Mendip Marauder

Saturday 7th August 2021

8am start (50 miler)
10am start (30 miler)

Elevation: - 5,516 ft. for 50 Miler/

              4,161 ft. for 30 Miler

2020 DIDN'T EXACTLY GO TO PLAN! IN 2021 WE ARE HOPING THAT BY AUGUST WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DELIVER YOU AN EVENT THAT IS FAIRLY CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL FORMAT BUT WILL KEEP UP TO DATE WITH COVID/SOCIAL DISTANCING REGULATIONS AND WHICHEVER MEASURES NEED TO BE IN PLACE WILL BE ADHERED TO. THESE WILL BE ON THE WEBSITE IN PLENTY OF TIME BEFORE THE EVENT AND WILL BE IN THE RACE INFO FOR EVERY PARTICIPANT

"Great event... fantastic scenery from start too finish. Loved the trails.. thanks to all the crews that worked on the stations.. #amazingjob!....Finishing 3rd overall for 50! No better way too spend a Saturday!" _ Shawn Mills (50 miler, 2018)

"Very pleased to hear that we weren't too demanding of the volunteers... equally they were all amazing and looked after us very well. Thank you very much for organizing a great race - it was a fantastic introduction to Ultra running for me. We'll hope to be back in future years!" _ James Stourton (50 miler, 2018)

The Mendip Marauder has also featured in Radio 2 sports presenter Vassos Alexander's book 'Running Up That Hill' as he ran the race in 2017 and loved it!! : )

Words from Radio 2 Sports Presenter Vassos Alexander (7th in 50 miler, 2017)

"I suspect you may already know this if you live in Somerset, but Somerset is gorgeous. The glorious Ebbor and Cheddar Gorges, the punchy climb up to Crook's Peak, the views over the Somerset Levels to the circular Cheddar Reservoir, the tiny city of Wells with its bustling market and magnificent cathedral... The Mendip Marauder is a happy, low-key, scenic race through some surprisingly spectacular scenery
To be honest I chanced on the race. Six weeks out from attempting the Spartathlon, I wanted to see how my ankle stood up to running 50 hilly miles (having comprehensively trashed it in Snowdonia). It all worked out great!
The Mendip Way is endlessly surprising and rarely predictable - the South Downs Way’s more rural cousin. It leads you between high-rise corn fields, through stinging nettles, down muddy tracks, over grassy hills, and spits you out onto a lovely, sandy beach. I loved it
I would absolutely do the race again and highly recommend it"

The Mendip Way has to be one of the South-West's best kept secrets. Like the Cotswolds' slightly more streetwise, alternative cousin, the Mendip Way features the spectacular Ebbor and Cheddar Gorges, the brutal climb up Wavering Down through King's Wood, incredible views over the Somerset Levels and to the circular Cheddar Reservoir, and then England's smallest city, Wells, with its magnificent cathedral. Thanks to the ongoing work of the Mendip Hills Fund, this area has become better signposted but we do provide additional marking to help you stay on the right track

Starting at the Market Town of Frome (for the whole of the Mendip Way) or from Wells (for the West Mendip Way only) you will run through a real smorgasbord of Somerset scenery. If you like hills then you will find plenty to enjoy here, but either way you will be amply rewarded for climbing the hills with views to breathe life into tired legs and then a downhill cruise to help get your strength back. Some particularly scenic parts of the course are Cranmore Tower (the highest point on the whole route), the amazing panoramic views from Wavering Down, the quarries and forests of Black Rock Nature Reserve, Ebbor Gorge and the lush pine forests of Rowberrow, but this route is absolutely jam packed with stunning locations. There are many wonderfully scenic short runs but all in a sequence one after the other to create a kind of montage of trail running wonderment. Once you've run in the Mendip Hills you'll only have one question - "When can I come back?"

 

You will finish at the huge sandy expanses of the beach at Uphill, just outside Weston-Super-Mare; there will be a coach to take you from there to the race start in the morning. Here you can relax on the sand and enthuse about the Mendip Way with your fellow finishers until you're ready to move on

 

With nearly 2,000 metres of ascent for the 50 miler, and nearly 1,500 for the 30 miler, this is certainly not a flat route and will provide a challenge, but with rolling hillside, pretty woodland, quarries, atmospheric villages and a whole lot more you will often be too busy enjoying the views to think too hard about how tired you are. This is quite a similar race to Ham & Lyme; if you enjoy one you are likely to enjoy the other

 

 

Cut-off times - 14 hours for 50 miler, 8 hours for 30 miler

 

PRICES: - 

50 miler - £55

30 miler - £35            

 

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. ENTRIES ARE LIMITED BUT WILL APPLY TO ENTIRE FIELD RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL DISTANCES

 

 

 

WHAT DO YOU GET?: - 

 

  • Medal for all finishers

  • Aid Stations - 5 fully stocked aid stations for 50 miler, 3 for 30 miler with a good range of sweet and savoury supplies plus water, coke, squash etc.

