Goring Gap Ultra 50K takes place on the 16th May 2021 and is part of the RunReading Trail Weekend. The start is staggered with the first runners expected to leave at 8.00am and final runners at 8.50am. We may adjust this slightly depending on the entry levels.

The entry fee is £53 or £55 for unaffiliated runners, Early bird entry is discounted by 10% (use discount code RR10) before the 1st March. Late entry after the 1st April is +£5

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 and camping is available on Saturday night if required.

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 trail, 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. Having said that the density of runners is low so you do have to concentrate.

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 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. If you do have an issue on the route please try to reach a junction before contacting us.

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.

RunReading & Goring Gap Run are organised by Rare Air Events with support from Racesolutions Limited. © Racesolutions Limited & Rare Air Events 2020 & 2021