Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Welcome: New Website Launched!

Welcome everyone to the new Google-Maps driven Beyond Marathon website.  The site features 190 (and growing daily) ultra distance events all over the world.  This site contains facts, and figures which will help you decide which event is right for you.  Key to the site is it’s Facebook page, where new additions to the site will be announced.  Be sure to “like” us, and ensure you are kept up to date with the latest news. 

You are welcome to post event reviews under each event, and also to send in any photo’s.  A new feature that we are including, are event  route maps which you can view on this website, or download to view in Google Earth.   

If you are a GPS user, can convert Google Earth files for use on your GPS device using free utilities such as GPSU.  We have put up as many event maps that we have right now.  If you have a route map for an event we feature, and you don’t see it on the events’ page, then please submit it and we’ll get it included. If you are a race organiser and you don’t see your event, then please email us and we’ll do our best to get it included as soon as possible. 

The site features a really useful day by day, month by month calendar, where you can (see and browse to) every event that is featured on the site.  If you can also find events by name (even by typing just a word or too) in the search bar.

Many more events, news-features and more website functionality are going to be added, as well as some competitions and giveaways.  Keep checking back.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome on

26 miles just isn’t enough is it? 

Richard, Beyond Marathon.


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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