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Next edition - 26th May 2024

A stunning single loop 50K ultra marathon around the Greensand Country trails in Bedfordshire.

The next edition of the Greensand Country 50K will take place on Sunday 26th May 2024.

Our trail route follows a unique loop though a series of attractive countryside villages and the trails that connect them.

This race is a great choice for those looking to post a faster 50K time, or if you want to avoid the bigger hills encountered on our Chiltern ultra events.

Route Recce, April 21st - Join us for a 22k training run on the race route. More information

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50K Ultra Marathon

£62/£60 (UKA Affiliated)

There's just 42 days until this race, get your entry in soon!

 

Key Information

Date
Sunday 26th May 2024
Start Time
09:00
Event base
Shuttleworth, Alder Dr, Biggleswade SG18 9DT
Distance / Elevation
50.2km / 430m+
Maximum Runners
350
Time Limit
9 hours
Navigation
Arrow markers and orange ribbons
Terrain
Trail
Public Transport
Biggleswade Train Station - 13 min drive
UTMB Index
UTMB World Series Index Race
Price
£62/£60 (UKA affiliated)
Minimum Age
20
Dogs permitted
No
License
TRA Permit No. 6195
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 - 17th March 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 50km route starts from the Shuttleworth Estate following a cross country route on private trails.

Runners then complete an clockwise loop passing through Ickwell, Broom, Shefford, Haynes and Old Warden.

The terrain and surrounding countryside is varied, eyecatching and undulating throughout. This makes the course extremely runable and a great choice for anyone aiming to complete their first ultra.

There are three major checkpoints, at 16km, 28km and 41km. Additional water points will be added if it is a particularly warm day.

Checkpoints

CP 1 - Broom Village Hall
16km
WC
CP 2 - Shefford
28km
CP 3 - Haynes Village Hall
41km
WC

Videos

Previous editions

Greensand Country 2023
Greensand Country 2022
Greensand Country 2021

Entrants List

The entrant list updates once every 24 hours.

Name

Club

Andrew Ackrill
Garden City Runners
Rob Allen
none
Chloe Apicella
none
Ewan Applewhite
none
Saffron Ardren
none
Craig Arnott
none
Glenn Ball
none
Mandeep Turka Bansaal
none
Melanie Barley
none
Angela Barrington
Lonely Goat
Samantha Barrow-Williams
none
Nigel Berryman
none
George Black
none
Ros Bodi
fetch everyone (FERC)
Helene Bolton
UKRunChat
Sinead Bradbeer
none
Peter Brown
none
Molly Burlingham
St Albans Striders
Sue Cartwright
none
Natalie Chernucha
none
Steve Christie
none
Josh Clayton
none
Abbey Cooper
none
Stuart Cuzner
Stevenage Striders
David Dawson
none
Helen Day
none
Harminder Dhillon
none
Michael Dudley
Leighton Fun Runners
Michael Dunn
Preston Harriers
Jo Edwards
Wheathampstead Warriors
Tom Edwards
none
Thomas Evans
Gade Valley Harriers
Nicola Fielding
Maverick Run Project
Susan Foot
North Herts Road Runners
Georgina Fortune
none
Adam Fox
none
Alice Frost
none
Mark Frow
Saffron Striders RC
William Gaches
none
Owen Goldsmith
Harwich Runners
Matthew Goldup
Faversham Running Club
Carl Gooden
none
Steven Halford
none
Sarah Harding
none
Krisan HARIA
none
Josie Harries
none
Anouska Harrison
none
Adam Hawkins
Stilton Striders
Callum Hehir
none
Peta Henry
Stopsley striders
Elliott Hill
none
Benjamin hill
none
Richard Hird
none
Wayne Hope
none
Keith Hucker
none
Paul Ibbotson
none
Andy Ingram
none
Martin Jackson
none
Mike Jackson
Dunstable Lions
Craig Jackson-Mynott
none
Ivan James
none
Rohan Katargamwala
none
Belinda Keating
none
Danny Kelly
Stopsley Striders
Laura Lane
St Albans Striders
Alex Lane
St Albans Striders
Christina Lawrence
Dunstable Lions Running Club
Kevin Lazarz
none
Sarah Lea
none
Barry Leslie
none
Simon Liddle
none
John Lloyd
Calder Valley Fell Runners
Jono Marval
Gade Valley Harriers
Carmelo Mastrandrea
Lonely Goat RC
Carmel McEniery
Cambridge & Coleridge AC
Phoebe McGibbon
none
Clarke Midgley
Papworth Runners
Naomi Milton
none
Elliot Moreton
none
Simon Nicholls
Lonely Goat Running Club
Jon Norton
Royston Runners
Victoria Pallett
none
Andy Parkinson
Shefford Runners
Sam Pearcy
none
Sinan Petrus Toma
none
Lisa Phee
Dunstable lions
Neil Porter
none
Rachel Porter
Cambridge and coleridge
Antony Pretty
none
Sam Pyrah
none
Jeffrey Pyrah
Hastings AC
Alex Rayment
none
Paul Rayment
none
Lynn Roberts
none
Simon Robinson
none
Stuart Robinson
none
Edward Rutherford
none
Eleanor Sage
Garden City Runners
Anne Schumann
none
John Shields
none
Anthony Smith
none
Marcus Smith
none
Nicholas Smith
none
Robert Smith
none
Richard Springall
North Herts Road Runners
Alex Stowe
none
Christine Sutcliffe
Billericay Striders
David Swales
none
Ben Swales
none
Gary Swandells
none
Dawn Thompson
none
Graham Thorpe
Shefford Runners
Jonathan Tripp
Lonely Goat RC
Nicholas Turner
none
Christian Turton
none
Edward Upson
London City Runners
Aaron Vine
none
Michael Volland
none
Robert Wallace
Saint Edmund pacers
Ian Walsh
none
Simon Ward
St Neots Riverside runners
Rob Watson
none
Liam Weller
none
Harry Whan
none
Ian Williams
Fetch Everyone RC
Christian Woodhams
none
Darren Wright
none
Philip Young
none
Jörgen Zimmer
Landau Running Company

