The Conquest of Avalon

Saturday 4th September 2021
Elevation: - 4,012 ft. for 50 Miler/2,794 ft. for 30 Miler
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Let's Just say 2020 didn't go to plan. Conquest of Avalon will be returning in September 2021 - this is the least established of the races we currently have on offer, having only been run twice so far, but due to the infamous location near the end, the cracking route through some lesser known parts of Somerset and the early Autumn setting (to name just a few things) it is a popular and sought after race. With Ham & Lyme 50k and Mendip Marauder 30 Miler being full to the brim places for the 30 mile option of this race are likely to disappear quickly. Here's some more information.....

In 2019 Conquest of Avalon was just a great day - we saw some sensational times in both races: Brian Jeffery, Craig Rumble and Dan Culliford pushed each other all the way in the 30 miler with Brian taking the win and setting a new course record, Craig and Dan just minutes behind in 2nd and 3rd. Una Miles continued her excellent form by being 1st lady. In the 50 miler Jamie and Tristan Stephenson were out at the front for most of the race, it was just a case of who could hold the pace. In the end it was Jamie who emerged victorious and his 7:30 was the second quickest time ever at any of our 50 mile races, second only to Matt King's 7:26 in the Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 2017. This is a target for the faster runners in 2021! Neil Cox was third, and didn't seem tired at the end, even completing a few more laps of the field! 1st lady was Lorna Al-Ani, beating Sarah Moody in a sprint finish right at the end. All four winning times were course records! However, everyone who ran the race seemed to have a lovely day out and some timed their arrival at the Tor perfectly for sunset 

There's a 30 or a 50 miler to choose from, both of which are steeped in history and showcase the heart of the south-west; these routes display a side of the region that remains undiscovered by many

So.....

The 50 miler starts at the wonderful Ham Hill Country Park, and you will follow the Leland Trail until you get to Bruton, then you will merge with the Land's End Trail shortly afterwards for the second part of your journey to Glastonbury. The first half of the route was based on royal librarian John Leland's journey in the 16th century to discover which artefacts were held in different churches and priories throughout Somerset. He was sent by Henry VIII, who was planning to take the artefacts for himself and drive out the monks. In 1539 Henry VIII took Glastonbury Abbey's resources and Abbott Whiting was executed along with his two brothers. The others monks were forced to leave and the Abbey was sold, much of the stone being taken by local people to build houses, and the causeway to Wells. Along the Leland Trail you will pass near the Iron Age hill fort at Cadbury Castle, the Roman town of Ilchester and through Wales....yes, really....but not that one! You will then follow the Land's End Trail, a largely unknown route, the remainder of the way to Glastonbury. That magical tor will come into view at various points along the way and excitement will build as it gets closer and closer. From the top it's basically all downhill to the finish - literally, not metaphorically :) You can see the Tor from various points along the way, including as you approach Castle Cary just 20 miles in 

For the 30 miler you will follow the final 30 miles of the 50 mile route from Castle Cary to Glastonbury. This will feature a scintillating slideshow of south-west scenery, and of course the magnificent tor, and the astonishing panoramic view from the top. The hills around Lamyatt are rolling, the orchards, tracks and fields around Ditcheat and East Pennard recall a countryside that seems lost in this modern world and then of course the approach to the Tor feels magical - that enigmatic tower looming ever nearer as you round each corner or crest each hill

 

There's a spectacular medal for this race, which we try to do for every race, but just look at that shining metal tower - isn't it worth having one of those in your collection?? When you finish you can take a breather and as other runners come in you can reminisce about how you got to Avalon (You may not be able to do this in the main finish field because of restrictions but runners find a way, just as plants find a way in nature!) This is the vibe we like to go for at our races - you may be trying to win, you may just be trying to finish, but when you do finish everyone is there for the same reason and there's a totally friendly atmosphere

Whichever route you take you will get to run over the same iconic landmark approaching the finish, the choice is yours.....

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CUT-OFF TIMES: - 

14 hours for 50 miler, 8 hours for 30 miler

START TIMES: - 

8.30am for 50 miler, 10.30am for 30 miler

 

PRICES: - 

£55 for 50 miler

£35 for 30 miler

ENTRIES AVAILABLE VIA OUR ONLINE STORE. ENTRIES ONLY REFUNDABLE IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT THE RACE HAS TO BE CANCELLED, BUT IF YOU ARE NO LONGER WISHING TO TAKE PART OR ARE UNABLE TO THEN IF THE RACE IS FULL WE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO FIND SOMEONE TO TAKE YOUR PLACE, AND THEIR ENTRY FEE WILL GO TO YOU. IF THE RACE HAS NOT REACHED CAPACITY THEN YOU ARE WELCOME TO TRANSFER YOUR PLACE TO SOMEBODY ELSE AS LONG AS YOU MAKE US FULLY AWARE BEFORE THE DAY

WHAT DO YOU GET?: -

  • An awesome medal

  • Special trophies for the winners

  • Medical Support

  • Our usual well-stocked aid stations

  • Changing at the finish plus refreshments

  • Coach to the start of the race from near the finish (dependent on current restrictions)

