New Edition of The British Ultrafest 2017

Recent posts on the site are missing due to site issues beyond our control, and the site will shortly be moving to a new host so please bear with us if the site continues to appear down over the next day or so. The site will be ready by the New Year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the British Ultrafest and  and to wish everyone  a happy holiday and a Happy New Year.

News has continued to have been posted on Facebook and the entries have been coming in with 21 runners so far signed up for the 24 hour, 8 in the 12 hour and 7 in the 6 hour.

Entry is still available through



British Ultra Fest 2013 – 72 Hour Update

Bill Heldenbrand photo by Wendy E.

At 74 hours Didier Sessegolo and William Sichel are a mile apart in the British Ultra Fest 6 Day Race at Radley, Abingdon. With dry conditions prevailing, runners are making the most of the opportunity and several records have been set. American Bill Heldenbrand set a new mark for 48 hours on track age(M65) (new: 260.8 km, old: 256.351 km) and Christian Ritella currently 3rd place overall,set a new Swedish intermediate split for 72 hours.

After leading early on , Kenji Okiyama has settled into 5th place. Israeli runner Kobi Oren has been running well, and currently lies just behind women’s leader Christine David in 6th place overall. Christine had stomach problems after only a few hours on day one and after backing off and taking it easy has recovered and driven herself up the leaderboard and looks very confortable at the moment.

Richard Brown is in 7th place closely pursued by US 100 mile specialist Liz Bauer. race results on the race website

British Ultra Fest 2013 – 35 Hour Updates

british ultra fest runners, kenji okiyama & demetrious KehayioglouThe sun has set and the stars have emerged here at Radley beneath clear skies. The wind has died down a lot after a breezy early evening that kept temperatures down.
After an unstable internet connection for the early part of the race, it seems to be maintaining a welcome steadiness now and we are very grateful for Hunrun for working hard to provide good service for the many visitors to the site. Tomorrow we will look at a messaging system.

The leaderboard shows some runners in blue. These are runners who haven’t passed the timing mat for 20 minutes or more.

Kenji Okiyama and Didier Sessegolo are taking breaks while William is still out there reducing their advantage. The level of lighting at the track is quite low and runners pass quietly and quickly past the aid station as they settle into their rhythms deep into the night. Finishing their shifts around 10 om, Veggies, the race vegetarian caterers have said that their may be a meteor shower tonight so the crew is watching the starry starry.

The race is short of massage therapists until tomorrow evening but so far so good with a wealth of experience on the track and amongst the crews and helpers.

Brave Kate Condon unfortunately had to pull out with ankle problems.
We’re grateful to Lucozade for supplying us with 2,500 bottles of Sports Elite drink who will keep the athletes fuelled along with a contribution from Allsorts who provided the runners with Enduro-load.

Quite a few people came by today to wish the runners well and we also had quite a few volunteers, or so it seemed. James Zarei has been at the track yesterday and today and a few local runners and interested parties.
The ladies race is also a closely knit affair with Christine David still edging Liz Bauer and Scotland’s Lorna Maclean in third spot.

The full live results are avaiable on the British Ultra Fest website at:

Lucozade sponsor the British Ultrafest

Lucozade Sport Elite Orange - 500ml

We are pleased to announce that Lucozade have kindly offered to sponsor the race and are donating a significant amount of bottles of their Sport Elite drink.

We hope that the runners will take advantage of this offer and that it will make a difference to their performance at the race.

British Ultra Fest Newsletter 2

British Ultra Fest Newsletter 2

With less than 3 weeks to go before the British Ultra Fest kicks off with the 6 day race, this short second newsletter brings everyone up to date as far as how the race has been evolving from an organiser’s point of view.

At the time of writing we have 64 runners signed up and there will probably be a few more before the race starts. This is just short of our target field of 70 runners but with which we are, nevertheless, very happy with as it means we will come very close to covering the cost of holding the events – something that was a huge concern 9 months ago when we set the budget and the entry fees – not knowing if anyone would come.

Race phone number

The race mobile phone number is 07923833719.

Profile forms

There are still a few competitors who have not yet completed their personal profile form or submitted a photograph. It is essential that we have the profile completed to enable us to ascertain who will be needing tents or dormitory beds, who will be bringing a helper so we can organise the catering quantities and t-shirt sizes.
We are producing a race programme to include everyone  officially entered but cannot do this without your details. Can you please ensure this is done before the 26th of July latest. Thank you.
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 programme.

