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Virtual National Trails

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1st Feb 2021 - 28th Feb 2021

Choose your February challenge along the North Downs Way. Take on 100km of walks, runs and hikes during the month or go for the full 254km from Farnham with the Canterbury Loop

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Not yet taking part? Join in any time before the 15th of February
If you have entered and want to manually log your activities, log in to your UltraBritain account

    Virtual National Trails - The North Downs Way

    Take on the North Downs Way virtually during February and keep yourself motivated while we await Spring as the days gradually lengthen!

    * NOTICE RE Strava Updates*
    The Strava feed software was upgraded over the weekend so that data is collected near real-time. 
    An unforseen side-effect is that some users' data is not filtering through. 
    The fix is to disconnect from Strava on this page (the orange button under the map) and then re-connect with the same button.  That will immediately fetch your latest activities and clear the issue.
    Apologies for the inconvenience this has caused!

    All walks, runs and hikes count towards your total during the entire month.  You can join in any time before the close of the 15th February and backdate any activities from the 1st February.

    Register your miles either manually or with Strava (a free Strava account is all you need) and we'll plot your progress on our live map.

    We're starting from Farnham and offering a choice of three route lengths so you can pick a challenge to suit you (make your choice in the entry form)

    The full route runs to Dover and then loops back through Canterbury as is just shy of 250km (153 miles or so).  You'll need to average 9km a day (just over 5.5 miles) during February to meet this challenge.

    If you want to stop on the coast at Dover, choose the 200km route which works out at around 4.5 miles per day.

    We also have a 100km challenge (just over 3.5km per day /  2 and a bit miles).

    Changing Goal  Distances
    We allow you to switch routes up until the closing date of the event on the 15th February, so if you're finding you're crushing your challenge and want to push harder, or time constraints mean you can't put in the miles you'd hoped - no problem!

    To do this, go to My Account -> Tickets and Entries.  Click the 'entry form' tab under the ticket for the event and make your changes to your form.


    It's important to us that we support local businesses and reduce the environmental impact of our events as far as possible.

    Complete your challenge and we'll send you a bespoke, etched wooden medal to commemorate your achievement.

    We will also send you a real postcard through the mail featuring a stunning shot from the trail taken by professional photographer Ally Whitlock, with your challenge achievements on the back.

    We're proud to be supported by our local sports store - Apex Sports - who are offering all entrants a very generous 15% off all non-sale items (we will send you a discount code with your joining instructions). 
    You can recoup the price of this event with the savings from a single pair of shoes!
    Important : Apex are currently only shipping to UK addresses

    We're also proud to partner with Trees Not Tees who plant native trees in their managed forests to offset CO2.  If you don't want a medal posted out to you, you can exchange it for your very own tree!  Trees Not Tees will email you a certificate of ownership, a photo of your sapling tree and even the exact location in what3words format.  You can even go and visit (when we're allowed out!)  This is a fantastic way of doing something positive for the environment.

    Logging Your Miles

    It's very simple to record miles either manually, or automatically if you use Strava.

    With Strava

    • You need a free Strava account
    • Below the map on this page find the orange 'connect with Strava' button
    • Click that and you'll be taken to Strava to approve the connection
    • That's it!

    Note that - we only request read-only access to your Strava account which means that we cannot write to your page and we can only read public activities from public accounts.  Ensure your activities are recorded as one of 'hike', 'walk', 'run' or 'virtualrun'.  It may take up to two hours to collect your data from Strava and update the leaderboard.

    Logging Manually

    • Log in to your Ultrabritain account and return to this page
    • Above the map you will find a blue 'Your Activities' button
    • Click that and a popup will show all activities we've recorded for you to date and let you log more
    • Recording is simply a matter of clicking the date on a calendar and entering the distance in either km or miles

    • Essential Information
    • This event takes a feed from your Strava data
    • Date: 1st February, 2021 to 28th February, 2021
    • Start Time: 00:00
    • Event Format
    • Virtual Event
    • Virtually run the North Downs Way - 100km or the full 254km challenge

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