SAFETY WARNING!!!

You undertake the routes on this site at your own risk.

Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.

Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.

HAVE A GO!

The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go.

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If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, offer details of other routes (old and new), spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please let us know via the contact page.

FRA LONG DISTANCE RECORDS and NEWS

Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email: martin.stone@sportident.co.uk

COMPLETIONS

Where a route contact name is given please notify that person of your  attempt on the route to enable accurate records to be maintained for the dubious benefit of future generations of fell runners!

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The Bala Challenge                                                           UK Ultras

The object of this round, also known as the Wild Wales Two Thousands, was to ascend 32 of the two thousand foot summits which lie within the Arenig, Aran and Berwyn hills of southern Snowdonia and form the watershed around Lake Bala. It involved some 80 miles with 18,000 feet of ascent in a traverse of some of the most arduous terrain south of the Scottish border.  The route was devised by Colin Brooke and Kevan Guest using George Bridge's tables of two thousand foot summits published in 1973. It was completed by Colin Brooke and Tony Wimbush in 1988 in 23 hours 38 minutes and launched as a formal 24-hour challenge on similar lines to the Bob Graham.  There was the option of adding another 15 tops to create an ultimate round of all 47 two thousand footers in the Arenig, Arans and Berwyn groups.

The route is included here primarily for historical interest as Bridge's summit tables are now out of print and The Mountains of England and Wales by John and Ann Nuttall has since become the standard reference for the two thousand summits. It did, however, inspire The Dragon's Tongue, a more moderate and informal challenge that traverses the five Welsh Corbetts in the area.

Route


Schedule

uk ultras - bala challenge schedule.pdfClick the icon to view or print a schedule of summits and actual times.

Use in conjuntion with OS  Maps 255 Llangollen & Berwyn and OL23 Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid

Completions

No formal register is kept but any further attempts can be notified by email to: info@gofar.org.uk  

Links and Further information

□   The Mountains of England and Wales, George Bridge (West Col Productions,1973).  - Tables of the mountains of two thousand feet or more in altitude. The Bala Challenge summits are listed under The Arenigs, The Berwyns and The Arans section of North Wales. Out-of-print but maybe available through second-hand bookshops.

SAFETY WARNING!!!

You undertake the routes on this site at your own risk.

Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.

Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.

HAVE A GO!

The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go.

SUBSCRIBE

Further routes will be added to this site approximately twice a year. If you wish to be notified of future additions please use the contact page and put "subscribe" in the subject line, or "delete" if you wish to unsubscribe.

HELP WANTED

If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, offer details of other routes (old and new), spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please let us know via the contact page.

FRA LONG DISTANCE RECORDS and NEWS

Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email: martin.stone@sportident.co.uk

COMPLETIONS

Where a route contact name is given please notify that person of your  attempt on the route to enable accurate records to be maintained for the dubious benefit of future generations of fell runners!

SPECIAL OFFER

Lakeland Trails

88 page quality handbook
Now only £3-95 plus 80p (p&p). click here

(Proceeds go to maintain this site)

home

about-gofar

definitions

general

acknowledgements

contact



The UK Big 3


Bob Graham Round

Charlie Ramsay Round

Paddy Buckley Round

Finishers

Big 3 Records


All Ultra Routes


Assynt Traverse

Bala Challenge

Bob Graham Round

Bowland Dozen

Bowland 1500’s

Broxap Round

Brecon Beacons Traverse

Cairngorm Munros

Canary 3 Peaks

Charlie Ramsay Round

Charnley Way

Cuillin Round

Cumbrian Traverse

Dales Skyline

Dales Top Ten

Dales 2000’s

Dark Peak County Tops

Dark Peak 15 Trigs

Dragon’s Tongue

Durham Hewitts

Fleetwood Lakes Rnd

Fleetwood Welsh Rnd

Fleetwood Scottish Chall

Freeman Round

Glen Lyon Round

Harvey Howgill Tops

Joss Naylor Challenge

Knoydart 7

Lakes 24

Lakes 25@25

Lakes 2500’s

Leventon’s Line

Meirionnydd Round

Nat’l & Yorks 3 Peaks

Over The Hill Round

Paddy Buckley Round

Ring of Fire - Galloway

Scottish 4000’s

Six County Tops - Peak

Snowdon to Pumlumon

South Pennine 39 Trigs

Tan Hill to Kirkstone Inn

Tranter’s Round

Upper Calder 13 Trigs

Wainwright 7 Summits

Wainwrights 30@30

Yorkshire Round

Yorkshire 2000’s


Be Inspired!


FRA Awards

24 hour Munro Record

Training - Challenges

Over the Hill Series