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Greensand Country Ultra Trail 50km

Greensand Country Ultra Trail 50km

The first Greensand Country Ultra will take place on Sunday 13th June 2021 for a field of 150 runners.

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The event is the first of its kind in the area and our unique 50km loop will take you through the finest countryside Bedfordshire has to offer.

The entire route is marked and follows public footpaths, bridleways and tracks throughout. With very little elevation (440m) this is a fast course.

This event is permitted by the Trail Running Association and will be run under UK Athletics rules. Runners must be 20 or older.

COVID-19 - Until we can guarantee an alternative approach, this event will operate a waved start and and a number of social distancing restrictions.

  • Race date

    Sun 13th June 2021
    0800-0900 start window

  • Event base

    Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP

  • Distance

    50km

  • Elevation change

    440m (1440ft)

  • Cut-off

    8 hours

  • Aid stations

    3 provided

  • UTMB/ITRA points

    2 points (TBC)

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Route details
Route/elevation maps
Aid stations
Entry details
Mandatory Kit
Getting there

Route details

Our 50km route will commence from the Shuttleworth Estate and will initially follow a cross country route on private trails within the grounds.

Leaving the estate the route heads west and joins the Greensand Ridge Walk taking you through Warden Great Wood and to the first checkpoint (~13km) in Haynes.

Continuing anti-clockwise along the looped route you pass through Clophill and Chicksands and then along to Shefford where the second checkpoint is situated(~28km).

After Shefford and a short stint along the River Ivel you pass up through Broom (CP3 36.5km) and along to Jordan's Mill.

To complete the circle the route turns towards Old Warden and through some magnificent woodland to re-enter the estate, past Shuttleworth House and through the finish arch.

The total distance is 50km with around 440 metres of elevation change.

Draft itinerary

07:00 Event base opens for parking & registration
08:00 Start window opens
09:00 Start window closes
17:00 Finish line cut-off

There will be stalls serving coffee, food and local beer throughout the day until 6pm.

Greensand Country Ultra route

Greensand Country Ultra route

Greensand Country Ultra route

Route map & elevation

Please note - This route map is provisional and subject to minor changes.

To view the route in more detail or to download as GPX please use the following links: OS Maps

Aid stations

There will be a minimum of three fully stocked aid stations on route, these are at 13km, 28km & 36km.

Please note there are toilets at the start/finish and all three aid stations.

The aid stations will contain the following:

  • Water
  • Electrolyte drink
  • Coke
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sweets
  • Crisps

We will not be providing bottles/cups, so it is essential you have a refillable bottle or cup with you.

Ultra marathon volunteers

Entry details

Registration is £62 (or £60 to affiliated runners) and includes the following:

  • Entry to the race
  • Free car parking at event base
  • Unique finishers medal
  • Timing wristband
  • 3 aid stations
  • Medical support
  • Bag drop at event base

T-Shirts

Unique t-shirts will be available to buy closer to the race date.

Transfers/deferrals

We do not allow transfers or deferrals on this event.

Withdrawal

Runners will receive a 70% refund if they voluntarily withdraw before 16th May 2021 — After this date there is strictly no refunds.

Mandatory Kit

The following items are mandatory:

  • Trail running shoes
  • Mobile phone (fully charged at start of race)
  • Refillable Water/hydration system (min 1 litre)
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Additional long sleeved top (weather dependent)
  • Basic first-aid kit (plasters, antiseptic wipes, foil blanket)
  • Whistle
  • Cash (£20)
  • Route map (provided)

Please bring a reusable cup for use at the aid stations.

Prizes

All runners will receive a unique finishers medal.

There will be prizes awarded to the race winners, V40+ category and a team prize (first team to have three finishers).

Race rules

To view a list of our race rules please click here.

Getting there

The start/finish and event base is located at:
Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9DX

Click here to view on Google Maps

We will circulate further details on how to find the correct entrance closer to race day.

The closest train station is located from Biggleswade, an 8 minute taxi ride from the event base.

Shuttleworth House

Useful information

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If you have a question please email [email protected]

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