Greensand Country 50k

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Greensand Country 50k
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£60 - £62
Beginning within the stunning Shuttleworth Estate, this ultra marathon takes runners along the Greensand Ridge Walk and a range of other trails for 50k. Ideal for novice and seasoned ultra runners alike, this is the perfect weekend challenge. Enjoy the scenery and claim your finisher's medal.
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Where and when
Shuttleworth, Alder Dr, Biggleswade SG18 9DT, UK
Start times
Sun 26th May 2024
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Greensand Country 50k
1 Loop
£60 - £62
Route information
Distance 50.2k
Elevation 430m+
Terrain Trail
The race will start at the picturesque Shuttleworth Estate following private trails around the grounds. Then the route will join the amazing Greensand Ridge Walk which will take you through Warden Great Wood to the first checkpoint.
Runners will then complete an anti-clockwise loop passing through Old Warden, Haynes, Clophill, Chicksands, Shefford and Broom.
The terrain and surrounding countryside are varied, eye-catching and undulating throughout. This makes the course extremely runable and a great choice for anyone aiming to complete their first ultra. There are a total of 3 aid stations along the route, two of which have toilets.
This race will be fully marked, with orange arrow markers and ribbons. There will be several marshals along the route to help along busier sections. All runners must carry a digital version of the route, either on a watch or phone, just in case you find yourself off course.
Many runners use this race to attempt their first ultra marathon, as the Greensand Country route is considered to be a fast, accessible trail.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Fully-marked and signed route
  • Aid stations with snacks and refreshments
  • Medical support
  • Bag drop
  • Free parking
  • Prizes for top finishers
How to get there
Shuttleworth, Alder Dr, Biggleswade SG18 9DT, UK
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By Car
The Shuttleworth Estate lies just off the A1 between Sandy and Letchworth Garden City. It is a 30-minute drive from Cambridge via the A603.
There will be free parking available for entrants to use.
By Train
The closest train station is Biggleswade, which is a 13-minute drive from the event base.
Event day logistics
07:30 Parking opens
07:45 Registration opens
08:45 Registration closes
09:00 Greensand Country Ultra Trail starts
17:30 Cut-off time
Age Requirements
The minimum age to enter this event is 20.
Mandatory Kit
  • 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
Recommended Kit
  • Sun Screen
  • Sunglasses
Aid Stations
There will be 3 aid stations along the route at the following distance markers, where you will find a range of food and drinks:
  • CP1 - Haynes Village Hall: 15.1k
  • CP2 - Shefford: 29.7k
  • CP3 - Broom Village Hall: 39k
Cupless Event
This is a cupless event so please bring your own bottle or refillable cup with you to the aid stations.
There will be prizes awarded to the top three male and female finishers, V40, V50.
Countryside Code
All runners must adhere to the code of conduct at all times:
  • Fasten all gates behind you
  • Keep to the public footpath
  • Guard against all fire risks
  • Use gates and stiles to cross fences hedges and walls
  • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone
  • Take your litter with you
  • Help keep the water clean
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees
  • Take care on country roads
  • Make no unnecessary noise
General Rules
  • Dogs are not permitted in this race
  • All competitors must carry a map of the course and will be encouraged to have access to the route via GPS
  • Runners are required to record a time at each checkpoint using their wristband
  • Runners must carry all mandatory equipment at all times
  • Runners are allowed to carry poles
  • Assistance may only be provided at aid stations
  • Runners must be courteous to other route users
  • Competitors must not jostle at stiles or other obstacles or push past slower runners on narrow paths
  • Runners must offer assistance if they come across an ill or injured competitor
  • Runners must retire if a race official asks them to
Will there be parking available at the Greensand Country Ultra Trail?
Yes there will be plenty of free parking available for entrants to use.
Is there a train station close to the Greensand Country Ultra Trail?
Yes, the closest train station is Biggleswade, which is an 13-minute taxi ride from the event base.
What is the start time of the Greensand County Ultra Trail?
The event will start at 9:00am - please arrive between 7:45 and 8:45 to warm-up and register for the event.
13 reviews
Did the race in 2023
They should have put more water stations on the course as it was an extremely hot day. 3 water stops over 50km in 30 degree heat was not safe! Starting the race earlier would have been a good idea too. The finish line energy was rubbish with zero atmosphere
Did the race in 2023
Lovely race, wonderful scenery, and great organisation. Shame it was so hot but nobody can control the weather. Recommended.
Did the race in 2023
It was hard work and hot hot hot but awesome!
Did the race in 2023
Well marked course. The Marshalls are great and they make sure you are well looked after
Did the race in 2022
Excellent event. Well sign posted throughout. Friendly Marshalls.
Did the race in 2022
Having competed in 100s of ultras around the world , this was as organised as any of themWell done and see you next year.
Did the race in 2022
Incredibly well organised with friendly staff. Brilliant group of runners taking part too.Couldn’t have asked for a better day
Did the race in 2022
What a lovely first ultra! Beautiful views, well organised, a well marked course with really sweet little orange ribbons. Super friendly supportive Marshall’s and well stocked aid stations. Just loved it!!
Did the race in 2022
Fantastic event that I will definitely do again!
Did the race in 2022
Well organised, great marshals and nice course.
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