  • A race experience never to be forgotten

RACE ROUTE: - 

30 MILER - https://www.strava.com/routes/13736676

50 MILER - https://www.strava.com/routes/13665271

By agreeing to take part in this Albion Running Race: 


You declare that you will be 18 years or over on the day of the event
You are fully aware of the actual and potential risks in participation in this event
Although the race is organised with a full risk assessment having been carried out, will have medical support and will be carried out with the safety of the runners in mind at all times, you declare that you will compete in the race entirely at your own risk
To the extent permitted by law, you accept that the organisers and sponsors of the race, or any of their agents, will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of your participation of the event 

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION: -

Glastonbury can be reached from Junction 23 of the M5, following the A39. From Taunton you take the A361 if travelling from that direction. There are various accommodation options in Glastonbury, ranging from Travelodge to nearby campsites to plush hotels which are full of character. If you need any help with arrangements please contact us with your requirements and we can make suggestions

CONQUEST OF AVALON 30 MILER RACE INFO Saturday 31st August 2019 (2021's will be similar but with Covid measures as necessary)

 

SCHEDULE

Registration will open at Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary (Maggs Ln, Ansford, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ) at around 9.30am for 30 miler – please arrive early as the race briefing will be at around 10.20am with a view to starting the race at 10.30. The official cut-off for the race is at 6.30pm but if you finish a bit after this it won’t be a problem as we will still be at the finish waiting for finishers of the 50. Race numbers will be picked up from registration on the day

 

COACHES AND TRANSPORT

 

There is a coach to the start from Tor Leisure (Street Road, Glastonbury BA6 9EF) at 9am. There will be no transport back to the race start in Castle Cary after the race. The coach is not compulsory but please drop us a quick e-mail to let us know if you do NOT require the coach so we know how many people will need it

 

 

AID STATIONS

 

CP1 – ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, SOUTH BREWHAM (Charcroft Hill, South Brewham, Bruton BA10 0LE)

The aid station will be in front of the wall by the church

 

CP2 – THE MANOR HOUSE INN, DITCHEAT ((Wraxall Rd, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6RB)

CP3 - THE RED LION, WEST PENNARD (Glastonbury Road, West Pennard, Glastonbury BA6 8NH)

"Located on the doorstep of the world famous Glastonbury Festival and only two miles outside Glastonbury on the A361 – easy to find with ample parking" - a great spot for supporters to come and cheer you on before the final push towards the finish: this is the final aid station before you get there. The manager has said he'll make every effort to get some spectators in to help give you a lift (metaphorical, not literal!)

CONQUEST OF AVALON 50 MILER RACE INFO Saturday 31st August 2019

 

SCHEDULE

Registration will open at Ham Hill Country Park (Ham Hill Rd, Stoke-sub-Hamdon TA14 6RW) at 7.30am on the day – please arrive as early as possible as we will be aiming to have the race briefing around 8.20 with a view to starting at 8.30. The official cut-off is 10.30pm. Race numbers will be picked up from registration on the day

 

COACHES AND TRANSPORT

 

There is a coach to the start from Tor Leisure (Street Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9EF) at 7am. There will be no transport back to the race start in Ham Hill after the race. The coach is not compulsory but please drop us a quick e-mail to let us know if you do NOT require the coach so we know how many people will need it

 

PARKING

 

If you are getting the coach you will park at Tor Leisure Centre. Please do not park here if you are not getting the coach as spaces are limited

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  • left here and then immediately left again onto Canal Road - follow to the end, Park is full

 

AID STATIONS

 

CP1 – ALL SAINTS CHURCH, WEST CAMEL (W Camel Farm, West Camel, Yeovil BA22 7HH)

 

The first aid station on the route – manned by locals J

 

CP2 – CARYFORD COMMUNITY HALL, CASTLE CARY (Maggs Ln, Ansford, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ)

 

Also the start location for the 30 miler

 

 

CP3 – ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, SOUTH BREWHAM (Charcroft Hill, South Brewham, Bruton BA10 0LE)

The aid station will be in front of the wall by the church and is just near where you head off on the trail

 

CP4 – MANOR HOUSE INN, DITCHEAT – (Wraxall Rd, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6RB)

CP5 - THE RED LION, WEST PENNARD (Glastonbury Road, West Pennard, Glastonbury BA6 8NH)

"Located on the doorstep of the world famous Glastonbury Festival and only two miles outside Glastonbury on the A361 – easy to find with ample parking" - a great spot for supporters to come and cheer you on before the final push towards the finish: this is the final aid station before you get there

SUGGESTED KIT: -

 

There is no mandatory kit list but it is STRONGLY advised that you carry the following items to be on the safe side: -

* Waterproof jacket that you have used in rainy conditions and know will do the job

* Hat and Gloves in case of unseasonably cold weather (possible in Somerset!)

* An additional base layer (this can be lightweight, and it's advisable if it is, as long as it's an additional layer)

* Headtorch with spare batteries in case of late finish

* High viz clothing for dusk

* Whistle

* Compass

* Mobile phone that is fully charged at start
* Some Emergency food/water, plus at least one 500ml water bottle to carry with you

* Foil survival blanket in case of emergencies

* Personal first aid kit with plasters, savlon etc.