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CROYDON ULTRA – 2014 – ‘RAISING FUNDS FOR PARKINSON’S’
We hope you are all looking forward to the Croydon Ultra this Sunday. Its our 4th year of putting on this event and it is steadily growing. As with last year, all funds raised are going to support Parkinson’s UK.
Due to some logistical issues we have had to make the decision to reroute the course. So instead of a figure of eight it’s going to be two laps of the first 15 mile section. This will in no way detract from your enjoyment of a 30 mile Ultra, in fact you get the chance to run the trails of the Vanguard Way twice!!! As it is going to be hot on Sunday you maybe really thankful of the chance to run under cover in the woods.
Weather outlook for Sunday – currently sunny with a chance of rain at 1600 hours. Temperature 17C to 19C
Prizes – not only will all entrants get the ‘Croydon Ultra’ cloth bag. medal and goodies – there are a couple of cloth bags specifically waiting for the first man & first women. These have been signed by some elite ultra runners, namely: – Rory Bosio, Mike Foote and Francesca Canepa. Not only that but we have some ‘The North Face’ products to give away as prizes.
The start will be at Sandilands and takes the Vanguard Way route plus some quiet country roads to The White Bear in Warlingham. (Fairchildes Rd, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9PH). Then down Featherbed Lane via Spout Hill, Spring Park and back to Sandilands. That’s 15 miles. Another loop gets you to 30 miles. Croydon Ultra Route Description 2014.
You will have the ability to leave bags at the start/finish area as well as any drinks bottles/food for half way way. Labels will be available with dustbin bags.
There will be two starts available – 0800 (for slower runners) and the main start at 0900.
Getting there : Sandilands, Croydon CR0 5DB
Train : The nearest main line train station is East Croydon where the tram also stops. From here it is about a 15 minute walk to Sandilands.
Tram : There is a tram stop at Lloyd Park. From here it is about a 5 – 8 minute walk across Lloyd Park to Sandilands.
Car: Parking – the car park at Sandilands is not huge and will be well used by club members (cricket, hockey, running club etc). So please do not use the car park. There is ample parking on the surrounding streets of Sandilands. The parking is free and it is a very short walk to Sandilands.
0700 to 0900 Sandilands – registration / baggage / drop bags
0800 Early starters start
0900 Main start
White Bear Checkpoint – 7.5 miles
0900 to 1000 Early starters reach White Bear
1000 to 1100 Main start reach White Bear
Sandilands Checkpoint – 15 miles
1000 First of early starters to Sandilands
1100 First of main start to Sandilands
White Bear Checkpoint – 22.5 miles
1200 to 1400 Checkpoint open for early and main start
Sandilands – 30 miles – FINISH
1300 to 1330 First finisher expected at Sandilands
1530 to 1600 Last finisher expected at Sandilands
The checkpoints will be well stocked with water bottles / squash / tortilla chips / flapjacks / cheese / haribos / cake. Please make sure you have a copy of the route description and a mobile phone. We will have spare copies of the route description on the day. The route will be marked out with orange marking paint and red tape where appropriate plus the road sections to Sandilands will be sign posted with great big yellow arrows!!
We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday for a great days running. We hope everyone has a fantastic time.