The 2018 event has just taken place (May 2018), but will return in May 2020.
190 Mile self-supported Ultra Race following Wainwright’s Coast to coast route from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Beginning at St Bees on the west coast, the route crosses the north of England through three National Parks finishing in Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast. Taking in iconic mountains, valleys, moors and over 16,000 feet of ascent, the Northern Traverse is one of the most spectacular ultra races in the world.
“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.”
James Thurlow, Event Director
New for 2018 - The lakes traverse is a challenging 60 mile ultra
This new race starts with the Northern Traverse in St Bees and crosses the entire Lake District, fnishing in Shap. You'll have 28 hrs to complete the race, from the western coast through Ennerdale, Borrowdale, over Grasmere Common and Fairfield, through Patterdale, over Kidsty Pike and along Haweswater and into Shap. A total of 12000 feet of ascent over 60 miles, this is a challenging yet beautiful Ultra.
Three National Parks
North York Moors
This is a self supported event. Participants will need to provide us with a drop bag which we will move between four checkpoints on the race route.
Each participant will be provided with a GPS tracker from Open Tracking. This will provide event timing and ensure that we can monitor the location of each participant. A live tracking website will be running throughout the event to keep friends and family up to date with each participants progress.
Wainwright got it right when he devised a route across the country taking in the three National Parks. The mountains of the Lake District define the first section but also provide half of the ascent. Although Kirkby Stephen is less than 90 miles in to the route it is often thought of as halfway.
The remote paths off Nine Standards in the Dales provide a stark contrast before crossing the relatively busy Vale of York which are followed by crossing the quiet high plateaus of the North York Moors. The final run along the coastal path is a fitting finish to an amazing journey.