EVENT DAY INFO FOR PARTICIPANTS

Please have a read through the event information below which is applicable to all participants doing ULTRA NORTH 55 and NORTH 27.5.  More information will be available closer to the event.

You can also download this information from here.

This page includes information on:

THE ROUTE

START & FINISH

ULTRA NORTH 55

NORTH 27.5

CHECKPOINTS

ULTRA NORTH 55 : four checkpoints (including the finish) will be in place along the route, approximately every 15km. The locations of the checkpoints will be communicated in the final race briefing

 

NORTH 27.5 : two checkpoints (including the finish) will be in place along the route, approximately every 15km. The locations of the checkpoints will be communicated in the final race briefing

 

A variety of drink and food will be available at each checkpoint and at the finish.   Drinks will include water, fizzy drinks (with some made flat).   Food items will include sandwiches, savoury snacks and sweets.   A range of CLIF bars, blocks and gels will also be available and the starts and the checkpoints.

 

Permanent drinks fountains are located at various points along the route.   All were in good working order at the time of the last route inspection. 

REGISTRATION, BAG DROP & START TIMES

ULTRA NORTH 55

Newcastle Quayside

REGISTRATION: hrs

BAG DROP: hrs

STARTS: hrs

NORTH 27.5

Chopwell Wood

REGISTRATION: hrs

BAG DROP: hrs

STARTS: hrs

REGISTRATION 

All participants must register at the start. Please bring a copy of your entry confirmation email (a copy on your phone is fine) to registration. Your mandatory kit will be checked (see below) before you will be allocated your race number. 

 

BAG DROP 

Bags deposited with the event team will be taken to the finish. Please note whilst we will make every effort to ensure all bags and belongings are stored securely, all participants leave belongings at their own risk. No suitcases please. 

 

START TIMES

Participants will start at

Participants must be at the start 15 minutes before their scheduled start time so that the Race Director’s race briefing can be given.  

MANDATORY KIT

All participants (both ULTRA NORTH 55 & NORTH 27.5) must carry with them the mandatory kit listed below.   Mandatory kit will be inspected at registration and we will not be able to issue your race number if any items are missing.   Note that unfortunately there will not be an opportunity to purchase any kit at the start so please ensure you bring all required kit with you. 

MANDATORY KIT REQUIREMENT

  • Fully charged mobile phone with ULTRA NORTH event control number saved on the phone

  • Debit/Credit card to enable travel on public transport if required

  • Cash/card for any required food/drink purchases on route

  • Foil survival blanket

  • Cup(s) for water (ideally collapsible), or a water bottle(s) including your own initial water supply and fuel/food required.

RECOMMENDED KIT

  • Appropriate clothing for the weather conditions possible for the North East at the time of the event.

  • A power pack for your mobile phone (to enable recharging if needed)

  • Food/drink that you have run with previously

  • Small first aid kit

  • Head torch, if required

  • GPX route file downloaded on device

CUT OFF TIMES*

ULTRA NORTH has strict cut off times that will be enforced.   The cut off times are to ensure that all participants have completed the route by 19.0.

 

  • CUT OFF POINT 1 (ULTRA NORTH 55 only):
    To be advised

 

  • CUT OFF POINT 2 (all participants):
    To be advised
     

 

RULES

The ULTRA NORTH rules are listed here.

SUPPORTERS

Supporters are encouraged throughout the event.  The following points offer a convenient spot to meet your participant, xxx.

 

​Supporters may wish to use bikes to travel around, but please be aware that some parts of the ULTRA NORTH route are not suitable for cycling.

TRAVEL / PARKING

  • START OF ULTRA NORTH 55 : To be advised

    Train & Metro: To be advised

    Bus: To be advised 


    Accommodation:To be advised

 

  • HALFWAY / START OF NORTH 27.5: To be advised

    Train & Metro: To be advised

     

  • Bus: To be advised.

    Accommodation: To be advised 

 

  • FINISH: To be advised

    Train & Metro: To be advised. 

    Bus: To be advised.

    Accommodation: To be advised. 

MEDICS

Medical support is provided at each checkpoint 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 and you can make your way to the next checkpoint please do so. If you (or another participant you are attending to) require medical assistance or are unable to reach the next checkpoint call Event Control - you will be given the Event Control's number at registration on the day of the event.   

 

If emergency medical attention is required then please call the emergency services on 999 in the first instance and then call the Race Director. Please note that the event medical provision is put in place to ensure the welfare of participants and in order to maintain this level of provision we are not able to provide support to those not taking part.   If urgent medical attention is required by supporters they should use public medical services. 

RISKS & DANGERS

  • TERRAIN: Depending on the weather conditions leading up to the event and on the day of ULTRA NORTH, parts of the route may be slippery, so be careful. Sections across parks and through woodland can be particularly muddy, rocky or have tree roots. Steps can also be more slippery than you might imagine. 

 

  • GETTING LOST:   Whist the route will be marked throughout with event-specific markers.

    If you are unsure of the route, we recommend you retrace your steps to when you were last sure of the route, or wait for a following participant who may be able to assist with way finding.  If you get completely lost you can call Event Control and we will help you find you way back to the route.  If doing this, it’s best to find a road junction or at least road name so that the team can quickly locate your current position. 

 

  • HEADPHONES:  It is important that participants are aware of their surroundings at all times. If you wish to wear headphones during the event it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of what’s going on around you. 

 

  • OTHER FOOTPATH USERS:   Please give due consideration to other users to ensure that everyone can enjoy their use of the route.  As always, watch out for dogs off leads, cyclists, and the occasional horse rider. 
     

  • RUN WITH OTHERS: We advise running/walking with others or to try to keep within sight of other participants. This can help with your navigation and safety

    As with any event and location there is a potential for undesirable characters to be present and who may choose to be a nuisance to participants. Participants and strongly advised not to engage in any situations. If you need to report an issue during the event, call Event Control - you will be given the Event Control number at registration on the day of the event.  As always, if a situation requires emergency assistance participants are advised to call the emergency services on 999 in addition to calling the race director. 

 

  • PUBLIC HIGHWAYS:  Some of these are busy at all times of the day. It is extremely important that participants use footpaths and do not run on the roads. When crossing highways always use the designated crossing points where available, noting that sometimes these may be 20-30 metres away from the most direct route. None of the crossings are marshalled. 

RACE BLING

All finishers who complete the event within the cut off times stated will receive a medal and event t-shirt. A trophy will be awarded to the first man and woman in each of ULTRA NORTH 55 and NORTH 27.5, based on the athlete’s chip time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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