It's full steam ahead for the Fortitude Ultra on Saturday
Runners have 10 hours to complete 10 laps in Pippingford Park
Fullsteam Events are all stoked up for their Fortitude Ultra in Pippingford Park, Nutley, East Sussex on Saturday (10 October). The venue has a history going back to the early 14th century when the forest was a hunting preserve of King Edward I and was fenced and lodges built to house the foresters.
Entries close at midnight this Thursday (8 October) at £75 per individual – less than £10 an hour for a Covid-19 secure event with an expert safety team and experienced organisation. The race is covered by Event Protect insurance in the unlikely situation that it has to be cancelled. All finishers will receive a unique medal; technical T-shirt; free event photos; live tracking/timing; well-stocked feed stations and, of course, those epic bragging rights!
The location is just off the A22 between Horney Common and Wych Cross, right in the heart of Ashdown Forest, about 8 miles north of Uckfield. The anti-clockwise course is on a mixture of hard-packed forest paths, open moorland, and beautiful forest trails (see image above).
The unique difference at Fortitude Ultra is that runners (or walkers) can choose between three different lap lengths for their individual challenge. The blue lap measures three miles and has 109m of climbing; step up to the red lap for four miles and 168m ascent or the ultimate challenge of the black route, with five miles/224m uphill.
Basically, you pays your money and you takes your chances! The organisers reckon the blue lap can be walked briskly once an hour. The red lap will require reasonable running ability and the black route is for those hardened ultra-runners, for whom no challenge seems impossible.
Your finishing grade is determined by your shortest loop – not by the total mileage completed – and you can drop down a level at any point. Obviously, each lap must be completed within the hour or you cannot continue onto the next lap.
Fortitude Ultra's event strapline is: “Our variation of the last man standing leaves no man behind. As long as you can endure the 10 hours you can beat the event. It's all about getting your head in the right place and keeping moving”.
Enter Fortitude Ultra Autumn or enjoy an early bird 20% discount for the Spring event on 27 March 2021 at the race website here
To can view the course at a previous Fortitude Ultra, click here
Image courtesy Fullsteam Fortitude Ultra