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STARTING & FINISHING IN THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE RUN, JOG OR WALK AN ALL-TERRAIN ROUTE CELEBRATING THE NORTH EAST, FROM ITS INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE TO TODAY'S RENEWAL AND REINVENTION
ULTRA NORTH explores the industrial history of the North East, offering a unique opportunity to explore the blend of urban, railway and woodland trails that the North East has to offer.
Starting and finishing in Newcastle city centre, ULTRA NORTH 55km and 27km participants will start their tour of the region just a short distance from Newcastle Central Station on Scotswood Road. The area that was once an industrial heartland dominated by the Vickers Armstrong military engineering group, after heavy redevelopment now boasts modern housing and sport venues, one such venue is where the events start, the Eagles Community Arena.
Exiting the Eagles Community Arena participants will travel west, first via Scotswood Road, then via the Hadrians Way, you'll pass the Lemington Glass Cone, a brick tower which is all that remains of the premises of the glass works that operated here for two hundred years. Following the River Tyne along the 6 mile Keelman's Way route through to Wylam, you'll pass the National Trust site and home of railway pioneer George Stephenson before joining with its beautiful views of the River Tyne.
At his point the 27.5km participants will use the south side of the River Tyne to make their way back towards Newcastle and the finish line at the Eagles Community Centre.
Participants in the 55km will head south steadily climbing up to the event high point in Chopwell Woods. A site covering almost 900 acres of the Derwent Valley, making it the largest woodland in Tyne and Wear with a rich history of mining and timber production.
Exiting Chopwell Woods participants are now in the Derwent Valley and will use the Derwent Walk to head east. Along the way, crossing the 150m long Nine Arches Viaduct, once part of the Derwent Valley Railway, that at its peak carried over half a million passengers with a regular goods traffic of coal iron and timber.
As you pass through Derwenthaugh Park, look to the skies and see if you can spot a Northern Kite.
Returning to Newcastle city centre on a scenic route that uses the south side of the River Tyne passing beneath 5 of the bridges spanning the Tyne Valley before using the Millennium Bridge to switch to the north side of the Tyne and a short run west to the finish line at the Eagles Community Centre.
A finish line close to the city centre awaits you. This region was built on strength, grit and determination, with iron and timber in its bones. Discover what you are made of in 2020 and sign up to an ultra challenge today.