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Winding through ancient woodland, pine forests, high moorland plateaux and grassy spaces, the Pony Express Ultra is a star fixture in the Extreme Energy event calendar - and we’re pleased to announce that it has been classified as a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc! (1 point awarded).
Stimulating and varied, the forest tracks and pathways are perfect for walkers and runners. The route for The Pony Express Ultra has been recced and devised by Extreme Energy Race Director Neil Thubron, and offers some spectacular views as well as glimpses of New Forest ponies and native deer along the way. The race distance is equally split over the two days.
This is a circular route, starting and ending at Brockenhurst College, with overnight accommodation, evening meal and breakfast at Moyles Court Prep School included for 2-day participants and available at a supplement for 1-day participants. Sleeping accommodation is in the school hall, with dedicated rest area and dining area also provided. Also on Saturday evening we will have Jennifer Bradley giving a motivational talk on her 3300mile run.
"The route was beautiful, and great to run without hardly touching a road, a real pleasure. All the checkpoints on both days were a welcome sight, superbly manned and very generously stocked with just the perfect goodies!! I could go on and on because there seemed to be so many little touches which just made the two days such a fantastic experience!’" - Pony Express Ultra 2012 competitor
Navigation and Support.
The "New Forest" has no National Trail and no markings in the form of signposts or post discs. However, the route will be well marked with arrow signs at major direction changes with confidence tape before and after. In addition, you will be given a "Route Card" and a map, which are designed to help on any tricky sections, to provide information on any route changes and to indicate where the checkpoints are Where the route follows cycle tracks there are ample "location" posts. The event is supported by a course manager to maintain event safety and to manage any serious incidents. A fully qualified medical crew are in attendance, to give first aid and to manage any serious medical problems in cooperation with the emergency services.
What you get for your money
The price is all inclusive of the following items:
- Overnight accommodation in a school hall
- Evening meal and breakfast for overnights
- Checkpoint food and water through out the event
- Free tea, coffee and cake for all competitors at the finish area each day
- Evening meal and breakfast for overnights
- Quality Medal awarded to each finisher
- A quality technical T Shirt for all who take part
- Toilets / changing facilities at the start / finish areas (plus great showers at the finish)
- Safety & medical cover throughout the event
- Prizes awarded for several different categories
Please note the entry price for the full event (including all food and accommodation) will differ as below:
- Early bird price up to the end December 2013 is £120 per head
- Standard pricing up to the end of March 2014 is £125 per head
- Late entry pricing after the 1st April 2014 is £135 per head
There is the option of entering a single day at £55 per day.
Optional overnight accommodation is £28 per head for those opting to do a single day.
* Please Note: A 3% service charge, levied by this registration software, will be added to your final amount
Our guest speaker at the Pony Express is ultra running legend and author Russell Secker. He has completed many stage races all over the world and his book "Running Across Countries" covers his experience of running the length of Europe from South to North. He is currently preparing for the inaugural 1700 mile, 43 stage Tour de France footrace in 2015.
His talk is titled
"Stage races - the good, the bad and the ugly" - Choosing a race, how to prepare, and what to expect...
We think you will be inspired and educated during this talk.
Getting there and away
The start and finish point is a short five minute walk from Brockenhurst station, and we strongly recommend that you travel by train
Check train times and book tickets with the Trainline.
Trains run about every 30 minutes from Waterloo to Brockenhurst and from Brockenhurst to Waterloo. There is an hourly service between Reading and Brockenhurst. View Train Details.
Make a weekend of it
Hollands Wood is a great campsite with full amenities and only ten minutes walk from Brockenhurst station. Why not bring the family and make a weekend of it?