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Saturday 6th March 2021

Entries Open
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Entries Close
Sunday 21st February 2021
Entries so Far
148 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £65.00   
Race Director - Ryk Downes

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The Welcome Ultra.  Saturday 6th March 2021

*** COVID LOCKDOWN UPDATE 6/1/21 *** The Government have now voted to confirm the third national lockdown. They have said that it may last until the end of March. If this is the case The Welcome Ultra may be affected.
Hopefully there will be some relaxing of the lockdown before then and outdoor sports will be permitted again in which case we will go ahead, if not, it is my intention if possible to push the race back until it is possible to run it.
We will keep you updated at every stage of the way. The rules on exercise at the moment are that you are allowed out once a day to exercise, so make the most of it, stay fit and we will be waiting for you at the other side of lockdown.


Please read the following update on all of our events that take place during CoVid restrictions. Information on this page will be updated when required and will supersede any other information on this page. Please note that courses may be amended to take into account restrictions.

Running during CoVid

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A Big Welcome to the Punk Panther 2021 series, our first event of the season starts off from Weston Lane Community Centre in Otley and heads up to Clifton then across to Askwith then to Denton before crossing an iron bridge over the River Wharfe to Ben Rhydding  then Burley-in-Wharfedale, up onto Burley Moor over to Shipley Glen then Baildon Moor, Guiseley, Yeadon over The Chevin to Surprise View and back to Otley. Please be aware that part of this race is over open moorland providing stunnings views and challenges as well as sometimes boggy paths!

The Bingley Loop. An additional 8 mile loop which takes in the extended Welcome Way, at Shipley Glen the route loops around Bingley before returning to Shipley Glen for an added challenge.

Please note this is one race with two distances, you may choose on the day if you get to checkpoint 3 in time to do the loop. Those doing the loop will be placed above those doing the shorter course. There are no seperate trophies for the shorter course.

Cost: £65 (£50 Early Bird Deadline 1/1/21)

Car Park: Bridge End Auction Site, Otley : LS21 2AA: The start is a 10 minute walk. 

Start: From 6am to 9am

Event Closes: 7pm

Maps Recommended: OS Explorer Maps 297 and 288 OR Welcome Way booklet for £7.49 including p & p covers most of the course except the last section from Surprise View to the finish. The route is substantially waymarked. The 51km course will be taped.

Distance: 51/65km (32/40 Miles)

Climb:  1300/1800 metres (4300/6000ft)

ITRA Points: 2/3 

Maximum Entrants: 120

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint will have water, coke, fruit, jelly babies, peanuts, Jaffa cakes, flapjacks , CP5 will also have savouries.

  • Checkpoint 1: Denton 10km (6 miles) 9.00am to 10.30am
  • Checkpoint 2: Burley 19km (11 miles) 10.00am to 12 noon
  • Checkpoint 3: Shipley Glen 32km (19 miles) 11am to 3.30pm (If you wish to do the loop you must get to checkpoint 3 by 2.00pm Loop runners visit this checkpoint twice (at the start and end of the loop)
  • Checkpoint 4: Esholt 40/54km (23/30 miles) 12 noon to 5pm
  • Checkpoint 5: The Chevin 46/60km (17/35 miles) 12.30pm to 6pm

Every finisher receives a medal, A Welcome Ultra Tech T-Shirt.  Event finishing positions are in order of distance completed then time taken.

A zip file of the GPX files of the exact route is available from the event page on the website  Alternatively it is available from the files section of the Facebook Group Page. The file is provisional and will be confirmed as soon as entries close.

Final Competitor instructions will be emailled to all competitors as shortly after entries close. Results will be available on the Facebook group within 24 hours and on the website within  48 hours.

Kit list.

You are expected to carry the following at all times during the race. Failure to do so may result in time penalties or disqualification, at the discretion of the Race Director whose decision is final.

  • Drinking Cup (we do not provide plastic cups at checkpoints)
  • 500 ml water/energy drink
  • Energy Bar/Nutrition
  • Hat/Buff
  • Head Torch
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams
  • Emergency blanket
  • Gloves
  • Hard copy of the Map/Route description (see website for details)
  • Mobile phone (with the race directors number – 07950 008005 stored in it in case of emergencies). When registering you will need to leave you mobile number in case of emergencies, so please leave your phone switched on.

This is the standard kit for all races, but please check the website for the specific race in case there are any special requirements due to the weather etc.

Covered by Event Protect

This event is covered by Event Protect. If the event is cancelled, you can apply for a refund directly from Event Protect provided the cancellation is covered by their insurance policy.

Covered by Refund Protect

This event offers the option to purchase Refund Protect. Participants can choose to cover their inability to attend with Refund Protect.

Other events in this series

Sat 13 Feb 21 Punk Panther's Short Circuit Too
Sat 3 Apr 21 Punk Panther's River Aire
Sat 8 May 21 Punk Panther's The Dales High Way Ultra
Sat 12 Jun 21 Punk Panther's Bridge Too Far
Sat 3 Jul 21 Punk Panther's High Life
Sat 14 Aug 21 Punk Panther's Dales Way Challenge
Sat 25 Sep 21 Punk Panther's Reservoir Dogs
Fri 8 Oct 21 Panther Takes The Hindmost
Sat 23 Oct 21 Punk Panther's Nidderdale Way Challenge
Sat 13 Nov 21 Punk Panther's Short Circuit
Sat 11 Dec 21 Punk Panther's Christmas Cracker

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