Marathon & Ultra

Marathon & Ultra Races 2022-’23

Note: Please double check race dates and transfer policies before booking.

Page Updated: Spring 2022
RaceDistances AvailableDateBooking
Around the Park, Around the Clockup to 3 miles x121st MayEvent Info Here
Wuthering Heights WanderMarathon or ultra (30 miles)5th JuneBook Here
Sir Titus Trot Summer Trail26.2 miles / 50k17th JulyBook Here
Heights Ultra Trail50k / 50 mile3rd SeptBook Here
Yorkshire Reservoir Dogs Trail Race32 or 50 miles24th SeptBook Here
Yorkshire Marathon26.2 miles16th OctBook Here
Nidderdale Way Ultra28 / 55 / 83 / 110 miles22nd OctBook Here
Dark Skies Trail Marathon26.5 miles22nd OctBook Here
Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival26.2 / 31 miles12th NovBook Here
Christmas Cracker! Catch The Panther Handicap Ultra32-36 miles10th DecBook Here 

Race Calendar

Information and rules for the 2022/23 championship year:

The Hyde Park Harriers Marathon/Ultra Championship kicks off with an ice breaker early in the season… Come and meet your fellow long distance runners at the Around the Park, Around the Clock Challenge in May. You can ease yourself gently into the year with one lap, or earn a medal by turning it into an ultra! It’s up to you, just have fun and take care, as this is a self supported event!

The real racing kicks off in June in Bronte country at the Wuthering Heights Wander, with stunning scenery, definitely some hills, and a lapped marathon or ultra to pick from. In July you can check out your competition on an out-and-back along the canal, setting off from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire for the Sir Titus Summer Trot. In September tackle either 50km or 50 miles in the Heights Ultra Trail race taking you through the heart of the picturesque Colne and Holme valleys in Kirklees, on the edge of the Peak District, or take in the beauty of no less than SEVEN of Yorkshire’s beautiful reservoirs in the Yorkshire Reservoir Dogs Trail Race which sets off from Otley.

In October we HAD to include the biggest local road marathon: The Yorkshire Marathon! But if you prefer trails then fear not… head over to the AONB of Nidderdale to take on the Nidderdale Way Ultra with a choice of distances ranging from crazy to… are you insane I don’t think anyone can run that far! (And you’d not be far wrong in your thinking, as the 110 mile race only had ONE finisher last year!) Fancy the challenge?! Fear not, if you don’t fancy running REALLY REALLY far then we still have an exciting option for you. How about night running? For the first year there is now the option to head out on the trails and run a marathon in the dark! The Dark Skies Trail Marathon starts at 5pm. You won’t get the views but you will get an exciting trail marathon in the dark! Soooo many options to keep you happy, just pick the right one for you!

November sees us racing closer to home with the Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival! There is a marathon or ultra to choose from and with a mixture of terrain there is something for everyone. Finally, what better way to head into Christmas than to round up the year by chasing, or being chased by, your fellow Hyde Park Harriers?! The Christmas Cracker is a handicap ultramarathon where we will all theoretically finish at the same time! An exciting concept which should lead to some exciting racing!

A point worth noting!

You may wish to note that at lots of these events you can clock up a race credit by marshalling a race earlier in the season. It’s worth keeping an eye out on the Punk Panther and Grim Up North social media pages to see when calls for marshals go out if you’re interested in saving some pennies and doing a good deed volunteering! This is a good way to grab your volunteer credit required for the Club Competitor league.

Scoring Information
  • The highest scoring 5 races for each competitor will be totalled for a final score, however you must compete in a minimum of 3 races to be eligible for an overall finishing position.
  • The highest total score will win.
  • Each competitor will score 1 point for every 1 km of race distance completed in a race, no more than the advertised race distance.
  • Competitors will also be awarded points based on their finishing position in the race – from 100 (for 1st place) to 1 (for 99th place and below).
  • Bonus points will be given to the first 12 HPHs home: 20 pts 1st, 15pts 2nd, 10pts 3rd, 9pts 4th, 8 pts 5th, 7pts 6th, 6 pts 7th, 5pts 8th, 4pts 9th, 3pts 10th, 2pts 11th and 1pt for 12th.
  • If you are unable to finish the distance (DNF)- points will only be given for distance covered (1 point for km of the race completed).
  • Where two or more members have scored an equal number of points at the end of the season, final positions will be determined on all head-to-head race results (not just best 5). If these are equal, positions will be tied for the overall result.
  • We use official race results, so please register as a Hyde Park Harrier and notify race organisers of any error or omission.
  • Please ensure any transfers are processed via the race organisers ahead of the race.
Other Challenges
  • The above scoring does not apply for Around the Park, Around the Clock; the Yorkshire Marathon and the Christmas Cracker, which are scored differently due to their alternative formats.
  • As a non-competitive challenge; Around the Park, Around the Clock will not be scored based on distance covered or finishing position. Instead 100 bonus points will be rewarded to anyone who completes any one of the 3 mile options (3 laps), run the first (8am) or the last (7pm), it’s up to you!
  • As a mass participating event, for the Yorkshire Marathon finishing position will just be relative to other Hyde Park Harriers and bonus parts will not be applied
  • Final point scoring for the Christmas Cracker will be confirmed closer to the time, but is currently outlined as: 100 points if you avoid being caught, plus 1 point for every km covered.