MHU – 6th May 2017
Route Profile for the MHU52 mile Ultra (Out & Back)
The MHU104 mile Ultra is two Out & Backs (The Double)
Ascent – 6,086ft Descent – 6,086ft Distance – 52 miles
Please note: It is likely that for 2017 we will be relocating to a new start and finish location which may mean that the specified distances will change slightly, although we will endeavour to keep as close to them as we can.
Malvern Hills Ultra entrants can choose various race distances, between 8, 27, 34, 44, 52 & 104 miles. The total ascent of the 52 mile race is over 6,000 ft, the 104 mile race exceeds 12,000 ft.
To view the one hundred top finishers “Hall of Fame” click HERE.
Previous years race photos can be found HERE.
The race is open to Solo Runners and Relay Teams. Trophy Categories consist for the individual winner’s for men and women of all race categories, veteran men and women for the 52 & 104 Ultra races only, teams of three, and a relay team event where team members just run between checkpoints. Checkpoints are a minimum of 7 miles and a maximum of 12 miles apart. Completion of the Malvern Hills Ultra 52 mile race allows two qualifying points for Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc Race. The 52 mile race (Purple Route) and the 104 mile race (Black Route) both start and finish at the Top Barn Farm Shop – heading across to Monk Wood and Ockeridge Wood and then to The Crown at Martley which is CP1. CP1 is also the starting point for the 44 mile race (Red Route). From Martley the route follows the Worcestershire Way, over Ankerdine Hill and into Storridge where The New Inn is CP2. CP2 is also the starting point for 34 mile race (Yellow Route). Continuing on the Worcestershire Way, over the Malvern Hills and to The Malvern Hills Hotel which is CP3. It is at CP3 that all competitors turn and retrace their tracks back to the finish at the Activity Centre, utilising previous CP Stations. CP3 is also the starting point for the 26 mile race (Blue Route). For the 104 mile competitors the route repeats, going out and back along the same route for a second time, turning at the Malvern Hills Hotel and back again via The New Inn and The Crown.
The Race Start time for the MHU 104 and the MHU52 is 7.00am on Saturday 7th May 2016, signing in and checks open at 5.45 am, and close at 6.30am (PROMPT). Late entrants may be refused entry. A race brief will then follow and a group photograph. Food: for the 2016 race the food at the finish was chilli and rice and 2017 race will be on a similar basis. Check points will have unlimited water, coke, Red Bull, orange squash together with a selection of items such as malt loaf, peanuts, jelly beans, jam or peanut butter sandwiches, cakes, and GU Energy gels. Under no circumstances is litter to be left along the route.
You are required to carry copies of our free downloadable maps and route directions available off this website. In addition we provide a gpx file which can be downloaded onto your GPS device if you so wish. We also have the ‘Time Lords’ who will run at desingnated hourly paces – 10 hour, 11 hour, 12 hour, 13 hour and 14 hour.
If you are confident about being able to navigate the course consistently at any of these times, please email email@example.com to check availablity. Time Lords will benefit from free race entry and a unique ‘Time Lord’ finisher medal.
If you are new to Ultra Running and don’t have a Garmin or similar gps device and would like to have a go at using one – URL has invested in 40 Garmin foretrex410 devises, which you can simply hire just for race day. The hire cost is just £20.00. Each unit comes with the route already downloaded onto it. For the Foretrex 401 you would need to supply your own 2 batteries (triple A type / AAA) and carry a further spare 2 batteries within your kit bag. Dependant on your quality of battery you should achieve 18 hours with a set of batteries, but you should always carry a back-up set. If you want to hire one click Hire now!
Camping: Pre race camping is available at Top Barn Farm. Please contact them directly for prices and availablity.
Finishers will receive an official MHU medal and a technical MHU T-Shirt. Event options: MHU 52 (Purple Route), MHU 105 (Black Route),Team Relay entries (Grey Route), MHU 44 (Red Route), MHU 34 (Yellow Route), MHU 26 (Blue Route). Raise Money for St. Richard’s Hospice and go free (conditions apply).
Malvern Hills Ultra Rules
The course is very challenging and for competitors own safety and fairness the following rules must be adhered to. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this and future events. The Event
The Malvern Hills Ultra (MHU) is organised by Ultra Running Limited and is open to runners, walkers, teams of two or more, and relay teams. All entrants must be 20 years of age or over at the start of the race. Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete the race. Every entrant must confirm that they have read these rules and other event information and therefore understand the nature of the event and that participation is at their own risk.
- MHU 52 (Purple Route) and the MHU 104 (Black Route) will start at 7.00am
- MHU 44 (Red Route) starts from The Crown at Martley and will start at 8.15am.
- MHU 34 (Yellow Route) starts from The New Inn at Storridge and will start at 10.30am.
