A Big Welcome to the Punk Panther 2018 series, our first event of the season starts off from Weston Lane Community Centre in Otley and heads up to Clifton then across to Askwith then to Denton before crossing an iron bridge over the River Wharfe to Ben Rhydding then Burley-in-Wharfedale, up onto Burley Moor over to Shipley Glen then Baildon Moor, Guiseley, Yeadon over The Chevin to Surprise View and across to Bramhope and finally down to the finish in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale where a hot meal awaits (vegetarian and vegan option available upon request when entering) along with your well deserved Tech T-Shirt, medal and certificate. Please be aware that part of this race is over open moorland providing stunnings views and challenges as well as sometimes boggy paths!
New for 2018: The Bingley Loop. An additional 7 mile loop which takes in the extended Welcome Way, at Shipley Glen the route loops around Bingley before returning to Shipley Glen for an added challenge.
Cost: £40 (£1 of each entry will go to St.Gemma’s Hospice) – Early Bird £35 for entries by 1/1/18
Car Park: Bridge End Auction Site, Otley : LS21 2AA: The start is a 10 minute walk. NOTE There is no car parking at the Start or Finish, a free lift back to the car park is available from the finish.
Registration: From 7.30am at Weston Lane Community Centre (half a mile walk from carpark, take everything with you – bag transfer to finish)
Event Closes: 6.30pm
Maps Recommended: OS Explorer Maps 297 and 288 OR Welcome Way booklet for £7.49 including p & p covers most of the course except the last section from Surprise View to the finish. The route is substantially waymarked. The 51km course will be taped.
Distance: 51/63km (32/39 Miles)
Climb: 1300/1800 metres (4300/6000ft)
ITRA Points: 2/3
Maximum Entrants: 200
Checkpoints: Each checkpoint will have water, coke, jelly babies, peanuts, Jaffa cakes, marshmallows and flapjacks , CP5 will also have pork pies and cheese.
Checkpoint 1: Denton 10km (6 miles) 9.00am to 10.30am
Checkpoint 2: Burley 19km (11 miles) 10.00am to 12 noon
Checkpoint 3: Shipley Glen 30km (18 miles) 11am to 3.30pm
Checkpoint 4: Esholt 40km (23 miles) 12 noon to 4.30pm
Checkpoint 5: The Chevin 46km (27 miles) 12.30pm to 5.30pm
Finish: Pool-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church, Main Street, Pool-in-Wharfedale, LS21 1LH – There is NO Parking at the Finish (please ask friends and family to park sensibly in the village)
Every finisher receives a medal, A Welcome Ultra Tech T-Shirt and Certificate as well as a hot meal at the finish. Event finishing positions are in order of distance completed then time taken.
A GPX files of the exact route is available on request. The file is provisional and will be confirmed as soon as entries close.
This is a great race. The course is well marked, so provides a good introductory ultra for beginners/those not confident navigating. The organisers are excellent and very responsive to any questions. Food was great, and they were more than happy to provide vegan food for me both during and after the race. Will be doing it again next year, and trying out other races by the same organisers.
Posted on 18.03.18
I came at this race from a fell running background, but was keen to push my distance a little further in some pleasant Yorkshire countryside. The wintry weather the week before the race caused concern amongst some participants that it might be called off. It would have been disappointing if it had, given that I'd have been out running in the white stuff anyway that weekend and I've been out in far worse. Fortunately, Ryk shares the ethos that this is an extreme sport and so pushing one's self is necessary. He wasn't put off by the weather and braved the elements to mark the course. As it was, the snowy conditons were perfect for a lovely day's running in stunning countryside. The marshals were all extremely supportive with endless supplies of food and drink and the post run hot meal hit the spot perfectly. I thouroughly enjoyed it and will be back for more in the series.
Posted on 09.03.18
Wow ! There was an awful lot of talk before hand as to whether this was gonna go ahead, but it did - and it was sort of great (should maybe write this in a few weeks when I will reflect with less of the cold still in my bones).
The course was well marshalled and marked and indeed alternative routes were offered for a particularly tough bit of the course.
On the day it was dry and the wind wasnt up so it made it as easy as it was going to be running through some snow drifts up to the top of your legs. The course was really thoroughly marked so no chance of going off route. Keeping the event on was the right shout and glad I did it, all that took part finished.
Will look to do more of the series later in the year - great medal and T Shirt!
Posted on 07.03.18
This was my first go at one of the Punk Panther events. It was also my first proper ultra. Despite the heavy snowfall in the days previous Ryk teh RD and his team went out and marked up the route and made the decision to go ahead with the event where most other races in the region were being cancelled. He gave everyone clear choices on being able to back out and made some last minute adjustments to cover the additional safety that seemed totally appropriate (options to avoid the worst areas, additional checkpoint cover etc).
The day went seemlessly from a participant's perspective - hard going at times with the drifted snow but very enjoyable and a great start to what I know will be many attempts at the races in this series. A well set up event in some great countryside with plenty to challenge beginners and experienced runners (optional additional loop included to keep the fast ones busy). Everyone was very friendly and the organisers and marshalls did a fantastic job keeping us going the whole day.
Posted on 07.03.18
Ryk Downes first PP Ultra was superbly organised and a fantastic route. Plain and simple instructions, good organisation, fantastic marshalls, good food checkpoints, well signed, and a good crack! Pity the course was a mud fest which spoilt it a little for me, however without the mud this would be a perfect entry ultra with easy climbing and a decent mixture of road, trail and a little fell. Would definitely recommend and will be back for more....can see it taking off like The Hardmoors series did.
Posted on 05.03.17