Punk Panther Ultra Marathon Yorkshire UK

Punk Panther Races  started in 2017. We organise 10 Ultra Marathons a year. There is a series of 6 Ultra Marathons, where each race has points given each race will count towards an annual trophy for men and women, but you can of course just enter single races. In addition there is an Elimination Ultra – Panther Takes The Hindmost, The Dales Way Challenge, The River Aire Ultra and The Dales High Way Challenge.

Punk Panther Race Series Ultras 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.

The Dales Way Challenge starts in Bowness-on-Windermere and finishes 82 miles later in Ilkley. The Dales High Way Challenge starts in Saltaire and finishes in Appleby-in-Westmoreland, The River Aire Ultra starts in the centre of Leeds and finishes at Malham Tarn. Panther Takes the Hindmost takes place around Swinsty and Fewston Reservoirs.

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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Punk Panther Races 2020

 

Ultra Race Series

The Welcome Ultra (Saturday 7th March 2020)

A Bridge Too Far Ultra (Saturday 13th June 2020)

The High Life Ultra (Saturday 4th July 2020)

Reservoir Dogs Ultra (Saturday 28th September 2020)

Short Circuit Ultra (Saturday 7th November 2020)

Christmas Cracker Handicap (Saturday 12th December 2020)

 

Race Comparison Chart

Other Ultra Races

 

River Aire Ultra (Saturday 11th April 2020)

Dales High Way Challenge (Saturday 9th May 2020)        

The Dales Way Challenge (Saturday 15th August 2020)

 

Panther Take The Hindmost (Friday 9th October 2020)

 

Christmas Cracker Handicap (Saturday 12th December 2019)

As we evolve, we are able to expand. 2020 will be our fourth year, and we are able to add to new races to the Calendar – The Dales High Way and The River Aire Ultra. The former is 90 miles long with some wicked climb, starts in Saltaire and finished in Appleby-in-Westmorland and the latter is 5o miles long, starts in Leeds and finishes at Malham Tarn.

The race series continues, this year on Facebook a poll was conducted and the Urban Legend will be rested with the season finale being The Christmas Cracker Handicap. The first person home in the handicap will take the season trophy, although there will still be a trophy for the runner with the most points during the season.

Categories continue as Female, Male, FV50, MV50. There will again be trophies for the most improved runner where applicable.

The slightly bad news is that whilst we have held our prices for 3 years, our costs have been increasing, so, unfortunately, we now have to increase the race series. The Dales Way will remain unchanged. However, both the Dales Way and the Dales High Way include medical cover and donations to the Dales Way/Dales High Way associations to help upkeep the routes.

All races have an entry limit of 200 except for Panther Takes The Hindmost (50) and the Christmas Cracker Handicap (100)

Finally, the short courses of the race series will all be marked, but we will not guarantee to mark the longer courses.

Race series races are £40 early Bird £50 final (£80 and £100 for the 105Km and 130km races)

Panther Takes the Hindmost stays at £25 early bird £30 final

River Aire £50 early Bird £65 final

Dales High Way & Dales High Way £100 early Bird £125 final

Trackers are included in all races over 60miles/100Km, for shorter races add £15 (not compulsory)

 

Season Tickets

Gold – £400 – All races

Silver – £275 – Race Series + one Dales event

Bronze – £200 Race Series only

Panther Takes the Hindmost is not included in the season ticket. If you wish to include the 105km or 130km High Life then add £40

 

Season tickets must be purchased by 31st December 2019 and can only be done so by contacting the race organisers.

Ultra Race Series

The Welcome Ultra (Saturday 7th March 2020)

A Bridge Too Far Ultra (Saturday 13th June 2020)

The High Life Ultra (Saturday 4th July 2020)

Reservoir Dogs Ultra (Saturday 28th September 2020)

Short Circuit Ultra (Saturday 7th November 2020)

Christmas Cracker Handicap (Saturday 12th December 2020)

 

Race Comparison Chart

Other Ultra Races

 

River Aire Ultra (Saturday 11th April 2020)

Dales High Way Challenge (Saturday 9th May 2020)        

The Dales Way Challenge (Saturday 15th August 2020)

 

Panther Take The Hindmost (Friday 9th October 2020)

 

Christmas Cracker Handicap (Saturday 12th December 2019)

 

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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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