2021 Date: Saturday 10th April
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation & restrictions imposed by Forestry England for public events, we are unable to organise the rescheduled Kielder Ultra for Saturday October 17th 2020. Forestry England are currently only authorising event permissions up to a maximum of 30 people for events taking place on Forestry England land. Although we understand that various events are now going ahead in the UK, for the event to go ahead we need full permission of Foresty England.
The health & safety of everyone involved is always our main priority, whether this is participants, event staff, or the local community & members of the public. As there is still a great deal of uncertainty re the Covid virus we cannot guarantee that this would be the case to host a safe and enjoyable event.
All participants have been sent an email. Please check your junk folder if you have not received this.
The 2021 event date is Saturday 10th April. We look forward to seeing you then.
High Terrain Events Team
New for 2020: We have incorporated a brand new 82k distance & there will no longer be a 100k distance. Details of the 82k below.
Collect your 2020 UTMB points with the Kielder Ultra. Details below.
An ultra running event based in the vast expanse of Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland...from lakeshore to heather moorland, beautiful trails & superb scenery.
The Kielder Ultra Trail is set in the vast expanse of Kielder Water & Forest Park. The Park spans 600 square kilometres & is home to the largest forest in England & the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. The area features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks, woodland singletrack and heather clad moorland.
Incorporating a unique blend of some of the more remote areas of the forest & also the main attractions, this will be an ultra trail run like no other.....the perfect way to explore this amazing area.
With two ultra distances, plus a 32k/20mile option to choose from there is something for everyone. These will be fully marked so no navigation experience necessary.
Date: Saturday 17th October, 2020 Distances: 82km, 50km & 32km route options
Start Times (TBC): 82km - 0730 50k - 0930 32k - 1000
Venue: Kielder Castle Visitor Centre, Kielder Water & Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland, NE48 1ER.
Entry Fees: Special Early Bird Price until 1st December 2019:
82 Km: £55 - £60 after 1st December 2019 50 Km: £45 - £50 32Km: £40 - £45
Please Note: This year there is an option to purchase an event tech t-shirt for an additional £6
Entries: Minimum entry age 18 years old. Event Terms and Conditions can be viewed HERE.
Registration: This will be based from Kielder Castle. Numbers will be issued at registration.
82km Registration will be on Friday 16th October between 1630-1830 & Saturday 17th between 0600-0700.
50km & 32km Registration is either Friday (1630-1830) or Saturday 0730-0930
What's Included in Your Entry:
Professionally run event, safety team cover during the race, qualified medical support
Unique finishers medal, tech t-shirt, customised race number
Online Registration, Electronic Chip Timing
Fully marked routes, downloadable route maps, gpx downloads
High Terrain Events Eco Cup
Well Stocked hydration & feed stations on the course
Hot Food, Drinks & Refreshments at finish (This includes a choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, Homemade Veggie Chilli or Hearty Broth, & a delicious Homemade Tray Bake)
UTMB Points: Details for 2020 UTMB available soon.
Descending Black Belling Fell towards Kielder Dam
"What an amazing event and definitely worth flying over from Australia. A big thankyou to the organisers Who I met and the rest of the team including the wonderful volunteers who welcomed us with big smiles and words of encouragement. Will definitely be recommending this event to friends in OZ ??"Mark Backhouse
" A massive thank you to each organiser, marshall, photographer and runner. You all helped this girl complete her first ultra. So much support, so friendly, fantastic location. You all helped create an amazing experience. Thank you and well done " Jen Runner Bean
"Superb event again! Marshals and organisers the loveliest in the business! Even stopped and showed me an Osprey at the start of the 100km! Really love this event, definitely coming back! Thank you!" Jodie Smith
"What a friendly supportive atmosphere. I have never been to an event before where every single runner supports each other, even the guys and girls who won the 100k took the time to encourage and support me on my way around. They are amazing. The marshals, event staff and photographer were all amazing too, friendly and encouraging, and helped me complete my first ultra (as a non-trail runner). Thank you all" Lynsey Mackintosh
"Once again High Terrain put on a superb event in stunning scenery. The 100k felt like 2 different laps after the rain set in. A huge thank you to the staff/marshalls for your support and look forward to seeing you all at Ennerdale later this year" Dean Sartin
"Fantastic race, loved every minute. Tough first ultra but the view were worth it" Jenny Yeo
READ WHAT OTHER PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS FANTASTIC ULTRA HERE
Entry Requirements (All Distances): We've experienced some fantastic conditions at Kielder at the previous events, ranging from a covering of snow to warm sunshine (both in one day!). The course ascends to 320m on open moorland & the weather can change quickly. To ensure you're prepared for the conditions that can be encountered at this time of year, all participants must dress appropriately for the conditions with suitable clothing & footwear. Click HERE for mandatory kit.
