Runaway Racing

Race details

Next edition - 27th April 2024

An iconic ultra in the Chilterns, traversing the stunning ridgeline trails between Ivinghoe Beacon and Whiteleaf Hill.

Starting from Berkhamsted Castle our new route takes runners to Ashridge, Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf, showcasing some of the best trails and viewpoints in the Chiltern Hills.

Route Tweak (1st April) - We have tweaked the route around Wendover due to the HS2 diversion around Ellesborough Road. The up-to-date route files are now online, labelled 'V2'.

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50K Ultra Trail

£68/£66 (UKA Affiliated)

There's just 13 days until this race, get your entry in soon!

Coach transfers

We are operating two coach services to get runners around the route, these are bookable during registration, or using the links below:

  • Wendover > Start - These coaches are now full
  • Finish back to the start - Park in Berkhamsted and take the coach back after the race. This coach will depart the finish area at approx 1615/30. Click here to book
 

Key Information

Date
Saturday 27th April 2024
Start Time
09:00
Distance / Elevation
50K / 996m+
Start/Finish
Berkhamsted Castle to Hampden Meadow, Wendover
Coach Transfers
Available to book
Max Runners
350
Time Limit
9 hours
Navigation
Marked - Arrows + ribbons
Terrain
Trail
UTMB Index
UTMB World Series Index Race
Price
£68/£66 (UKA affiliated)
Minimum Age
20
Dogs permitted
No
License
TRA Permit 6194.
Race held under UKA rules.

We are proud to be partnered with the Chilterns Neuro Centre, supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s & stroke survivors.

Learn More

You will find Precision Fuel & Hydration products at all our aid stations. Check out their planner to tune up your race nutrition.

Launch Planner

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Route Map

Event Downloads

Last updated - 1st April - Wendover section finalised after HS2 closure

Info document
A downloadable PDF with all key race information.
GPX File
A raw GPX track of the route.
OS Maps
Route trace via Ordnance survey maps, subscription required to view OS map layer.
Garmin
Route via Garmin Connect.
Google Maps
Interactive route viewable using the Google Maps app
Printable Map
An A4 map of the route to print at home.

Route Description

The race starts from the historical grounds of Berkhamsted Castle and finishes within Hampden Meadow in Wendover.

The Ridgeway National Trail traverses these two locations and runners join the trail from Ivinghoe Beacon, having completed an enjoyable undulating first 10K through the Ashridge Estate (National Trust).

The trail from Ivinghoe to Aldbury is arguably the best 5K of the entire Ridgeway (135K long!) and will treat runners to some brilliant views.

As the route heads towards Wendover there are many ancient woodlands and rolling hills to tackle.

After a pit-stop in Wendover the route continues up Coombe Hill and along to Whiteleaf Hill before looping back into Wendover to complete the 50K distance.

Checkpoints

Pistone Hill Car Park
14.6KM
WC
Runaway HQ, Wendover
28.6KM
WC
The Plough
42.3KM
WC

Videos

Previous editions

Chiltern Ridge Ultra Trail 2023
Chiltern Ridge Ultra Trail 2022
Chiltern Ridge Ultra Trail 2021
Chiltern Ridge Ultra Trail 2020
Chiltern Ridge Ultra Trail 2019

Entrants List

The entrant list updates once every 24 hours.

