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Next edition - 14th July 2024

A trail half marathon with stunning views at National Trust's Dunstable Downs estate.

Now in its fourth edition, the Dunstable Downs half route provides a fantastic trail running challenge with ridgeline views, exhilarating descents and lung busting hills!

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Half Marathon

£32/£30 (UKA Affiliated)

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Key Information

Date
Sunday 14th July 2024
Start Time
10:30
Event base
Dunstable Downs, LU6 2GY
Distance / Elevation
21.2km / 450m+
Closest Station
Tring or Luton Station
Max Runners
300
Time Limit
4 hours
Navigation
Arrow markers and orange ribbons
Terrain
Trail
UTMB Index
UTMB World Series Index Race
Price
£32/£30 (UKA Affiliated)
Minimum Age
17
Dogs permitted
No
License
TRA Permit No. 6197.
Race held under UKA rules.

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

Launch Planner

Image Highlights

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Route Map

Event Downloads

Last updated - Feb 2024

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

Our half marathon route begins at the National Trust centre within Dunstable Downs.

The first quarter of the race takes runners out to the Tree Cathedral, Bison Hill and back past the centre.

Runners then complete a full loop of Kensworth Quarry, passing our aid station at 10KM.

Upon rejoining the Downs the runners complete an out and back to Five Knoles and then back onto the lower Downs trails to run what was the first 5km, now in reverse.

Checkpoints

CP1 - Kensworth Quarry
10.7km

Videos

Previous editions

Dunstable Downs Half Marathon 2021
Dunstable Downs Half Marathon 2022
Dunstable Downs Half Marathon 2023

Entrants List

The entrant list updates once every 24 hours.

Name

Club

Raghav Ahuja
none
Dean Alley
none
Kerry Arnold
none
Jonathan Arnold
none
Paul Atkins
none
Sandra Atkins
none
Alistair Baillie
East London Runners
Slav Baloun
none
Alistair Bankier
none
Christopher Beacock
none
Gavin Belsham
HI runners
Jake Birrell
Leeds University
Lucy Birrell
Queens Park Harriers
Alice Brown
none
Rosie-Skye Burgess
none
Sue Butcher
HI Runners
Jack Calnan
none
Claire Calvert
HI Runners
Robert Calvert
HI Runners
Ula Caroto
none
Danika Castle
none
Dean Childs-o'leary
none
Abhinav Chopra
none
Kevin Clark
none
Thomas Clarke
none
Jessica Clarke
none
Andrew Coles
none
Ben Collier
none
James Cooper
none
Lucy Cowley
HI Runners
Fergus Cowley
none
Theo Daburon
East Track Run
James Davis
Vale of Aylesbury AC
Anna Dawson
none
Lucy Day
HI Runners
Cara Day
none
James Day
none
Cherise De Kock
Hi-Runners
Marco Di Tullio
none
Alex Diaz
none
Christopher Dilley
Bedford Harriers
Jeff Dillnutt
none
Joe Dillnutt
none
Eoin Dinneen
none
Joanna Dixon
HI Runners
Kevin Edwards
none
Christopher Endicott
HI Runners
Mariusz Falek
Watford Joggers
Carley Farr
none
Jo Fellowes
none
Kieth Firkin
Cirencester AC
Nathan Fox
none
Simon Gaeremynck
none
Kaia Gaterell
none
George Godfrey
none
Jonathan Grant
none
Joe Green
none
Zoe Green
none
Leanne Gregory
none
Valerie Gustin
HI Runners
Ekaterina Gvimradze
none
Jenna Harvey
HI Runners
Steve Hatcher
none
Michelle Hawkes
HI Runners
Chloe Hayes
none
Lisa Hazell
none
Chris Hazell
PottSands Runners
Martyn Head
none
Codey Head
none
Toni Hirschfield
Dacorum AC
Ben Hobbs
none
Pete Hodgson
none
John Hopper
Dacorum AC
Louisa Hopper
Dacorum AC
Jake Howard
none
Jo Hurley
none
Darren Ingram
none
Leigh Ireson
none
Mariam Jakeli
none
Wendy Johnson
hi runners
James Jones
none
Nick Joseph
Gade Valley Harriers
Balazs Kuris
none
David Lenton
Xcel Fitness
Joseph Leonard
none
Caterina Linegar
none
Patrick Long
none
Katie Longmore
none
Nick Maltby
none
Neil Marsh
HI Runners
David Martindale
Waveney valley AC
Anna Masefield
HI Runners
Ashleigh Mayes
none
Angela McGarrity
HI Runners
Beth Minks
Clapham Runners
Suzanne Morrad
none
Helen Moye
Fetch everyone
Peter Moye
none
Jennifer Mullins
none
Peter Norris
none
Rob Norris
none
Ryan Nuss
none
Jaynie O Rourke
none
Paul O Sullivan
North Herts Road Runners
James Osgood
none
Andris Osmanis
none
Vicky Owens
none
India Paine
none
Ion Panaiti
none
Manish Popli
none
Mike Porter
none
Noah Poulson
none
Felix Prettejohn
none
Sabiqur Rahman
none
Shy Rahman
none
George Rainsford
none
Paul Rayment
none
Alex Rayment
none
Guy Rayment
Vegan Runners
Liam Reynolds
none
David Robertshaw
none
Anthony Robinson
HI Runners
Clare Robinson
HI Runners
Jennifer Robjohn
none
Chanel Roffey
none
Craig Rose
Thame Runners
Craig Rowand
none
Lee Rowlands
none
Jake Sanders
none
Luca Santin
none
Alby Scotney
none
Simon Scott
none
Alexandru Siminic
none
Dale Smissen
Trail Running Association
Robert Smith
none
Harry Smith
none
Jazmin Staincliffe
none
Daniel Stolworthy
XCEL Fitness
Kelly Su
Dacorum
Kirsty Sulston
HI Runners
Kristine Sumarokova
none
Matt Thacker
Frome Running Club
Megan Toye
none
Nicolene Visagie
none
Erick Visser
none
James Waller
none
Zara Walton
Hi Runners
Jamie Walton-Gould
Orion Harriers
Philippa Webb
none
Zelna Weich
none
Alexandra Welford
Half marathon runners 2024
Rosalind Whiffen
none
Greg White
none
Libby White
HI Runners
Nick White
HI Runners
Sam Wilson
none
Heather Withers
HI Runners
Matthew Woodman
none
Vicky Wright
Shefford Runners
Sam Yates
none

