For many, running a marathon is the ultimate endurance challenge; but for a rare breed of enthusiasts 26.2 miles just isn’t enough. Welcome to the world of the ultra marathon.
An endurance race dubbed as the “toughest in Britain” is set to return for its second year with a brand new route. Competitors will begin their journey in Polruan and follow the South Cornish coast east for around 20 miles. The route heads inland at Looe, crossing the county over Bodmin Moor overnight, and then along the north Cornish coast from Boscastle to Watergate Bay.
Taking place over the weekend of 21st – 23rd June 2013, The 100-mile Ultra Trail South West, equivalent of running four marathons back-to-back, has been designed to push even the most experienced runners to the limit with over 5,000m of vertical ascent.
The Extreme Academy at North Cornwall’s Watergate Bay has been chosen as the finish line for the non-stop endurance race. Will Ashworth of Watergate Bay Hotel said: “Running 100 miles continuously has to be one of the most challenging and difficult feats and we are delighted to have been chosen as the finishing point for the second year.”
Rob Burnham, who owns Shop on the Beach at Watergate Bay, competed last year coming in at a remarkable 5th place out of over 100 runners. He said ‘ultra marathons appeal to a certain kind of runner, we are all very obsessive and I guess none of us mind suffering.’
The race starts at 6pm on Friday the 21st June and is estimated to last between 18 – 36 hours.