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alastairmac 12 Jan 2020

I've just failed to get a place in the lottery for the 2020 CCC and the Eiger Ultra. I did the Ultra Dolomites in 2019 and the Transvulcania in 2018. I'm looking for something similarly challenging and inspirational for 2020 that doesn't attract so much interest that it's tough to get a place? I think I might have left it a bit late. Ideally no more than 100K or so, and involving a fair bit of ascent and descent. Full on mountain backdrop and technical sections a bonus. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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johang 12 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Old County Tops?

"only" 37 miles (if you get the line absolutely perfect) but plenty of ascent/descent and some technical stuff thrown in. You'll need to find a partner to run it with though.

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markk 12 Jan 2020
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markk 12 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

...or if you're looking for something sooner:

https://www.northerntraverse.com/lakes-traverse/

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plyometrics 12 Jan 2020
In reply to johang:

Curiously, I was going to suggest OCT too. Certainly packs a lot in for 37 miles; particularly when the weather’s shite!!! Best t-shirt in the business too  

Just get the impression the OP is perhaps looking for a more Euro alpine event.  

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markk 12 Jan 2020
In reply to plyometrics:

> Just get the impression the OP is perhaps looking for a more Euro alpine event.  

https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/ ? Not done it, but looks great and no ballot to get in.

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loplop 12 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Not that I've done it, but how about

http://www.ultravalmalenco.com

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alastairmac 12 Jan 2020
In reply to markk:

Hi Mark. Nice one. That fits the bill. Thanks.

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alastairmac 12 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I appreciate them all. Please keep them coming.

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Tom Briggs 12 Jan 2020
orejas 12 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

http://www.desafiosomiedo.com/edp-desafiosomiedo-2020-ya-tiene-fecha/

In Northern Spain. 86km, 10,300m 

You would likely be the only Brit.

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EuanM 12 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

We are in a similar situation. My wife has since entered the Matterhorn Ultracks and I’ve got an entry in the Trail du Besso. Neither required a ballot.

The Trail du Besso might be worth considering if you’re looking for technical terrain. There’s a good bit of scrambling, two glacier crossings and 5,300m of ascent over c55km. The view from the Grand Mountet hut of Dent Blanche and Obergabelhorn are unbeatable. 
 

I’m just hoping to get to the end before the cutoff! 
 

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johang 13 Jan 2020
In reply to plyometrics:

Yeah, fair play. I suffered from hypothermia the first time I did OCT. Second time wasn't much better coming up the Wythburn (is it ever good heading up the Wythburn?)

I can easily understand it's not everyone's bag. But then again, I'm from a MM background, so it feels a bit like home :p

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plyometrics 13 Jan 2020
In reply to johang:

There’s nothing redeeming about Wythburn; it’s the living end. ;o)

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richlan 13 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Monte Rosa Ultra ? Not done it but looks good.

https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/

The Verbier X Alpine is meant to be nails, i did the 40, that was bad enough but a good race, all might be full now though

http://www.trailvsb.com/en/

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George Ormerod 13 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Get yerself to Canada like Harry and Meghan - here's my local race https://www.ironlegs.ca/ or there's the Sinister Seven, which is meant to be a bastard:  http://www.sinister7.com/

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alicia 13 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

The Stelvio Ultra (80k) in northern Italy looks brilliant, steep mountains and low-key, without all the hype of the CCC or similar.  I haven't done the race but have been running on the course and it's gorgeous:

https://ortlerskytrails.it/stelvio-ultra-trail/

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adventure_vulture 14 Jan 2020
Simon Caldwell 14 Jan 2020
yorkshireman 14 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Bad luck on the lottery - I read this year there were 32000 entrants (I guess spread across all races) as opposed to 25000 last year. I got turned down for the UTMB unfortunately so in the middle of reorganising my goals for 2020.

I've now entered the Echappée Belle for the 149km version, but there's a shorter version open (Traversée Nord). It's a lottery as well though.

http://echappeebelle.inscr.livetrail.net/

There's the UT4M (again, Grenoble area), which has loads of different permutations including a 100km version. A friend is running that one and I might too, unless I don't get into EB in which I'll go for the 160. There's no draw though and you can sign up now.

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EuanM 14 Jan 2020
In reply to yorkshireman:

Does that mean you have guaranteed entry next year? 
 

Great to see all the alternatives to the UTMB races! 

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yorkshireman 14 Jan 2020
In reply to EuanM:

> Does that mean you have guaranteed entry next year? 

Afraid not. I did CCC in 2017, TDS in 2018 and applied for UTMB in 2019 but didn't get in. That meant I got an extra chance in the draw for 2020, but I still wasn't succesful. The only guaranteed way of getting a place is to pay for an entry to one of their affiliate events like Oman and complete that. It's pretty annoying because it means people can effectively shortcut their way in.

> Great to see all the alternatives to the UTMB races! 

Yeah there's plenty out there. Despite the negatives of the UTMB, after having run two of their events I think there's nothing like it for an amateur - the crowds, support and overall setup are definitely worth experiencing.

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EuanM 14 Jan 2020
In reply to yorkshireman:

That’s frustrating. 
 

I’ll try again for CCC next year although I think it has the lowest odds of getting in. 

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alastairmac 15 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Thanks very much again for all the ideas. Loads to go at. I'll let you know what I end up entering.

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Stein 17 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

You can also have a look here for the alps: https://runthealps.com/races/

Dates are from 2019, so check on the linked websites for more details about the next event.

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cham4807 17 Jan 2020
In reply to alastairmac:

Have a look at this...

http://www.kerrywayultra.com/

Not very 'alpiney'  but there are 4 different race distances to choose from and some lovely scenery thrown in for good measure.

The races still have a local feel to them and not a massive amount of entries.

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