Frequently Asked Questions

Event entry

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY ENTRY FEE?


  • Entry into the event
  • Exclusive finishers medal
  • Exclusive finishers tee shirt
  • Chip timing
  • A fully signed route
  • Checkpoints/aid stations along the route with food and drinks
  • Medical support




IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES INTO EACH DISTANCE/ CAN I ENTER ON RACE DAY?


In 2021 we are limiting the number of entries available so enter early to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately, no entries can be accepted on race day.




IS THERE A MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARD TO ACHIEVE BEFORE I CAN ENTER?


There is no minimum qualification standard required to take part in ULTRA NORTH, however we strongly advise that participants have some experience of long distance events, and ensure that they have trained and prepared adequately as you will be expected to be self-supported for much of the event.

This is not an event that you should enter and participate in if you have not trained adequately or achieved significant distances in the past.




IS THERE MANDATORY GEAR TO CARRY ON RACE DAY?


Yes. All participants must carry some basic provisions and equipment with them at all times, including:

  • A mobile phone with a fully charged battery on race day morning
  • Debit/Credit card to enable purchases from shops if required, and use on public transport
  • Small foil blanket or a warm layer of clothing.
  • Water bottle/foldable cup for water
  • Your own initial water supply and any specific fuel/food required.
  • Suitable footwear

Participants will be advised of the full mandatory equipment list well in advance of the event date.




HOW MANY CHECK POINTS / AID STATIONS ARE THERE?


ULTRA NORTH 55: there are four checkpoints along the route, plus the finish. Checkpoint 1: will be at Hadrian's Wall Path, Newcastle Upon Tyne, approx 13km from the start. What3Words location: design.drives.puff. Checkpoint 2: will be at The Keelman Pub, Newburn, approx 21km from the start. What3Words location: castle.fully.scout. Checkpoint 3: will be at Hookergate Lane, Gateshead, approx 34km from the start. What3Words location: each.cape.chap. Checkpoint 4: will be at Limtzford Road, Rowlands Gill, approx 44km from the start. What3Words location: panicking.landowner.driver. A final checkpoint will be at the finish (55km) at Swalwell Cricket Club. ULTRA NORTH 25: there is one checkpoint along the route, plus the finish.
Checkpoint 1: will be at Spen Lane, High Spen, approx 13km from the start. What3words location washroom.feeds.monkeys. A final checkpoint will be at the finish (25km) at Swalwell Cricket Club.




WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START?


ULTRA NORTH 55 will start from Derwenthaugh Park at 08:00 hrs at Swalwell Cricket Club.

NORTH 25 will start from Derwenthaugh Park at 10.00hrs at Swalwell Cricket Club.




WILL THERE BE TOILETS AT THE START/ FINISH OR ON THE RACE ROUTE?


Yes, there will be toilet facilities at both the start/finish, and at (or very close to) the check points. Public toilets and some portaloos will be available at various locations.




WHAT FOOD AND DRINK WILL THERE BE ON ROUTE?


All checkpoints will have a range of drinks and cold food.




I NEED TO WITHDRAW, WHAT IS THE REFUND/ TRANSFER POLICY?


We have a flexible policy for transfers, however we are unable to offer any refunds or deferrals. Please read our withdrawal and refund policy for more details.




HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH?


If you have any specific questions that are not answered within this section you can contact us at info@ultranorth.co.uk.




WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?


As with all ultra running events it is important that you wear appropriate kit - and test your kit out on a long run/walk prior to the event.

With the event being staged in June you should be prepared for all likely weather conditions.

Consider the following:

  • Shoes - comfort/cushioning, lightweight, adequate grip for multi-terrain, some of which may be muddy.
  • Socks and underwear - comfort, able to wick away moisture
  • Gloves
  • Legs & upper body - consider the potential of changing temperatures and the potential for wind and rain.
  • Race pack & hydration vest - comfort is key but also consider how much you want to carry with you, and ease of access whilst on the run.

And remember to train with the gear you plan to race in!




ARE THERE AGE LIMITS FOR PARTICIPANTS?


To enter ULTRA NORTH 55 you must be aged 20 or over. To enter NORTH 25 you must be aged 18 or over.




CAN I WALK THE ENTIRE ROUTE?


