faq

fre­quently asked ques­tions

What is an Ultra X event?

There are two formats of Ultra X event: 250 km races held over 5 days and 125 km races held over 2 days.

Each day involves a single stage between camp­sites and can range from 30 to 80 km in length. There are check­points roughly every 10 km, where water and med­ic­al sup­port is provided.

Com­pet­it­ors must be fully self-suf­fi­cient but not self-sup­por­ted. Race organ­isers will trans­port a bag between camp­sites so that com­pet­it­ors only need carry what they require whilst run­ning each day.

Is Ultra X for me?

Any­one with a basic level of fit­ness and the right atti­tude has the poten­tial to become an Ultra X fin­ish­er.

There are a huge range of abil­it­ies of Ultra X com­pet­it­ors. Some of the best ath­letes in the world com­pete in the series but equally we wel­come those that just wish to trek and enjoy the adven­ture. No mat­ter your speed or aim, you will be wel­comed.

For those who are look­ing to test them­selves against the finest in the sport, Ultra X offers the chance to com­pete against a range of pro­fes­sion­al and semi-pro­fes­sion­al ath­letes look­ing to gain points and qual­i­fy for the World Cham­pi­on­ships.

For those who simply want to push them­selves, the races provide a demand­ing test of the human body and spir­it like no oth­er. To enter, you will need to be phys­ic­ally and men­tally strong. Com­pet­it­ors will be doing the equi­val­ent of almost six reg­u­lar mara­thons in five days, whilst car­ry­ing a small race pack.

That being said, the races are achiev­able to every­one. Our cut-off times are gen­er­ous to allow for par­ti­cipants to walk up to 80% of the dis­tance and still com­plete. This is as much an adven­ture as it is a race.

How much train­ing is required?

We recom­mend a min­im­um of 3 months pri­or to race com­mence­ment. How­ever, this depends entirely on your base level of fit­ness. For some this will be less, and for oth­ers it will be a year, or even an 18 month, pro­ject.

With the right plan, these events are achiev­able for any­one. If you can do a mara­thon, you are more than cap­able of fin­ish­ing an Ultra X. At the end of the day, 90% of it will come down to men­tal strength.

More than half of our com­pet­it­ors have not com­pleted a mara­thon pri­or to regis­tra­tion and when we sur­vey our fin­ish­ers we typ­ic­ally find that the aver­age biggest train­ing week is between 52 and 60 miles.

Ultra X com­pet­it­ors can down­load spe­cif­ic train­ing plans for their event (see the Ultra Xone) as well as access a com­munity of like-minded and exper­i­enced indi­vidu­als that share advice and sup­port each oth­er.

Can you help us with kit, train­ing and nutri­tion advice?

Whilst we can’t tell you exactly what to eat, what to wear and how to train (as that is all part of the jour­ney!), we can offer advice and provide plenty of ways to find this inform­a­tion. Please see the Ultra Xone for more inform­a­tion.

When you enter a race you will also gain access to the Ultra X com­munity to chat with the run­ners who’ll be join­ing you out on the trails and with vet­er­ans who’ve com­pleted the race in the past. 

What is provided in the entry fee?

Please see indi­vidu­al race pages for a full list. The fee as a min­im­um includes race entry, accom­mod­a­tion, water, basic insur­ance, med­ic­al sup­port, ground assist­ance, digit­al pho­to­graphs, finisher’s medal, and an awards cere­mony.

What are the pay­ment options for race entry?

Ultra X allow com­pet­it­ors to pay the full regis­tra­tion fee in one pay­ment or choose to pay in monthly install­ments up until 2 months before the event date.

There is a depos­it due imme­di­ately of £300 for 250km events and £100 for 125km events. This depos­it is non-refund­able (unless event is can­celled or post­poned — see Cov­id Policy here) but is fully trans­fer­able provided suf­fi­cient notice is giv­en. 

Full Terms and Con­di­tions are avail­able here.

Why is Ultra X cheap­er than oth­er multistage races? Is it the same qual­ity?

The Ultra X vis­ion is to make multi-day racing access­ible and as such it is import­ant that the price enables as many people as pos­sible to take part.

