The Ealdorman - Winter Night Ultra
The Ealdorman is a frozen 52 mile Winter Night race, run along Byrhtnoth's Last Visit trail from Great Chesterton in Cambridge to the impressive Byrhtnoth statue at the coast in Maldon Essex.
Ealdorman Byrhtnoth was a Saxon hero that died leading his warriors against Viking invaders in the battle of Maldon in 991. The 6ft warrior marched from Cambridgeshire towards the East Saxon Kingdom known now as Essex. You will follow in Ealdormans footsteps as you journey across the unforgiving mid winter terrain into darkness, leading your body into battle like the warriors of old.
Cold, dark and sleep deprived you will be set for a long hard night....
This is a 75% trail, passing through Saffron Waldon, Thaxted, Great Dunmow, Howe Street and Chelmsford.
Saturday 18th January 2025
The Ealdorman will start on Saturday 18th January 2025 at 10.45 pm from Great Chesterford Community Centre, CB10 1NS, near Cambridge. This is accessible via Great Chesterford train station less than 1 mile from the start. Parking can be found nearby.
Registration from 9.15 pm.
Finish is at West Maldon Community centre, Sunbury Way, Maldon CM9 6YH.
4 outdoor checkpoints at approximately 10 mile intervals with water and snacks.
Bag transported to the finish (small labelled drawstring type ONLY) containing non valuables eg a couple of old spare tops.
Track Trail tracker.
GPX of route (you should also carry back up maps/other navigation aids).
Bespoke finishers medal.
The time limit for the race will be 13.5 hours with strict CP cut-offs
No sticks will be allowed.
No support crews.
You must have a DNF strategy, we will not be able to transport you. If you DNF we cannot bring you your dropbag, or post it to you so bear this in mind when packing drop bag contents.