05:30 Registration opens
06:30 Registration for 56 Mile closes
06:45 Mandatory 56 Mile race briefing
07:00 56 Mile starts
07:30 Registration for 50 Mile closes
07:45 Mandatory 50 Mile race briefing
08:00 50 Mile starts
Cut Off Times
There is a maximum time of 15 hours to complete the 50 mile race and 16 hours for the 56-miler. The additional 6 mile section is tough, and takes the winner around 1h30 and the tail runners around 3h. Runners should therefore be confident they could finish the 50-mile race in 13 hours if they wish to enter the 56.
All runners must be aged 20 or older on the day of the event.
All entrants must have run a marathon since 1 Jan 2021. This doesn’t need to have been in a formal race, it could have been a 26+ mile training run. You will not need to provide proof of this, we trust you to tell the truth as it is in your own interest.
The races are self-navigation and competitors must carry paper maps at all times. The Butcombe Trail itself is waymarked along much of its length but this can be patchy, and the BTU56 follows a different route for the middle 12 miles. There will be marshals at key points. These are updated regularly so always make sure you have the latest version.
There are 7 checkpoints on the 50 Mile route and 8 on the 56 Mile route. These will all have fully stocked aid stations with all the drinks and nutrition you can imagine. As most of the checkpoints are at pubs, you can of course go in for a drink! You will find the checkpoints at the following locations:
- Ring O'Bells, Compton Martin
- Ring O'Bells, Hinton Blewett
- Queen Victoria, Priddy
- Rodney Stoke
- Swan, Rowberrow (56 Mile only)
- The Lamb, Axbridge
- Queen's Arms, Bleadon