Centurion Running

Wendover Woods Night 50km

17 Jul 2020

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Course Records

Rahil Sachak-Patwa (M)

4:34:11

2019

Ewelina Wojtala (F)

5:59:31

2019

The Wendover Woods Night 50km consists of 3 x 10 mile loops (plus a short opening loop) on forest trails, entirely within Wendover Woods, with the majority of running during the hours of darkness. 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. The course is the same loop used by the Wendover Woods 50 mile held in November. The event starts at 2300 on the Friday and runs overnight to the cut off of 0830 Saturday.

As with all Centurion events, runners will be fully supported by 6 well stocked aid stations, full medical support and a marked course. Race held under full UK Athletics Permit granted through the TRA (Permit Number Pending).

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Vital Stats

Distance

31mi

50KMs

Elevation

6000ft

1800m

Cut-off

9.5hours

Entry Fee

£60

Date

17 Jul 2020 23:00

Course Marked

YES

Medical Support

YES

No. of Starters

275

Avg Temp.

19C

66.2F

Avg Rainfall.

40mm

2inches

Avg Humidity

80%

# of Aid Stations

6

Location

EU / UK / ENGLAND / SOUTH-EAST

Terrain

99% trail, 1% road

General Info

Date and Time

The race will start at 2300 on FRIDAY 17th July 2020. A cut off of 9 hours 30 minutes will be in place, with 0830 Saturday 18th July the final time for runners to complete the course. There are further cut offs at every aid station on route.

Entries

Entries for 2020 will open at 1000 on Saturday 7th September 2019. There will be 350 places for the event on open registration. Places are on a first come, first served basis. Entrants must meet the minimum qualification standard below in order to apply. There will be no waitlist. 

Entry fee is £60.

Qualification Standard

There are no minimum standards to achieve in order to take part in this event.

Cut Offs

Runners must finish the course within a 9 and a half 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 3 x 10 mile loops on forest trails and tracks within Wendover Woods, woodland operated by the Forestry Commission. The first loop will be a mile longer on a marshalled additional section right at the start, to ensure the distance comes up to 31 miles/ 50km.

A map of the route and a downloadable GPX file can be found at the bottom of this page. The route has 6,000 feet of climb, and 6,000 feet of descent.

Awards

Medal to finishers only. No Tee Shirts at this event. Additional Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Female, plus Male and Female V40, V50, V60 and V70 age categories.

Aid Stations

The start/ finish location also acts as the aid station at the start/ end of each loop. Runners will make two visits there before finishing at the end of their third loop. The Hale Lane Aid Station falls at mile 5.5 of each lap (6.5 miles on lap 1 only) and will therefore also be visited three 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: Tailwind, water, coke, chocolate, sweets, sandwiches, nuts, lots of fruit, Gu gels, wraps, sandwiches and other sweet and savory snacks.

Drop Bags/ Finish Line Bags

Drop/ Finish Line Bags may be deposited at registration, whereupon they will be stored in number order and accessible to runners at the end of each 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 road crossings to negotiate but all roads are closed during the night so no vehicular traffic will be seen on the course.

Pacers

No pacers are permitted at any point on the route. 

Crew

No crews are permitted at any point on the route.

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. 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 out with them on the course - Minimum 75 Lumens
  • Back Up Light source out with them on the course - Minimum 25 Lumens

Course Map

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