by the 100
March 5th 2016
- Please note: 2014 had 200 places and was sold out.
- We managed to get permissions to uplift numbers for 2015 to 300 and this too was sold out.
- We are unsure if we can increase the main event (GMU45) above 300 for 2016 so currently this is the limit.
- We are introducing 100 additional places for a reduced course of 30 miles, the (GMU30). This race will start further along the course so will not impact on the main event entry numbers.
For Green Man Terminologies and to see how the Green Man Ultra has developed? – Click HERE
- The event is under race conditions and entrants will be issued with race numbers
- Check-points will be provided (4 in total) to (a) monitor times & wellbeing of competitors, (b) provide water and some nutrition.
- At the end of the race finishers will receive (a) Bespoke Green Man T-Shirt, (b) Bespoke Green Man medal, (c) Bespoke Race Mug and (d) Signed certificate to confirm entitlement to either a Woodwose or a Woodwight.
- Hot food will be available to ‘catered entrants’ at the finish.
For 2015 the start location was LA Community Centre. Although this worked well, capacity was tight. As such it is likely that we will be announcing a revised start / finish location before June 2015. Overall, the route will remain the same, following the Community Forest Path. The race will start promptly at 8.00am.
The GMU45 race will start promptly at 8.00am. For 2016 we are adding an introductory race of thirty miles, the GMU30. The GMU30 race will start at 11.00am further along the course (tba), approx 30 miles from the finish.
Check point cut-off times are set; which will allow completion of the race within a 12 hour period. Anybody who falls outside the 12 hour set period, at any of the check-points, will have failed to have completed the challenge and not be allowed to continue.
In 2015 we introduced the ‘Time Lords’. Time Lords are not competative entrants who try their best to run at specific times – 9hr, 10hr, 11hr and back of the pack 12hr.
Any newby ultra-runner or person concerned with navigation can simply join a Time Lord who runs at their own race pace.
Time Lord expected CP arrival / departure times:
A Time Lord should try to run at a reasonably consistent pace. The below times are a good guide in order to achieve their target times. Based on a 8.00am race start:
The 9hr Time Lord will depart:
CP1 at 9.15am, CP2 at 10.30am, CP3 at 12.45pm, CP4 at 3.15pm and finish at 5.00pm
The 10hr Time Lord will depart:
CP1 at 9.30am, CP2 at 11.00am, CP3 at 1.20pm, CP4 at 4.00pm and finish at 6.00pm
The 11hr Time Lord will depart at:
CP1 at 9.45am, CP2 at 11.30am, CP3 at 2.15am, CP4 at 5.00pm and finish at 7.00pm
The 12hr Time Lord will depart at:
CP1 at 10.00am, CP2 at 12.00pm, CP3 at 3.00pm, CP4 at 6.00pm and finish at 8.00pm.
The GMU Hall of Fame (updated to 2014)
To view the GMU Hall of Fame which shows the Top 100 finishing times click HERE
Green Man Merchandise
Visit our shop HERE to buy Green Man Caps, Hoodies and Ira Raineys best selling book “Fat Man to Green Man”
Click here for previous years Race Photos.
Green Man Ultra Rules
The Green Man Ultra follows the 45 mile route of the Community Forest Path around Bristol. The course is very challenging and for competitors own safety and fairness the following rules must be adhered to. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this and future events.
The course is self navigation and tough.
With the use of the freely downloadable route directions and maps and gpx file you can eliminate navigation issues – assuming you can followqing directions, read a map or operate a garmin.
For those less confident on the above navigation tools, but still wanting to take on the challenge, the Time Lords is the way to go.
Leading up to the event there will be many groups carrying out recce runs. If you wish to join a group, we will soon have a GMU forum for this.
