Following the success of last year's inaugural event, excitement is mounting for the upcoming Round Ripon Ultra. Taking place on Saturday, October 1, the race looks set to establish itself as one of the few northern ultras east of the Pennines with a testing 35-mile run.
Starting and finishing at the hamlet of Studley Roger close to Ripon, the ultra follows the northern section of the Ripon Rowel via North Stanley, and takes in some stunning scenery throughout, including a world heritage site. With spectacular views from the top of the moors at Ilton, competitors will descend back into the start point at Studyley Rodger.
Race co-organiser Guy Tavers added an extra incentive for all those competing in this year's event, revealing to northernrunningguide.com, "Round Ripon is being supported by Up & Running this year so we will have over £250 of prizes on offer including multiple spot prizes."
New to the 2011 Ultra is the Round Ripon Relay, which allows entrants the chance to compete in teams of up to five members. With the course split into five sections, each runner is required to complete a leg in the 35-mile route.
Last year's winner, David Jelley, has confirmed that he will be available at the start to pass on last minute tips for all runners. Due to the necessity in recovering from a series of races, however, David will not be defending his title this year, leaving an opportunity open for a new Round Ripon Ultra champion.
The race is due to start at 9am, with registration starting from 7.30 at Studley Roger Village Hall. For more information, visit the Go Beyond Round Ripon website.