COMPLETIONS

Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

Gofar Definitions
Ultra Distance
There are undoubtedly different views on what constitutes ultra-distance as opposed to long-distance or even whether there is any difference at all!  For the purposes of this site the general benchmark for inclusion is a route of over 30 miles or 50 km with 6000 feet of ascent.
 
Challenge
This is something which can be completed at any time and at your own initiative in one continuous outing.  Races and other types of event organised on specific dates are excluded from this site.   For the purposes of this site national or regional trails, such as the Pennine Way or Calderdale Way, which have some form of official blessing are excluded.  Challenges fall into two categories - formal or informal as described below.
Formal or Official
These are routes where there is an official recorder to register successful completions and supply information on the route.  There are also usually set criteria for completing the route such as a time limit. 
Informal
These are routes without any official recorder and usually without any time limit although they must be completed in one continuous outing.
Supported attempts
This is where the route is completed with assistance from road-side vehicles providing food and drink or from someone pacing or navigating a section of the route for you but who is not doing the entire route themselves.  Support also includes any purchases from shops, pubs and cafes. 
Unsupported attempts
This is where there is no form of road-side or en-route support.  This usually means dumping food and drink in advance at points on the route.  Items may not be purchased from shops, cafes or pubs en-route.
 
Self-sufficient attempts
This one is only for the real nutcases out there!   It means you carry everything you eat and drink but you may take on water from naturally occurring sources such as streams and springs.  Technically you may eat natural occurring food en-route such as fruit or even fish and wild animals where it is available and permitted. 

SAFETY WARNING

All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  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 mountain 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 subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.

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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

GOFAR UPDATES

This site is generally updated each winter.  These updates will be announced on gofar facebook. If you are not on facebook and wish to subscribe to future updates email: info@gofar.org.uk 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 email: info@gofar.org.uk

Acknowledgements

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

Photos
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.

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