Open Adventure has announced the launch of an exciting new ultra called Northern Traverse. The race, which will run from 30 May to 4 June, will take in 190 miles of fell, dale and moor and will stand as the first ever ultra to follow Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast across England.
Beginning at St Bees on the west coast, the route crosses the north of England through three National Parks (The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors) finishing in Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast. Taking in iconic mountains, valleys, moors and the race will require competitors to tackle almost 16,000 feet of ascent.
There will be four fully catered checkpoints for competitors over the route, although runners are expected to be fully self-sufficient in between these points. Although the event spans five days, it is anticipated the quickest runners will complete the course in around three. In preparation for the race, organisers have scheduled two one-hour webinars for participants that will include a presentation of the route, where you are likely to encounter problems.
Event director James Thorlow commented: "Having completed this journey myself over 4 days, I know what an amazing and varied landscape this country has to offer. I'm excited to showcase this journey to the Ultra Running community."
More information on the event is available here.