BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TIME !!
The Ox Ultra 2015 35 miles of hilly fun in the Wiltshire countryside.
This year we are honoured to have been chosen as part Runfurther race league http://runfurther.com/
What does this mean?
Well it means little old us, have been recognised for laying on a great event *blush* Ox is only in its second year.
And it means there's a few goodies on offer from the League sponsors with prizes and bits and pieces for the goody bags for the intrepid Ultra runners check out http://runfurther.com/
What is Runfurther?
The Runfurther race series is an annual championship based round 12 off-road Ultra running races in the UK. We don’t organise the races, just the tournament scoring. You can join in for free (although you’ll have to pay to enter the races of course). The races will change from year to year, but we plan always to keep a number of old favourites in the series, and to stick to lower-cost races as far as is practical.
We collate the race results into a championship table according to a set of simple rules, and the best runners win! At the end of the year there will be a get-together for an awards ceremony, drinking, and discussion of next year’s plans.
The races fall into three categories: Short (30-35 miles), Medium (36-45 miles) and Long (46 miles plus). There will be four races in each category. and just look at the other events in the league.
Some of the UKs best *blush* again!
- 14/03/2015 Haworth Hobble W Yorks Pennines (32 Short)
- 11/04/2015 Calderdale Hike W Yorks Pennines (37 Medium)
- 25/04/2015 Fellsman Yorkshire Dales (61 Long)
- 10/05/2015 Marlborough Downs Challenge N Wiltshire (33 Short)
- 24/05/2015 The Ox S Wiltshire (35 Medium)
- 13/06/2015 Three Rings of Shap Cumbria (62 Long)
- 27/06/2015 Clif Bar 10 Peaks Lakes Lake District (45 Medium)
- 08/08/2015 Long Tour of Bradwell Peak District (33 Short)
- 05/09/2015 Bullock Smithy Hike Peak District (56 Long)
- 19/09/2015 Hardmoors 60 N Yorks Coast (62 Long)
- 03/10/2015 Isle of Man Mountain Ultra Isle of Man (31 Short)
- 24/10/2015 Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra Scottish Borders (38 Medium)
Dont panic theres a "shorter" option marathon and half which you nip round in a shake of a lambs tail.
Theres hills btw sorry
Latest News : Apr 18 - Ox news part 4
Sooo Giants Head is nearly full so is the Dark Ox and pretty much all of them
The last few spots here. www.whitestarrunning.co.uk
No waiting lists
We are working on Race Instructions for the Ox races and they will be published next week sometime.
Ox (this is important) deferrals swaps etc last day for this is Monday 11th May after that you have had it no swaps deferrals nuffink
Ok so just in case you missed here is an overview of the Ox races
THE OX OVERVIEW
Three exciting races in one of Britain's most beautiful landscapes.
Nestled slap bang in the middle of the former Royal Hunting ground of Cranborne Chase the three races take place over the West Wiltshire downs and along the ancient Ox Droves.
Starting and finishing in the beautiful Rushmore estate home of the Larmer Tree gardens, all three races follow the same route but then branch off at relevant distances.
So last years races were a success despite vandalised course and weather...the weather...and camping on a windswept hillside.
Mother nature was good to us and we had a sunny but blustery day.
We think everyone would agree the route is the most scenic possible (without travelling to the Himalayas or summink)
Some changes to 2015 race listed below.
There will be no significant changes to the route other than the start and finish are different the races have shuffled along 3 miles so you start at the wooded section that used to be the 3 mile mark
We are awaiting new maps to be drawn, with the aid stations marked on them.
Waterstation/Aid will be about 4-5 miles apart. The Lovestation moving to 22 miles all of the major aid stations will have food and drink suitable for you Ultra runners and there will be flat Coke (full fat none of this sugar free nonsense) and marathon and half runners can tuck into the buffet too.
Please note the areas we run through are busy working farms and country estates. we rely on the goodwill of the farmers and if, as has happened in the past, we have to reroute because of farm activity, flooding, pregnant cows, Bulls in fields and angry Swans we will do so and warn everyone we are doing this. Don't panic it won't shorten your marathon distance.
DARK OX Entry pretty much full Headtorch compulsory
All weekend for £10 a new campsite means we are a 5 minute walk to the Golf Club for food and showers.
PRE, DURING and POST RACE
PRE RACE AS per last year there will be food at the splendid Rushmore Golf club on the Saturday the bar will be open too.
There will be food available for an early breakfast at the Golf Club TBC
POST RACE the bar will be open and food will be available at the campsite
SUNDAY EVENING we will consider laying on food for everyone at the Golf Club depending on demand
WHAT YOU GET.
RACE MEDALS. They are boootifull gun metal coloured with black enamelling. Big thankyou to Bert Armes at Indelible Tattoo Studio in sunny Bournemouth for the design. These medals are based on the ancient breeds of cattle driven along the droves of Britain to market. Most of the races take part on the Upper and Lower Ox droves.
The Marathon medal is the White Park, the Ultra is the English Longhorn and the half is The Highland. All rare breeds now.
*White Star Running will take no responsibility for neck or back injuries caused by wearing this medal.
Distinctive Ox half and Marathon t-shirts and an Ox Ultra shirt. Last year we had long sleeve for the Ultra runners but we can't get the full size range so we have gone to short sleeve but in pretty lurid colour just for you.