The Gut Buster

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£27.00 - £30.00Free injury protection
Get a jump on your 2023 fitness journey with the fun and challenging Gut Buster. Runners will encounter a variety of terrain and finish the race with a brutal last 400m. A wide range of runners can come to burn off their Christmas Dinner and see out the festive period with a bang.
10k, and 10 mile
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Sat 31st Dec 2022
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Mortimer Common, United Kingdom
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Where and when
2 Butlers Land Farm Cottages, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 2AG, UK
Start times
Sat 31st Dec 2022
10 mile:
10:00am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Gut Buster
10 mile
Route information
The 10k and 10 mile courses set out together until approximately 5 miles/8k. At this point, the routes split, later to re-join and split again. Keep an eye out for signage for your distance and listen to the marshals. Participants will enjoy the beautiful surroundings, racing through picturesque fields and woodland areas. It is a wonderful location for a trail run. Taking place in December there is bound to be mud and runners will encounter a variety of fun and challenging terrain, including:
  • Water crossings
  • Roman Walls
  • Grassy fields
  • Muddy footpaths
  • Tricky hills
This makes for a challenging, but fun event for runners of a variety of abilities. You will be sure to enjoy this perfect setting for a winter trail run and the wonderful atmosphere at the race.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • iTAB that attaches to your medal with name and finish time sent a few days after the race
  • Toilets
  • Baggage Area
  • Mulled wine and mince pies for finishers
  • Catering vans, including a local craft brewer
  • Free event photos
  • Free parking and bus shuttle
  • Well signed and marshalled route
  • Massage
How to get there
2 Butlers Land Farm Cottages, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 2AG, UK
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By Car
All event car parking will be at the Mereoak Park & Ride site (RG7 1PB). Mereoak Park & Ride is signed half a mile south of Junction 11 of the M4 and along the A33. There will be a free bus shuttle service to the race HQ and back to the park and ride after the event.
By Train
Mortimer Station is approximately 1.5 miles from the event venue.
Event day logistics
10:00 10 mile & 10k start
Runners will be set off at timed intervals to enable better social distancing, with faster runners starting first to limit overtaking.
Race numbers will be posted prior to the event and there will be no entries taken on the day. There will be a baggage area, at which you leave your bag at your own risk.
Age Restrictions
10k participants must be 13 years or older.
10 mile participants must be 16 years or older.
Cut off times
There is a 2 hour cut off time at the 8 mile point in the 10 mile event. If you miss the cut off you will be directed to the finish completing a total distance of approximately 8.5 miles.
Runners are recommended to wear trail shoes and to bring a dry set of clothes and shoes to wear after the race. Along with a water bottle to put at the finish line as there won't be aid stations on the course. There will be limited water and cups at the finish line. Please also bring a cup for mulled wine.
You can run with your dog, as long as your dog is on a short lead. Sadly you will not be eligible for prizes, but your dog will receive a bone.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are encouraged not to attend the event due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
What distances are available at The Gut Buster?
The Gut Buster offers both a 10k and a 10 mile course.
What is the cut-off time for the Gut Buster?
On the 10 mile event, there is a 2 hour cut-off at the 8 mile point. You will take a different route to the finish, completing 8.5 miles in total.
Is there parking at the Gut Buster?
There is free parking at the Mereoak Park & Ride, with free 10 minute bus shuttle to and from the venue.
Can I run with my dog at The Gut Buster?
Dogs can run but they must be kept on a short lead, sadly you will not be eligible for prizes but your dog will receive a bone!
Can I run with headphones at The Gut Buster?
For the safety of all participants, headphones are not allowed at the Gut Buster.
7 reviews
Did the 10 mile in 2021
Superb event, 1st time I’ve done it and it will be back for more, free photos, mince pies and mulled wine as well. The perfect Xmas hangover cure.. Thanks
Did the 10k in 2021
Fun event! My first time round and hadn't appreciated just how much mud was expected, particularly in the last couple of fields. The water crossings were fun and the fact that I was soaked up half way up my shins within 2 miles meant I didn't care about the mud for the rest of the race. Ache today though
Did the 10k in 2021
A well organised event with friendly volunteers. The atmosphere was good before and especially after the event with the mulled wine, local beer and mice pies a nice touch. The event information though says your number will be posted out to you which is wrong and confusing. I searched my house for a lost envelope that was never there. Good event though.
Did the 10k in 2021
First time doing this course. Loved it well organised and the marshals were good. Shame the coffee guy couldn’t make it
Did the 10 mile in 2021
The Gutbuster is special. It keeps you motivated over the festive period. The course is incredibly muddy and challenging. People are always friendly. It’s just a special event. Well done to the organisers. Brilliant!
Did the 10k in 2021
Great event, well organised, great value as price included park and ride, medal, gifts, iTab, mince pie and mulled wine. The mud was free !!!
Did the 10k in 2021
Perhaps the most fun XC course I’ve done to date, with a truly unbelievable final kilometre that will challenge all levels. Would really recommend this one.
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