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Kick-start the New Year with the ultimate challenge at this Country-to-Capital Ultra marathon. Great for experienced runners, the route begins in the Chiltern Hills before coming onto the Grand Union Canal and ending in Little Venice. Come for the stunning winter surroundings.

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"Good route and a great season opener. May not be as muddy this year but once..."
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How to enter the Country to Capital Ultra 43

  1. Ultramarathon

    Run 43mi
    £59
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Country to Capital Ultra 43 route

The country to capital ultra is widely regarded as the opening event of the Ultra calendar. Beginning at the Shoulder of Mutton in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, the course will wind through the picturesque countryside before picking up the Grand Union Canal and making its way along the final stretch into little Venice.

Given the nature of the race, there are a number of cut-off times which are detailed below:

Checkpoint 3, Cowley Peach (26.5 miles) - 7 hour cut off
Checkpoint 4, Greenford (33.2 miles) - 8.5 hour cut off
Checkpoint 5, Sainsbury's Tow Path (37.3 miles) - 9.5 hour cut off
Finish, Floating Boater (43 miles) - 11 hour cut off

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Refreshment stations throughout (Gels, vegan friendly sweets, and the famous Go Beyond Cake)
  • Free tea, coffee and snacks
  • Prizes supplied by T8 for podium finisher's
  • £5 discount for all those who take part
  • Course marshalled
  • Medical aid
  • Baggage transfer to finish
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

0700: Registration opens
0845: Race begins
1415:
CP 2 cut-off time
1545: CP 3 cut-off time
1715: CP 4 cut-off time
1815: CP 5 cut-off time
1945: All runners must have finished

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the race to allow plenty of time to complete the registration process.

Kit List
  • Trail running shoes
  • Water-pack or large enough bottle
Spectators

Spectators are welcome to join athletes at the finish line or cheer them off from the start.

Little Venice is a great place to watch the participants finish-up, and our travel section should help you with your journey.

Volunteers

Go Beyond Challenge are always on the look out for an extra pair of hands to help out.

In return, volunteers will get free entry into a Go Beyond event and a free event t-shirt. If this sounds like something you would be interested in then get in touch with: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit for this event?
Given the physically challenging nature of an Ultra marathon, participants must be at least 18 years old.
Can I hire a tracker?
Trackers can be hired from GEO Tracks for an extra fee of £8. A link to which can be found here: https://www.geotracks.co.uk/collections/individual-tracker-hire-for-a-geo-tracks-supported-event/products/country-to-capital-ultra-11th-jan-2020-tracker-hire
Can I race for charity?
Participants can run for a charity for £200.
Does the Country to Capital Ultra 43 have a cut-off time?
Yes, there is a cut-off time of 11 hours.

Country to Capital Ultra 43 weather forecast

Drizzle throughout the day.

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Our roots are in off road sports. We offer a complete series of Ultra trail runs many of which have become "must do events" in the Ultra race calendar. Staying with the off road and trail theme we have a sprint style duathlon which once again is in a fantastic location with fabulous trails. But we like to provide something for everyone. We are also the organisers of the Northampton Half Marathon and The Pitsford Triathlons (Sprint and Standard), in fact we are a one stop shop for all the races you will ever need. Go Beyond was founded in 2008 and purchased in 2018 by Simon Hollis. We now work with over 30 charities helping them carry out fundraising through sport. So please, come and join us and take your fitness to a new level - and why not raise money for a good cause at the same time.

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Country to Capital Ultra 43 reviews

4 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Ultramarathon in 2017

    Good route and a great season opener. May not be as muddy this year but once you get from the Chilterns to the M25 its canal all the way which may or may not suit some and be sure not to wear pure Trail shoes if it has been relatively dry!. Clearly marked route, aid stations okay and a pub at the end at Paddington with Guinness FTW.
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