Name

Club

Tom Adams
none
Benjamin Alderson
none
Mark Aldred
Lingfield RC
Ray Amos
none
Martin Anderson
Thame Runners
Rohan Archer
Ealing Eagles
Charlie Ashe
none
Claire Backhouse
Lonely Goat
Stuart Backhouse
Hayle Runners
Adam Badrawy
none
Simeon Baker
none
Mandeep Bansal
none
Russell Barker
none
Chris Barnes
Olney Runners AC
David Bartle
Sawtry Walk to Run
Jack Bartlett
none
John Bawn
none
Nigel Berryman
none
Susan Birch
none
Harry Bishop
Aloha Tri
Melanie Blainey
none
Simon Blanchflower
none
Sinead Bradbeer
none
Neil Broadhead
none
David Brown
Fetch everyone
Rupert Bulgin
Witham Running Club
Tom Burgess
none
Darren Burke
Gade Valley Harriers
Molly Burlingham
St Albans Striders
Bron Bury
none
Michael Butler
none
Ricardo Cardoso
none
Saul Caroto
none
Lou Carpenter
none
Ben Carpenter
none
Sophie Carroll
none
Filippo Ceccaroli
none
Alex Chan
Redway runner
Geoffrey Cheshire
none
Jennifer Clark
none
Rhys Clements
none
John Coldham
none
Steve Cole
none
James Collet
Lonely Goat
Matthew Collins
none
Damian Cook
Bys Vyken Race Team
Rosalyn Cooke
Maidenhead Athletics Club
Lyndon Cooper
Trail Running Association
Ed Copeland
none
Suzanne Cormack
100 Marathon Club
David Craddock
Ware Joggers
Dan Cross
none
Adam Cunliffe
none
Jac Currie
Tring Running Club
Peter Darch
none
Sophie Davis
none
Jon Day
none
Anne-Marie Delrosa
Cotswold Allrunners
Alex Dimsdale
none
Vasile Danut Donca
none
Adam Donoghue
Havering 90 Joggers
Anthony Doolittle
Thames Hare & Hounds
Kurt Dusterhoff
Evesham Vale Running Club
Tony Eden
none
William Etchell
none
Natalle Etches
none
Mark Evans
none
James Evans
none
Johnny Ferguson
none
Matt Finch
none
Mark Firth
none
Costas Flevas
100 Marathon Club
Jonathan Foan
Garden City Runners
Joe Forrest
none
Jonny Foulger
Mornington Chasers
David French
none
Gilbert Gerber
none
Veronica Ghobert
Vegan Runners
Thomas Gilthorpe
none
Owen Goldsmith
Harwich Runners
Michelle Goldsworthy
none
Ben Goldsworthy
none
Tina Golubeva
Pitsea RC
Henry Gomm
none
Katie Goodchild
none
Thomas Griffin
none
Peter Griffiths
none
Mark Griggs
none
Karl Guest
none
John Gulliver
Thame Runners
Georgie Gunn
none
Alastair Hall
none
Alexander Hamlet
none
Darryl Hanstein
Chiltern Harriers
Kirstie Hardiman
Gade Valley Harriers
Tom Harper
none
Luke Harwood
none
Toby Heley
Silson AC
Katherine Hesketh
St Neots Riverside Runners
Tom Hill
Tring running club
Philip Hine
none
Richard Hird
none
Ben Hobbs
none
Joanne Hodge
none
Karen Hogan
none
Paul Holmes
Silson AC
Michael Hopton
none
Oli Houghton
none
Tim Howick
none
Helen Humphrey
none
Ken Ivory
none
Daniel Jackson
none
Damian James
Windle Valley Runners
David Jenkins
Orpington Road Runners
David Johnson
none
Mary Jones
Olney Runners
Andrew Jones
Olney Runners
Matt Jones
none
Gareth Jones
none
Harri Kane
none
Kate Kelland
none
Bill Kelly
Jestream tri
Freddie Kemp
none