Terrain: There are no real technical aspects to the course, this will be a truly fantastic ultra offering great variety in terms of scenery & terrain. The courses are approx. 99% off road (the longest road section is across Kielder Dam). Featuring a fantastic combination of woodland singletrack, forest trails, open moorland, sections of the Lakeside Way multi-user trail & the blue graded mtb route. There are also sections on forestry roads (some of which have a loose stone surface).
They are undulating/hilly circuits encompassing Kielder Water. The climbs & descents are generally long & gradual & not steep or technical. Suitable trail shoes are strongly recommended/essential.
Route Highlights: This is a superb route whether you are looking to complete your first ultra or an experienced runner. Starting and finishing at Kielder Castle, the 50k loop encircles the whole of Kielder Water. The route features sections along the tranquil Lewisburn Valley, Kielder Viaduct, Bakethin Reservoir nature reserve, Bellingburn Valley & sections of the Lakeside Way multi-user trail & the blue graded bike trail The route also climbs onto open moorland to offer stunning panoramic views over the whole of Kielder Water and across to the Scottish Border.
Courses: The routes will be fully marked so no need for navigation. All courses are accurately measured & are the exact distance.
GPS Measurement: We try to ensure that we measure the courses as accurately as possible using a number of different recording devices & various recording settings. Please note that the actual distance and elevation gain can vary between +/- 5 % depending on the measurement method, i.e. make & model of watch/GPS unit, unit settings, tree cover, etc.
For checkpoint information & time limits
Brand New for 2020...Kielder 82k: We've replaced the two lap 100k course with this spectacular 82k distance.
The 82k route is basically the 50k & 32k courses combined, encompassing all the fantastic highlights from both routes.
Initially covering the full 50k circuit (as described below) & returning to Kielder Castle. The course then follows the 32k route back out to Kielder Dam, returning along the scenic Kielder Water northern shoreline to Bakethin Reservoir.
82k Ascent/Descent: 1713m/1719m
The 82k GPX File will be available soon .
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82k Time limit: 14hrs. There will also be intermediate cut off times at various locations.
Kielder 50k Ultra Course
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50k Course Overview: Starting from Kielder Castle the initial section follows Viaduct Wood alongside the North Tyne river, before climbing steadily up to Castle Hill. Passing Devil's Lapful, an open section offers some fine views across the valley. This is followed by some awesome twisting singletrack on the blue graded mtb trail.
Soon after, the remote Wainhope Bothy (once an old farmstead) is reached. A longer section on forestry roads follows, before the steady climb up to Black Belling fell (323m). The views across Kielder Water are stunning from this point. An exhillarating descent leads to Kielder Dam & the welcome refreshment point at CP1.
Cross Kielder Dam (which is the longest section of tarmac on the whole course!) to join the Lakeside Way multi user trail. Pass Tower Knowe visitor centre, descend to Cranecleugh Burn & follow the trail around the beautiful Bull Crag peninsula as it weaves its way around the inlets & bays. At Freya's Cabin the route leaves the Lakeside Way, crossing the C200 road to CP2 at Kateshaw Hill, before the steady climb up to the high point of the course at Scald Hill (367m).
