The Imber Ultra

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Sunday, 6th March 2022, at 09:00

Entries will open in late October

TRA Licence Number: 4301

This event is held under England Athletic rules

This event is the joint enterprise of AVR and the Rotary Club of Westbury
 

The proceeds for this event will be given to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Westbury, which in the past have included Prostate & Breast Cancer research charities and a Ugandan Well project .


The Imber Ultra Marathon is a trail run of approximately 33 miles. It starts at the Leighton Sports Centre in the town of Westbury at the north west of the Imber Ranges.

Clockwise

Over the first couple of miles runners ascend the escarpment of Salisbury Plain. Turn LEFT at the top of the hill, then follow the Imber Range Perimeter Path in a clockwise direction.

The next 10 miles are the easiest running of the route along well maintained tracks or even road! It is undulating snd there is one significant climb. But the prevailing wind should be behind the runners.

The runners will pass checkpoints 5, 4 and 3 before arriving at the village of Tilshead. After that the tracks round the southern section of the range are chalk and grass. They can be hard going if very wet.

Checkpoint 2 is at the village of Chitterne. After which there is a long climb back up to the top of the plain. The last 10 miles are up and down round the town of Warminster and the two big Iron Age hillforts. Around 30 miles is the steepest climb of the route! Definitely one to be walked. The final couple of miles include the biggest descent of the day, back to the finish at the Leighton Recreation Centre.

Anti Clockwise

Over the first couple of miles runners ascend the escarpment of Salisbury Plain, then follow the Imber Range Perimeter Path in an anti clockwise direction.

In the first 10 miles they pass round the town of Warminster and a number of iron age hillforts on footpaths. Then they run on metalled roads, bridleways and tracks east then north.

On the way they pass through some of the most remote parts of southern England, apart from a German village around the halfway mark! The final 10 miles are westward along the north side of the training area. Here the going is good on roads or big tracks, but it will be against the usually prevailing wind to add to the challenge. The final couple of miles include the biggest descent of the day, back to the finish at the Leighton Sports Centre.

There will be two sweepers, one on foot, one on two wheels.

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