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Isaac's Tea Trail Ultra/Marathon/11 Mile

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Saturday 3rd August 2024

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Saturday 5th August 2023 at 09:00
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Sunday 28th July 2024 at 19:15
Ultra; 26.2 ish; 11 Miler
Entry Fees

Ultra Solo
£75 (affiliated)/ £77(unaffiliated)

Ultra Relay (team of up to 3)

£55 (affiliated) / £57 (unaffiliated)

11 Miler
£30 (affiliated) / £32 (unaffiliated)

Event Organiser - Mark Marchant

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About the Trail

Come and join us on this epic journey through some of the most dramatic countryside in the UK. This race route  follows Isaac’s Tea Trail, a 37-mile loop from Allendale via Nenthead, Alston and Ninebanks then back to Allendale. The route takes place in the North Pennines AONB, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a UNESCO Global Geopark. 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.

We will have marshals at key points along the route, but other than the permanent signage this event is a self-navigating challenge. We will provide you with the Isaac’s Tea Trail Guidebook and a GPX file should you choose to use a GPS device. You will have 12 hrs to complete the Ultra and Relay and 9 hrs for the marathon. This is an average of approx. three mph. The current fastest know time for the Ultra is held by Robert Bee in 5:37:26 an the fastest female times set by Sam Lewsey in 6:59:34

The marathon course runs from Nenthead back to Allendale, approx 27 miles. The 11 miler runs from Allendale to Nenthead, roughly 11.5 miles.

Entry Information
• Ultra £75-£77 (affiliated/un-affiliated)
• Marathon £55-£57
• Relay £100 per team
• 27/37 miles of dramatic scenery with 4800ft of ascent
• Branded mug
• Free downloadable event pictures
• An Eco seed medal
• Branded tea pots for category winners
• Event tracker to provide safety and dot watching fun for your family and friends (Ultra and marathon only)
• Coach transport to Nenthead for marathon runners and from Nenthead for 11 mile racers.
• Well stocked checkpoints offering hot/cold drinks, snacks, fruit, vegan sweets etc
• Hot food and drinks available at race HQ following completion of the event
• A donation from each entry will go towards the upkeep of the trail. 
• Registration Venue: Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, NE47 9PR
• Start Times- Ultra/Relay 9am in Allendale

*Start Times- 11 Miler 9.30 am in Allendale
• Start Times- Marathon 12 noon in Nenthead.
• Registration: 4-9pm on 2nd August and 6.30-8.30 am on 3rd August

Relay Team leg distances
• Allendale to Nenthead 11.4 miles with 1750ft of climbing
• Nenthead to Ninebanks 15.8 miles with 1900ft of climbing
• Ninebanks to Allendale 10.2 miles with 1200ft of climbing

We will be running some recce days covering the whole route but broken down into manageable chunks and with a lunch stop along the way at one of the villages. 

A great resource for getting a flavour of the trail, Isaac Holden and the North Pennines is
If you would like to learn more about why the North Pennines AONB is so special, you can do so here.

We have signed up to the North Pennines 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.

You can access our car sharing group on Facebook, where you can arrange car sharing opportunities with other race day participants. Great for the environment and great for your pocket.... and you could win free race places in our car share raffle! Car Share group

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This event offers the option to purchase XCover, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Event Location
Allendale Village Hall, Leadgate, Allendale Town, Hexham, NE47 9PR