The Green Man Ultra comes in two formats – the 45 mile distance and the 30 mile distance. Both races are held on the same course on the same day and have the same checkpoints and finish, just with differing start locations.
The Green Man Ultra 45
The Green Man Ultra 45 is a full loop of the Community Forest Path, starting and finishing at the stunning Ashton Court Mansion House just outside the centre of Bristol. Parking for the event is strictly in the Church Lodge car park and then walk up to the Mansion House, following the race signs.
Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018 08:00
Location: Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
Distance: 45 miles / 72 Kilometres
Elevation: 3100 feet / 945 metres
Cut-Off: 12 Hours
Number of Checkpoints: Four
All competitors must register on-line prior to the event. Collection of race numbers and a safety brief will be at the start location at least half an hour before the start of the race, where competitors will present their kit for examination on request.
Participants will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins. If this is not clearly visible you may be delayed at checkpoints.
The course is very challenging and for competitors own safety and fairness the following rules must be adhered to. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this and future events.
- The event is under race conditions and entrants will be issued with race numbers
- Checkpoints will be provided (4 in total) to (a) monitor times & wellbeing of competitors, (b) provide water and some nutrition.
- Check point cut-off times are set which will allow completion of the event within a 12 hour period. Anybody who falls outside these times, at any of the checkpoints, will have failed to have completed the challenge and not be allowed to continue. The cut-off times are as listed departure times for the 12 hour timelord.
- All entrants must be 20 years of age or over at the start of the race.
- Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all mandatory requirements needed to complete the race.
- Every entrant must confirm that they have read these rules and other event information and therefore understand the nature of the event and that participation is at their own risk.
- At the end of the race finishers will receive (a) bespoke Green Man T-Shirt, (b) bespoke Green Man medal, (c) Signed certificate to confirm entitlement to either a Woodwose or a Woodwight (providing completion inside 12 hours).
- Hot food will be available to ‘catered entrants’ at the finish.
The race utilises chip-timing. As competitors pass through checkpoints 1, 2 & 3 and finish, their times will be simultaneously available for view from our event results page. This will enable family and friends to follow the race progress and also leave supportive comments.
Competitors must go through all check points and even though we have chip-timing, it is your sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded your race number; failure to do so at any check point may mean that you have failed to complete the race and could be disqualified.
Any competitor found to not follow the predetermined race route will be disqualified.
The course is self navigation and tough. With the use of the downloadable written directions, maps and GPX files below you can eliminate navigation issues. For those less confident with these navigation tools, but still wanting to take on the challenge, running with a timelord is the way to go.
Leading up to the event there will be many groups carrying out recce runs. If you wish to join a group, check out the Green Man Challenge Facebook Group
The Green Man Ultra 30
The Green Man Ultra 30 (affectionately known as The Green Boy) is a partial loop of the Community Forest Path, starting in Keynsham at checkpoint two of the 45 mile route and finishing at the stunning Ashton Court Mansion House just outside the centre of Bristol. Other than the start time, distance and location, all information for the 45 mile event is also relevant for the 30 mile event.
Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018 11:00
Location: The Brassmill, Keynsham
Distance: 30 miles / 48 Kilometres
Elevation: 1900 feet / 580 metres
Cut-Off: 9 Hours
Number of Checkpoints: Two
In 2015 we introduced the timelords. These are entrants who try their best to run at specific times – 9, 10, 11 and back of the pack 12 hours. Any novice ultra-runner or person concerned with navigation can simply join a timelord who runs at their own race pace.
It must be noted that the timelord’s principal role is to offer navigation assistance and endeavour to complete the race within their given time period of either 9, 10, 11 or 12 hours. The check-point departure times are purely guide times.
A timelord has many considerations on the day including at least a 5 minutes stay at a CP for everyone to fuel and take a toilet break and ground conditions can play an impacting role also. A timelord may also choose to push harder at the start with a view to allowing a walk/run pace on the last leg – so there are many variables.
It may be that once a timelord has a formed group, the group unilaterally decides to increase pace and finish a bit earlier. On the flip side to this it may be that, during the later stages of the race (final leg), some members of a group require a slower pace which means the timelord arrival time may be delayed.
The only issue here is the 12 hour timelord position, because any finishers outside the 12 hour limit will not receive their certificate so the 12 hour timelord must allow sufficient margin to be within the 12 hour period.
If you are considering following a timelord add an hour to your expected finish time. The Green Man Ultra is notable as a tough and muddy course. If you choose either the 9 or 10 hour timelord, be prepared for a faster start than possibly you would expected. This is due to initial bottlenecks which are likely with so many starters and the obvious issues caused if the faster timelords were caught at the back of a queue.
Timelords will be conspicuous by wearing Electric Orange timelord tec-t’s and have their hour marker flag attached to their back-packs. They will also be acknowledged during the Race Brief.