The Field

Every runner coming to is unique and special in their own way and not wanting to elevate any runners in particular nevertheless I would like to say that we are delighted that this years French Utra Fest winner Didier Sessegolo is coming to run at Radley.
There have been a few late entries in the 6 day race including US ultrarunner Liz Bauer who set a new record for the most 100 mile races in a year.
Unfortunately we have lost Richard Quennnell due to injury and we wish him a speedy recovery
At the time of writing we have 64 runners coming with applications still arriving which is bringing us closer and closer to our target of 70 runners. To be sold out will be an amazing achievement and we are very grateful for the support for this new event. We hope it will be a most memorable experience for everyone and for the right reasons.


We would like to thank those who have donated products, financial support and the volunteers who have kindly donated their time and energy to this inspiring opportunity including the Road Runners Club who have been extremely generous, Allsports who have donated Enduro-Load sports drink, Bicester Massage who will be helping out with massage for the runners and Ultramarathonrunning Store who have kindly donated some prizes to the six winners.

Arrival at Radley College

For competitors planning on arriving at Radley College on Saturday 10th of August (or Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th) the gate at the entrance to the College which has been allocated to our event will be closed at 22.00 hours for security purposes. If you think you may be later than that then please telephone us and we will ensure the gate is opened for you. The gate will be open from 7.00 am on Sunday morning. The car and motor home parking area will be clearly marked as will the area for tents. You may set up a table by your tent if you wish on the outside of the track.

Race registration

Registration will commence from 9.00 am on Sunday morning and there will be a briefing for competitors and helpers at 11.00 am (1 hour before the start) outside the registration office.

Medical Questionnaire

You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire for registration. Please download the newsletter pdf which contains the attached form, print it off and bring it with you when you come to Radley.


The British Ultra Fest license number is: 108/13


Meals will be available for competitors helpers  in the 6 day race at a cost of £10 a day for 3 meals.
The cost for helpers of the 48 hour and 24 hour races will be £5 per meal. A kitchen will be supplied for helpers or runners to prepare any of their own food with a microwave, hob, toaster  and kettle. There will be a fridge and freezer there also.
A meal voucher system will be in operation to ensure that all meals are paid for.
Mealtimes will be:
Breakfast (approx. 6 am),
Lunch (approx. 1pm)
Evening (approx 7pm)

Track lighting

We are providing lighting so the track will be lit at night but we suggest you bring a torch or head torch as it may be dark in the tents and in case anything untoward happens!

Changing direction

We have decided that we will change direction every 6 hours instead of every 8 hours.


Sleeping mats can be provided if required but bring sleeping bags. For safety reasons you will not be allowed to use gas cookers in the camping area.
All tents must be pitched at least 2 metres apart.
Please ensure that the portable toilets are used at all times. Runners found urinating on or near the track will be disqualified.


People requiring a place in a dormitory will be allocated a chair and a sleeping mat but you will need to bring a pillow and sleeping bag.


All the Scottish participants have requested that their nationality indicate Scotland as opposed to GBR on the website and in the race program. As we are allowing this then also the other British competitors should have their home country beside their name. Most of the remaining runners are English with the exception of Jeremy Mower who runs for Wales.
Of course the question of nationality should have been on the entry form or on the profiles page – we know for next year. So have a look at the Entrants list on the website and if you do not have the correct country next to your name, please send us an email with your preference.


We have been blown away by the friendship and generosity of fellow ultrafest organisers, the Emu 6 Day & 48 Hour Race at Balatonfüred, Hungary who are offering the outright winner of the British Ultra Fest 6 day race, a free entry into the Emu 6 Day race in 2014. More details of this will be announced at the pre race briefing and/or at the award ceremony.

This tremendous gesture is being supplemented by another generous £100 donation to travel costs by Dion_Networks.

We are also very grateful to Keith Godden at Ultramarathon Running for offering prizes for outright male and female winners in the three races and these people will also get other unique prizes from the British Ultra Fest.


Also we are very grateful to have helpers coming from Abingdon Amblers and the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and a number of individuals who have kindly offered their time and energy.


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