So, I booked my first Ultra-length race – The Holcombe Howler 42 in Ramsbottom (just above Manchester). It is a 42 mile navigational ultra with no course markings and limited aid stations so it will test me massively when it comes to navigation and fell running. I am extremely excited but also massively anxious as I finally take the step up from marathon training to ultra-marathon distance running. April is going to need to be a long month.
On July 1st, I will go to the Duckworth Arms at 6am for a briefing (and maybe a nerve-calming pint) before I embark on the 42 mile course of the Holcombe Howler 42.
The course covers 42 glorious miles, primarily following the challenging terrain of the Rossendale Way. The route is circular, starting and finishing at the Duckworth Arms Pub. There is approx 6000ft of ascent over the 42 miles, rewarding all our participants with some panoramic views!
“There is a cut off of 13 hours (2000 hrs) with cut off at the half way aid station… More details of this will be emailed to entered participants. Side note. This is not a marked route, however, full directions and a GPX File of the route is available for entered runners.
We have worked hard on the bling for this event and it is certainly one to be in your medal collection.. As well as a high quality tech tee and pub grub at the finish line too!
Finisher prizes for 1st male and female over the line. (no age cat)
Check out the course route here“
Right, better get in some miles then…