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Country to Capital Ultra

Date and time

Saturday
04/01/2025
08:45 am

Event Enquiries

Tel.: 07989 850170

Event Location

The Shoulder of Mutton Pub, 20 Pound Street, Wendover, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EJ

Event ID#

8972

Event Category:

Running Events > Ultra

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Event Description

COUNTRY TO CAPITAL ULTRA

43 MILE RACE THAT ATTRACTS A TRULY GLOBAL FIELD

17TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

A fabulous 43 mile point to point race well established as the season opener to the Ultra race calendar.

This is historically a sell out event that  takes you through the stunning Buckinghamshire countryside and crossing the M25 (by bridge of course!) We then make our way through the picturesque village of Denham where we pick up the Grand Union Canal tow path for the final run into London.  The finish is near the Little Venice canal basin a surprising tranquil setting but in the heart of London next to Paddington station.

This will be a fully tracked and interactive race so friends and family will be able to follow your progress from the comfort of their armchairs – and also you can make sure that you are following the route!

We are proud to be an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc index race

To add to the excitement its not unusual to find runners from literally all over the world on the start line.

Thanks to Alex at Ultrarunner magazine for my interview about the race https://www.ultrarunnermagazine.co.uk/country-to-capital-simon-hollis/ 

UTMB INDEX RACE

The event is a registered UTMB index race (part of the new UTMB Index system)  in the 50K distance category.

TERRAIN MIX

The route is 11.0 miles of cross country trails (26%); 12.1 miles of roads and paths (28%); and 20 miles of canal tow path (46%) .  Elevation is +1375 ft (419m) and -1720 ft (-524m)

COURSE MARKING

The course follows a waymarked route but requires some navigation.  You will have an electronic tracker as standard which with the app or webpage will allow you to navigate the course with ease.  We provide various resources to keep you on track.  The course is covered by OS Maps 181, 172 and 173.  

CHECKPOINTS AND AID STATIONS

There are 5 check points, each will have water, and a selection of supplementary  snacks,. A drink will be available for all athletes at the finish. Details of the locations can be found here.

You will receive a warm welcome at the Bridge House Pub 13 Westbourne Terrace Rd, W2 6NG for a well earned pint even if you are muddy!

AWARDS

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Competitors.  All finishers will receive a medal and some Go Beyond merchandise.
 
REGISTRATION AND START TIME

Registration is open from 7am where you will collect your race number tracker, and map book. You will need to confirm your mobile phone number and be subjected to random kit checks.  The race will start at 8.45am

AGE LIMIT

Due to the strenuous physical demands of running 43 miles in one day Country to Capital is restricted to competitors over 18 years of age only.

BAGGAGE TRANSFER

We will transfer a single competitor bag to the finish, so you have warm, dry clothes waiting for you .  Your bag should be no larger than a UK airport carry-on bag size (56 x 45 x 25 cm).

TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION

For anyone wanting to stay overnight in Wendover either before or after the event there is Airbnb or the Red Lion Hotel .

Arrival by car – If you are planning to return to your car by train, parking is available in the station car park which is recommended. There is a public car park on the High Street (HP22 6DX) or surrounding on-street parking. There is no parking in the pub car park.  Please allow adequate time to park and register.

Arrival by train – the train from Marylebone usually arrives just before 8:30am so you will need to arrive ready to run and we will process you through registration in time for the 8:45am start.  If we are affected by the National Rail Strike we will provide a replacement bus service from Marylebone Station at 6:30am on race day at 

TRACKER

The Geo Tracks GPS Tracker is lightweight and easily fits in a small pocket in your rucksack. Your family and friends can track your progress in real-time and you can use the Geo Tracks app combined with the tracker as an accurate tool for navigation during the event. The Event can be followed using the web link or via the app which can be purchased prior to the event for Apple  or for Android.  When opening the web link please click on start times and this will display a list of bib numbers (they are sorted alphabetically by surname). The GPS Tracking units upload your position every 10 seconds to the live view tracking map and are accurate to 5 metres. Batteries last for 70 hours .  Don’t forget to drop it off at the finish! To find out more  please visit the Geo Tracks website. 

COURSE RECORDS

The male course record was set in 2019 with the amendment of the course – Luke Delderfield- 04:56:35 and the female record in 2020 Carla Molinaro 05:32:33.
 
CUT OFF

The cutoff time for the race is 11 hours.  We have progressive cut off times from Checkpoint 3 onwards, details can be found on the Checkpoint information sheet.

KIT

Trail shoes are advised, if you have support or are happy to carry them then road shoes are ideal to have with you for the final section on the canal tow path. There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions.  It is essential to carry the items below. There will be random kit checks prior to the race . Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times.

