Pilgrims' Ultra | FAQ
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Is The Route Fully Marked?

The routes follow the St Oswald’s Way which is waymarked for the majority of the trail. Navigation is made all the more easier as you are following the coastal route all the way to the finish at Craster for the 50k, then on to Amble, before heading inland. There are some short sections where the trail markers do not appear, so some degree of self-navigation is required. You will be provided with a high quality waterproof map of the course when you arrive at Registration. You will also be issued with a GPS tracker that allows for live tacking of your position. We recommend that you study the route and carry a course map with you at all times. We also highly recommend that you download the course GPX file if you are using an electronic navigation device.

Are there any Mandatory kit requirements for the run?

Yes. Please refer to the Kit Section of the website.

Are there any transport arrangements to get the the race start?

Transport will be provided from your race finish to the race start on the morning of the event. There will be a charge for this service for those who wish to use it, but this will be kept to the minimum amount possible. Our wish is to ensure competitors race experience is as easy and hassle free as possible.

How Difficult is the Route?

After crossing off Holy Island the route climbs as it heads towards Belford after which you descend to the coast then it’s flat all the way along the coastal route, providing the opportunity for some relatively fast trail running. The course follows footpaths and trails, with the usual hazards that this provides, such as stiles and uneven ground. For the 100km & 100 mile races, the course heads inland so expect an undulating course as it heads towards Rothbury. Once departing Rothbury (100mile) the course climbs around 1,000ft as it heads over Simonside Craggs.

What should I wear?

Please wear clothing that you are comfortable running in but also suitable for the weather conditions and also the significant climatic changes which can take place over the duration of the event. Regarding footwear, it would be sensible to wear off road trainers/trail shoes given almost all of the routes are on this terrain.

What Does my entry fee provide?

Amongst other things the entry fee provides you with a GPS Tracker for live tracking of your position, race timing, fully stocked Aid Stations, full race support provided by the event crew including assistance as necessary, such as race drop-out support, medical cover and additional route marking. Finishers will also receive medal and t-shirt.

What is the Latest I can Sign Up?

We will close entry to the Races 14 days prior to the race or when the maximum number of entrants is reached.

Can I Enter on the Day of the Race?

Unfortunately no entries will be accepted after online entries close.

Are there age limits for participants?

Under UKA rules you must be 20 or over to compete in Ultra Distance events. 

Is there a qualification standard for entry to any of the races in the series?

No, but we strongly recommend that you are comfortable with long distance running (preferably marathon distance) and also have experience of off-road/trail running. Please also be aware that for the 100km & 100 mile races a proportion of these may/will be run in the dark and as such we would recommend that you are comfortable running and navigating in the dark and also running with a head torch.

If I need to withdraw before the day of the race itself, is there a refund policy?

After you have registered online for the event, there is a 7 day cooling off period, during which you can obtain a full refund. After 7 days no refunds or deferrals are permitted.

What happens if the event is cancelled or abandoned?

We may need to modify the route or even cancel the event, if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, such as, but not limited, to a force majeure (event that is a result of nature e.g. severe flooding). Should this arise and it is deemed to negatively impact upon the safety of the event we will communicate this to you as soon as practicable via the e-mail address you have provided. A decision to cancel the event may in extreme circumstances be taken on the day or during the course of the event. The safety of competitors, spectators and race officials and volunteers is our overriding priority.

Should the event be cancelled we will do everything possible to reschedule the event to a future date. All entries will be carried forward to this new date. Should the event be cancelled due to these circumstances and due to the fixed costs associated with the event we will not be able to provide refunds on this basis.

In the event of abandonment, postponement or cancellation of the event we will have no responsibility for any associated costs of competitors including travel and accommodation costs.

How do I contact the Event director on the Day of the Event?

Contact details for the Event Director will be provided to all competitors at registration.

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