The Country to Capital Ultra is a 43-mile, point-to-point race that takes in a stunning mix of cross-country trails, road, and Canal towpath, as the route makes its way from Wendover to Little Venice, west London. The event, which has been well established as the opener for the Ultra race calendar, has risen in popularity since Go Beyond Challenge took on the course in 2018.
Starting at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Wendover, runners have 11 hours to cover 43-miles of mixed terrain, in mid-winter conditions, before crossing the finish line in the heart of London at Little Venice, Canal Basin.
Simon Hollis, Race Director at GO Beyond Challenge, spoke with Ultrarunner Magazine, to discuss this year’s race and offer some top tips to runners thinking of signing up for a Go Beyond Challenge Ultra event!
“Be prepared to be a part of something special!”
“This year was our first fully tracked and interactive race, so friends and family were able to follow the progression of the runners during this edition. The route is Waymarked, though some self-navigation is required. We have always offered our runners a wealth of material to study and familiarise themselves with ahead of race day. However, this year, we introduced GPS tracking, which added an extra element of safety and made the race more enjoyable for our runners and their supporters”.
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