A top new North of England running event is looming on the horizon with Ultra North, an all-terrain ultra-marathon, coming to Newcastle.
The ultra will showcase the industrial heritage and urban reinvention of Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland and is set to take place on Saturday 25 April 2020.
Ultra North is accessible to runners and walkers of all abilities whether seasoned ultra-runners, walkers seeking a challenge, or first timers looking to push themselves even further. There are two distances to choose from – the feature 55km challenge and an exciting 27.5km route.
Starting and finishing in Newcastle, Ultra North explores the industrial history of the area, offering a unique opportunity to enjoy the blend of urban, parkland, disused railway lines and woodland trails that the North East has to offer.
Ultra North 55km participants will start their tour on Newcastle Quayside. The area that was once an industrial commercial dockside has undergone innovative redevelopment and now boasts cultural, music and leisure venues, all under the iconic Tyne Bridge.
Ultra North 27.5km participants will join the route in Chopwell Wood. 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. Participants can take up the option of transport from Newcastle City Centre to Chopwell Wood.
A finish-line close to the city centre awaits runners with plenty of options to celebrate with a drink or bite to eat with friends and family.
Andy Graffin, director of product development at the Great Run Company who are staging the event, said: “We’re excited to be trying something new in the growing area of ultra-running. Many of Newcastle’s landmarks are world famous of course, but we also wanted the opportunity to showcase the hidden gems that the region has to offer.
"Providing participants with a suitable challenge and perhaps some surprises along the way, they will pass numerous landmarks and enjoy some lesser known points of interest on their active journey.
“Being in Newcastle, the event is accessible for participants and also for friends, family and supporters who can plan a route that will allow them to see their runner at numerous points along the course.”
For more information or to secure one of a limited number of entries into this year’s inaugural event visit the Ultra North website.