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Race Navigation
Race checkpoints

Aid stations

There is one checkpoint located at 10.7KM. The following items will be available at this location:

  • Water
  • Coke
  • Precision Fuel & Hydration - PF 30 Gels
  • Jelly babies
Event base

Event base

The race is held at the National Trust Countryside Center at Dunstable Downs.

There is an on-site cafe open from 10am, serving hot and cold food after the race.

Car parking is available on site (£3.50 or free for National Trust members), along with toilets and a bag drop facility for runners.

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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 (recommended)
  • Digital route map on watch/phone (recommended)
  • Reusable cup/bottle for aid station (recommended)

Entry details

Registration is £32 (or £30 to UKA affiliated runners), runners must be aged 17 years or older.

  • Entry to the half marathon race
  • Event permitted by the TRA
  • Finishers medal
  • Timing with live results
  • One on-route aid stations
  • Course wide medical support
  • Bag drop at the event base

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 half marathon route is set on hilly terrain and this race will test your leg strength and climbing ability. The majority of the elevation is concentrated in the first and last 5km, with a much flatter mid-section around the quarry. We advise runners to take the uphills easier and hike were required in order to preserve energy and speed for the flat and downhill sections.

Where can toilets be found at this event?

There are permanent male/female toilet facilities available at Dunstable Downs, situated next to the registration and start/finish.

There are no toilets directly on the route, however you do run very close to the main toilets at ~5km and ~12km into the race.

Are there changing facilities available?

No, unfortunately we cannot provide changing facilties at Dunstable Downs.

How can I attend this event without a car?

Tring train station is the closest station to Dunstable Downs and is a 15 minute taxi journey away.

What footwear should I wear at this race?

Please wear trail running shoes for this race. The footpaths are uneven and steep in places.

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 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.

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Event withdrawal

Brilliant event, very hilly at the end, but a really great course and exceptionally well marshalled - can't wait to sign up next year.

Lisa

Dunstable Downs Half, 2023

Another classic race from you guys. What an event...the weather, the views, the hills, the rivers, the puddles and the amazing marshalls. Thank you

Simon

Dunstable Downs Half, 2021

Event partners

National Trust
Trail Running Association
Precision Fuel & Hydration
She Races
Ugoku Projects
Runaway Racing Trig Point Illustration

Our trail running races

Greensand Country 50K 50km - 26th May 2024
Chiltern Ridge Half Marathon 21.2km - 16th June 2024
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 Ridge Winter 50K 50km - 16th November 2024
Chiltern Hills Invitational 10km - 8th December 2024
Chiltern Ridge Ultra 50K 50km - 5th April 2025
Hughenden Trail 10K 10K - Spring 2025 (TBC)
Chiltern Hills 100K 100k - 26th April 2025
Tewinbury Trail 10K 10km - 8th June 2025

Past results & photos

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Results & photos