Ultra running is the competition of organised Ultramarathons. Ultramarathons are races that are longer than traditional marathons (so officially longer than 26.219 miles). Official results must be produced.
Ultramarathons can either be a set distance (say 30 miles) or time based where the athlete will cover as much ground in say 12 hours.
Some Ultra races have additional challenges such as navigation skills, a large emphasis on self support and very challenging hills. Other ultras might just be laps of a lake or even as many laps of a running track as you can complete in 24 hours.
We also recognise relay type events such as Thunder Run where over a period of 24 hours your team will cover as many 10k loops as possible, so as an individual if you completed 5 laps as part of the team effort this would count (and would be identified as a relay).
Good first time events might include Dawn till Dusk at Manvers lake (laps) or Hell on Humber (running back and forwards over the Humber Bridge).
Martin Hookway is our Ultra Captain and is always happy to give advice.