St Cuthbert’s Way Ultra


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Date:  Saturday 16 July 2016

Distance:  62 miles (Long)

Ascent:  7400ft/2250m approx

2015 winning time:  11:08:23


St Cuthbert’s Way is a waymarked long distance route between Holy Island off the northern Northumberland coast to Melrose in the Scottish Borders.  The race follows this route the whole way, giving a runnable route in stunning surroundings.  If you don’t know this area already, you really ought to give it a go – if you’ve been here before you’ll want to go back.

The race starts at historic Holy Island, crossing the tidal causeway to the mainland and then inland through fields and forestry and across low hills to the town of Wooler.  The character of the route changes now, as you head up to cross the northern end of the peaty Cheviot Hills, eventually descending to the village of Kirk Yetholm in Scotland, the end of the Pennine Way.  A second change now, and you’re back on low hills and a stretch on a minor road to join the line of the Roman road Dere Street, near Jedburgh.  Most of the rest of the route will be familiar with anyone who ran the Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra in 2015, as much of the route is the same.  The route runs along Dere Street across the River Teviot and over undulating hills, then drops down to follow the banks of the River Tweed through woods and riverside meadows.  The last section climbs up to cross a saddle between the Eildon Hills, then drops down to the finish in the pretty Borders town of Melrose.

Make sure you enter the 100km race, not the shorter 45 mile option – only the longer race counts for Runfurther!