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Director and Assistant Race Director (given at registration)
  • A powerbank to charge your phone if needed
  • Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
  • Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch or Body Torch
  • Spare batteries
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Long sleeved base layer or fleece top

This event closes in:

on 29/12/2024 at 11:59pm
(*subject to change without warning)

Event Terms

We have our terms and conditions for the avoidance of doubt and to keep things fair so you know what you are signing up to . Organising events represents a considerable up front investment so in order to ensure that we continue to do this in the future our Terms and Conditions are here to make things clear.



Definitions –



Go Beyond Challenge Limited are the sole organisers of the event unless stated otherwise. The definition of the organiser can include: the event organiser, the event team, independent contractors , officials and personnel, land managers and/or owners, event sponsors, volunteers, and all of their directors, employees, representatives and agents.

The event refers to any event listed on the website www.gobeyondchallenge.com

The entrant refers to the individual or team that has entered an event sometimes referred to as the “competitor”

Conditions of Entry –



By entering an event the entrant agrees to abide by the Terms and Conditions

It is the entrants responsibility to ensure that the contact information provided is accurate and up to date

If a competitor elects to take a charity entry then they agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount and set up a fundraising page and share those details with the chosen charity. They accept that they will be withdrawn from the event if they fail to provide the necessary information or do not reach the fundraising target to the satisfaction of the chosen charity.

Events by their very nature are physically demanding so by entering an event the entrant confirms that they are capable of taking part and that the organsiers cannot be held responsible for any injury or illness as a result of their participation.

By entering an event the entrant declares that they are an amateur according to UK Athletics and British Triathlon Federation rules.

The entrant waives and discharges from any and all liability for death, disability, personal injury, loss or damage of property, and all other foreseeable risks, claims or actions of any kind connected either directly or indirectly with the event.

Confirmation of Entry –



You will receive an email confirming entry to an event from our on line booking providers to an email address you have provided. It is your responsibility to ensure that this is accurate and to monitor spam/junk folders if the email is not received directly

It is the entrants responsibility to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up to date.

Competitor Withdrawal –



There is a zero refund policy in respect to withdrawals through injury or any other reason prior to or during a race.

Competitors may transfer their race place to a following year’s event or to another event providing that the deferment fee (and any other associated race fee cost differences) are paid in full. If the race has a lower value no reductions in the deferment fee will be offered.

A fee of £7.50 will be payable to defer an event place any time up to two weeks before the event. No deferral will be offered less than two weeks before the event date.

Only one deferment is available for any entry

Transfer of Entry to a third party –



Under no circumstances can race entries be transferred to another competitor.

Any competitor found to be using another competitors race entry will be denied entry to that event

Prizes –



The event organisers have the absolute discretion in the award of prizes, prize money or awards

Prizes must be collected on the day.

Prizes can be posted after the event at the sole risk and cost of the recipient

Entrants Information –



The entrant authorises the use of their name, voice and image in any format to be used without payment in broadcast, digital and social media, communication, promotion or advertising. The entrant also agrees that the information provided may be used for the purpose of promoting future events or race sponsors, products and services.

The entrant agrees for their name to be included in the race results and in the race day report in either paper or digital format

If the entrant commits to a charity entry then they agree that their contact information can be shared exclusively with the said charity.

Refusal of Entry –



Go Beyond Challenge Limited reserves the right to refuse or revoke entry to any entrant at their discretion.

Force Majeure –



The organiser is not responsible for any failure to perform its obligations under this contract, if it is prevented or delayed in performing those obligations by an event of force majeure. Events of Force Majeure shall include, but not be limited to:



fire, chemical or radioactive contamination or ionising radiation, earthquakes, lightning, cyclones, hurricanes, floods, droughts or such other extreme weather, environmental conditions, unanticipated geological or ground conditions, epidemic, famine, plague or other natural calamities and acts of God;

acts of war (whether declared or undeclared), invasion, acts of terrorists, blockade, embargo, riot, public disorder, violent demonstrations, insurrection, rebellion, civil commotion and sabotage;

strikes, lockouts, work stoppage, labour disputes, and such other industrial action by workers

any legal prohibition on the Organsier’s ability to conduct their business, including passing of a statute, decree, regulation or order by a Competent Authority

Event Options

**NOTE: Prices shown below include booking fees. Nothing extra will be added at the checkout.**

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Date 04/01/2025 Number of people registered via BookitZone (includes offline count) - 0

Event limit: 50 places
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Further information from the Organiser

You should collect your race pack/number/item at the venue on the day of the event. Please arrive in good time.

Event Organiser

Name: Simon Hollis

Link to events website: https://www.gobeyondchallenge.com/ultra-marathons/country-to-capital-ultra/

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Country to Capital Ultra

The Shoulder of Mutton Pub, 20 Pound Street, Wendover, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6EJ

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