Ultimate race over hills and moors

HARDY runners will be in Wooler this weekend for a mammoth 62-mile ultra race.

The event is organised by AdventureHub, who arrange ultra races all over the UK as well as expeditions overseas.

The 100km route is on a tough and challenging circular course of climbs, woodland and open moor taking in stretches of the Pennine Way.

It is described as a ‘spectacular route with a feeling of real adventure and isolation’ and for those who don’t feel they can manage 62 miles, there is a marathon option.

The ultra race starts at 7am, while the marathon starts at 8am on Saturday.

Ian Couch, from AdventureHub, said: “It is a pretty tough course.

“There are about 30 runners of all ages and abilities and our aim is to see everyone finish!”

The ultra race can be used as a qualifier for similar races overseas and Ian wants to encourage people to take part in their long-distance treks and running expeditions abroad which take place in such far-flung places as Namibia, Lake Baikal in Siberia and Iceland.