Welcome to Beyond MarathonWhat is this site about?

Ultra runners were lacking a comprehensive source of information about worldwide ultra events, and we have changed that.

This site is certainly not just a ‘list’ of worlwide ultras. It contains facts, figures, route maps, and statistics which will help you decide which race is right for you. If you are new to the sport it is the perfect place to find information.  If you’re an ultra runner already, you’ll find the site is useful to find your next challenge. You can use our Worldwide ultramarathon calendar, or search facility to find events too.

Integrated into the site event is a Facebook page link.  Go and “Like” our page to ensure you are kept up to date.  Thank you to all the Race Directors for kind permission to feature their races, and for the use of their website materials.

If your race isn’t on the site, then drop us a line and ensure you don’t miss the place where everyone will be looking.

The Beyond Marathon Team are seasoned ultra distance runners and veterans of many deserts, mountain races, and mountain summits all over the World.  We have used this experience to create our own hugely popular events; Dusk ’til Dawn, and The 12 Labours of Hercules, Gristone Grind, with more events on the way in 2013 and 2014.

This  new look website, version 3, is a wide screen, and mobile phone optimised.  It was launched in February 2013.  This site follows on from the Google Map driven version 2, launched in January 2011, and the original version 1, Flash-based website created in 2009. Beyond Marathon is now in it’s 4th year of operation, growing and expanding.

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In 2018, a race where you start anywhere you like, as long as you reach the finish within 24 hours. ...

Convergence - Summer

June 9, 2018, 12:00pm - June 10, 2018, 6:00am

It’s game time. In this game, you will gamble on your own fitness and ability. You know where the finish line is, but you are not following a fixed course; you “make” your own course. You tell no one else where you intend to start from. That way you are blind-betting against everyone as to from how far away you will start, and thus, how high you will eventually rank. Those who travel the furthest, rank highest. However, if you don’t reach the finish line you don’t get a medal, so gamble wisely…. The premise is simple. You can start from anywhere you want, at midday. You then have 24 hours to ‘converge’ on the central finish line in order to claim your award. You make your own route. You can start any distance from the finish line, but the further away you start, the better your award (should you make it to the finish). All distances are measured “as the crow flies” from the finish. For all those challenging this is where it gets even more interesting. The people who rank highest are those who travel from the furthest away. You are under no obligation to tell anyone where you are starting, so you are all blind-betting against each other! You won’t know where anyone starts from until the GPS tracking link goes live at midday. Even then, will those who started far away make the finish line on time? Of course if you start 100 miles away and miss the finish line cut-off, then you don’t get a medal. Oh, the cruelty. The Crow will be watching all of those Converging, using the miracle of Race Drone event tracking technology. The Crow will judge how far the shadows have run, and reward them with the right medal on the line. If you travel from 30 miles away or fewer, we’ll email you a certificate only. Venture from further away (30 to 60 miles) and claim a Silver Convergence, 60 to 90 miles and you’ll take Gold. If you come from 90 miles or more away (As the crow flies), then you’ll claim the Black Convergence medal. There is a little more to tell you. You can Converge only on foot. The Crow knows how fast you travel You can Converge solo for 24 hours, either female or male If you are scared of the dark, you can converge for 24 hours as a pair You will be given no advice on where to run, or hide You make your own route. Use any means you wish to wayfind You obviously can’t use private land or anything illegal (motorways etc). Your route choice is your own choice and risk. We recommend strongly that you stay off A-roads, or roads that have no pavement There are no checkpoints. Use your wit and guile to feed yourself. Call for your mother if you must The World will keep an eye on you from afar using tracking technology Have more questions? The wise old bird has the answers Feel ready to take your first steps into a darker world? Register Here

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