Centurion Running

Petzl Wendover Woods Night 50km

12 Jul 2019

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What date is the next event and when do registrations open? 

The Petzl Wendover Woods Night 50km will take place late Friday July 12th 2019 into Saturday 13th July 2019. Registrations will open on Saturday April 20th 2019 at 1000.

How tough is the course? 

Very tough. Wendover Woods are situated on a steep hill which forms part of the Chiltern Way Ridge. Some sections of the route are composed of smooth wide forest trails with forgiving grades making for very fast descents and steady runnable climbs. That is contrasted however by sections consisting of single track trail up and down very steep ascents and descents. Much of the course has prominent roots as a feature and there are some areas of small loose stone but these are less numerous than the sections of more groomed trail. The course totals 6,000ft of climbing (200 feet per mile) and the same amount of descent.  

What do I get for my entry fee? 

Principally you get a fully supported race day experience including:

6 fully stocked aid stations including the finish.

Live timings across race weekend for friends and family to track your progress.

Full Medical Support in the form of dedicated race ambulances and roving vehicles as well as static first aid teams and medical volunteers at aid stations.

Finishers t-shirt

Finishers medal

Is there a limit to the number of entries into each distance/ Can I enter on race day?

Entries are open up to and including June 30th 2019 or when the entry limit is reached. No entries will be accepted after that date and there will be no entries on the day. The race will be limited to the first 100 entrants. There will be no waiting list held for this event.

Is there a minimum qualification standard to achieve before I can enter?

There is no minimum qualification standard for this event.

Is there mandatory gear to carry on race day?

Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times. 

99% of the course is on trail, therefore trail shoes are advised. 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. 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.
  • The race is cupless which means you must bring a cup with you. Soft cups are available at the store here
  • Primary light source/ head lamp - Minimum 75 Lumens
  • Back Up Light source - Minimum 25 Lumens

Is there a way for friends and family to follow online? 

There will be a live webcast during the event. Live times will be published as runners come through all aid stations. Twitter updates will also be going out across the weekend. A link to the live site will appear on the homepage in the week leading up to the race. 

Are there any road crossings or gates/ stiles to negotiate? 

Yes. Whilst the event is predominantly trail, some small sections are along road within the woods to connect trails and there are two road crossings also within the woods which will both be marshalled. There are 4 stiles on the route.

How many aid stations are there?

There will be 20 aid stations including the finish.

Where is the start/ finish?

Race HQ/ Registration/ The Start & finish Check Point are all at 'Trig Point Field', Aston Hill, Halton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ.  The actual race start itself will be on the main road in to the woods. Runners will be walked to that location at 2250 on race night. It is 0.3 miles from the field.

What facilities are there at the Start/ Finish? 

Start/ Finish: Free On Site Parking, Toilets, Water, Pop-Up Centurion Running Store, Free Hot Food and Drinks (Runners only and includes vegetarian options). 
There are NO sleeping facilities at the start or finish. 

Can I camp overnight in the field before or after the event? 

No, our permission to use Trig Point field extends only to official vehicles and set up for the hours outside of race registration to final cut off.

The exception to this is during the hours of the race itself. The field will be open until one hour after cut off of the 100 mile that runs concurrently - so all runners must have departed by 1700 on Saturday 13th July.

Please ensure you have someone collect you, or that you book local accomodation to sleep before attempting to drive home. 

What time does the race start?

2300 on Friday 12th July 2019. Your race number will not be posted to you before race day, you will be able collect it from registration. All timings are listed on the schedule page.

Are pacers allowed?

Pacers are not permitted anywhere on the course.

Are crews allowed?

Crews are not permitted anywhere on the course.

Can I leave a bag at the start/ finish to re-supply from each lap? 

Yes, please deposit these at registration labelled with your name and race bib number. PLEASE keep your drop bags to the minimum size you require.

Will I need a map?

No. The markings will be thorough and continuously managed by our team.

Will there be toilets at the start/ finish or on the race route? 

There will be toilets at Race HQ, the start and finish but NOT at the Hale Lane Check Point. 

What are the prizes/ awards?

All finishers will receive a medal and finishers tee.

Further Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Placed Male and Female. Age Group Prizes will be awarded for 1st Male and Female Vet40, 50, 60 and 70. 

What happens if I need to drop out during the race?

If you have to drop please do so only at an aid station and preferably at Race HQ. Please inform the aid station captain on arrival that you intend to drop and whether you need assistance. If you need to drop out away from an aid station for medical reasons you must phone the race director immediately on the number provided at check in. If you drop at the Hale Lane Aid Station we will arrange for you to be transported back to HQ but you may have to wait so please be patient with the volunteers. 

What food and drink will there be on route?

All aid stations will have a full selection of the usual aid station fare and a whole lot more. At a minimum you will be able to pick up Water, Coke, Gu Energy Gels, Fruit, Chocolate, Crisps, Nuts, Sandwiches/ Wraps and other sweet and savoury snacks. There will be hot drinks at all check points as well as hot food available at the finish of the race only.

What level of medical support can I expect?

Medical support is of paramount importance to us as organisers. Throughout the event there will be two static medical teams, one at each aid station, and a roving team out on course. Contact numbers for the medical team will be available at registration. They will be contactable round the clock for the duration of the race.

I need to withdraw, what is the refund/ transfer policy?

Withdrawals up to 4 weeks prior to race day (2300 GMT Saturday 28 days prior) are eligible for a 70% refund. Withdrawals after that time will not be refunded as all race day costs have been incurred by that stage and you will not be replaced. There are no deferals or transfers to alternative/ later events.

To withdraw please find your entry here and click the Cancel button. Your card will automatically be refunded the 70% fee up to 4 weeks before race day. After this time, you can still cancel your entry, but without any refund.

Exception to this is ONLY for pregnancy/ postpartum and in which case you must notify us by email of your pregnancy no later than 4 weeks prior to race day to be eligible for a 100% refund. You must acknowledge that you understand and agree to this policy during the registration process.

What happens if the event is cancelled or abandoned?

Race management reserve the right to modify, at any time, the course or aid station locations listed. 

In the case of severe/ extreme weather conditions including but not limited to flooding after the event start, race management reserve the right to abandon the event at any time.

No refunds will be offered in that situation but a suitable alternative will always be sought. If the event cannot take place for reasons out of the control of race management including but not limited to flooding, severe weather or denial of access to the original course (foot and mouth outbreak for example), race management reserve the right to postpone the event to a later date and all entries will be carried forward to the new date. Refunds may not be offered under these circumstances. If the event is cancelled for reasons which require the event to be postponed indefinitely, race management reserve the right to retain all entry fees against costs incurred. 

Profile

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Is the race a qualifier for UTMB, Western States, Spartathlon or Hardrock?

Yes the race is a qualifier for UTMB - pts awarded TBC.

How do I get in touch?

Please email us at info@centurionrunning.com for any questions at all.