Entries are now open for the Self Transcendence 100k /50k road races which will be held at North Inches Park in Perth on Sunday 31 March 2013. The races are open to all athletes, although competition will be strong as the event will incorporate both the UK Athletics and Scottish Athletics 100km championships as well as acting as a trial for the GB 100km team for the IAU World Championships.
The event also incorporates the annual Home Countries International - The Anglo Celtic Plate which will feature teams from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. The shorter 50km race will Scottish 50km championships.
The Perth course utilises the beautiful North Inch Park on the banks of the River Tay. This course has been used on three previous occasions for ultra events of 100km and 24 hours, the last being in 2011. On that occasion Scotland's Craig Stewart recorded the third fastest time ever in Scotland for the 100km distance of 7 hours 1 minute and 36 seconds. Wales's Emily Gelder with 8.00.37 recorded the women's Scottish all-comers 100km record in the same race.
Race Co-ordinator Adrian Stott says, "Whether appearing in a national vest or just trying to complete your first 50kM or 100km event, next March's race on Easter weekend is a great opportunity for Scottish and British ultra runners to be part of what is considered to be one of the highlights of the UK ultra calendar. It will be a good quality race at the sharp end in both men's and women's races, with GB 100k and 24 hour ultra international, and defending UKA champion, Emily Gelder is already looking forward to running at Perth again, as is Issy Knox(HBT) and Thomas Loehndorf (Greenock Glenpark) the defending Scottish champions.
"The huge interest in ultra distance generally in the last few years has also led to an increase in enquiries about the event already. It will be the only chance to run an accurately measured and certified race over the classic internationally recognised distance of 100km in Great Britain in 2013."
For full race details and to enter, visit the Sri Chinmoy Races website.