Dunstable Downs Trail Half Marathon
Dunstable, BedfordshireLU6 2GY, Dunstable, United Kingdom
Sun 31st October 2021
Starting at 10:00
Situated in the north Chiltern Hills, this race offers beautiful views throughout, on an undulating and varied route.
UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00
Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00
UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00
Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00
Fully marked course
Roaming first aiders
- Unique finisher medal
- Instant results
Please note that you will need to pay £3.50 for parking, payable via their app, or exact change. National Trust members park for free.
Our fully marked half marathon route begins at the National Trust centre within Dunstable Downs.
The first quarter of the race takes runners on a short loop towards the Tree Cathedral, along to Bison Hill and back past the centre.
Once past our aid station (4.5km), runners embark on a full loop of the Kensworth Quarry perimeter trail, providing some nice views on wide undulating paths.
Upon rejoining the Downs and passing the aid station again (13km) the route runners complete an out and back to Five Knoles, where the biggest climb of the race is tackled.
The final section dips onto the lower Downs trails and back to Bison Hill to run what was the first 3km, now in reverse, all the way to the finish line.
Race day schedule
09:00 Car park and registration opens
09:50 Registration closes
10:00 Race start
13:30 Finish line cut-off
You will find our aid station at both 4.5km and 13km on the route. This will be stocked with:
Tribe Nature Bombs
Mountain Fuel Energy gels
There will be limited numbers of paper cups, so please carry a bottle of soft cup if you plan to use the checkpoint.
Please aim to carry the following whilst running:
Mobile phone (fully charged at start of race)
Access to the GPX route via your watch/phone (for backup)
Water or soft cup
A light jacket if the weather is bad!
If possible, please keep everything else in your car. We will have a small bag drop area for those that need to use it.
All runners will receive a unique finishers medal.
The top 3 male and female runners will receive a prize, along with the first V40 and V50 male and female finishers.
What happens if COVID cancels the event?
If there are restrictions imposed that force the cancellation of the event, you will be offered one of the following:
Deferral to the following years race.
Transfer to another Runaway Racing event
I am no longer able to attend the event, what can I do?
Please visit out withdrawals page to see the options available to you.
After I've made my booking, what should I expect?
You will receive a confirmation email with a receipt of your booking.
We will then send you a digital copy of the event manual prior the race.
Will I be sent anything in the post?
No, you will pick up your timing chip and race number at the registration desk on race day.
Can I run with my dog?
No, unfortunately we are not insured to allow dogs on the course for this event.
Can I listen to music during the race?
Yes, headphones are permitted, however it is essential that you remove them for the start of the race and at any road crossings.
How do I navigate the route?
The course will be marked with arrows and orange tape.
It is the runners responsibility to successfully navigate themselves around the route, so remember to keep you head up and lookout for our signage.
If you are not confident of doing this, please ensure you can follow the route via your phone/watch or have recced it before hand.
Will there be toilets available on route?
There are toilets available at the start/finish.
There are no toilets directly on-route, however you pass the very close to the visitor centre toilets at 4.3km & 16.7km.
How difficult/technical is the course?
The course is entirely off road on well maintained public footpaths and isn't particularly technical.
What type of terrain is encountered on the course?
The route is on mixture of dirt tracks, woodland footpaths and country lanes.
What kit is mandatory?
Please check the race info page for mandatory kit list.
How are road crossings navigated on the course?
Each runner is responsible for their own safety while crossing roads, and if necessary runners will need to stop to allow traffic to pass. We will not have right of way.
Are pacers allowed?
No, there are no pacers allowed on the course.
Is there somewhere where to leave a bag at the event base?
Yes, you can drop off a small bag at registration and collect it at the finish line.
What happens if I'm injured or need to withdraw during the race?
If you are not seriously injured and want voluntarily withdraw please do this at one our checkpoints. In all instances you must alert a race marshal in person or via phone call before leaving the event.
If you sustain a non-serious injury and are unable to withdraw at a checkpoint, you should call for assistance using the 'race director phone number'. If you sustain a serious or life threatening injury you should immediately call the emergency services.
What is the additional unattached entry fee?
Under UK Athletics Rules (Rule 3) any Competition Provider granted a Trail Running Licence by UKA must impose, in addition to the basic entry fee, an additional fee of £2 (to be known as the 'Additional Unattached Entry Fee') on every entrant in a Senior Open Trail Running race who is not a member of a Club affiliated to a National Association or is not a registered member of the TRA.
This race is permitted by the Trail Running Association (permit pending) and will operate under UK Athletics competition rules.
You can view these rules on the UK Athletics website.
All runners must adhere to the countryside code at all times. A copy of this is written below.
Fasten all gates.
Keep to public paths across farmland.
Guard against all fire risks.
Use gates and stiles to cross fences hedges and walls.
Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.
Take your litter home.
Help keep water clean.
Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
Take special care on country roads.
Make no unnecessary noise.
You can read the full Countryside Code by clicking here.
1. Competitors must be 17 years or over.
2. Runners must follow the marked route at all times.
3. Runners run this race completely at their own risk & agree to this when registering for the run.
4. Dogs are not permitted for this race.
5. If you are unable to finish the race you must inform a marshal or contact the event staff using the phone number provided.
6. Runners must carry the mandatory equipment with them at all times.
7. Runners must disclose any existing medical conditions at registration and take full responsibility for their ability to run the race.
8. Runners are permitted to carry poles.
9. Assistance may only be provided at aid stations.
10. Runners must recognise they have equal rights to be on the route and be courteous to other users.
11. Competitors should not jostle at stiles and other obstacles. Nor should they push past slower runners on narrow paths.
12. If a runner comes across another competitor who is ill or hurt they MUST offer assistance.
13. A runner must retire immediately if asked to do so by a race official.
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