Runaway Racing

Race details

Next edition - 13th October 2024

Come and discover the magical North Chiltern trails in stunning autumnal conditions.

The 3rd edition will take place on Sunday, 13th October 2024.

Hosted from the delightful Putteridge Bury Estate, runners will explore the surrounding trails and countryside on a 50K course.

This is a delightful route to run, with several stunning viewpoints including Warden Hill and Barton & Pegsdon Hills.

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50K Ultra Trail

£62/£60 (UKA Affiliated)

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Key Information

Date
Sunday 13th October 2023
Start Time
09:00
Start/finish
Putteridge Bury, LU2 8LE
Distance / Elevation
50km / 798m+
Max Runners
350
Time Limit
9 hours
Navigation
Fully Marked
Terrain
Trail
Public Transport
Luton Train Station
UTMB Index
UTMB World Series Index Race
Price
£62/£60 (UKA affiliated)
Minimum Age
20
Dogs permitted
No
License
TRA Permit No. 6199
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 - October 2023

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

From our event base, runners follow the Chiltern Way towards Lilley and out to Warden and Barton Hills.

After leaving CP1, the first big climb awaits, but once successfully navigated there a lovely undulating section to CP2.

Out of CP2 runners explore the Pegsdon Hills and head towards to Offley.

The last 12k to the finish is a mini rollercoaster with three small hills to get up and down.

Overall the terrain keeps the running varied and doesn't ever feel like your doing too much of one thing.

Checkpoints

CP 1 - Arnold Rec, Barton
14.7km
WC
CP 2 - The View
28.9km
WC
CP 3 - Offley Village Hall
37.5km
WC

Videos

Previous editions

North Chilterns 50K 2023
North Chilterns 50K 2022

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Race Navigation
Race checkpoints

Aid stations

There are three aid stations along the route. These will contain the following items:

  • 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 is held at the beautiful Putteridge Bury Country House.

There will be indoor facilities for registration and toilets. Coffee and other hot drinks will be available.

Our start/finish area will be situated at the back of the property, with direct access to trails.

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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 map on watch/phone or paper map (provided)
  • Windproof or waterproof jacket
  • Refillable water/hydration system (0.5L min)
  • Cash or bank card
  • Warm hat (recommended)
  • Foil Blanket (recommended)

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
  • Finishers medal
  • Chip timing with live results
  • Three on-route aid station
  • Course wide medical support
  • Bag drop

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?

Our North Chilterns event is undulating throughout, with a few sharper hill climbs scattered throughout. The route is similar to our Chiltern Ridge 50K, however due to the autumn date it is likely the ground conditions may be softer and more challenging.

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 fixed seperate male & female toilets at the event base. Toilets will also be available at all three of our checkpoints.

Are there changing facilities available?

We will provide a private female changing area within a room onsite at Putteridge Bury.

How can I attend this event without a car?

Luton is the closest train station to our event base. From the station it is a 10/15-min taxi journey.

What footwear should I wear at this race?

Please wear trail running shoes for this race. The trails are generally non-technical, but there will be plenty of mud around at this time of the year.

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

I had an absolutely amazing time. Everyone was friendly and helpful and the route was well marked!

Clare

North Chilterns 50K, 2023

Thank you so much to you and the teams of marshals / check-point volunteers. It was my first ultra and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You created a supportive and engaging atmosphere among runners and organisers alike.

Mike

North Chilterns 50K, 2023

Event partners

UTMB World Series
She Races
The Chiltern Neuro Centre
Precision Fuel & Hydration
Ugoku Projects
The View
Runaway Racing Trig Point Illustration

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Past results & photos

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Results & photos