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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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 Veggies.org.uk and will offer a nutritionally balanced vegetarian menu for the week consisting of three meals a day at these approximate times:
•Breakfast 6 am
•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.
Funding 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.
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. oxfordbus.co.uk, call 01865 785400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Radley Village Shop offers a range of basic essentials.
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
Redbridge has a Go Outdoors store about 3 miles away.
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:
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:
The British Ultra Fest would not be happening this August without the help of Paul Fernandez. It was Paul who first suggested to Race Director Pam Storey that Radley College may be a suitable venue to manifest her dream of a 6 day race in the UK after the disappointment of Lingfield Park proving to be unavailable at the right time.
Paul is head of Adventurous Activities at Radley and his knowledge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Combined Cadet Force with its range of outdoor activities including Hill Walking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Trail Cycling, Skiing and Paddlesport place Paul in a perfect position to liaise between the organising team and Radley College.
Paul has been running ultramarathons for quite a few years with his club the Abingdon A.C. (Amblers). Having represented England at the 100 km Championships in 2011 and 2012 and at the the 50 km IAU World Trophy Final, Galway, Paul has demonstrated his endurance capacity. In March this year Paul won the 50 km at Perth in 3:04:07 and last year ran his best marathon at the local Abingdon Marathon with a time of 2:32:02.
As well as possessing speed in the shorter ultramarathons, Paul has been working on his 24 hour performances and with 204.362 at the Self-Transcendence 24 hour in Tooting Bec in 2010, Paul will be looking to run 200 km+ in his next race and we are happy to have Paul entered in the 24 hour at on his home ground, Radley College.
We are very grateful to Paul for all the work he has put into the British Ultra Fest and we wish him every success in the event on August 16th 2013.