The race

The Butcombe Trail is a 50 mile route around six pubs in the Mendip Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).  The route is mostly off road and takes in some beautiful running country and fantastic views as it criss-crosses the Mendips.  It was devised as a walking trail many years ago and was first run as a single-day ultramarathon in 2016.  The race has been held in a pre-summer slot since 2018 and the 2019 race will be on 27 April. The 2019 race has now been confirmed as a UTMB® qualifying race worth 3 points.

Although runners will be well supported during the event, it is not to be taken lightly and only runners who have run a marathon (either as a race or in training) since 1 January 2018 should apply.

The race is organised by volunteer members of the Town & Country Harriers (TACH), a Bristol off-road running club, for the benefit of the Mendip Hills Fund. This is a community fund set up to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.  The fund is a partnership between the Mendip Hills AONB and the Somerset Community Foundation. TACH is proud to have donated a total of £4055.87 to the Fund from the proceeds of the race in its first three years.

The entry price is:

  • £49 for affiliated* runners and £51 for unaffiliated during early-bird period.
  • £59 for affiliated* runners and £61 for unaffiliated after the early-bird period.


* discount applies to runners affiliated to either the Association of Running Clubs (ARC)  or UK Athletics (UKA)