The Welcome Ultra Saturday 2nd March 2019
Distance: 51/65km (32/40 Miles)
Climb: 1300/1800 metres (4300/6000ft)
Maximum Entrants: 200
Cost: £40 (£1 of each entry will go to St.Gemma’s Hospice)
Car Park: Bridge End Auction Site, Otley : LS21 2AA: The start is a 10 minute walk. NOTE There is no car parking at the Start or Finish, a free lift back to the car park is available from the finish.
Registration: From 7.30am at Weston Lane Community Centre (half a mile walk from carpark, take everything with you – bag transfer to finish)
Event Closes: 7pm
Maps Recommended: OS Explorer Maps 297 and 288 OR Welcome Way booklet for £7.49 including p & p covers most of the course except the last section from Surprise View to the finish. The route is substantially waymarked. The 51km course will be taped.
Basic Route Details: Our first event of the season The Welcome Ultra was affected by snow at the beginning of March. Whilst it still went ahead, some were unable to attend, so this is a re-run of the race. All are welcome to enter. It starts off from Weston Lane Community Centre in Otley and heads up to Clifton then across to Askwith then to Denton before crossing an iron bridge over the River Wharfe to Ben Rhydding then Burley-in-Wharfedale, up onto Burley Moor over to Shipley Glen then Baildon Moor, Guiseley, Yeadon over The Chevin to Surprise View and across to Bramhope and finally down to the finish in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale where a hot meal awaits (vegetarian and vegan option available upon request when entering) along with your well deserved Tech T-Shirt, medal and certificate. Please be aware that part of this race is over open moorland providing stunning views and challenges as well as sometimes boggy paths!
The Bingley Loop. An additional 7 mile loop which takes in the extended Welcome Way, at Shipley Glen the route loops around Bingley before returning to Shipley Glen for an added challenge.
Checkpoints: Each checkpoint will have water, coke, Fresh Fruit, jelly babies, peanuts, Jaffa cakes, marshmallows and flapjacks , CP5 will also have pork pies and cheese.
Checkpoint 1: Denton 10km (6 miles) 9.00am to 10.30am
Checkpoint 2: Burley 19km (11 miles) 10.00am to 12 noon
Checkpoint 3: Shipley Glen 32km (19 miles) 11am to 3.30pm (If you wish to do the loop you must get to checkpoint 3 by 2.00pm you will return to this checkpoint after the loop)
Checkpoint 4: Esholt 40/54km (23/31 miles) 12 noon to 5pm
Checkpoint 5: The Chevin 46/60km (27/35 miles) 12.30pm to 6pm
Finish: Pool-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church, Main Street, Pool-in-Wharfedale, LS21 1LH – There is NO Parking at the Finish (please ask friends and family to park sensibly in the village)
Competitor Instruction Sheet: Final Competitor Instruction sheet for Welcome Ultra 2019
Route Description: Welcome Ultra Route Description 2019
Kit List: Kit List
Every finisher receives a medal, A Welcome Ultra Tech T-Shirt and Certificate as well as a hot meal at the finish. Event finishing positions are in order of distance completed then time taken.
A GPX files of the exact route is available on request. The file is provisional and will be confirmed as soon as entries close.