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What's 'ULTRA trail 101' about?


At this stage the purpose is to establish whether there is sufficient demand to make it worthwhile launching an off-road ultra equivalent to the 100 Marathon club.


One of the potential problems is that not enough runners have historical records or proof of their runs.  We need to determine whether that is a major problem before, not after, we attempt any formal launch!  




Aims, awards, definitions and the proposed registration process are detailed below.  After you have thoroughly read them, if appropriate,  please pre-register your firm intent to join 'Ultra trail 101' by logging your name, proposed membership level, number of ultras on our facebook page, or email them if you are not on facebook. 


Your name and award will then be recorded on the pre-registration list opposite.




ULTRA trail 101


The Three Aims

  • To encourage off-road runners of all abilities to celebrate the achievement of completing 101/50/25 off-road Ultra events. 

  • To raise funds to support the work of the John Muir Trust in protecting our wild places.

  • To keep things simple and informal - ULTRA trail 101 will have no officials, no committes and a minimum of rules - it's more of a network than a club.  

The Four Awards

  • Associate - where at least 25 ultra events must be completed

  • Bronze - where at least 50 ultra events must be completed

  • Silver - where at least 101 ultra events must be completed

  • Gold - where 101 ultra events must be completed and where at least 30 are 50 miles or more of which 10 must be at least 100 miles.

Leader board

Once approved, members names will appear on a web-based leader board under the four award  categories.  Each name will be in order of approval date.



There will be a once only registration fee  for each award level.  This  will be a donation via 'just giving' to the John Muir Trust .  'Ultra Trail 101' is 100% not-for-profit, with no admin costs.  Registration donations will be as follows:     Associate - £10, Bronze - £15, Silver -  £20, Gold -  £25


  • After any formal launch applicants will need to complete a download-able 'Ultra trail 101' spreadsheet. This will enable you to list all your qualifying events and the method of proof -  which must be either results or a certificate. Links to web-based results will not be acceptable.  You must have saved files or hard copies of proof because many web results could eventually cease to exist!

  • Multi-day ultras must be on the permitted list. You will need to seek approval for additions BEFORE includiing them in your application.  

  • You will be asked to produce proof of up to 10 selected events subject to the level of membership.



While it is understandable for runners to think of ways to creatively boost their tally please list only events that fall strictly within the simple black and white definitions below.  If it does not fit please leave it out!  We hope you appreciate that it is not practical to spend time engaging in debates about 'grey' areas.

  • For the purposes of the Ultra Trail 101  ultra-distance is defined as a minimum of 30 miles or 50km on foot and off-road on trail, moor, fell or coast.  Off-road must constitute at least 60% of the course.

  • Event is defined as being a race or challenge organised on a specific date and open to anyone subject to the usual qualifications regarding experience and age.

  • Only the distance declared or advertised by the event organiser is accepted. Note the 30 mile or 50km ultra definition.

  • The full distance of the event must be completed in a continuous outing within the specified time limit.

  • Multi-day continuous and staged events involving stops for sleep qualify provided every leg is at least 30 miles or 50 km.  The total distance counts as a single ultra!   For the purposes of pre-registration a list of permitted events is posted on facebook.  Please post any new additions for approval before including in your pre-register total. 

  • Ultra events where the object is to complete the maximum distance within a set time qualify as long as they meet the distance and off-road criteria above.

This excludes:

  • Multi-disciplined events e.g. triathlons

  • Multi-day events where any leg is less than 30 miles/50 km  e.g. Cape Wrath Trail

  • Mountain marathon events  unless all days are at least 30 miles/50 km

  • Events on track or road e.g. road ultra-marathons - they are already accommodated by the 100 Marathon Club

  • Distances of more than 30 miles/50 km when the full event distance has not been completed e.g. completing 80 miles of a 100 mile ultra  or 250 miles of The Spine.

  • Ultra-distance challenges which can be completed at anytime e.g. Bob Graham Round


     Name                           Award             No. of  Ultras


   Andy Norman         Bronze             67       

   Sarah Norman         Bronze              -            Andy Cole               Bronze             87  

   Martin Terry            Bronze             95

   Janet Hill                 Bronze             97

   Steve  Morris          Associate          39

   Karen Nash              Gold               106

   Paul Nelson             Associate         30

   Steve Hall                Associate         37

   Garth de Roux         Associate         27

   Emily Beaumont      Associate         38

   Stephen Braithwaite   Bronze             51

   Leo Lundy                Bronze            75

   Sue Jennings            Associate        28

   Maria Pali                Associate         30

   Jude  Dayne             Associate         25

   Pam Costello           Associate         28

   Sarah Smith             Associate         40

   Gary Vernon            Associate         44

   Nick Ham                Gold                187

   Lena Conlin             Associate         29


Tony Wimbush is responsible for all design, research and content on the gofar website.  
Richard Wimbush provides technical support

Appreciation goes to Peter Hartley for use of the black and white photos that also appeared on the cover of The Fell Runner (Summer 1985 and Summer 1986).
For the use of photographs as credited on relevant web pages thanks also go to Wendy Dodds, Nicky Spinks, Bob Wightman and Pauline Charters.

Thanks are due to the following who have assisted with information: -