Timelord expected CP arrival and departure times
A Timelord will try to run at a reasonably consistent pace. The below times are a rough guide of where they will be when, in order to achieve their target times. Based on a 08:00 race start:
Please remember – these guys are all experienced ultrarunners and have exceptional knowledge of the course. They have a really difficult task trying to pace their run to their allotted times. At the start they may seem to go off a bit faster than they should – but this is purely to avoid bottle-necks at the early stages.
The 9hr Time Lord will depart:
CP1 at 9.30am, CP2 at 10.45am, CP3 at 1.00pm, CP4 at 3.30pm and finish at 5.00pm
The 10hr Time Lord will depart:
CP1 at 9.45am, CP2 at 11.15am, CP3 at 1.50pm, CP4 at 4.40pm and finish at 6.00pm
The 11hr Time Lord will depart at:
CP1 at 10.00am, CP2 at 11.40am, CP3 at 2.30am, CP4 at 5.10pm and finish at 7.00pm
The 12hr Time Lord will depart at:
CP1 at 10.10am, CP2 at 11.55pm, CP3 at 3.15pm, CP4 at 6.00pm and finish at 8.00pm.
If you are new to Ultra Running and don’t have a Garmin or similar gps device but would like to have a go at using one – URL has invested in 30 Garmin foretrex 410 devices that you can simply hire just for race day. The hire cost is £20.00. Each unit comes with the route already downloaded onto it. You will need to supply your own 2 batteries (triple A type / AAA) and carry a further spare 2 batteries within your kit bag. Dependant on your quality of battery you should achieve 18 hours with a set of batteries, but you should always carry a back-up set.
These devices will be secured by runners quite quickly, so if you want to hire one, we strongly suggest you book one straight away – Hire now!
Mandatory Kit List
- Checkpoint details and maps (these are free to download from this website)
- Competitors must be self-sufficient, and carry the following mandatory items:
- Backpack or equivalent
- Head Torch with spare batteries
- Ordnance Survey Maps 155 & 167 (our downloadable maps are fine)
- Compass or GPS device
- Mobile phone
- Emergency foodpack consisting of a chocolate bar, Mars or similar
- First Aid Kit
Checkpoints and Water Stations
CP1 will provide malt-loaf, squash and water. Our outside caterer for CP2 & CP3 ‘The Juice Box’ will provide a selection of food to include -sandwiches, red bull, coke, jelly babies, malt loaf, crisps, savory items, tea etc. Supporters can also purchase food & drink items at CP2 and CP3 from the Juice Box. CP4 will also be a Hot-Stop with hot drinks and soup available. Competitors should cater for their own special requirements.
If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or by telephoning the emergency number which will be written on the race numbers of each competitor.
- Individual (GMU45) Catered is £65.00
- Individual (GMU45) RAW (only water provided) is £55.00
- Individual (GMU30) Catered is £55
- Individual (GMU30) RAW is £45
- Me + 1 options – Bring a friend. Discounted rates apply, see entry form.
Our Official Race Charity is Kids Run Free. If you commit to raising a minimum of £200.00 for the charity prior to the event date, you can run for just £10.00 which covers our Admin Fees.
Kids Run Free is a charity that organises fun, running based activities for children in their local parks and schools. Currently they have two children’s running programmes: Kids Run Free Running Races and Kids’ Marathon. Please consider running for this worthy charity.
Upkeep of the Community Forest Path
URL donate a portion of the entry fee towards the upkeep of the Community Forest Path. Please ensure that you do not leave any rubbish along the route and you keep all farm gates etc closed after you pass through. Donations to date total £1,100.00.
Have you run the GMU five times?
If you have, you can now choose your preferred Bib number which will stay with you year on year. The only way you will lose the number is if your request to withdraw it or you fail to run a GMU event inside 24 months, at which time it may be offered to others.
Entry into the GMU is on a non refundable basis, but at the organisers discretion you can defer your place to the following year. Cancellations within four weeks of the event will not be able to defer or transfer under any circumstances. In order to defer / transfer you will be required to pay a £10.00 admin fee – £5.00 of which will go to Kids Run Free.
Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of the GMU. Participants agree that Ultra Running Limited may use exclusively their individual or collective names and pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in this event.
Finishers Medals & Trophies
All finishers will receive a GMU medal and Technical T-Shirt.
Trophies are awarded to the following:
- Men’s & Ladies 1st, 2nd & 3rd in both GMU45 & GMU30
- Men’s & Ladies Veteran 1st in both GMU45 & GMU30
- Team winners GMU45 only (you need to have named your team of three prior to race day)
- Canicross winner GMU45
- Barefoot Men’s & Ladies winners GMU45 & GMU30 (you need to have confirmed that you are running barefoot before race day)
Free entry into the following years race for the first male and female of both the GMU45 and the GMU30. Same for the veteran male and female winners.
The organisers reserve the right to change or amend any part of the event.