11 Feb

London's surprisingly green ultra

ultra runners on the London Capital Ring

After a hugely successful inaugural event, Ultra London will return on 20 & 21 June and this time it will more than double in size with a new challenge of completing the entire 125km Capital Ring around London.

Ultra London brings an ultra adventure to the capital’s doorstep, with participants challenged to run, jog or walk as they tackle one of five distances across the South & North sections of the Capital Ring, a 78-mile public footpath around London.

The event takes place on a surprisingly green and picturesque route and promises participants a chance to explore London’s iconic scenery on a mix of hidden trails, footpaths, parks, disused railway lines and woodland around the capital.

Ranging from the scenic London 27.5 up to the epic Ultra London 125, an entire loop of the capital over two days, the events are accessible to all, whether seasoned ultra-runners, walkers seeking a challenge, or first timers looking to push themselves even further.

Paul Foster, Chief Executive of The Great Run Company said, “We are delighted to be bringing London’s ultra-marathon back to the capital in 2020. Building on the sold out first staging of the event, we are adding three new event distances and incorporating the Northern section of the Capital Ring. Our aim is to make Ultra London inclusive for all with distances suitable for walkers, runners, and those who will do a bit of both to complete their challenge.

Paul continued: "London is the perfect location, there are stunning views and historic landmarks throughout the multi-terrain route, and excellent transport links aiding friends and family to support participants. The challenge of completing a circumnavigation of the capital – around the relatively unknown Capital Ring trail with its unique blend of trails and paths – is compelling and we look forward to developing this concept further.”

Ultra London 2019 challenged participants to complete a 55km ultra-marathon along the entire southern section of the Capital Ring from Woolwich to Richmond (Ultra London 55), or tackle a shorter 27.5km route from Crystal Palace to Richmond (London 27.5).

Ultra London returns after 2019 participants raved about their experience. Deena from Surrey said: “Amazing Ultra! Exploring all parts of London and beautiful parks. Organisation is fantastic, signage so easy to follow, wonderful volunteers and excellently stocked checkpoints. Make this your first Ultra or one to tick off your list. You won’t be disappointed!”

For 2020, the event is expanded to offer three additional distances;

  • London 35 from Richmond to Hendon (35km) covering half of the full northern section of the London Capital Ring
  • Ultra London 70 from Richmond to Woolwich (70km) covering the full northern section of the London Capital Ring
  • Ultra London 125 which offers the challenge of completing the whole capital ring over 2 days - the North London section of the route (70km) followed by the southern section (55km) the following day

The Ultra London event will be take place on Saturday 20 (Ultra London 125,Ultra London 70 & London 35) and Sunday 21 June 2020 (Ultra London 125, Ultra London 55 & London 27.5). Entries are now open with early bird rates currently live. The event is expected to sell out.

For more information or to become an Ultra Londoner, visit the Ultra London event website.