A MULTI-TERRAIN ULTRA SET AROUND THE HEART OF THE STUNNING TWEED VALLEY
Two Distances: 50k & 65k
2022 Date: Sunday 20th November
Entries Now Open
The event is part of a fantastic weekend of trail races with the Glentress 21k & 10k Trail Races scheduled for the Saturday.
The Tweed Valley Forest Park is described as the main visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders. The park is made up of a number of forests each with their own unique character "strung like pearls along the silver thread of the River Tweed". The area has a rich heritage of ancient forts, settlements and towers to explore.
We've designed this ultra as a journey through this unique landscape taking in spectacular panoramic views, extensive forests, across ancient drove roads & rolling hills and along beautiful riverside trails of the world renowned river Tweed.
Check out our course videos highlighting these fantastic routes...
Tweed Valley Ultra Recce
Tweed Valley Ultra
Date: Sunday 20th November, 2022 Distances: 65km & 50km route options
Venue: Glentress Peel Visitor Centre, nr Peebles, EH45 8NB. Nestled in the heart of the Tweed Valley, within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and the North of England, this is an ideal location & the same venue as our popular trail races.
Start Times: 65km - 0730 50k – 0800 Entry Fee: Early Bird Entry: £55 + online entry fee
From August 22nd £60 + online entry fee
Registration: This is to be based from Glentress Peel café at the Glentress visitor centre. Registration will be available both Saturday 20th between 1500-1700 & Sunday 21st between 0630-0730. Numbers will be issued at registration.
What's Included in Your Entry:
All event organisation
Safety team cover during the race including qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints
Qualified medical support
A stunning event venue
Online Registration & electronic chip timing
Unique finishers medal, customised race number
Route gpx downloads
Fully Marked Routes
Well Stocked hydration & feed stations on the course (TBC)
Drinks at finish
Free event parking, toilets.
Event Terms & Conditions
For refunds, deferrals and cancellation policies please consult our T&Cs page
“Thanks again for a fabulous race today, I’m sure all the other runners would agree it was so well organised and your team are very obviously outdoors enthusiasts and made for a very friendly event” Tim Warner
“I really enjoyed the race. Your team were always friendly, the route was exceptionally well marked and all in all i thought it was a brilliant event” Jim Mann
"Just want to thank you for putting on a great event, I did the marathon in February so was looking forward to be back to the area. Was a great day and a superbly organised event., all the marshals were great, checkpoints great, the route directions were spot on. Couldnt fault it. So thanks to you all" Ian spriggs
Terrain: The rolling hills and woodland of the Tweed Valley offer unlimited scope for those looking for varied terrain. The course follows an extensive network of secluded paths and tracks through the various forests, multi-use trails along the banks of the beautiful river Tweed, winding tracks over hills & short sections on minor roads linking in the various areas.
There are no real technical aspects to the course & with spectacular views over the Tweed Valley unfolding throughout, this will be a truly fantastic ultra for offering great variety in terms of scenery & terrain. See below for entry requirements.
Navigation & Waymarking: The routes will be fully marked so no navigation experience is necessary. Navigational devices (GPS units, watches, smartphone, etc.) are permitted & a route GPX file is available to download below. If you are unfamiliar with the area it is recommended that you use such a device to as backup.
Section on the Tweed Valley Multi User Trail. The path surface is mostly bitmac (tarmac/asphalt).
Please note CP2 will now be located outside Traquair vilage hall (details below)
Nature of Terrain km %
Trail: 44 68 Road: 10 15 Multi-User Trail: 11 17
The path surface is mostly bitmac (tarmac/asphalt)
Nature of Terrain km %
Trail: 33 65 Road: 5 13 Multi-User Trail: 11 22
The path surface is mostly bitmac (tarmac/asphalt)
It is important that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year.
Please note this is mandatory for participants.
Check Point Information
Time limits: 11hrs & 9hrs for the 65k & 50k respectively. There will also be intermediate cut off times at various locations. For checkpoint information & time limits
One of the advantages of this event is that you are able to drop to the 50k during the event (where the routes split) if you didn’t want to tackle the full 65k on the day.