Roland Kendall
Gade Valley Harriers
Joel Knight
none
Adrian Ko
London City Runners
Deborah Koh
none
Neil Laird
none
Stephen Lamb
none
Aaron Lamb
Thame Runners
Erwan Le Goff
none
James Leckey
none
Julien Lhomme
Headington Roadrunners
Alice Light
none
Marike Littlefair
none
Antonia Lloyd
none
JP Loof
none
David Lowery
none
Keith Lyon
none
William Lyttle
none
Hannele Lyttle
none
Andy Malleson
Edmonton Running Club
Craig Manley
JJK Fitness
Robert Manning Smith
none
Joanne Mass
none
Scott Maynard
none
Sarah McAuliffe
Olney Runners
Mark McCormick
none
Neil McFarlane
Lonely Goat
Daniel McKay Wood
none
Frazer Merrick
none
Ludmila Milla
none
Janina Mistecky
Fulham Running Club
Kim Morgan
Gade Valley Harriers
Jenny Morris
none
Jackie Morse
By Vyken Race Team
Yasin Mumcular
none
Oliver Neuberger
none
Barry Newton
none
Kit O'Callaghan
none
Julie O'leary
Girls Go Running
Thomas O'Reilly
none
Anthony Oneil
Olney Runners
Timmy Osborne
none
Jonathan Page
Stocksbridge Running Club
Lynn Palmer
none
Claire Parkinson
none
Chris Parson
none
John Parsons
none
Tiberiu Patras
none
Jonathan Patterson
none
Christopher Peach
Harborough AC
Lewis Phillips
none
Charlotte Phillipson
none
James Pollock
none
Rob Poole
none
Rachel Porter
Cambridge & Coleridge
Sarah Power
Queens Park Harriers
Will Preene
none
Nico Proisy
none
Neil Prowse
Huntingdonshire Athletics Club
Daniel Ramsden
none
Daryl Rattigan
none
Panneerselvam Ravichandran
DACORUM TRIATHLON CLUB
Alessandro Rebecchi
none
Emlyn Rees
none
Emily Riddell
London City Runners
Paul Ridgley
Thame runners
Nicolas Riondet
none
Lynn Roberts
none
Jackie Robinson
none
Thomas Robson
none
Craig Rose
Thame Runners
Paul Ross
Billericay Striders
Craig Rowand
none
Sam Rowe
Bys Vyken Race Team
Samuel Rudston
none
Peter Russell
St Albans striders
James Ryder
none
Harry Sampson
none
Alex Sarabia-Lock
none
Oliver Sayner
Walton AC
Anne Schumann
none
Ed Scott
Crystal Palace Fun Runners
Andrew Scott
none
Callum Shanks
none
Matthew Sharp
none
Holly Shrimpton
none
Mark Sinclair
none
Mark Singer
none
Tess Skelly
none
Sean Skinner
none
Ian Smith
none
Richard Smith
Trail Running Association
Marcin Smolak
none
Jean Francois Soldano
none
James Sparks
none
david stedman
none
Alex Stephenson
none
Holly Stoddart
none
Matt Stone
none
Benjamin Stringer
none
Tom Sugden
none
Derek Sweeting
none
Laura Sweeting
none
Sam Thomas
none
Tom Thorp
none
Mike Tookey
none
Lina Triana
none
Jonathan Tripp
Lonely Goat RC
Anthony Turner
none
Sam Wallace
none
Paul Watkins
East London Runners
TERRY WEBB
none
Patrick Welch
none
Graham White
none
James Whiteman
none
Henry Whiteman
none
James Wicks
none
Tom Williams
none
Chris Williamson
none
Benjamin Wilmshurst
none
Nick Wingate
none
Terri Wood
none
Tom Woolfenden
none
Grzegorz Woszczynski
none
Kallum Wright
Stopsley Striders
Oleksandr Zhurakovskyi
none
Shiraz Ziya
none

