good Friday 15th April 2022. Should Manchester United inform us that they have a fixture on the agreed date then GB Ultras Ltd can no longer use the car park due to essential pre-match security implications. In these circumstances, GB Ultras Ltd will endeavour to work with the Event team at Manchester United FC to find an alternative date, likely to be Easter Monday 18th April 2022, for the race to be held and give all participants as much notification as possible of the Race date change.
Although largely a trail event, due to the nature of the event, you will be passing through some urban areas and there are inevitably some road crossings where it will be necessary to slow and possibly stop. No roads are closed en route. Particular attention should be given at these points.
As always, if you see a runner experiencing difficulties please inform Checkpoint Marshals/Race HQ. Each runner is given the Race Director’s number within the Manchester to Liverpool Ultra Race Instructions & also at Race Registration. 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 Race Director discretion and under the proviso of completing within their new, extended cut off period.
GB Race Tracker provide the Live Online GPS Tracking for the event with updates on participant positions approximately every 2 minutes (subject to signal). On the front of each tracker is an SOS button which when pressed immediately alerts the Race Director & Race HQ that urgent help is required who can then act accordingly.
In the event of a Medical Emergency please call 999 first and then inform Race HQ.
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.
Any deferrals to the 2023 Race must be done 8 weeks prior to the event at a cost of £12 due to costs incurred.
Transfers are possible up until 3 weeks before the Race day providing qualifying criteria is met (marathon experience) at a cost of £12.
Transfer to another runner
During the race – Please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal at one of the Checkpoint’s, Race HQ or the Race Director. 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 & GPS Tracker (property of GB Race Tracker) to race staff to signal their retirement. Marshals’ will switch off the tracker, inform Race HQ and each of the remaining Checkpoints can update their manual lists. A sweeper after the cut off time will take retired participants to the Finish Venue. 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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