Welcome Ultra


The Government have now voted to confirm the third national lockdown. They have said that it may last until the end of March. If this is the case The Welcome Ultra may be affected.
Hopefully there will be some relaxing of the lockdown before then and outdoor sports will be permitted again in which case we will go ahead, if not, it is my intention if possible to push the race back until it is possible to run it.
We will keep you updated at every stage of the way. The rules on exercise at the moment are that you are allowed out once a day to exercise, so make the most of it, stay fit and we will be waiting for you at the other side of lockdown.

Entries now Open – Enter Here.


The Welcome Ultra.  Saturday 6th March 2021

Please read the following update on all of our events that take place during CoVid restrictions. Information on this page will be updated when required and will supersede any other information on this page. Please note that courses may be amended to take into account restrictions.

Running during CoVid

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Distance: 54/67.5km (33.5/42 Miles)

Climb:  1300/1800 metres (4300/6000ft)

ITRA Points: 2/3 mini_member5

Maximum Entrants: 200

Trackers: All entrants will be supplied with a tracker and a weblink will be provided during the week prior to the race, where runners and friends and family can watch your progress during the race.

Cost: £65 (£50 Early Bird Deadline 1/1/21)

Car Park/Start and Finish: Bridge End Auction Site, Otley : LS21 2AA:

Start: From 6am to 9am

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 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 Old Pool bankand finally down to the finish in Otley. 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, and flapjacks , CP5 will also have savouries.

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

Competitor Instruction Sheet(2020): TBC

Route Description(This is provisional until the entries close): TBC

GPX Files for Welcome Ultra (This is provisional until the entries close):  TBC

Previous Years Results:

Welcome Ultra 2020 Results

Welcome Ultra 2019 Results

Welcome Ultra 2018 Results

Welcome Ultra 2017 Results

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.