Entry Requirements: No previous experience of ultra running is essential. However, the course ascends to 520m on open moorland so it is essential that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year. Ensure you have the required kit.
Course Description: Both routes will start & finish at the Peel Centre Trailhead. The initial section climbs steadily through Glentress forest on the Buzzard’s & Time trails, offering panoramic views to the Caddon Hills looking down on the river Tweed winding through the valley below. A short descent through the forest leads onto the Tweed Valley Railway Path, a multi-user trail which links the towns of Innerleithen and Peebles. This follows along the banks of the Tweed to Cadrona village, followed by a short road section into Cardrona Forest. We’ve utilised some great sections of single track through Cadrona forest, initially following Kirk Burn before gently ascending the lower slopes of Pikes Knowe & Wallace’s Hill.
Stunning trails through Glentress Forest
Heading along the Tweed Valley River trail
The next section leads to Traquair to join the Southern Upland Way (Scotland’s coast to coast route) & part of the ancient Cross Borders Drove Road. This track initially climbs up through the forest then to the open moorland of Minch Moor, the high point of the route at 520m
Soon after this point the two routes split, with the 50k descending through Traquair forest & the 65k continuing further on across the moorland terrain. It's worthwhile here to take in the spectacular panoramic views of the rolling hills & the river Tweed winding through the valley below.
High above the Tweed Valley on the Southern Upland Way
The 65k route continues east on the Southern Upland Way which winds its way over the rolling hills to the Three Brethren Cairn followed by a superb descent through Yair Forest. A short road section leads to Traquair Forest then onto the riverside path at Walkerburn, re-joining the 50k route.
The rolling hills across the Southern Upland Way
Enjoying a breather at Three Brethren Cairn
The 50k route descends through Traquair Forest to re-join the 65k near to the village of Walkerburn & linking back onto the riverside path. Pass Haugh Head Railway Bridge & cross the Tweed Bridge at Innerleithen to re-join the Tweed Valley Railway Path, returning through Cardrona village. The final section follows the route back through Glentress Forest to finish with an exhilarating descent back to the finish.
The Tweed Bridge at Innerleithen with Traquair Forest in the background.
Hydration/Feed Stations: There will be three aid stations on the 65k route & two on the 50k. These will be located at:
1. CP 2 17k/19k
Traquair Village Hall
2. CP 3 (65k only) 37k
Glenkinnon FC car park
3. CP 4 52k/35k
Innerleithen FC car park
See course map for specific locations.
Drop Bags: As there is still a potential risk of covid transmission we will not be providing our normal feed station supplies. To minimize food handling at feed stations, drop bags for personal nutrition will be available for participants.
These will be transported to to the aid stations at CP3 for the 65k & Innerleithen (CP4) for the 50k.
Water, coke, juice & hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) will be available at CP3 & 4 (TBC)..To help minimise waste you will need to bring your own water bottle, bladder, cup, etc.
No cups will be provided.
Ensure you carry sufficient personal nutrition & drinks with you for the full route.
Visit Tweed Valley
Glentress Peel is located in the heart of the Tweed Valley Forest Park between the small Borders towns of Peebles and Innerleithen. The area lies in a spectacular location & has a good range of accommodation options; hotels, guest houses, B&B's campsite.
On site cafe, changing, toilets, showers, on site accommodation (Glentress Forest Lodges offer Wigwams, camping and camper van parking).
If you're looking to collect points for the UTMB then
65k: UTMB points: 3
50k: UTMB points: 2
UTMB Qualifying Event:
ITRA points are no longer required to access UTMB® Mont-Blanc. A new platform is now set up to allow for races to become UTMB® World Series Qualifiers.
Event Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to help out on the event day, if you are just spectating and want to get involved or simply would like to help out, we would love to hear from you! Volunteer roles can be anything from helping out at one of our feed stations, marshalling at a junction, to giving the finishers medal to them as they cross the finish line. It can also give you an idea of what the event is about if you are new to the sport and are not sure what to expect. Many people who have helped out have been surprised how friendly and informal it is, some go on to compete themselves, others continue to enjoy helping! As an extra incentive, we offer anyone who helps on the day a free entry into any one of our events.
If this sounds like something you'd enjoy and would like to come along, drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.