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What is an Ultramarathon?

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

What is an Ultramarathon?


An ultramarathon is a challenge event long in distance than a marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles (or 42.195 km).


Most ultramarathons are typically between 50km and 100 miles. Some ultramarathons are multi-day events, with distances in excess of 100+ miles.

Ultramarathons might hit the headlines with the more extreme versions, such as MDS (Marathon des Sables) or UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc) but there are loads of great, accessible ultras in the UK for you to experience. And some amazing scenery on route too.


Ultras are typically in remote, wilderness locations which can be difficult and expensive to get to and from. Taking part in ultras can mean £500+ weekends, once you factor in accommodation, transport, food etc.


Queen of the Suburbs Ultra is different. At Queen of the Suburbs Ultra, we have the stunning route, the great scenery of Ealing (the Queen of the Suburbs), but we're also accessible and easy to get to. With many public transport services serving the Borough (including the new Elizabeth Line), we're probably the best value and least expensive ultra around!

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