Yes you can, subject to the event cut-off times. When you register, please state a realistic completion time, including time for eating, drinking and toilet stops. You can alter your estimated completion time at any stage up to 15 May by emailing us at info@ultranorth.co.uk. Please note that this event will operate strict cut off times to ensure that all participants have completed the route by 19.10hrs. ULTRA NORTH 55:

Cut off point 1: At Checkpoint 4 at Lintzford Road, located approx. 44km from the start. Any participant who has not passed this point by 16:48 hrs will not be permitted to continue.

Finish cut off: The final cut-off time is 19:10 at the finish line. Participants must cross the finish line before this time to receive a finishers medal and have a recorded time. NORTH 25:
Cut off point 1: At the 25km checkpoint at Spen Lane which is approx. 13km from the start. Any participant who has not passed this point by 12:58 hrs will not be permitted to continue. Finish cut off: The final cut-off time is 19:00 at the finish line. Participants must cross the finish line before this time to receive a finishers medal and have a recorded time.




HOW CAN I LOG IN AND CHANGE MY DETAILS?


If your address and/or other contact details change after you have submitted your application, you can login to your profile on www.greatrun.org and change your postal address.

For any other changes or queries please contact us by email at info@ultranorth.co.uk




DOES THE EVENT HAVE CUT-OFF TIMES?


Yes. This event will have strict cut-off times that will be enforced to ensure that all participants have completed the route by 19.10hrs.

ULTRA NORTH 55:

Cut off point 1: At Checkpoint 4 at Lintzford Road, located approx. 44km from the start. Any participant who has not passed this point by 16:48 hrs will not be permitted to continue. Finish cut off: The final cut-off time is 19:10 at the finish line. Participants must cross the finish line before this time to receive a finishers medal and have a recorded time.

NORTH 25:

Cut off point 1: At the 25km checkpoint at Spen Lane which is approx. 13km from the start. Any participant who has not passed this point by 12:58 hrs will not be permitted to continue.
Finish cut off: The final cut-off time is 19:00 at the finish line. Participants must cross the finish line before this time to receive a finishers medal and have a recorded time.




ARE DOGS ALLOWED?


We love dogs and hope that in future years we will allow them to participate in aspects of the event (accompanied obviously). However, we are limiting the event to just those on two legs only.




WHAT IF THE EVENT IS CANCELLED?


If the event is cancelled we will endeavour to stage the event at a later date. If you are unable to take part in the re-staged event, you will receive a refund (minus a £5 admin charge).

If the event cannot be re-staged at a later date, we will automatically process a refund of participant’s entry fee, minus a £5 admin charge. We will also refund any iTab orders purchased at the point of entry. All refunds are subject to a £5 administrative fee which covers some of, but not all, of the costs we have already been committed, such as fees charged to us to process the original booking, staff time and supplier costs, and third party payment providers. This is very much in line with other event and ticket providers across the industry.

See event terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.





Route

HOW TOUGH IS THE COURSE?


The ULTRA NORTH course features a mixture of surfaces. You can expect the terrain to be a mixture of footpaths, parks, woodland trails, riverside paths and disused railway lines. There are also steps in places. Dependent on weather conditions parts of the route may be muddy.

Whilst it is not mountainous, there are hills in places that will provide a challenge for participants.




ARE THERE ANY ROAD CROSSINGS OR GATES/ STILES TO NEGOTIATE?


Yes. There are a number of road crossings on the route, some quiet and some will be on busier roads. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure they travel along footpaths and not on roads, and that they cross roads at suitable and designated road crossing points.

Participants must leave gates as they find them (i.e. opened or closed).

The event is on public footpaths and other footpath users will be present. All participants must be aware of other footpath users, be courteous and polite at all times. Please avoid running/walking abreast on narrow footpaths.




HOW DO I GET TO THE START?


ULTRA NORTH 55:

The start is at Derwenthaugh Park, Swalwell Cricket Club, NE21 6JA (what3words location – window.comet.backup).

NORTH 25:

The start is also at Derwenthaugh park, Swalwell Cricket Club, NE21 6JA.

Join the A1, heading towards Metrocentre. On the A1 (Both Directions), take Junction 73 and head towards Consett, Newcastle and Blaydon. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to Derwenthaugh Road/ A694. Follow the A694 for half a mile, and the Cricket Club entrance will appear on your left-hand side.

