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Punk Panther Welcome Way Trail and Ultra

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Saturday 5th March 2022

Entries Open
Friday 3rd September 2021
Entries Close
Sunday 20th February 2022
Ultra 42 Miles; Ultra 34 Miles; 20 Miles; Half Marathon
Entries so Far
168 Participants
Entry Fees
Ultra 42 Miles   £65.00   
Ultra 34 Miles   £65.00   
20 Miles   £35.00   
Half Marathon   £30.00   
Race Director - Ryk Downes

This trail race largely follows the Welcome Way, a circular trail through moorland landscapes, alongside rivers, canals and reservoirs, across farmland and through woodland. High points include Otley Chevin and Burley and Baildon moors. For those looking to challenge their limits even further, a seven-mile additional loop can be added around Bingley and Shipley Glen. Half marathon to ultramarathon distances.

Distances: 13/20/34/42 Miles

Climb:  2200/2400/4300/6000 Feet

UTMB Points: -/-/2/3

Race Series: Race 3 of 6

Maximum Entrants: 300

Event Closes: 20:00

Car Park: Opens 06:00. Craftsman Tools Car Park (owned by William Sinclair Stationers in Otley – both have kindly allowed us to use it for the race).  It is located at the end of Bremner Street off the A659 Pool Road LS21 1JD.

Registration: In the Car Park from 06:30

Kit list: You are expected to always carry the following during the race. Failure to do so may result in time penalties or disqualification, at the discretion of the Race Directors 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 director’s numbers – 07950 008005 & 07702 021156 stored in it in case of emergencies). Your phone should be left 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.


Trackers: All ultramarathon entrants will be supplied with a tracker and a weblink will be provided during the week prior to the race, where runners and friends and family can watch your progress during the race. Trail race (half marathon and 20 mile) runners can hire a tracker for £15. 

Start: (From Wharfemeadows Park – 10-minute walk from Car Park)

Ultramarathons: 08:00

20 Miles: 08:15

Half Marathon: 08:30

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint has water, coke, energy bars & crisps.

(Ultramarathons – 13/20 Checkpoints TBC)

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint will have water, coke, energy bars and crisps.

CP1: Denton (9 miles) Open 08:30 Close 10:30

CP2: Burley (14 miles) Open 09:30 Close 11:30

CP3: Shipley Glen (20/28 miles) Open 11:30 Close 15:30 (If you wish to do the loop you must get to CP3 by 13:00 you will return to this checkpoint after the loop)

CP4:  Esholt (24/32 miles) Open 12:00 Close 17:00

CP5: The Chevin (29/37 miles) Open 12:30 Close 18:00

Finish: Otley Car Park (34/42 miles) Open 13:30 Close 20:00

Every finisher receives a medal and an event T-Shirt.  Please note that although there are two ultramarathon distances, this is one event for the purposes of trophies. Finishing positions for the race series are in order of distance completed then time taken.

For up-to-date information and chat about all our events please join this Facebook Group.

GPX files of the route and route description are available from the event page on the website. The files are provisional and will be confirmed as soon as entries close.

Final Competitor instructions: These will be emailed 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.

Previous Years Results:

Welcome Ultra 2021 Results

Welcome Ultra 2020 Results

Welcome Ultra 2019 Results

Welcome Ultra 2018 Results

Welcome Ultra 2017 Results

FKT: (Please note that courses may vary in route and distance each year)

Long: Craig Pritchard 5:47 (2019)

Short: David Stoneman 4:40 (2017)

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

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