ultra x race across scot­land: the film

Writ­ten By Sam Heward

Sam is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. If he’s not actu­ally out run­ning, chances are he’s busy writ­ing about it (or plot­ting Ultra X strategy, that is…)

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15th April 2020

We formed Ultra X because we genu­inely believe that the adven­ture of a multi-stage race is one of the best exper­i­ences that any­one can have, and, in many ways, a 24-hour relay is a small snip­pet of a multi-day race.

You have to run. Mul­tiple times. You inev­it­ably have highs and lows. There are moments when you ques­tion your very san­ity. But, at the end of the day you cross the fin­ish line and you have these amaz­ing memor­ies, mainly because of the people that you shared the jour­ney with.

Back towards the end of 2019, we thought it would be a fun idea to get a group of the Ultra X fam­ily togeth­er up in Scot­land. The premise of the trip was simple: to do a final run through of the course for the event that we are col­lab­or­at­ing with TRIBE this sum­mer, a non-stop team relay through the night, but also to set down a time tar­get for people to aim for when doing the event. You can read more about it here.

You can either run as a team of four or as a team of eight, hence on 7th March, 12 Ultra X Elite run­ners headed up to Glas­gow.

We took with us three vehicles, two track­ers and a whole lotta Red Bull, because the plan was to lay down some speed records on the John Muir Way.

When plan­ning the week­end, we hadn’t inten­ded for the recce to turn into a race between the two teams (neither Chris nor I (the team cap­tains) like to lose), but even­tu­ally that’s what it became.

We had a hell of a lot of fun cre­at­ing this video, and I really hope that it inspires some of you to start think­ing about your own adven­tures.

It’s only 10 minutes long so sit back and enjoy.

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