Welcome to Ultra:5K 2021…

What a year 2020 was… for various reasons! If you are new to Ultra:5K, you missed a great first four years but now is your chance to take part in this unique race format! Ultra:5K 2021 takes place on Sunday 18th July …a running event which introduces the element of strategy into your running.

The event format

The format is simple but challenging. There are 4 options on race day…

Individual Ultra:5K FIVE –
5 x 5K races, on the hour, every hour, for 5 hours.
Individual Ultra 5K THREE –
3 x 5K races, on the hour, every hour, for 3 hours.

Team Ultra:5K FIVE –
Team of 5, each member running 5 x 5K races, on the hour, every hour, for 5 hours.
Team Ultra:5K THREE –
Team of 5, each member running 3 x 5K races, on the hour, every hour, for 3 hours.

(Runners must be 17 or older on the day of the event.)

Who wins?

Individual events: the fastest cumulative time over the 5 or 3 races will be the winner.
Team events: the fastest cumulative time across the team over the 5 or 3 races will be the winning team.

THE RESULTS FOR 2020 CAN BE FOUND HERE

THE RESULTS FOR 2019 CAN BE FOUND HERE

THE RESULTS FOR 2018 CAN BE FOUND HERE

THE RESULTS FOR 2017 CAN BE FOUND HERE

Race times

The 5 race options will start at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00.
 The 3 race options will start at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00.
 You can only start the official races. If you run a 20 minute 5K, then you have 40 minutes recovery before the next 5K to recover. Equally if you take 40 minutes to run 5K, you have 20 minute recovery time before the next race start.

What do you do between races?

There will be a holding area where runners can stay. Within this area food, drink and nutrition will be provided along with soft tissue work to loosen those tired muscles.

Runners
You will be looked after in the runners holding area, but you don’t have to stay in the area between races if you don’t want to. Feel free to wander out and talk to friends and family. But please make sure you are ready for the start of each race.

Spectators
There will be refreshments available and entertainment going on during the event.

Prizes

In the individual events, the first three overall, as well as the first three female runners in the race categories will receive prizes. In the team events, the first three teams will receive prizes. All finishers receive a bespoke Ultra:5K medal.

The venue

The race takes place at the brilliant Box End Park near Kempston. The venue has a host of activities which you could participate in after the race (if you have the energy!). Why not take a look at what is going on at http://www.boxendpark.com

The course

The course is mainly grass and trail with some technical turns and short sharp rises. Standard running shoes should be suitable.

Click here to see the route on Strava. Or download the Box End Route pdf.

Parking

There is ample parking on site. The race takes place at the far side of the lakes, make your way over the bridge located between the two lakes. Follow the directions onsite for race participants.

Facilities

Toilets are available onsite. There will also be food and drink for spectators to purchase. Runners will have complimentary refreshments in the holding area as part of their race entry fee.

For terms and conditions, click here.