Our mod­el is designed around scale gen­er­ated from hav­ing a glob­al series and long-term rela­tion­ships with part­ners to min­im­ise costs. That way, we are able to make the price as attract­ive as pos­sible to the cus­tom­er without com­prom­ising on qual­ity and safety.

Do I have to get a med­ic­al to take part in a race?

Yes. All par­ti­cipants, regard­less of abil­ity and exper­i­ence, are required to sub­mit a signed med­ic­al cer­ti­fic­ate. This is not only an insur­ance require­ment, we also want to ensure that par­ti­cipants are fit and healthy and can get the most out of what should be a (pos­it­ively!) life-chan­ging exper­i­ence.

Why do some races cost more than oth­ers?

Our aim is to keep the cost as low as pos­sible for each com­pet­it­or. That said, some events cost more to host than oth­ers. For this reas­on, there may be a slight vari­ation in the cost of each race.

Is my depos­it refund­able?

The depos­it that you pay upon regis­tra­tion is non-refund­able. How­ever, if you are unable to attend a race for any reas­on and you have already paid the depos­it, you can carry it for­ward to anoth­er Ultra X race (sub­ject to a £50 admin­is­tra­tion charge), provid­ing the trans­fer is made at least two months before the race start date.

Sim­il­arly, race entry fees for Ultra X 125 events are non-refund­able. How­ever, provided notice is giv­en to the race organ­isers with­in two months of the race start date, the bal­ance is also fully trans­fer­able to anoth­er Ultra X event.

Can I get lost?

It is vir­tu­ally impossible for you to get lost. There are flags, or oth­er bright mark­ers, every 40 metres and there are check­points every 10 km. You will also be giv­en a GPS track­er or sim­il­ar device upon race regis­tra­tion so we will be able to keep tabs on where you are.

Where can I find the kit list?

Kit lists can be found on the race pages and will also be sent to com­pet­it­ors upon regis­tra­tion. Each info pack dif­fers slightly per race and con­tains both man­dat­ory and recom­men­ded items.

Do I need inoculations/vaccinations for my loc­a­tion?

Depend­ing on the race loc­a­tion you may or may not need vac­cin­a­tions. Please check the down­load­able info pack avail­able on each race page for fur­ther inform­a­tion.

Can my family/friends come out to the fin­ish line?

Yes, Ultra X provide a fam­ily and friends pack­age to all races. If you wish to enquire about this please con­tact us and we will respond with­in 24 hours.

Are Ultra X races safe?

Some of our races take place in hos­tile envir­on­ments in remote areas of the world and there are risks inher­ent in that kind of adven­ture. How­ever, we take pride in work­ing hard to man­age those risks and keep our run­ners from harm. Safety and enjoy­ment are at the heart of our entire race series, with your safety tak­ing pri­or­ity at all times. An exper­i­enced exped­i­tion Safety Officer is present dur­ing all races.

What are the World Cham­pi­on­ships?

Upon regis­tra­tion, com­pet­it­ors to Ultra X races will receive a unique race num­ber which will be theirs for life.

Points will be alloc­ated based on per­form­ance and attend­ance at events, with the highest scor­ing com­pet­it­ors get­ting the oppor­tun­ity to com­pete at the World Cham­pi­on­ships to be held bien­ni­ally from 2021.

Does each stage have a cut-off point?

In order to pro­tect the safety of com­pet­it­ors and crew, it is some­times neces­sary to intro­duce cut-off points to avoid par­ti­cipants com­pet­ing in dan­ger­ous con­di­tions.

That being said, it is our goal to have every­one fin­ish each race. Where cut-offs are imple­men­ted, they allow a gen­er­ous time­frame in which to com­plete the dis­tance and in some situ­ations an early start may be provided for those com­pet­ing at a speed which would jeop­ard­ise the chances of the com­pet­it­or return­ing safely.

Cut-offs will be com­mu­nic­ated to ath­letes the even­ing before each stage.

How do I con­tact the Ultra X team?

That’s easy! We keep an eye on our inboxes at all times and guar­an­tee to respond to quer­ies with­in 24 hours. Please see the get in touch page.

What do I need to carry dur­ing the race?

All our races are semi self-sup­por­ted. This means that com­pet­it­ors must bring all their own food for the week. How­ever, we will trans­port a main bag with food, clothes, sleep­ing bag etc between camp­sites. All you will need to carry dur­ing each stage will be snacks for the run, water, and your man­dat­ory kit.

