- UTSW 2013
- UTSW Concept
UTSW 201321/06/2013 - 23/06/2013
100 Mile Solo
60 Mile Solo
100 Mile Relay
Click HERE to view or download the latest version of the 2013 UTSW Event Manual.
DateFriday 21st to Sunday 23rd June 2013
Start Time100 Mile categories - 1800 21st June
60 Mile category - 0800 22nd June
60 Mile Solo
100 Mile Solo
100 Mile Relay
100 Mile Solo and Relay - Polruan
60 Mile Solo - Boscastle
For all categories/distances - Watergate Bay
For UTSW 2013, runners in the 100 mile category will begin their journey in the picturesque fishing port of Polruan on the South coast of Cornwall. From Polruan you will head east on the South West Coast Path to the to the quaint fishing town of Looe. Here you will leave the South West Coast Path and head inland following the Smugglers' Way*(1). You will travel through wooded valleys and ancient oak forest and pass tiny Cornish villages that appear lost in time - eventually emerging at the shore of Dozmary Pool, the lake which is reputed to be the final resting place of King Arthur's Excaliber!
Continuing north, you will come to the Jamaica Inn made world famous by Daphne du Maurier's smugglers' tale of the same name. Here you commit yourself to Bodmin Moor, and any beasts that may lie therein! The route makes a bee line for "Brown Willy" the highest point in Cornwall, famous for its foggy weather and wild winds.
This intriguing cross-county trek comes to an end at Boscastle on the North Cornwall coast which among other things is home to the Museum of Witchcraft. From here you head west along the South West Coast Path to Tintagel the birth place of King Arthur. At Rock it's inland a few miles to cross the river at Wadebridge, and then following the estuary via the Camel trail back to the coast. The final 20 miles from Padstow to Watergate Bay are punctuated intermittently by stunning sandy bays and rugged cliffs including the Bedruthan Steps.
For the second year in a row, Watergate Bay Hotel plays host to the finish with hot soup and a very warm welcome awaits all finishers.
*(1)The Smugglers' Way: The Smugglers' Way is an inland route through the heart of Cornwall linking the harbours of Boscastle on the Atlantic Coast and Looe on the English Channel. The Way traverses the rugged and picturesque landscape of Bodmin Moor via Brown Willy (The highest point in Cornwall), it visits the world-famous Jamaica Inn, and follows scenic paths beside the rivers Valency, Fowey and West Looe. This route is literally drenched in mystery, intrigue and history.
- Polruan to Looe 12 miles
- Looe to Boscastle 34 miles
- Boscastle to Watergate Bay 56 miles
UTSW 100 Terrain Breakdown:
- 60% South West Coast path
- 20% Inland trails
- 15% Road
- 5% Open moorland
UTSW 60 Terrain Breakdown:
- 95% South West Coast path
- 5% Road
Vertical Asent: (approximate)
UTSW 60 - 3,750m
UTSW 100 - 5,250m
Estimated Finish Times: Fast - Slow
UTSW 60 - 12 hrs - 22 hrs
UTSW 100 - 18 hrs - 36 hrs
IMPORTANT: competitors for the 60 mile and 100 mile solo events must have previously completed other long distance trail running events such as the Classic Quarter or Coastal Trail Series (Ultra Category). Suitable events managed by other organisation are also acceptable as proof of experience.
Detailed information including logistics, rules and cut-off times will be published in the Event Manual.
UTSW bookings are taken exclusively online via the Endurancelife web site. If you do not already have an Endurancelife account set up, you will be prompted to do so as part of the online booking process, this is a very quick and simple operation.
£99 UTSW 60 mile solo
£129 UTSW 100 mile solo
£259 UTSW 100 mile relay
Optional Extras: (Add-ons)
Parking (Fri, Sat & Sun) at the finish, and transport from finish to start - £20.00 per person
Due to restraints on capacity, this Add-on must be purchased by 01st June 2013 and is non refundable. Please purchase after you have registered for the event by:
- Logging on to your Endurancelife account
- Select on "My Future Events"
- Select "My Add-Ons"
Terms and conditions:
All bookings are subject to Endurancelife's standard terms and conditions. Please read the
event manual prior to making your booking.
The UK's Toughest Footrace
The Ultra Trail South West is amongst the most challenging, non stop, point to point trail events in the world. This special annual event is a highlight of the British ultra running calendar and attracts runners from around the globe.
The UTSW is intentionally designed to be an exceptionally difficult yet richly rewarding personal challenge that can only be achieved with committed preparation, and extraordinary determination.
Each year the UTSW course changes to incorporate a different section of The South West Coast Path (SWCP).
The UTSW route is always spectacularly beautiful, and purposely designed to showcase the unique character of the British West Country. The 2013 route does not disappoint. It includes stunning sections of both the South coast and the North coast as well as Bodmin moor and a host of other Cornish highlights.