There is no parking at Swalwell Cricket Club and limited parking throughout the Derwenthaugh Valley. You can choose to walk or cycle to the venue, however the easiest option would be to use the drop-off facility at the cricket club. Cars will be permitted through the one way system at the cricket club to drop participants off or get picked up.

By Public Transport

The start line is accessible by bus from Newcastle City Centre using the X45, X46 or X47 route ran by Go North East from Stand C at Eldon Square. These services run on Saturdays regularly and it is appropriate to exit the bus at the stop on Spa Well Road, turn left and walk a short distance before turning right at the Cricket Club entrance.

You can find out more about the route and download gpx route files here.




WHERE IS THE FINISH?


The finish will also be at Derwenthaugh Park, Swalwell Cricket Club.




IS THE ROUTE FULLY MARKED?


Yes, there will be event-specific directional signs and confidence markers throughout the course. At registration and in the briefing before the race participants will be shown the course markers.

Due to the nature of the route, certain parts are somewhat complex to navigate and runners are advised to moderate their speed at these points to ensure the correct path is taken.

A sports GPS navigation device is recommended if you have one - GPX files will be released closer to the event date.

More detailed course notes will be published closer to the event date.





Race day

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?


There is no parking at Swalwell Cricket Club and limited parking throughout the Derwenthaugh Valley. You can choose to walk or cycle to the venue, however the easiest option would be to use the drop-off facility at the cricket club. Cars will be permitted through the one way system at the cricket club to drop participants off or get picked up.

There are car parks in the surrounding area at the following what3words locations:
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WHAT FACILITIES ARE THERE AT THE START/ FINISH?


The start and finish location at Swalwell Cricket Club will have registration and toilets facilities available.

Baggage storage will be located at the start area. Baggage will be available for collection at the same drop off point runners gave their bags into at the start.




ARE PACERS ALLOWED?


No pacers are allowed in this event. You are allowed to run with friends (who have also entered the event).




ARE SUPPORT CREWS ALLOWED?


Yes, participants may receive support from friends and family along the course. Naturally this support cannot extend to assisting the participant to travel along the course.




CAN I STORE MY BAG AT THE START/FINISH?


Baggage storage will be located at the start area. Baggage will be available for collection at the same drop off point runners gave their bags into at the start.




WILL I NEED A MAP?


A map and/or course notes are recommended. Course notes will be made available on the website before the event.

Whilst there will be event-specific directional signs and confidence markers throughout the course, due to the nature of the route, certain parts are somewhat complex to navigate and runners are advised to moderate their speed at these points to ensure the correct path is taken.

A sports GPS navigation device is recommended if you have one - GPX files are available to download here.




WHAT ARE THE PRIZES / AWARDS?


All finishers will receive an exclusive medal and tee-shirt.

The first man and woman in ULTRA NORTH 55 and NORTH 25 will receive a commemorative trophy.




WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO DROP OUT DURING THE RACE?


If you need to drop out during the race it is ultimately your responsibility to notify event control (via phoning the event control number or notifying event staff at the checkpoints) of your decision to retire from the event.

If you have a bag to collect, you will need to make your way back to the finish line. We will try to help where we can although please note that public transport might be the most suitable option.

Except in an emergency or where you cannot continue due to injury or ill health, please make your way to the next checkpoint and inform the event staff at the checkpoint that you intend to drop out. This is important so that we can account for all participants in the event.

If you cannot make it to the checkpoint, you must call the event control (number on the back of your race number) to notify them of your location and of your intentions for onward travel (i.e. if you are planning to make your way to the finish). In the unlikely event of an emergency situation call the emergency services first and then call event control.

Participants who retire will not receive a medal.




WHAT LEVEL OF MEDICAL SUPPORT CAN I EXPECT?


Medical support is provided along the course and at the finish. However please note that due to the nature of the event participants should recognise the physical challenge and should train and prepare adequately. If you have not been able to prepare properly please do not take part.

For much of the route participants are expected to be self-supported. ​If you have a problem that requires medical attention but you can make your way to the next checkpoint please do so.

If you (or another participant you are attending to) require medical assistance and are unable to reach the next checkpoint please call the event control - you will be given the event control number at registration on the day of the event and it will be printed on the back of your race number.

In the unlikely event that emergency medical attention is required please call the emergency services on 999 in the first instance and then call event control.




HOW DO I CONTACT THE EVENT DIRECTOR ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT?


The event control number will be printed on your race number. Participants will be advised to save this number into their phone at registration.





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