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Isaac’s Tea Trail Ultra Marathon

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Saturday 6th August 2022

Entries Open
Tuesday 10th August 2021
Entries Close
Sunday 31st July 2022 at 19:15
Entry Fees

£65 (affiliated)
£67 (unaffiliated)

Relay (team of 3)

Event Organiser - Mark Marchant

About the Trail

Come and join us on this epic journey through some of the most dramatic countryside in the UK. This trail race route follows Isaac’s Tea Trail, a 37-mile loop from Allendale  via Nenthead, Alston and Ninebanks before returning 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.

The race route will follow the finger posts and Isaac’s Tea Trail markers through some stunning landscapes, on a great mixture of farmland, meandering riverside trails, beautiful villages, flower filled meadows and moorland. 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 a route description, map, the Isaac’s Tea Trail Guide book and a GPX file should you choose to use a GPS device. You will have 12 hrs to complete the route which means you need to average approx. 3 mph, the current fastest know time is held by Cees van der Land who won the 2021 event in a time of 5:48:25. Emily Cowper-Coles set a new ladies record in 7:02:13.

You can read more about the 2021 event on Anne's blog. 

Your entry and whats included:

  • 37 miles of dramatic scenery.
  • 5000 ft of ascent.
  • Branded mug.
  • Copy of the Isaac Tea Trail Guide
  • Free downloadable event pictures
  • A packet of wild flower seeds.
  • Branded tea pots for category winners.
  • Event tracker to provide safety and dot watching fun for your family and friends
  • Well stocked checkpoints each with a featured tea en-route, offering hot/cold drinks, snacks, fruit, vegan sweets and cake!
  • Hot food and drinks available at race HQ following completion of the event.
  • A £3 donation from each entry will go towards the upkeep of the trail. Donations will be made to the Friends of the North Pennines and the Pennine Way National trail.
  • Venue: Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, NE47 9PR
  • Parking: Baynes Travel, Allendale, NE47 9NE
  • Start Time: 9am
  • Registration: 6.30-8.30 am

Relay Team leg distances.

Allendale to Nenthead 11.26 miles and 1779ft of climbing

Nenthead to Ninebanks 16 miles and 2023ft of climbing

Ninebanks to Allendale 13 miles and 1177ft 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. We will provide transport back to the start. There will be a small charge for this to cover the cost of bus hire etc.

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 are an eco-friendly company and, on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts as standard – many go to waste after events. As with all of our races we will be collecting Pre-loved running kit so that we can pass it all onto an up-cycling scheme which we are supporting. We are actively encouraging participants to give something back to the environment which is why your race goodies are a little bit different. We are including a packet of mixed wild flower seeds for you to plant which will encourage bees and other pollinators to visit your garden and is great for the environment.

We have recently 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.

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