Greensand Country Ultra Trail 50km

UTMB Qualifying Race

The Greensand Country Ultra Trail 50K is back for its second edition, join us at the beautiful Shuttleworth Estate on Sunday 29th May 2022.

This is a fast 50km on relatively flat and varied trails, on a single loop course through the stunning Bedfordshire countryside, including Old Warden, Chicksands, Clifton and Broom.

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

  • Race date

    Sunday 29th May 2022, 9am

  • Event base

    Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP

  • Distance


  • Elevation change


  • Cut-off

    8 hours

  • Aid stations

    3 provided

  • UTMB/ITRA points

    2 points + UTMB qualifier

  • Total runners


Quick links

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 (~15km) 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(~30km).

After Shefford and a short stint along the River Ivel you pass up through Broom (CP3 39km) 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 50.6km with around 440 metres of elevation change.


07:30 Event base opens for parking
07:45 Registration opens
08:45 Registration closes
08:30 Registration closed
09:00 Start
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 that we are still confirming this route with landowners. Once we have final confirmation a GPX file will be shared.

Aid stations

There will three aid stations on route, these are at 15.4km, 30.2km & 39.2km.

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

The aid stations will contain the following:

  • Water
  • Electrolyte drink (Mountain Fuel)
  • Mountain Fuel gels
  • Tribe energy bars
  • 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 £67 (or £65 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


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


We do not allow transfers or deferrals on this event.


Dependant on when you withdraw the following refunds will be offered:

  1. 12-24 weeks prior to race day - 75% refund
  2. 6-12 weeks prior to race day - 50% refund
  3. 4-6 weeks prior to race day - 25% refund
  4. Less than 4 weeks to race day - No refund

Mandatory Kit

The following items are mandatory:

  • Fully charged mobile phone (with emergency number saved - 07874 947339)
  • Refillable water/hydration system (min 0.5 litre, preferably 1L)
  • £20 cash or payment card
  • Route map (provided at registration)

Trail shoes are not mandatory and you may wear road shoes if you are confident running on firm off-road terrain in them.

Recommended items

  • Sun screen
  • Sunglasses
  • Re-usable cup (for coke/electrolyte drink at checkpoints)
  • Access to the route map via a navigation app, links provided closer to race day.


All runners will receive a unique finishers medal.

There will be prizes awarded to the top three male and female runners. The top male and female runners in V40 & V50 age catagories will also recieve an award.

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. Please enter via the Old Warden Village entrance on Bedford road.

Click here to view on Google Maps

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

Shuttleworth House

Useful information

FAQ Terms & Conditions Race rules Withdrawals Volunteers

If you have a question please email [email protected]