  • Well marked course with marshalls where necessary

  • Trophies for winners

  • Medical Support

  • Coach transport to start of race from the finish in the morning - coach times etc. will be posted nearer the time but expect the departure to be at least an hour-and-a-half before the race start

  • A stunning and well-supported run on a spectacular route with great company

 

 

 

RACE ROUTE: - 

 

The 50 miler runs from Frome to Uphill on the East and then the West Mendip Way. The 30 miler runs from Wells to Uphill on the West Mendip Way. We have set this up so we don't have to close any roads, which would astronomically hike up your entry fee, and so the race starts will be on the edge of Frome and Wells respectively (there will be a coach to the start but if you want to are getting dropped off there and picked up later we will post the exact start locations a little closer to the time)

You can get an idea of the routes (including elevation proiles)here ....https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Mendip+Ways

 

 

 

 

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 willl 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 

 

 

 

 

SUGGESTED KIT: -

 

This race will be taking part in August, but this is England and so your guess is as good of ours in terms of the weather conditions you will be facing. Sun protection is advised, as well as waterproofs. We're not expecting it to be a cold day but you just never know, so it's probably worth packing a hat and gloves just in case 

 

Although the course will be marked where possible and there are signs along some of the route we strongly advise bringing a map and compass. If you are doing the 50 miler and anticipate finishing quite close to the cut-off it will be worth bringing a headtorch. We also advise bringing some of your own food and water, as although there will be aid stations along the route you should not rely solely on these; it may take you longer than expected to get to the next one and so you should have a small amount of your own supplies to cover for this possibility

 

This race is on a mixture of trail and quiet roads; your footwear choice should be something comfortable that is suitable for trails

 

There will be medical cover at this race, but it is advisable to bring a few small first aid items of your own such as blister plasters, savlon etc. just in case they are needed. It is also advisable to bring a foldable foil blanket in case you are in an area where it may take medical support a while to get to you

 

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION: - 

 

Uphill is on the edge of Weston-Super-Mare. If you are driving, leave the M5 at junction 22 then follow signs for Weston-Super-Mare. There will be a turning on your left onto Uphill Road South when you get to Weston, which you can follow all the way to the beach at Uphill, where there will be plenty of parking (although you must park behind the tide line - this will be marked on the day)

Weston-Super-Mare has a train station and is served by National Express coaches - for more info on this or accommodation in the area please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to assist you in finding something suitable

Beach at Uphill is located at Links Road, North Somerset, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4XY - this is a pay and display car park and costs £7 for all day, but there is other parking available in the area if you don't mind a walk

 

 

 

 

 

AID STATION LOCATIONS (30 MILER HAS THE LAST THREE ONLY)

 


CP1: POACHER'S POCKET PUB, CHELYNCH (CHELYNCH ROAD, SHEPTON MALLET, SOMERSET, BA4 4PY)

 

Will you be tempted to enter the pub? It probably won't be open so early in the morning, so instead just enjoy refuelling at the aid station outside

 

 

CP2: BLUE SCHOOL, WELLS (KENNION ROAD, WELLS, SOMERSET, BA5 2NR)

 

Scenic Wells is England's smallest city, and you will get to take in a bit of the atmosphere at this second stopping point. This is where the 30 Miler begins

 

 

CP3: VILLAGE GREEN, PRIDDY (Mendip Heights, Townsend, Priddy, Wells, Somerset,BA5 3BP)

 

Some of the biggest climbs of the race are still ahead of you so make sure you stock up well at this aid station

 

CP4: GRASSY AREA at TEMPLARS WAY, SHIPHAM (Templars Way, Shipham, BS25 1RB)

 

For both races you will be well on the way by the time you reach here; this grassy area will be a tempting place to sit and relax if it's a sunny day - just make sure you don't take a nap and lose valuable time!

CP5: LAYBY, BARTON ROAD, NR. WEBBINGTON

 

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