Goring Gap Ultra 50K & Half Marathon take place on Sunday 14th May 2023 with camping available on Saturday night.
The ultra is capped at 600 runners.
Early Bird Ultra 52 entry is £57 (affiliated) or £59 (unaffiliated). For 2023 we are keeping the early bird price open due to the current financial climate 🙂
Early Bird Half Marathon entry is £30 (affiliated) or £32 (unaffiliated). For 2023 we are keeping the early bird price open due to the financial climate.
Please read the terms and conditions relating to refunds and deferred places. The deadline to defer is the 12th April 2023. We do not refund entries but will carry your entry over until the following year without cost.
Saturday night camping (tents or Camper vans) is available at a cost of £12 plus booking fee. Camping is open from 1.00pm Saturday 13th May. Full details and site passes will be sent in April.
There is also the option to run a Half Marathon which is the first 13 miles of the ultra route. Ideal if you are coming to support an ultra runner or just fancy a shorter distance.
Our home for the weekend is Mapledurham House just outside Reading at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. Our spectacular route uses the riverside trails on both sides of the river Thames crossing at Caversham & Wallingford
There is free parking within 50m of the start and finish line. Friends, family and spectators are very welcome. Ultra starts at 8.00am (8.5 hour cut off) and half marathon at 10.00am.
Race T-Shirts and other event merchandise will be available before Christmas 2022 (examples of the 2022 t-shirts are below.
The Goring Gap 50K Ultra is a circular route meaning no hassle getting picked up at the other end. The route is mixed terrain with trails, tracks and quiet lanes. You will be surprised how scenic the route and villages along the route are. It’s beautiful running.
No navigation skills are required. The route is marked and has marshals at key points. We can supply GPX /KLM files for those who like to use GPS navigation. The route uses the Thames Path & Ridgeway National Trails.
Climbing – Ultra runs are renowned for big climbs, organisers go out of their way to find a route with at least a couple of thousand meters of climbing. Fear not, we have a couple of hundred, it’s flat with a couple of interesting little features!
We have mobile medical support but there are areas of the route that are difficult to reach so we ask that you carry a mobile phone to contact us with in an emergency. Medical and route support numbers will be supplied.
May is usually quite warm and we expect the trails to have dried out by Spring. We expect the shoe choice to be road or a little grip but we will advise on shoes and the gear to bring with you as we get closer to the event and check the route.
Ultras don’t have water stops every three miles like marathons, what they do have is support or check points. We have five on our route where you can top up your water bottles (you carry your own) and grab some nutrition, take a break, visit the loo and then pop back onto the route.