- MHU 26 (Blue Route) starts from The Malvern Hills Hotel and will start at 12.00pm: Transport for MHU44, MHU34 & MHU26 competitors can be provided to the various start locations which will cost approx £10.00 per person and you can secure your transport by selecting that option during your booking process. On the day, each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins, to either the back or front and be clearly visible. It is the competitors responsibilty to ensure all CP stations have recorded their time as they pass through (this is in addition to the chip-timing system). All Teams must have pre-registered before the day and consist of at least three competitors who will also count as individual competitors amongst the rankings. Relay team members in categories of either 2/ 3 or 4/6 will carry chip-timed battens.
Competitors must be self sufficient, and carry the following mandatory items:
- Backpack or equivalent
- Head Torch with spare batteries
- Ordnance Survey Map 150 (Our downloadable maps are ok)
- Compass or GPS device
- Mobile phone
- Emergency food pack consisting of a two chocolate bars, Mars or similar
- Basic first Aid Kit
Checkpoints and Water Stations
GU energy are our official gel sponsor for all URL events and their gels will be available at all of our check-point stations. The MHU benefits from CP stations which have a great selection of food items and drinks, but any personal requirements are the responsibility of the entrant. Competitors must go through all check points and it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded their race number; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified. Punch Points Along the route are un-manned punch-points, where you must use your punch-card to confirm your arrival. Initial punch-cards must be handed over at The Malvern Hills Hotel, where a fresh punch-card will be issued. On finishing, the second punch-card should be handed over to a URL Marshall. Any competitor found to not follow the pre determined race route will be disqualified.
If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or by telephoning the emergency number which will be written on the race numbers of each competitor.
Completion for the 52 mile race is required to be inside 14 hours. Check points will be technically closed at the following times:
- CP1 – 08:45
- CP2 – 11:45
- CP3 – 14:00
- CP4 – 16:00
- CP5 – 19:00
Any competitor arriving at a CP after the above advised times will not be allowed to continue.
Likewise, for the 105 mile competitors, there is a MANADATORY cut off time to reach the Midway point of Top Barn Farm Shop within 14 hours. This will be non negotiable. However, 104 mile competitors deciding not to continue at this point will still be deemed as finishers for the MHU 52 and will receive finisher Medals and Tec T-Shirts and will be included within the MHU 52 race results, but only if they choose not to continue. However they will also be included within the MHU 104 race results as DNF.
Top Barn Camping offers camping facilities which benefit from toilets, showers and parking. Please make camping arrangements directly with Top Barn Camping. It is requested that these facilities are respected and all litter etc is removed by the responsible competitor. The organisers (URL) are more than happy to source alternative accommodation such as B&B or hotel, subject to availability and cost. This service is provided also for any family member or supporter who wishes to attend the event.
Registration & Entry Fees
Entry fees include a contribution to the Malvern Hills Conservators, who look after the paths and hills that we use.
Contributions to date = £410
(Catered) Includes check-point food and hot food at the finish.
(RAW) Includes only water
- MHU 52 (Purple Route) Individual entries are £59.00 per person (catered)
or RAW at £49.00
- MHU 104 (Black Route) Individual entries are £105.00 per person (catered)
or RAW at 85.00
- MHU 44 (Red Route) Individual entries are £50.00 per person (catered)
or RAW at £40.00
- MHU 34 (Yellow Route) Individual entries are £45.00 per person (catered)
or RAW at £37.00
- MHU 26 (Blue Route) Individual entries are £40.00 per person (catered)
or RAW at £32.00
- MHU 52 Relay Team Member entries are £35.00 per person (catered)
or RAW at £27.00
Entries are on a non-refundable basis. Cancellations within four weeks of the event will not be transferrable. Where you are granted a ‘transfered race’ or ‘reduced rate race’ these are clearly on the basis of a one off offer and must either be used or forfeited.
Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of the MHU. Participants agree that Ultra Running Limited may use exclusively their individual or collective names and pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in this event.
Finisher Medals & Trophies
All finishers will receive an appropriate MHU race medal and a MHU Technical T-Shirt. (The size of the finishers medal will increase depending on the distance of the race you enter). Men’s & Ladies individual trophy for both MHU 52 & MHU 104 mile races. Men’s & Ladies veteran trophy for both MHU 52 & MHU 104 mile races. Men’s & Ladies individual trophy for the MHU 44, MHU 34, & MHU 26 mile races. Team trophy for the MHU 52 mile race. Relay Team trophies for both Cat Pairs and Cat 3/6 in the MHU 52 mile event. Men’s, Ladies & Veterans winners of the MHU 52 will receive free entry into next year’s event.
Latest Medal news – Special medals for top 50 finishers of the MHU52.
The organisers reserve the right to change or amend any part of the event.