Pennine Journey North 50 and 100 mile Ultramarathons
The Pennine Journey long-distance footpath traverses some of the most delightful terrain that Northern England has to offer. In 2022, we plan to bring you the whole 247 miles and 37,000 feet of ascending joy, but over two events: The North and South Loops. In 2023, we plan to hold the main event: a foot race around the whole loop!
Our 2022 North Loop 104-mile Ultramarathon starts at the medieval village of Blanchland. Shortly after, by way of Hexham with its magnificent Abbey, Hadrian’s Wall is reached – Alfred Wainwright’s 1938 objective. The route follows probably the best 20 miles of this World Heritage Site, with opportunities to delve into the history of the Roman occupation of Britain, particularly at Housesteads.
From the ruins of Thirlwall Castle, near Greenhead, the route heads south, initially along the River South Tyne to Alston, before climbing over the shoulder of Cross Fell, the highest point in England outside of Alfred Wainwright’s beloved Lakeland Fells. The Eden valley is followed to its source before the route joins the Pennine Way and climbs over High Cup Nick towards Ettersgill, then continues north into Weardale, before returning to Blanchland.
The 50-mile option (51ish) starts at the market town of Alston and follows the same route as the 100 back to Blanchland. We will provide you with race support approximately every 10-12 miles. 50-mile runners can have one drop bag, and 100-mile runners two.
The route is permanently waymarked, but entrants are expected to be able to use a map and compass as well as illustrating some hill experience.
You can learn more about the Pennine Journey by heading to http://www.penninejourney.org.uk/
Start Blanchland Village Hall
Hexham Tyne Green -12 miles
Brocolitia – 22 miles.
Greenhead Village Hall – 37 miles
Slaggyford Village Hall – 47 miles
Alston – Start of 50 mile race. (not a check point for the 100)
Garrigill Village Hall – 56 miles for 100, and 3.77 miles for 50
Dufton Village Hall -73 miles for 100, and 20.01 miles for 50
Forest-in-Teesdale car park -86 miles for 100, and 33.28 miles for 50
Westgate Village Hall – 98 miles for 100, and 45 miles for 50
Finish Blanchland Village Hall -104 miles for 100, and 51.25 miles for 50
There will be a mandatory kit for both distances, and we will issue this list as part of the race communications at a later date.
- 104 mile race (100 places available)
- £140/£142 to 30/11/2021 (affiliated/non-affiliated)
- £150/£152 between 01/12/2021 and 31/01/22
- £160/£162 from 01/02/2022 to race day
- 50 mile race (100 places available)
- £70/£72 to 30/11/2021 (affiliated/non-affiliated)
- £75/£77 between 01/12/2021 and 31/01/22
- £85/£87 from 01/02/2022 to race day
What you get:
- Event Trackers
- Camping available on the Friday night at Blanchland for 100 runners and Saturday night for 50 runners. £10 extra per tent/campervan
- Feed stations – 8 checkpoints along the route (4 for the 50 runners) providing a mixture of normal Ultra sustenance. Indoor checkpoints will have hot food/drinks.
- Coach transport is available on Sunday morning at £5 per person (50 mile route)
- Medical Cover
- A hot meal/cakes and drinks at the end.
- Bespoke Eco medal for all finishers and some fab event swag.
- Race HQ – Blanchland Village Hall and Recreation Ground, Clap Shaw, Blanchland, DH8 9UA.
- Parking: event parking will be at the village hall with additional parking areas within the public car parks along the street.
We are an eco-friendly company, and on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts as standard – many go to waste after events. As with all of our races, we will be collecting pre-loved running kit so that we can pass it all onto an up-cycling scheme which we are supporting.
We are actively encouraging participants to give something back to the environment which is why your race goodies are a little bit different. We are including a packet of mixed wildflower seeds for you to plant which will encourage bees and other pollinators to visit your garden and are great for the environment.
Note on potential changes due to Coronavirus: due to the current pandemic, the event may be subject to enhanced restrictions and guidelines, such as waved starts, online race briefings etc. We will communicate these fully with you in due course. As with all of our events, should the event be cancelled due to COVID, you will be entitled to claim a refund as one of your options.