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Race Navigation
Race checkpoints

Aid stations

There are three full checkpoints on the route, at 14.6km, 26.6km & 42.3km. Satellite water points will be added if the weather is particularly hot. The checkpoints will contain:

  • Water
  • Coke
  • Precision Fuel & Hydration - PH 1000 Electrolyte Drink (pre-mixed)
  • Precision Fuel & Hydration - PF 30 Gels
  • Precision Fuel & Hydration - PF 30 Chews
  • Selection of crisps and sweets
  • Chia Charge Mini Flapjacks
  • Selection of Fresh fruit (banana, orange, watermelon)
Event base

Event base

The event starts at the historic Berkhamsted Castle and will finish at Hampden Meadow in Wendover.

Refreshments will be available at the finish.

Runners are advised to either be dropped off at the start, or to utlise our coach transfer service - See the top of this page for more info.

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Required Gear

Required gear

All runners will be required to carry the following items for the entirety of the run:

  • Mobile phone (emergency number saved)
  • Route GPX on watch/phone + paper map (provided)
  • Light jacket
  • Refillable water/hydration system (0.5L min)
  • Cash or bank card

Entry details

Registration is £68 (or £66 to UKA affiliated runners), runners must be aged 20 years or older.

  • Entry to the 50KM race
  • Event permitted by the TRA
  • Finishers medal
  • Chip timing with live results
  • Three on-route aid stations
  • Course wide medical support
  • Free on-route photos

Tehnical race t-shirts will be available to purchase during registration and on the event day.

Entry details

Event FAQs

We've answered some common questions below. Please contact us if you have any further queries.

How difficult is this race?

The Chiltern Ridge 50K is considered to be a challenging run on undulating/hilly terrain. That being said, during previous editions of the race we have seen many runners complete this as their first ultra, well within the cutoff time.

Overall drop-out rates are very low and providing you adopt an intelligent strategy, such as a walk/run approach, we are confident all runners can complete this course within the 9-hour cutoff time.

Do I need to qualifiy?

No, there are no qualifiying standards required to enter this race.

I'm worried about getting lost?

Our route will be marked throughout with orange signage/ribbons, along with marshals at several key points. Course checkers will be out during the race ensuring that signage remains in place.

We ask runners to make sure they have access to the route via a phone or watch, to act as a backup in an emergency.

How do I get back to my car?

We recommend using our coach transfer to the start, or back to Berkhamsted after the race, see the top of this page for more details.

What are the cut-off times for this race?

There is an overall 9-hour time limit for this race. Anyone running significantly behind this time at checkpoints will be monitored and may be advised to stop for safety reasons.

Where can toilets be found at this event?

There will be temporary toilets at the event base. The majority of these will be unisex, however we will have some female-only portaloos that have sanitary products available.

Are there changing facilities available?

Yes, there will be pop-up changing tents at the finish base for runners to use.

How can I attend this event without a car?

Berkhamsted and Wendover both have train stations very close to the event start and finish locations.

What footwear should I wear at this race?

Please wear trail running shoes for this race. You will encounter varried terrain along the route that will become slippery/muddy in wet weather conditions.

What prizes are awarded at this event?

There are awards for the top three male and female finishers overall, along with age category awards for FV40, MV40, FV50, MV50, FV60, MV60, FV70, MV70.

How do I follow the route using my phone or watch?

Most GPS watches allow you to upload a GPX file of the route for you to follow whilst running. Typically this is done by loading the route GPX file into the app (i.e Garmin Connect), and then syncing your phone/watch together.

If you don't have a GPS watch we would recommend using OS Maps (£20/year) or Strava Premium (£48/year).

Withdrawal options

By entering our race, you agree to the following withdrawal policy. This policy applies to all runners with the exception of women of cannot compete due to pregnancy.

Withdrawal date
Credits issued
More than 4 weeks before race day
90%

Credits can be used on future race entries, any time during the following 2 years.

Withdrawal requests must be completed online via our manage booking functionality.

Manage Booking
Event withdrawal

It was so well organised both in the weeks building up to it and on the day, and the course was so well marked you couldn’t possibly go wrong out there.

Darren

Chiltern Ridge 50km, 2021

Loved this! Course was beautiful and very well signposted. Friendly and really helpful marshals. Aid stations well stocked. Very well organised- would definitely do again.

Dee

Chiltern Ridge 50km, 2023

Event partners

National Trust
The Ridgeway National Trail
Chilterns Neuro Centre
Precision Fuel & Hydration
English Heritage
UTMB World Series
She Races
Ugoku Projects
Chiltern Society
Runaway Racing Trig Point Illustration

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Greensand Country 50K 50km -26th May 2024
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Dunstable Downs Half Marathon 21.2km -14th July 2024
Suffolk Coastal Path 50K 50km -14th September 2024
North Chilterns 50K 50km -13th October 2024
Chiltern Hills Invitational 10km -8th December 2024
Tewinbury Trail 10K 10km -8th March 2025
Chiltern Hills 100K 100K -26th April 2025

Past results & photos

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Results & photos