Punk Panther Ultra Marathon Yorkshire UK


Punk Panther Races  started in 2017. They are a series of 6 Ultra Marathons, each race has trophies for First Male, Female and Veteran Male and Female over 50. Points given each race will count towards an annual trophy for men and women.

Punk Panther Races all start in Otley, West Yorkshire and finish in Pool-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, with free return transport to the event car park. They are a minimum of 50K and are run over a variety of challenging courses in West and North Yorkshire visiting stunning scenery including Ilkley Moor, The Chevin and the many reservoirs and beauty spots the area has to offer.

Every finisher receives a medal, Punk Panther Ultra Marathons Tech T Shirt and certificate as well as a hot meal at the finish. Refreshments are provided en-route but you are expected to carry basic supplies as per a kit list.

Punk Panther Ultra Marathons Yorkshire UK

Punk Panther Ultra marathons will be supporting St.Gemma’s Hospice and also raising money for more defibrillators to be located along our courses during the 2018 race series. £1 from each entry fee will be donated. This will cover the car parking at our events.

St.Gemma's HospiceSt Gemma’s Hospice, in Leeds, is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in England. They provide the best possible care and quality of life for local people with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

In 2017 £230 was been raised

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2019 Season in Detail (Including Recce Days)

Punk Panther Races 2019


Ultra Race Series

The Welcome Ultra (Saturday 2nd March 2019)

A Bridge Too Far Ultra (Saturday 11th May 2019)

The Urban Legend Ultra (Saturday 8th June 2019)

The High Life Ultra (Saturday 6th July 2019)

Reservoir Dogs Ultra (Saturday 28th September 2019)

Short Circuit Ultra (Saturday 2nd November 2019)

Race Comparison Chart

Other Ultra Races

The Dales Way Challenge (Saturday 17th August 2019) 

Panther Take The Hindmost (Friday 11th October 2019)

Christmas Cracker Mystery Handicap (Saturday 14th December 2019)

TBC – 

Coming up in 2020

The Dales High Way Challenge

The River Aire Ultra

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Punk Panther Ultra Marathons

Punk Panther Ultra Marathons were created by Ryk Downes, who in his teenage years was a top Orienteer before a running hiatus of over 20 years. This break from running ended when he ran the 2003 London Marathon as the Punk Panther. Since then Ryk has completed many Marathons, Ultra Marathons and other long distance challenges.  In January 2016 Ryk collapsed and ‘died’ from a hereditary heart condition. He was thankfully revived at the scene by passers-by by using a defibrillator and performing CPR.

A subsequent triple heart bypass in February 2016 saw him return to running in the Leeds Half Marathon three months later. Ryk then returned to ultra-distance running with the Hardmoors 60 in September 2016. Whilst recovering from his heart attack Ryk was looking for Ultra Marathons near to home. Finding few and wanting to give something back to the sport he has launched the Punk Panther Series from Otley. He is currently writing a book about his running experiences and the road to recovery and how for many people he has become an inspiration.


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