The first edition of the OFR was a huge success in February 2013. We had so many smiling faces leaving the desert and so many happy memories. We had a sandstorm that interrupted the event part way through but the adventure the entrants had was fantastic to see. We ideally wanted to have the 2nd edition of the event a year after the first but because of a few reasons we have had to have a rethink. The main factor in our decision was the weather. The problem we had with the event being in January, February, March or April was a mixture of reasons that varied with these months from night time temperature being cold , the day light being limited and the potential for another sandstorm being reasonably high. For these reasons we have decided to get the timing of the event right as soon as possible. So with this in mind we will stage the second edition of the race on Sunday the 20th of October 2013. It was a difficult decision but feel it will benefit overall once we have the event settled in a time of year that gives it every chance of avoiding potential problems.
Date of race – 20th October 2013 (Meeting organisers at pick up point on 19th October 2013)
Location – Egyptian Western Desert – Specifically The White Desert
Distance – 160 miles (96 hours- 4 days time limit)
Format – Non stop footrace with entrants being guided by gps.
For full details of the event plase go to the main website at www.oceanfloorrace.com
With a time limit of 4 days to complete this ultra marathon event, entrants will be directed through the Egyptian Western desert and specifically the Egyptian White Desert to check-points every 15 miles, where they will have access to water and their drop bags filled with food.
This is a true test of courage and determination, and undoubtedly one of the most challenging events on the planet.
The race has limited availability (50 places) so please bear this in mind to avoid disappointment.
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40, 70 or 100 miles in 26 hours
2nd-3rd August 2013 (26 hrs time limit)
Top 2 in each distance category (top 2 males and top 2 females) will win a 50% discount voucher for the October 2013 edition of the Ocean Floor Race.
(50% discount on full entry price of £1695 resulting in an entry fee of only £847)
In its 4th year The Grim Reaper UltraMarathon has gained a loyal following year on year and has proved hugely popular. Grimsthorpe Castle (www.grimsthorpe.co.uk) in Lincolnshire, is the fantastic venue for the event, which will run from Friday 2nd of August (morning start) to Saturday 3rd August (exact times yet to be confirmed). Grimsthorpe is an historic house, park and garden in Lincolnshire.
Three races of varying distances will start at the same time (40, 70 and 100 miles) and continue with a time limit of 26 hours for all three races
The race is non-stop and will continue through the night with the route being lit with glow sticks during the evening hours. The route will incorporate multiple loops through the beautiful grounds of the Grimsthorpe estate. The terrain is a mixture of a limestone trail and field trails.
All competitors will be expected to manage their own time, deciding how long to spend resting and refueling during the event.
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We have not announced the new date of the Rutland Water Marathon yet. We are moving the date of the event to a traditionally better weathered month. The weather we sustained at the last event in November 2012 was awful which was a bad experience we don’t want a repeat of. We will announce the new date as soon as it is confirmed but we anticipate the spring of 2014.
Managed in partnership with Anglian Water and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, this internationally famous nature reserve provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain.
Regularly home to over 20,000 waterfowl, it is designated as a European Special Protection Area and also home to the fantastic bird of prey, the Osprey. This stunning location will be the setting for the Rutland Water Marathon, covering 26.2 miles along the designated trail route around the reservoir.
Starting a few hundred metres from Normanton Church and taking in the Hambleton peninsula, this trail race has some of the most scenic and picturesque views of any race in the UK. Marshals will provide water at checkpoints every 2-3 miles. Toilet facilities are provided at Normanton south shore car park.
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Race Date- 4th August 2013
Limited to 300 runners
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Grimsthorpe Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 4th August at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. This fantastic trail race is set at the Grimsthorpe Castle estate in south Lincolnshire and boasts fantastic scenery and wildlife. The race is open to novice runners and club runners which creates a great atmosphere as familys come to pic nic on the grass while the runners weave through the castle grounds.
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