News What is an ultra marathon? Can anyone take part? What is an ultra marathon? Can anyone take part?


Report by Ian Lockyer
2013-11-12 20:20:56

What is an ultra marathon? Can anyone take part?

An ultra marathon is an organised race that goes further the standard marathon running distance of 26 miles, 385 yards. Ultra races typically begin at 50 kilometers and can extend to enormous distances.  Men and women compete in ultra marathons at all levels.

Ultra marathons can be held on roads, trails and tracks.  Rules allow runners to go on their own steam. This means they may take walking breaks, pause to drink or eat and even sleep if the events are especially long, such as multi-day races. No penalty results from any such interruption, except for the time or distance a runner loses from his or her performance.

There are two types of events - those in which runners set out to cover a fixed distance (whether it be 100 kilometers, 1000 kilometers or more) and those in which runners attempt to cover the greatest possible distance within a fixed period of time (such as 24 hours, 48 hours or six days).

Challenge Hub  organise a series of ultramarathon events at Marshside, north of Canterbury in East Kent.  Each of the challenges which includes 24 hour races, 50 mile races and a moonlight challenge are designed to test the physical and mental strengths of the individual in a safe and controlled environment.

Ian Lockyer, a previous entrant into the 24 Hour Challenge said,’ I believe anyone is capable of taking part in an ultra marathon but like most athletic challenges you will have to put in the training.  Training is slightly different for an Ultra Marathon with time on your feet being more important than actual speed.

He added, ‘Knowing your limitations and disciplining your pace is also useful.  Being prepared for any eventuality like a change in weather, injury is also important. You can learn a lot about yourself when you take part in an Ultra marathon’.

'You don't have to be crazy to run an ultra marathon...but it helps...I would definitely recommend it!'

For more details about Challenge Hub events please contact:  Mike Inkster (Challenge Hub) on

Tel: 07931 564 476




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