Isaac’s Tea Trail Virtual Ultra Marathon – Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th August 2020

Solo– complete the whole route in a single run
Solo Relay– complete as a solo but in multiple runs.
Team– Mixed team of 4, 2 men and 2 women each complete a stage of the race route (virtually) including the relevant climbing for that section.

About the Trail:
Come and join us on this epic virtual journey through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. The race route follows Isaac’s Tea Trail, a 37-mile loop from Allendale via Nenthead, Alston, and Ninebanks before returning to Allendale. The current fastest know time around the actual race route is held by Cees van der Land who completed the route in 2019 in a time of 6 hrs 40 mins. You can read about the efforts of Cees by following this link. Will anyone beat the time of Cees on this virtual event? Remember you must also gain the required amount of elevation!

The real race route takes place in the North Pennines AONB, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a UNESCO Global Geopark. Your virtual race route can take place anywhere you like as long as you are observing current government guidance on social distancing, exercise and travel. The North Pennines is a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more.

Your entry and what is included.

Solo, Solo Relay- £10, mixed team of 4-£24

  • Each entry includes a donation to Isaac’s Tea Trail which goes towards the upkeep of the trail and its way markers etc.
  • £1 from each entry will be donated to our chosen charity.
  • Each participant will receive an Isaac’s Tea Trail guide, which describes the history of the trail, Isaac Holden and the region.
  • A packet of wildflower seeds to encourage pollinators to visit your garden.
  • Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female solo/solo relay runners and 1st relay team.

The Virtual Race:
 participants will be required to virtually complete the entire Isaac’s Tea Trail route on the weekend of 8th, 9th August all 37 miles and 5672 ft of climbing in a single run. We are not suggesting that you actually run the Isaac’s Tea Trail route, in fact we discourage you from doing so, choose your own route which will allow you to run the required distance and elevation.

If you enter as a Solo relay you must complete the same distance and elevation but can do so over multiple runs on the 8th and 9th August.

Team Race  Your mixed team must each complete a section of the race route with the relevant vertical ascent over the weekend of the 8th and 9th August. You don’t need to complete the race route in order, but you must each complete a section.

It is up to your team to decide who completes which section, so play to your strengths!

The sections are as follows:
Allendale to Nenthead-11.5 miles with 586 m/ 1922 ft
Nenthead to Alston- 6 miles with 161 m/528 ft
Alston-Ninebanks-12.5 miles with 576 m/1891 ft
Ninebanks to Allendale- 8 miles with 406 m/1331 ft


  1. Individuals or team captains must enter all of the required details on SI Entries.
  2. You, or your team captain is responsible for submitting data following completion of the whole event or each stage.
  3. You must set your data recording device to show elapsed time- on Strava the easiest way to do this is by calling your activity a race, you are encouraged to add your Strava/Facebook, Instagram account etc to your profile on SI Entries so that we can validate your results.
  4. Category winners and winning teams will have data confirmed before results and prizes are published.
  5. You must complete the required distance an elevation for each stage.
  6. You must complete your run/runs on the weekend of the 8th and 9th August 2020.
  7. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female solo/solo relay and 1st team.

We have recently signed up to the North Pennine AONB responsible tourism charter, which broadly means that when planning our events full consideration is given to the environment, conservation issues, the local economies, local landowners and obviously any impact we may have on wildlife.


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