Ultra Trail South West

This June, runners from around the world will be gathering in Cornwall to take part in the Ultra Trail South West – billed as the UK’s toughest footrace.

The competitors will be running either a 60 or 100 mile course along the South West Coast Path from either Porthleven or Pendeen Watch to Watergate Bay.  It is estimated that the fastest runners will complete the 100 mile course (with it’s over 21,000 feet of ascent) in less than 24 hours, with the 60 mile course (with only 14,000 feet of ascent) being finished in about 12 hours. Alongside this teams of 4 or 5 will be running the 100 mile course in relay.

The runners will also be raising money towards Coast Path improvement projects, such as the new Coastguard inspired grid reference signs.

The South West Coast Path was chosen as the venue for this race because of its remarkable scenery, proximity to the ocean and its breath taking terrain, that provides an unrivalled experience to the adventurous long distance trail runner. It is planned to make this an annual event, each year moving the course to a different section of the Coast Path.

The event is being run by locally based Endurancelife who have been organising successful endurance events, such as the Coastal Trail Series for many years. To find out more visit their website.

Given the increasing popularity of running along the Coast Path, we’ve plans to provide more information on our website for runners.  The things we had in mind are good running routes, events and advice. If you’ve any suggestions of what we should include or are willing to share your favourite Coast path run, please get in touch.