Can I decide which stages I want to do?

No. All of the stages must be com­pleted (by the daily cut-off times where applic­able) and in order. Any­one not fin­ish­ing a stage will be dis­qual­i­fied and will no longer be allowed to par­ti­cip­ate.

Where will I be sleep­ing?

Accom­mod­a­tion will vary between stages and race loc­a­tions. Full details are included in race inform­a­tion packs. How­ever, you will def­in­itely need a sleep­ing bag!

What hap­pens if I can­not con­tin­ue?

If a par­ti­cipant is inca­pa­cit­ated for any reas­on (exhaus­tion, injury, or oth­er), they will be required to drop from the event and noti­fy a mem­ber of the crew. They will then be trans­por­ted off the course by event staff or if, in the opin­ion of the Med­ic­al Dir­ect­or and Event Dir­ect­ors they are phys­ic­ally able, they may con­tin­ue to volun­teer for the remainder of the event. Giv­en the lim­ited trans­port­a­tion avail­able for mov­ing staff and volun­teers around the course, only a few com­pet­it­ors will be able to take up this option, at the dis­cre­tion of the race organ­isers.

What can I expect at each check­point?

Check­points are provided mainly to dis­trib­ute water and to con­firm the pro­gress and phys­ic­al con­di­tion of the par­ti­cipants. From time to time dir­ect­ors may provide a mor­ale boost­ing sur­prise for com­pet­it­ors…

Will the organ­isers be tak­ing any offi­cial pho­to­graphs?

Yes. Pro­fes­sion­al pho­to­graph­ers and video­graph­ers will be part of the race sup­port team and they will be tak­ing plenty of shots through­out the stages and at the camps. Thou­sands of pho­tos will be taken of indi­vidu­als, groups, action and land­scapes so you can rely on these exclus­ively and not have to worry about bring­ing a cam­era. These pho­tos will be made avail­able for all par­ti­cipants shortly after each event.

I would like to be involved in the event, but am not sure about run­ning it this year, can I come?

Yes, the major­ity of the crew are volun­teers who come back again and again. This means you are able to exper­i­ence the amaz­ing atmo­sphere of the event, the land­scape, and the loc­al cul­ture without hav­ing to pay the entry fee. Please see our volun­teer page for more inform­a­tion and regis­tra­tion info.

When is the race entry pay­able?

A £300 depos­it is pay­able upon regis­tra­tion. This is non-refund­able. How­ever, if you are unable to attend a race for any reas­on and you have already paid the depos­it, you can carry it for­ward to anoth­er race (provided two months notice is giv­en) as men­tioned above.

The remain­ing bal­ance will be reques­ted four months before the race start and must be paid in full two months pri­or to the race. If the bal­ance is not settled the run­ner will not be able to com­pete.

Ultra X 125 race fees are fully non-refund­able. How­ever, provided com­pet­it­ors inform organ­isers at least two months pri­or to the race, the bal­ance can be car­ried across to anoth­er Ultra X event of their choice.

Ultra X Sri Lanka 2021 offers the option for com­pet­it­ors to pay their bal­ance in monthly install­ments. All oth­er events must be paid in 2 sep­ar­ate trans­fers.

Do Ultra X offer race dis­counts?

Ultra X offers a 20% dis­count for all mem­bers of the Armed Forces (cur­rently serving and vet­er­ans). Those eli­gible can register for any event select­ing this option upon check­out and will be asked to upload their ID after regis­tra­tion to val­id­ate their dis­count.

Do I need insur­ance?

All par­ti­cipants must have val­id travel insur­ance that cov­ers them for the activ­ity they are doing (i.e. ultra mara­thon trail run­ning in extreme envir­on­ments). We recom­mend Dogtag but there are many options, such as ITRA and the Brit­ish Moun­tain­eer­ing Coun­cil. Proof of insur­ance and your med­ic­al cer­ti­fic­ate must be attached to an email and sent to forms@ultra-x.co at least one month before your race com­mences.

Can I com­pete as part of a team?

YES! We encour­age teams and offer pref­er­en­tial rates for any­one who signs up as part of a team (see indi­vidu­al race pages for details). You can read about how com­pet­ing as a team works in our terms and con­di­tions.