Follow the Lakeside Way to cross the historic Kielder Viaduct. Then enjoy the views across the stunning Bakethin Reservoir, a designated nature reserve. At Bakethin Weir there is a chance to fill up your water bottle at the hydration station before the final climb past Deadman's Cairn & Castle Hill. The final descent takes you through the forest onto the Duchess Trail running alongside Kielder Burn before returning to Kielder Castle.
For the 50k runners this is the finish location. For the 82k it's a chance to refuel at CP3, enjoy the support & head out onto the remaining 32k circuit.
50k Ascent/Descent: 894m/895m
50k GPX File available HERE.
Please email if you are unable to download the GPX file.
50k Time limit: 9hrs There will also be intermediate cut off times at various locations.
Kielder 20 Mile/32k Trail Race: Although not an ultra distance, this is ideal if you're looking for a long distance challenge or maybe thinking of stepping up to an ultra in the future.
Incorporating everything the ultra includes...fantastic course, great support, well stocked feed station, tech t-shirt...just a few less miles...
The 20 mile route is a shortened version of the ultra. Starting from Kielder Castle, the course initially follows the same route featuring the superb sections of Castle Hill, Wainhope Bothy & Black Belling Fell...& of course the great descent to a well earned feed station at Kielder Dam.
This is where the route deviates from the ultra, returning along the Lakeside Way following the northern shoreline of Kielder Water. The ultra route is re-joined at Bakethin reservoir, a final steady climb back up into the forest is soon followed by a superb descent back to the finish at Kielder Castle.
Time Limit: 8hrs for the full route. There will also be intermediate cut off times at Kielder Dam CP.
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20 mile/32k Ascent/Descent: 640m/642m
Please note: Sections of the routes are on the blue MTB trail which the Forestry Commission have given permission to use for the duration of the race. However we do not advise you to run this at other times when mountain bikes will be using the trail.
Hydration/Feed Stations: These will be located at each of the control point locations. Feed stations will be well stocked with our delicious homemade flapjack (vegan), chocolate brownies (gluten free), jellies, bananas, peanuts, mixed fruit & nuts, savoury rolls, crisps, squash, coke, water & hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate). To help minimize waste you will need to either bring your own water bottle, bladder, etc.
We generally use plant based compostable hot & cold cups at our events rather than plastic based ones. We're also trying to reduce the amount of single use disposable cups.
We will be providing all participants at the Kielder Ultra with one of these reusable Eco Soft Cups as part of their race entry.
They're lightweight at just 10 grams, easy to hold, fold up & collapsible. So no excuse to be needing a cup handed to you whether it's at a hydration station or the finish area...
Drop Bags (82k & 50k): If you'd like some of your favourite nutrition or a bit of extra kit available on the course without having to carry it for the full duration, drop bags will be available for runners. These will be transported to to the feed stations at CP1 Kielder Dam Car Park (82k Runners) & CP2 (80k/50k Runners) & of course at Kielder Castle CP for the 82k run
This is a great event to bring along family & friends to offer encouragement & support & would provide a good day out in itself to see this amazing area. CP 1 at Kielder Dam is easily reached by vehicle or for the more adventurous by following the Lakeside Way cycle route. There are also numerous points along the whole course which are easily accesible from one of the many public parking areas. Additionally, with the 80k route returning back through the finish area at the 50k point, there's plenty of opportunity at this location. Click HERE for a downloadable Kielder Trails Guide.
The isolated Wainhope Bothy
Facilities & Accommodation: On site cafe, toilets, camping (wigwams, camping and camper van parking).
Kielder Village Camping & Caravan Site will be offering participants special 15% discounted rates for camping/motorhome/caravan accommodation making it an ideal venue for a full weekend. Further details & booking HERE. Just add your booking code: HighTerrainApril
UTMB Qualifying Event: Details for 2020 UTMB:
If you're looking to collect points for the UTMB then:
83k: UTMB endurance points: 3 Mountain: 2 To view details
50k: UTMB Endurance Points: 2 Mountain: 2 To view details