Ultima Frontera: The 'ultimate' frontier
This weekend sees one of Europe’s toughest ultra trail races, in the beauty of the Iberian Peninsula known historically as Al Andalus. Races of 50, 80 and 160km await, along with some stunning scenery and warm autumn weather…
Ultima Frontera is the brainchild of Paul Bateson and part of the Team Axersport events line-up which included the multi-stage Al Andalus Ultimate Trail – taking place in the heat of July – and the organisers state the pleasant temperatures, cool by night but still provide warmth by day, will make for perfect running conditions.
This time, rather than a stage race in hot, desert-like conditions, we have planned a weekend of ultra events, for those who enjoy single stage ultras. Races will include a 50km, for those looking to make the step from marathon to ultra, an 80km, and 160km (80km loop two times), which equals 100 miles, a distance very popular in the USA.
Upon completion, the 80km distance earns 2 points, and the 160km earns 4 points, towards Europe’s famous Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which requires that competitors have previous experience with extreme running.
Talking about the international flavour of the events Paul Bateson tells MST:
It’s going to be a great first event and very hard to pick winners. The 50km, 80km and 160km have all attracted good competitors and the majority are seasoned ultra runners with 18 countries represented including Japan, Iceland, Poland and Turkey. UK has a big entry and it is encouraging to see an even bigger entry from the Spanish who are usually better known for mountain marathon running.