Country to Capital is a 43 mile point to point Ultra Marathon starting at the Shoulder of Mutton Pub, Pound Street in Wendover and finishing at the Waterside Cafe in the Little Venice Canal basin close to London’s Paddington station. The route is a mix of country trails and canal towpath.
The race will gain you 3 UTMB qualifying points.
The route is 11.0 miles of cross country trails (26%); 11.8 miles of roads and paths (28%); and 20 miles of canal tow path (46%) . Elevation is +1375 ft (419m) and -1720 ft (-524m)
The course follows a waymarked route but requires some navigation. We provide a map book and various resources to keep you on track. The course is covered by OS Maps 181, 172 and 173. This year you will have a tracker as standard for the first time!
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
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Competitors. All finishers will receive a medal and T-shirt.
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
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.
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
There is a regular train service from London Marylebone to Wendover where the station is a short walk to the start. The preferred train arrives at 08:15. Please arrive ready to run.
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.
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.
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.
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 (shown on your map book given at registration)
- Map Book (provided)
- Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
- Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
- Waterproof Jacket
- Headtorch or Body Torch
- Spare batteries
- Hat and Gloves
- Long sleeved base layer or fleece top