Race details

A off-road half marathon on the stunning trails of the Dunstable Downs.

The 2nd edition of the Dunstable Downs Trail Half will take place on Sunday 2nd October 2022.

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.

Key Information

Date
Sunday 2nd October 2022
Start Time
1000 (TBC)
Event base
Dunstable Downs, LU6 2GY
Distance / Elevation
21.3km / 450+
Runners
150
Cut off
4 hours
Navigation
Arrow markers and orange ribbons
Terrain
Trail
Price
£30 affialiated / £32 unaffialiated

Latest Updates

Planning
12 Nov 21

We are currently in the planning phase for next years edition. Entries will launch in February 2022.

Route Map

Route Description

Our half marathon route begins at the National Trust centre within Dunstable Downs.

The first quarter of the race takes runners out too the Tree Cathedral, Bison Hill and back past the centre.

Once past our aid station (5.8km), runners complete on a full loop of the Kensworth Quarry.

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.

CP 1
5.8km
WC
CP 2
12.2km
WC

Event resources

Last updated - 24th Nov 2021

GPX File
Printable map
TBC
OS Maps
TBC
Garmin
TBC
Google Maps
TBC
Route Fly-through video
TBC
Essential info doc (PDF)
TBC
Race briefing video
TBC
Race Navigation

Route Navigation

This race will be fully marked, with our orange arrow markers and ribbons.

Additionally, marshals are positioned on the route, in locations we deem difficult to manoeuvre yourself.

We do ask all runners to carry a digital version of the route, either on a watch or phone, just in case you find yourself off course.

Race checkpoints

Aid stations

There is one checkpoint that you will pass twice. The following items will be available at this location:

  • Water
  • Coke
  • Mountain fuel energy gels
  • Selection of sweets
Event base

Event base

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 all day.

Car parking is available on site (£3.50), along with toilets and a bag drop facility for runners.

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Required Gear

Required gear

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 or paper map (provided)

Entry details

Registration is £32 (or £30 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
  • Two on-route aid stations
  • Course wide medical support
  • Bag drop at the event base

Entry details

Withdrawal options

By entering our race, you agree to the following withdrawal policy. This policy applies to all runners and no exceptions can be made.

Withdrawal date (racing)
Refund %
More than 12 weeks before race day
75%
6-12 weeks before race day
50%
4-6 weeks before race day
25%
Less than four weeks to race day
0%

To make a withdrawal request, please follow the button below and fill in the form.

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Thank you soooo much for such a fantastic event! It was a great race - so friendly and well organised!

Carolyn

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

Simon

Dunstable Downs Half, 2021

Event partners

National Trust
Trail Running Assocation
Mountain Fuel

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