Just a note before we get into it. There are other races in 2018 but these are the main 4 I will be concentrating on for the year.
All photos from the races Facebook pages.
The breakdown is 2 destination races and 2 Lakeland races.
Madeira Island Ultra Trail
28th April at midnight
115km (71 miles) and 7,200m (23,622ft) climbing
Madeira Island, Portugal
This is a race on the Ultra Trail World Tour circuit and another destination I’ve wanted to visit for a while now after watching multiple videos of this race over the years. The race crosses the island along a linier route. There are winding paths, levadas, big plateaus and mountain massifs, technical descents and single track. It really looks like a beautiful race in a beautiful country, with a wild mix of weather.
Can’t wait to just visit the county and enjoy time exploring around the race schedule, it looks amazing and I’ve heard good things from friends who have been before.
Two other big draws for this race was the fact that it is a Western States qualifying race and also offers 5 UTMB qualifying points – Two very good reasons to finish this bad boy haha.
I’m hoping for good weather, good views, lovely trail and a strong finish.
Old County Tops Fell Race
Around 37 miles and 10,000ft climbing – Depending on route choices
Lake District, England
“The exact distance and amount of ascent are dependent on the route you choose!”
It’s an extremely tough fell races in the Lakes for a coveted T Shirt. The only race I’ve entered where the payment method is by cheque!
The race visits the original 3 old county tops of Cumbria: Cumberland, Westmoorland & Lancashire. “This is an arduous mountain event in which navigation skills are essential”.
Ran in pairs, I’m buddying up with Fin, we’ll put our navigation skills to the test in what we can expect to be horrendous weather & bogs!
First race in the Lakes since Lakeland 100, woo hoo! #lovethelakes
Ronda Dels Cims – 100
6th July at 7.00am
170km (106 miles) and 13,500m (44,291ft) climbing
Ronda Dels Cims is the world’s toughest 100 mile race.
Taken from the website:
“Giant route around the whole Principality of Andorra, including a visit to its highest point, Comapedrosa at an altitude of 2,942 meters, touching on the border. In the light of the full moon on the longest days.
- 170 k ( 106 mi.) 13,500 meters (8 mi.) of elevation gain and 13,500 meters (8 mi.) of elevation loss.
- 16 peaks or passes upon 2,400 meters
- Average altitude: 2,085 meters”
There are just over 60 hours allowed to complete this monster.
The entry requirements for this race weren’t that strict, but I got in by using my previous 100 mile race: Lakeland.
Can’t f’ing wait – I’m hoping for a finish, a finish is a finish.
Cumbria Way Ultra
15th September at 6.00am
73 miles and 10,000ft climbing
Lake District, England
Hopefully this will be a great race to end the year. It sounds like fun to cross the Lake District in hopefully less than 24 hours. ‘Fell’ in love with the Lakes a few years ago (pun intended) and have always tried to find excuses to go back.
Seeing this race as having 5 UTMB qualifying points and crossing the Lakes was the big draws.
2018 is going to be excellent!