The Best Ultra Marathons for Beginners (2024)

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Written By Harry Sampson

Harry is one of the work placement students here at Ultra X. He is a Sport Science, Coaching and Physical Education student at Loughborough and loves all things sport, recently trail running and triathlon. He is slowly enjoying the outdoors and loves being at our events!

23 August 2023

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The Best ultramarathons for beginners (2024): From Rolling moors to urban jungles 

Greetings, fellow thrill-seekers and aspiring ultramarathoners! If the idea of a regular marathon leaves you feeling like you’ve only just begun, then it’s time to fasten your seatbelts for an exhilarating ride. I’ve combed through the UK’s running terrain to unearth the most newbie-friendly events in 2024, including the best ultra marathons for beginners in the uk.

Ultra X 50 Scotland – 50km Trail Race, Scotland

First stop, the untamed heart of Scotland with the “Highland Hike” 50K Trail Trek. Get cozy with the enchanting Scottish moors as you zigzag a trail that snakes through misty glens and undulating hills. With elevation changes that won’t have your calves throwing a tantrum and views that’ll make your selfie stick work overtime, this course is the perfect ultramarathon appetizer. Oh, and keep an eye out for Nessie – she might just make a guest appearance to cheer you on!

Where: Loch Ness
When: May 2024
Distance: 110km or 50km
Difficulty Level: Novice
Entry Price: £90

Ultra X Scotland Loch Ness

Thames Path Challenge – 50km, London, England

For those who crave the beat of the city paired with a dash of natural beauty, the “Thames River Roam” 50K Riverside Run is your golden ticket. Meandering alongside the River Thames, you’ll trot past iconic landmarks and quaint neighbourhoods. The flat terrain is a great introduction to ultra running for beginners welcoming hug for first timers, and the vibrant cityscape is the ideal distraction from your ambitious adventure.

Where: London, England

When: September 2024
Distance: 50km 
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Entry Price: £129

Highland Fling Race

Ultravasan – 45km, Sweden

Where running meets a grand celebration of tenacity and joy. Set against the breath-taking backdrop of Sweden’s Vasaloppet trail, this 45-kilometre marvel treats you to charming forests, rolling hills, and quaint villages. You’ll be swept up in a whirlwind of emotions, from solitary moments in the wilderness to shared camaraderie. And the best part? They’re giving you a generous 11 hours to cross that glorious finish line. Perfect for those dipping their toes into ultramarathon waters.

Where: Mora, Sweden
When: August 2024
Distance: 45km
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Entry Price: £67

Bamburgh Castle Threshold Trail Series

Innsbruck, Apline K42 – 46km, Austria

Looking for a slice of Austrian trail running paradise? Look no further than the Innsbruck Alpine K42. With more descent than ascent, this trail extravaganza promises a different kind of challenge. Over 2,500 runners will transform Innsbruck into a trail runner’s haven, with a variety of distances to choose from. It’s like a celebration of all things trail running, with a side of alpine splendor.

Where: Innsbruck, Austria
When: June 
Distance: 46km
Difficulty Level: Novice
Entry Price: £110

Cape Wrath Ultramarathon West Coast of Scotland

Jltra X 110 Morocco – 110km, Morocco

Why not elevate your ultramarathon game with a multistage adventure? Ultra X 110 Morocco beckons, taking you on a mesmerizing journey through the deserts of Morocco. Soft, runnable ground awaits – no rocky ankle-twisters here! With a route that’s as enchanting as it is demanding, this race is tailor-made for those craving a taste of the extraordinary.

Where: Ourzazate, Morocco
When: November 2024
Distance: 110km or 50km
Elevation Gain: 6,300m
Difficulty Level: Novice
Entry Price: £110

There you have it, brave souls and soon-to-be ultramarathon legends. From the rugged Scottish moors to the bustling streets of London, 2024’s ultramarathon menu is a smorgasbord of challenges waiting to be devoured. So, lace up those shoes, embrace the call of the wild, and remember – it’s not just about crossing the finish line; it’s about the unforgettable journey that gets you there. On your marks, get set, let the adventure begin!

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