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Bridge’ to ‘bridge via ‘port 2017
Thank you to everyone involved in our new race on Saturday. I'm getting a lot of feedback on the race. What a nice course, how well organised and a lot of people saying how good the marshals were. I know it's a big sacrifice to spend all day standing on the canal but we're not like normal people and it's good to give something back to the running community.
Hope you all enjoyed it as much as me.
Please click here for the results 2017
Again, many, many thanks.
A brand new ultra & relay race – 34 miles alongside the River Severn and/or Severn Valley Railway to Stourport and the Staffs & Worcs Canal to Stourbridge.
Race Day: Saturday 16th September 2017
Start Time: 10:00
Start: Drop off in layby, Underhill Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4BB –
(by bridge & opposite bottom of Bridgnorth Cliff Railway)
Walk along path away from bridge with river on your left, approximately 1/3 of a mile to open fields.
The Course: (Too view the race route please click here)
Follow footpaths with River Severn on your left to Bewdley.
In Bewdley, after CP2, continue to bridge, under arches, double back & cross bridge and follow paths to Stourport with river on your right.
At Stourport, cross through locks and over road onto canal. There will be a Marshall at the road crossing but he/she will not stop traffic. Please be patient.
From here, remain on the canal all the way to the Bonded Warehouse.
The Canal has one minor road crossing. There will be no Marshall.
There are two junctions on the Canal, each time turn right.
The first is Stourton Bridge 33 at 30 miles & will be signposted Birmingham. (Water Station).
The second is Wordsley Junction Bridge (not numbered) at 33 miles will be signposted Stourbridge. (Unmanned). (Ashwood School, Stourbridge Canal Arm Canoe Club & Football pitches on the left.)
The course along the river is a variety of open fields, woodland and narrow paths, with various obstacles such as kissing gates, stiles, uneven ground, tree roots, pipework, branches & possibly sheep.
The Course is approximately 34 miles. The relay is 8, 6, 10 & 10 miles.
This gives relay runners the option of doing 2 or more legs with a total of 14, 16, 20, 24 or 26 miles.
Runners are self-supported but there are three checkpoints – the relay changeovers – at approximately 8, 14 & 24 miles which serve as water stations, runners can leave drinks etc at the start to be taken to the checkpoints. Split times will be taken at the check points.
There will also be water stations at 19 & 30 miles.
There will be a coach provided to transport ultra runners from finish to start. Relay runners will have to make their own arrangements to get between checkpoints. If there is enough interest, we will look at providing transport between points for relay runners.
Runners and supporters may be able to use the Severn Valley Railway between checkpoints. The SVR has stations at Bridgnorth, Highley & Bewdley.
The finish area is at the Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU.
Entry for the Ultra is: £23 (affiliated) £25 (unaffiliated) – minimum age 20.
Entry for the relay is: £50 per team, plus £2 for each unaffiliated runner – minimum age 16.
There will be a bar at the finish by the Bonded Warehouse, open from 2 to 6 pm.
The Blackcountry Man Canal Boat Bar will sell tea, coffee, soft drinks & alcoholic drinks.
The Presentation will be at approximately 5pm at the finish.
It is a relay for 4 people run alongside the 34 mile trail run along the river Severn & Staffs & Worcs Canal. There are three check points along the way at approximately 8, 14 and 24 miles which is where the relay runners change over plus two water stations at 19 & 30 miles.
Runners are responsible for getting themselves to the change-over points.
If there is enough interest, we may look at providing transport between checkpoints at an extra cost.
Entries NOW closed
1st, 2nd, 3rd, male, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, female, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, male o/40, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, female o/40
Relay - 1st female team, 1st male team, 1st mixed team.
“Assistance Whilst Running: A competitor may only be accompanied by an attendant for all or part of a race when the rules for that particular race authorise this. Failure to comply may lead to disqualification of the competitor being helped.”
This also applies to drinks/food, which can only be taken on at the designated check points (unless in emergency obviously).
TRA permit: 738
The race is run under permit from the TRA and so is under UKA rules: