I have been looking for an alternative place's to stage The Hill (hopefully it will return to Shining Tor one day).
For me repeatability and for it to be run-able are the key ingredients (this is an ultra!). Also the venue is important for atmosphere and there must be exposure to the elements.
The Hill will again go on tour for now. In 2018 we went to the Yorkshire Dales, but unfortunately the event was abandoned by the runners due to dangerous conditions.
The Hill on Tour will take place again in 2019 in a new location in the Cheviot Hills at Northumberland National Park. The format and elevation are virtually the same. There will be 44 laps of The Hill to Auchope Hut, with the final lap up to the summit of Auchope Cairn to reach 160 miles in total. The cut-off time will remain at 48 hours. This edition will again have slightly more elevation than Shining Tor, but is very runnable and cannot be stopped in ANY weather conditions.
Again this will be EXTREMELY MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY DIFFICULT in winter conditions and for HARDENED ULTRA RUNNERS ONLY.
Mark Cockbain RD
Entry will be limited to around 30-40 and will be on a first come first served basis email COCKBAINEVENTS@OUTLOOK.COM to apply for an entry form. A STRICT 100 MILER PRE-REQUISITE IS REQUIRED AND EXPERIENCE WILL GIVE YOU MORE CHANCE OF A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION
Entry fee: £139 (+ £10 if you want to reserve a bunk)
NO REFUNDS AFTER 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE EVENT. NO TRANSFERS. NO DEFFERALS
Venue: Mounthooley Bunkhouse, Wooler, Northumberland. NE71 6TU
Onsite parking limited to runners only. Car share, drop off if possible. (Nearest station is Berwick Upon Tweed an hour away)
Date Fri 13th Dec 2019
Start time 7pm
Bunkhouse style HQ with floorspace (18 bunks available at first come first served basis)
Water, hot drinks, soup, basic snacks (energy bars, bread, biscuits etc)
Potentially 48 hours of running.
Rules are the same as The Hill rules (no support, no pacers, no sticks, no getting as far as you can in 48 hours, no stopping for more than 30 mins, no moaning etc)
Kit is as before, winter gear and you must bring a sleeping bag
No use of cars as kit storage/rest/shelter
Bring your own mug