Centurion Running

Wendover Woods 50

25 Nov 2017

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Course Records

Jeff Pyrah (M)

7:39:26

2016

Samantha Amend (F)

8:51:00

2016

The WW50 is a 50 mile foot race consisting of 5 x 10 mile loops on forest trails, entirely within Wendover Woods. The course mixes some of the most enjoyable trail running to be found anywhere, with wide, soft trails including smooth descents and runnable climbs. These sections are contrasted with some much steeper ascents and descents scattered throughout the loop. Runners will work hard for a finish at this race which will also act as the fourth and final event in the 2017 50 Mile Slam.

As with all Centurion events, runners will be fully supported by 9 well stocked aid stations, full medical support and a marked course. Race held under full UK Athletics Permit granted through the TRA (Permit Number: 800).

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Vital Stats

Distance

50 mi

81 KMs

Elevation

9500 ft

2900 m

Cut-off

15 hours

Entry Fee

£75

Date

25 Nov 2017 08:00

Course Marked

YES

Medical Support

YES

Entrant Limit

260

Avg Temp.

6 C

42.8 F

Avg Rainfall.

65 mm

3 inches

Avg Humidity

60 %

# of Aid Stations

9

Location

EU / UK / ENGLAND / SOUTH-EAST

Terrain

99% trail, 1% road

General Info

Entries

Entries for 2017 will open at 1000 on Saturday 28th January 2017. There will be 250 places for the event on open registration plus 10 spots for 2016 Volunteers. Places are open on a first come, first served basis. Entrants must meet the minimum qualification standard below in order to apply. There will be a wait list in operation, should the initial places be are taken.

Entry fee is £75 plus a card fee taken by the registration company. 

Qualification Standard

In order to enter you must have completed a minimum of a marathon distance race within the cut off time of that event between 1st January 2014 and race day. As organisers, we reserve the right to refuse anybody entry who does not meet this standard. Unqualified runners may enter but will be contacted approximately 8 weeks prior to race to verify qualification plans if they have not updated their online information by this time.

Click here to read more about what counts as a qualifier. 

Cut Offs

Runners must finish the course within a 15 hour time limit. There are additional cut offs on route which can be found in the aid station table

Start/ Finish Location

Registration, Start & Finish are in 'Trig Point Field', Aston Hill, Halton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ. The field is opposite Aston Hill Bike Park. 

Route

The race route consists of 5 x 10 mile loops on forest trails and tracks within Wendover Woods, woodland operated by the Forestry Commission. 

A map of the route and a downloadable GPX file can be found at the bottom of this page. The route has 9,500 feet of climb, and 9,500 feet of descent.

Awards

Medal & T-Shirt to Finishers only.

Additional prizes will be awarded to First place Male and Female. 

Aid Stations

The start/ finish location also acts as the aid station at the start/ end of each loop. Runners will make 4 visits there before finishing at the end of their 5th loop. The Hale Lane Aid Station falls at mile 5.5 of each lap and will therefore also be visited 5 times. A full list of the distances at which the aid stations fall and the respective cut off times, can be found here. Both aid stations will carry as a minimum: water, coke, chocolate, sweets, sandwiches, nuts, lots of fruit, Gu gels, wraps, sandwiches and other sweet and savory snacks. Hot drinks will also be available from lap 3 onwards at both aid stations. 

Drop Bags/ Finish Line Bags

Drop/ Finish Line Bags may be deposited at registration, whereupon they will be stored in number order in a separate tent and accessible to runners at the end of each 10 mile loop. Bags should be clearly labelled with runners name and bib number.

Course Markings

The course will be marked with reflective red, white and silver tape, Centurion marker arrows and Orange Chalk Ground Paint. There are a handful of road crossings/ short sections of road to negotiate. These will NOT all be marshalled. 

Pacers

No pacers are permitted at any point on the route. 

Crew

Runners are allowed to have a crew, however crews may ONLY attend to their runner in the designated are at the start/ finish of each loop.

Medical

There will be a dedicated team of race medics available throughout the race including a static first aid team at the start/ finish check point and a roving team within the Woods. If you suffer an injury or accident that warrants direct medical attention, the medics will be on hand to provide you with exactly that. Contact numbers and full details of what to do in an emergency will be given to you in the pre race information packs and again at race registration. Due to the nature of the course ie. some remote and far from roads, the medics may take some time to reach you, or potentially be out of contact tending to other runners. In those instances you should contact the emergency services on 999 AS WELL AS the race medics. Full instructions on what to do in an emergency can be found in the infopacks. 

Kit

99% of the course is on trail, therefore trail shoes are advised, particularly given the time of year. There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions. The course takes a number of steep ascents and descents, many of which will become hard going in wet conditions, particularly as the race progresses. These sections must be negotiated carefully in both the dry and the wet. Given the time of year, the threat of exposure is very real. Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times. 

There will be kit checks prior, during and after the race. Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times. A time penalty of one hour will be imposed for any item found to be missing at any point on course. Please refer to this page for explanations on the inclusion of the below items. 

There are many options regards kit for fulfilling these requirements and those of other events. We stock what we believe to be the best options at our online store available by clicking here under the Mandatory Gear Section. Please ask us if you have any questions.

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director (on the number you have given at registration)
  • Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof Jacket: Gore-tex or similar, minimum 10000mm+ & must have sealed seams.
  • Warm Hat - Beanie Hat or Buff (either are accepted)
  • Gloves 
  • Base layer or fleece top - This must be carried separately from the start and kept dry, for use only in an emergency. Starting in 2 layers is not a substitute.
  • Any runner starting any loop after 1300 must take a primary light source/ head lamp out with them on the course - Minimum 75 Lumens
  • Any runner starting any loop after 1300 must take a Back Up Light source out with them on the course - Minimum 25 Lumens

Course Map

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