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Ultra X England is an event that takes place in the Peak District National Park in September each year. It offers two races: Ultra X 110 England and Ultra X 50 England. The 110 event is a two-stage race taking place on Saturday and Sunday, whilst the 50 event is a single-stage race taking place on the Sunday, following the same route but starting 2 hours later.
Inhabited from the Mesolithic era, the Peak District has a rich history of agriculture, mining and quarrying, and is now famous for its vast natural landscapes, spa towns, caves and network of footpaths and cycling trails. With a huge variety of remote terrain, challenging climbs, and stunning upland scenery on offer, the Peak District is one of the best trail running
locations in the country.
Ultra X England’s races are both UTMB® Index Races, in the 100k and 50k categories respectively. Both races are held under full UK Athletics permit granted through the TRA (permit numbers 5276 and 5278).
What happens when you register
Once you have registered for a race:
You will be sent an email inviting you to a call with a member of our team. This is by no means mandatory but it will allow you to ask us any questions you may have regarding the event, training, food, equipment and anything else at all. We’re a really friendly bunch and love getting to know our runners before we meet you in person.
You will be asked if you would like to be added to the competitor Facebook group. Of course you do not have to but it is a great way to get to know your fellow competitors before you reach the start line.
You will be invited to a number of short video calls where we’ll go through kit/equipment, food and pre-event preparation. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you like.
We have some of the most relaxed cut-offs in the industry. To us, it’s not about what time you get, it’s the adventure you have along the way. On average you will have between 2hrs 30 mins to complete each 10km (in-between checkpoints). Exact race cut-offs can be found in the race information pack.
If you don’t finish
In the event that you cannot finish a stage at one of our events you will be offered entry into the following edition of the race at half price entry.
route and gpx files
Draft GPX files for the race can be downloaded below. Please note that GPX files are subject to change at late notice due to permissions, access, weather, and other varying factors. Final GPX files will be provided to competitors before the race via email.
The Great British Slam award is in recognition of those who complete all three GB Ultra X events within a calendar year.
Ultra X Scotland (110 & 50)
Ultra X Wales (110 & 50)
Ultra X England (110 & 50)
In order to be eligible for the award, entrants must enter and finish each of the individual events within the cut-off times of each race. Awards will be presented at the finish line of the final event of the year, Ultra X England.
Experience the peak district
We understand that competitors may wish to travel to the Peak District with family or friends. Should they wish to enjoy the national park while you race, we highly recommend visiting the following sights. Alternatively, you can visit them together after the event.
If one of your party would like to volunteer at the race while you take part, they can complete the Volunteer Application Form and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Heights of Abraham
Take a cable car ride to the award-winning Heights of Abraham and enjoy the country park, cavern tours, and exhibitions.
National Trust: Lyme Park
A 1,300 acre estate consisting of a mansion house and formal gardens within a deer park, with plenty of great walking routes.
Enjoy some of the best rock climbing in the UK, on famous gritstone faces such as Windgather Rocks and Stanage Edge.
What others say
“As someone who has done ultras all over the UK, Ultra X events are my favourite. The support you receive around the courses and at the aid stations is second to none. If you are new to ultras or an experienced runner you’ll have the best time with some amazing people. Ultra X England really shows the beauty of the Peak District and is a great challenge and the views when you get to the top. Just wow. If you get a chance to do Ultra X England. Do it. It will become your favourite race.”
“Ultra X 125 England was simply one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. The emotional roller coaster was real – excitement, pride, confidence, frustration, anger, tears, joy, hunger, nausea, laughter, fear, hope, despair – it all came in waves.”
“Ultra X England is an amazing weekend, from every perspective. Beautiful trails, inspiring competitors and top notch organisations from the fantastic Ultra X team. So good I’ve run it twice!”
“The Peak District is probably my favourite place to run in the entire world and to get the opportunity to cover 125km in 2 days with an awesome crowd of Ultra X runners and crew was just what we needed, especially in a year that has seen so many races cancelled! Ultra X did an outstanding job of creating a challenging course that took in some of the finest views in England whilst ensuring we all felt really safe from a Covid-19 perspective both on the course and around the campsite. A massive well done to the Ultra X team – I would 100% recommend this to anyone whether you’re a seasoned ultra runner or newbie, the adventure of exploring the beautiful Peak District is well worth it!”