An off-road half marathon on the stunning trails of the Dunstable Downs.
The 3rd edition of the Dunstable Downs Trail Half will take place in Autumn 2023, an exact date will be confirmed soon.
Hosted from the National Trust visitor centre at Dunstable Downs, our half marathon follows a stunning trail route around the Downs and out to Kensworth Quarry.
£32 unaffiliated / £30 affiliated
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Our half marathon route begins at the National Trust centre within Dunstable Downs.
The first quarter of the race takes runners out to the Tree Cathedral, Bison Hill and back past the centre.
Runners then complete a full loop of Kensworth Quarry, passing our aid station at 10KM.
Upon rejoining the Downs the runners complete an out and back to Five Knoles and then back onto the lower Downs trails to run what was the first 5km, now in reverse.
Last updated - 29th Sept 2022 - Briefing video uploaded
The Dunstable Downs Half Marathon will be back in 2023 - An exact date will be confirmed soon.
This race will be fully marked, with our orange arrow markers and ribbons.
The signage will be aided by several marshals at sharp turnings or busy areas.
We recommend runners carry a digital version of the route, either on a watch or phone, just in case you find yourself off course.
There is one checkpoint located at 10KM. The following items will be available at this location:
- Mountain fuel energy gels
- Selection of sweets
The race is held at the National Trust Countryside Center at Dunstable Downs.
There is an on-site cafe open from 10am, serving hot and cold food after the race.
Car parking is available on site (£3.50), along with toilets and a bag drop facility for runners.
All runners will be required to carry the following items for the entirety of the run:
- Mobile phone (charged & emergency number saved)
- Digital route map on watch/phone (recommended)
- Reusable cup/bottle for aid station
Registration is £TBC (or £TBC to affiliated runners), runners must be aged 17 years or older.
- Entry to the half marathon race
- Event permitted by the TRA
- Finishers medal
- Chip timing with live results
- One on-route aid stations
- Course wide medical support
- Bag drop at the event base
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Thank you soooo much for such a fantastic event! It was a great race - so friendly and well organised!
Dunstable Downs Half, 2021
Another classic race from you guys. What an event...the weather, the views, the hills, the rivers, the puddles and the amazing marshalls. Thank you
Dunstable Downs Half, 2021
Friendly and challenging trail running races, set in the beautiful English countryside.