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 steep (maximum gradient 30%) 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 (around 200 feet per mile) and the same amount of descent.
There is no minimum qualification standard for this event.
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.
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 not be marshalled - but this will not affect runners as the woods are closed during the hours the race takes place. There are 4 stiles on the route.
There will be 3 aid stations including the finish.
Race HQ/ Registration/ The Start & finish Check Point are all at 'Trig Point Field', Aston Hill, Halton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ.
Start/ Finish: Free On Site Parking, Toilets, Water, Pop-Up Centurion Running Store, Hot Drinks.
All timings are listed on the schedule page.
Pacers are not permitted anywhere on the course.
Crews are not permitted anywhere on the course.
Yes, please deposit these at registration labelled with your name and race bib number. Drop bags must NOT exceed 45cm x 25cm x 25cm in size ie. the size of a large shoe box.
No. The markings will be thorough and continuously managed by our team.
There will be toilets at Trig Point Field.
All finishers will receive a medal. There will be no tee shirts at this event.
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 Vet 40, 50, 60 and 70.
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.
At a minimum you will be able to pick up Water, Coke, Tailwind, Gu Energy Gels, Fruit, Chocolate, Crisps, Nuts and other sweet and savoury snacks. There will be hot drinks available.
Contact numbers for the medical team will be available at registration. They will be contactable round the clock for the duration of the race.
Withdrawals up to 4 weeks prior to race day (1700 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.
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. Event cancellation due to reasons such as Coronavirus or other such pandemic, public health, local authority travel and movement restrictions and bans of any kind etc. are beyond our control and no refund will be given in such 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.
Below is a profile of 1 x 10 mile loop.
Yes the race is a qualifier for UTMB.
Please email us at [email protected] for any questions at all.