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 ultra marathon in 2016.  The race is now moving from September to a pre-summer slot and the 2018 race will be on 28 April.  The 2018 race qualifies for 4 UTMB® 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 2017 should apply.

The race is being put on by the Town and Country Harriers, a Bristol off-road running club.  The price is:

  • £49 for affiliated* runners and £51 for unaffiliated until midnight 1 January 2018
  • £59 for affiliated* runners and £61 for unaffiliated from 2 January onwards.

All profits will go to the Mendip Hills Fund, 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.

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