British Ultra Fest Newsletter 1

IMG_0698This is first edition of the 2013 British Ultra Fest Newsletter sent out to all entrants and reproduced here for general interest.

We are very happy that you have entered the British Ultra Fest and this short newsletter is to fill out some details and to let you know how the event is unfolding.

Profiles Page

Before we get into the updates and the news, we would like all runners to go to  the Profile page and take a few minutes to answer some questions about your needs during the race.

If you can also fill in some details about your past ultrarunning history we will include a few words in the race program. Also at the bottom of the form you will see a place to up-load an image of yourself if you are able to, again we will use this in the race program.
There are a few additional things we would like you to do if possible. To enable us to prepare efficiently we would like to know:-

1.Will you be bringing your own tents?

2.Will you be bringing helpers/crew? If so how many?

3.How will you be getting to the race? If you will be catching the train to Radley, let us know and we may be able to pick you up.

4.T-shirt size.

5.Car registration number.

So please visit the profiles page and fill in the form with the additional details. That will also help us to add some details about you to the race program.

Radley College

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Radley College track, the back straight. Runners can pitch tents along the outside of the track.

We are extremely grateful to Radley College for their support of the British Ultra Fest by offering us use of the excellent all-weather track. Founded in 1847 by the Rev. William Sewell of Exeter College, Oxford, it has maintained a high standard of education and matching facilities that the City of Oxford is globally recognised for.

We will do our best to integrate the British Ultra Fest with these ideas and ideals and hope to provide an environment and atmosphere that will resonate with the highest aspirations of ultrarunners around the world.

Radley College will be operating its summer schedule and so will be occupied and busy and as such everyone is requested to keep within the areas designated for the duration of the event. Radley College has a security policy in place that we are all subject to i.e. there are certain areas which we have access to and some we don’t and so we ask your co-operation in this respect.


Recent experience at a multiday Ultrafest reminded us that there were several issues that needed to be clarified up to help provide an environment conducive to everyone.

•Alcohol will not be allowed on site.

•No smoking (outside of the designat- ed smoking area).

•No dogs.

Portable Toilets

There will be three Portable toilets which will be located on the far corner on the outside of the track (marked 13 on the site-map).

Direction Changes

In order to help reduce overuse injuries, the runners will be reversing direction at regular periods throughout the race. Currently we are anticipating the change to be every eight hours but it’s possible this may change.


Accommodation space will be provided for 6 day and 48 hour runners who want a roof over their heads. There will be two dormitories just off the track. The women’s dorm (marked 6 on the site-map) is close to the caterers area and the Tunnel – a covered eating area. The men’s dorm will be the opposite side of the tunnel in the area marked 5.

Tents will be provided for those who need them and there will be an area along the back side of the track where runners can erect their tents (marked 14 on the map).


Catering is being provided by and will offer a nutritionally balanced vegetarian menu for the week consisting of three meals a day at these approximate times:

•Breakfast 6 am

•Lunch 1pm

•Dinner 7 pm

Scrambled/boiled eggs at breakfast will be an option provided by race staff. In addition there will be an aid station offering a sports drink, coke, water, tea and coffee and regular snacks like biscuits, crisps, nuts & raisins, jelly babies, oranges and apples. The details of the menu will be provided later.



rrc_header560x116Funding for the British Ultra Fest has been dependent on entrants fees and we are very happy to announce that the Road Runners Club has made a substantial contribution that will go a long way to ensuring the event is the success we hope it to be and we are very grateful to them for their support.

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We also have received offers of help from several masseurs and sports therapists who will be donating their services during the race including Catherine from Bicester Massage. Oli Jenner has offered his services for a few days as well. Thank you so much


Mementos will be offered to each runner with unique souvenirs for the winners of each race. Again details will be made avail- able in a future newsletter.

Getting to the British Ultra Fest

Travel to Oxford by car

Radley College is not far from the A34 which links to the M4 and northeast of the city is the M40 – from Birmingham and London.

Travel to Oxford by coach

From London via the Oxford Tube (Stagecoach in Oxfordshire) or the X90 (Oxford Bus Company). There are direct coaches from Heathrow and Gatwick (Oxford Bus Company).

Travel to Oxford by rail

Oxford is a mainline station and has direct connections to the Midlands and London. There is a small station at Radley with several trains and hour and is only 10 minutes from Oxford. The race is a mile from Radley station so if you need a ride please let us know in advance your journey times.

Travel to Oxford by air

Yes indeed, Oxford is served by a small airport at Kidlington with flights from Dublin and Edinburgh, though it’s only several times a week.

Travel To Radley

There are buses every 20 mins or so from Oxford at St.Aldates on the 35 service provided by the Oxford Bus Company. Download a timetable from its website www., call 01865 785400 or email

You can also get bus times by text or by going to


There is a Budgens at the Peachcroft Shop- ping Centre, Abingdon, 13 Peachcroft Road OX14 2RR. Its open 7-10 M-F and 10-4 Sundays and there is also a largish chemist, at the centre too. It is 1.8 miles away.

Abingdon has a large Waitrose supermarket 3.1 miles away and a Sainsbury’s 4.4 miles from the race site at Heyford Hill, Oxford.

The organisers will be going shopping at the supermarket several times throughout the race and if anything is needed come and see us. We will also have printed directions to give you if you should need them.

Local shops

Radley Village Shop offers a range of basic essentials.

M-F 7:00–18.30

Sat 8:00–13:00

Sun 9:00–12:00

Tel: 01235 526231

The shop at Kenville Road, Kennington is part of the BestOne chain and is open 7am to 9.30pm seven days a week (closes Sunday at 8.30pm).

The Kennington Co-op 2.4 miles away, is open until 9pm most nights and 8pm on Sundays.

Smith’s Chemists is close to the Co-op. Open 9am to 1pm six days a week, 2pm to 6.30pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.

Kennington Post Office sells sweets, cold drinks, stationery, newspapers. Open 5am to 12.30pm, 2pm to 5.30pm six days a week (open to 7.30pm on Weds). OX1 5PE

Camping Gear

Redbridge has a Go Outdoors store about 3 miles away.

Eating Out

Theres is a Chinese take-away and fish and chip shop at the Peachcroft Centre.

There is also a Chinese take-away Hong Kong City, 9 Playfield Rd, Kennington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 5RS which is 1.7 miles away. Telephone 01865 735831


The local pub is The Bowyers Arms 0.8 miles away and food is available here and at The Tandem pub. There is also The Kings Arms in Sandford, just across the river.


Typical weather conditions in Oxford:


Max Min


26°C / 79°F

15°C / 59°F

Having said that, 2012 we experienced a lot of rain. Rain in the summer in England is common and as the temperatures are not that great on average it can get quite cool, especially at night.

Points of interest

Oxford is world famous for its university and has an educational history reaching back over a 1000 years. There are guided walks for £5.00-£10.00 in the City Centre that take you around famous and interesting places.

There are many online places to check-out what’s going on:

Visit Oxford and

Oxford City Guide.

•Perhaps the best guide to what’s happening in Oxford is Daily Info.

Any questions please drop us a line and there will be another newsletter around the beginning of July with more details and news.


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