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Race Navigation
Race checkpoints

Aid stations

There are three full checkpoints on the route, at 16km, 28km & 41km. 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

Our event base, held at the Shuttleworth Estate is an immpressive venue complete with manor house and extensive gardens - A great place to finish and hang out post-race.

Hot drinks will be on offer throughout the day, along with food and local beer.

Car parking is available on site, 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 (emergency number saved)
  • Route GPX on watch/phone + paper map (provided)
  • Space blanket or additional layer
  • Refillable water/hydration system (0.5L min)
  • Cash or bank card

Entry details

Registration is £62 (or £60 to affiliated runners), runners must be aged 20 years or older.

  • Entry to the 50KM race
  • Event permitted by the TRA
  • Car parking at the event base
  • Finishers medal
  • Chip timing with live results
  • Three on-route aid stations
  • Course wide medical support
  • Bag drop at the event base
  • On-route race photographer

T-Shirts are available to purchase on our store.

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 Greensand Country route is considered to be a fast and accessible ultra marathon. We have seen lots of runners compelete this as their first ultra. The paths are good quality throughout and free from soft mud at this time of the year. The heat can present a challenge, but this is of course never gaurenteed in the UK.

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.

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 each checkpoints will be monitored and maybe 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 one female-only portaloos that have sanitary products available.

Toilets will also be directely checkpoint 1 and 3. There is a public toilet near checkpoint 2.

Are there changing facilities available?

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

How can I attend this event without a car?

Biggleswade is the closest train station to our event base. From the station it is a short 13-min taxi journey or and 11-minute cycle. We will provide a safe place to store bikes whilst you are running.

What footwear should I wear at this race?

We would recommend a light trail running shoe for this race - something that can tackle varried and uneven terrain and remain confortable on harder dirt paths.

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.

Manage Booking
Event withdrawal

What a lovely first ultra! Beautiful views, well organised, a well marked course with really sweet little orange ribbons. Super friendly supportive marshalls and well stocked aid stations. Just loved it!!

Georgina

Greensand Country 50km, 2022

Lovely race, wonderful scenery, and great organisation. Recommended.

Richard

Greensand Country 50km, 2023

Event partners

Shuttleworth
Greensand Country
UTMB World Series
Ugoku Projects
She Races
Precision Fuel & Hydration
Gokce Restaurant
Runaway Racing Trig Point Illustration

Our trail running races

Hughenden Trail 10K 10K -13th April 2024
Chiltern Ridge Ultra 50K 50km -27th April 2024
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 Hills Invitational 10km -8th December 2024
Tewinbury Trail 10K 10km -8th March 2025
Chiltern Hills 100K 100K -26th April 2025

Past results & photos

Not sure which race to choose, check out our past event results and photos.

Results & photos