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A MULTI-TERRAIN ULTRA SET AROUND THE HEART OF THE STUNNING TWEED VALLEY

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Two Distances: 50k & 65k

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Date: Sunday 21st November 2021

               ENTRIES NOW OPEN

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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...

Date:    Sunday 21st November, 2021          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:  £60

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.

If the event is cancelled due to Covid regulations, participants will be offered either:
  -A full refund minus the 6% online entry fee
  -Automatic transfer to 2022
  -Transfer your entry to another selected High Terrain event of similar value. This can be in either 2021 or 2022.


(Please note that due to the uncertainties with supply & the potential cost incurred if the event is cancelled, t-shirts will not be included as part of your entry this year).

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What's Included in Your Entry:

  • Professionally run event, safety team cover during the race, qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints

  • Qualified medical support

  • A stunning event venue

  • Online Registration & electronic chip timing

  • Unique Eco Wooden finishers medal, customised race number

  • Route gpx downloads

  • Fully Marked Routes

  • Well Stocked hydration & feed stations on the course

  • Drinks & Refreshments at finish

  • Free event parking, toilets.

  • UTMB Points

Event Terms & Conditions

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Participant Feedback

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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
 

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“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
 

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"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.

The routes will be fully marked so no navigation experience is necessary.

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Section on the Tweed Valley Multi User Trail. The path surface is mostly bitmac (tarmac/asphalt).

Course Maps:

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65k Route

Ascent:    1574m/5164'       

Descent:  1577m/5174'

Time Limit: 11hrs

Nature of Terrain km        %

Trail:                     44        68           Road:                    10        15  Multi-User Trail:   11         17     

The path surface is mostly bitmac (tarmac/asphalt)                                               

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50k Route

Ascent:    1145m/3757'       

Descent:  1143m/3750'

Time Limit: 9hrs

Nature of Terrain km        %

Trail:                     33        65           Road:                     5         13  Multi-User Trail:   11         22     

The path surface is mostly bitmac (tarmac/asphalt)                                               

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Required Kit

It is important that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year.

Please note this is mandatory for participants.

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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

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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.

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 Hydration/Feed Stations: There will be three aid stations on the 65k route & two on the 50k. These will be located at:

Location                                 Distance
1.   CP 2  Track Junction           24k/25k

This is the location where the routes split on Little Minch Moor   

                     

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.

     

Stocked with our delicious homemade flapjack (vegan), chocolate brownies (gluten free), jellies, bananas, savoury rolls, crisps, squash, coke, water & hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) at CP3 & 4.

Drop Bags: 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 CP3 for the 65k & Innerleithen (CP4) for the 50k.


Please Note: CP 2 is a remote location, if conditions dictate, we may need to relocate the aid station. It is important therefore that you don’t rely on the aid station as your only source of nutrition/hydration. Ensure you carry sufficient personal nutrition & drinks with you for the full route. To help minimize waste you will need to bring your own water bottle, bladder, etc.

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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.

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On site cafe, changing, toilets, showers, on site accommodation (Glentress Forest Lodges offer Wigwams, camping and camper van parking).

Event Location

How to get to Glentress: Located just one hour away from Edinburgh Glentress is just 1 ½ miles (2.4 km) east of Peebles on the A72.

Facilities

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If you're looking to collect points for the UTMB then

 

65k: UTMB points: 3  

50k: UTMB points: 2 

UTMB Qualifying Event: 

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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.

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Previous Results

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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: info@highterrainevents.co.uk for more details.

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We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with leading Scottish running retailer Run 4 It for our upcoming Glentress Trail Races. This includes both the November & February races. In addition to providing some fantastic prize vouchers for the events, Run 4 It will also be offering all race entrants a 15% discount voucher on selected products.

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We are pleased to introduce Vera Maria as our event ambassador. You can follow Vera Maria on instagram & see how she is getting Ultra ready (& excited:) for this year's race. Vera will be sharing her training adventures & preparation for the event in the coming months with an emphasis on the fun side of running. Her main aims are to run a faster time as well as enjoy it!