Would Hadrian’s Wall be the perfect venue for an ultra marathon?
There are many areas in the world which offer beautiful views, exquisite scenery and a history to go with it but there are few which can match the beauty and presence of Hadrian’s Wall in the north-east of England. The wall, built by the Romans, stretches from Wallsend in the East to Bowness-on-Solway in the West and the vast majority is easily accessible to the public. So would this make the perfect venue for an ultra marathon?
The vast majority of runners today want to take in scenery which is beautiful to observe as well as challenging conditions and differing terrain. There is no doubt that Hadrian’s Wall offers everything you could wish for as well as a number of stopping off points for refreshments and potential rest areas. The Northumberland Tourist board have been very proactive in their promotion of Hadrian’s Wall which has attracted massive attention to areas such as Haltwhistle which now thrives on its tourist attractions.
While obviously there would be a need to protect the wall, which has been around for hundreds of years, it should be fairly easy to produce a course which is accessible, safe and tracks the path of Hadrian’s Wall as closely as possible. Would you take on the challenge left behind by the Romans?