If you are new to Ultra Running and don’t have a Garmin or similar gps device but would like to have a go at using one – URL has invested in 20 Garmin foretrex 410 devices that you can simply hire just for race day. The hire cost is £20.00. Each unit comes with the route already downloaded onto it. You will need to supply your own 2 batteries (triple A type / AAA) and carry a further spare 2 batteries within your kit bag. Dependant on your quality of battery you should achieve 18 hours with a set of batteries, but you should always carry a back-up set.
These devises will be secured by runners quite quickly, so if you want to hire one, we strongly suggest you book one straight away – drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org
Timing: The Green Man Ultra will benefit from chip-timing. As competitors pass through check-points and finish, their times will be simultaneously available for view from our event results page. This will enable family and friends to follow the race progress and also leave supportive comments.
The Green Man Ultra (GMU) is organised by Ultra Running Limited and is open to individual entrants who can also form a Team of three and relay entrants of maximum five members. All entrants must be 20 years of age or over at the start of the race. Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete the race.
Every entrant must confirm that they have read these rules and other event information and therefore understand the nature of the event and that participation is at their own risk.
Competitors must register on-line prior to the event day. Collection of race numbers and a safety brief will be at the start location at least one hour before the start of the race, where competitors will present their kit for examination on request.
Each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins. If this is not clearly visible you may be delayed at checkpoints.
Mandatory Kit List.
- Checkpoint details and maps (these are free to download from this website)
- Competitors must be self-sufficient, and carry the following mandatory items:
- Backpack or equivalent
- Head Torch with spare batteries
- Ordnance Survey Maps 155 & 167 (our downloadable maps are fine)
- Compass or GPS device
- Mobile phone
- Emergency foodpack consisting of two chocolate bars, Mars or similar
- First Aid Kit
Checkpoints and Water Stations
GU energy are the official gel sponsor for all URL events, and their gel product will be available at check-points 2,3 & . In addition our outside caterer ‘Bears Great Escapes’ we will provide a selerction of food to include -sandwiches, red bull, coke, jelly babies, malt loaf, crisps, savory items, etc. CP4 will also be a Hot-Stop with hot drinks and soup available.
Although competitors should cater for their own special requirements.
Competitors must go through all check points and even though we have chip-timing, it is your sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded your race number; failure to do so at any check point may mean that you have failed to complete the race and could be disqualified.
Any competitor found to not follow the predetermined race route will be disqualified.
If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or by telephoning the emergency number which will be written on the race numbers of each competitor.
As soon as we can confirm the new Start / Finish location we will offer advise on nearby camping facilities.
The organisers are more than happy to source alternative accommodation such as B&B or hotel, subject to availability and cost. This service is provided also for any family member or supporter who wishes to attend the event.
Registration & Entry Fees
Our Official Race Charity is CLIC Sargent and all Relay Entries need to be booked through them – just click on their logo;
Message from CLIC Sargent:
“CLIC Sargent is delighted to be the official charity for the Green Man Ultra Relay. Join our team today and help raise funds for children and young people with cancer. To take part in the relay you must have a team of at least three runners and a maximum of five. The entry fee for each member on a “Catered” basis is £29.00 or “Uncatered” is £19.00. We ask that each team pledges to raise a minimum of £500 (due in one month after race day). To register just click on our logo“.
Upkeep of the Community Forest Path
URL donate a portion of the entry fee towards the upkeep of the Community Forest Path. Please ensure that you do not leave any rubbish along the route and you keep all farm gates etc closed after you pass through. Donations to date total £800.00.
The Green Man Ultra entry options:
- Individual (GMU45) Catered is £59.00
- Individual (GMU45) RAW (only water provided) is £49.00
- Individual (GMU30) Catered is £49.00
- Individual (GMU30) RAW is £39.00
- Team Relay entries are only available through our official race charity Clic Sargent (min 3, max 5 people) are £29.00 per person (catered), plus a minimum charity raise of £500 per team.
- Team Relay entries RAW are £19.00 (only water supplied)
Entry into the GMU is on a non refundable basis, but at the organisers discretion you can defer your place to the following year. Cancellations within four weeks of the event will not be able to defer.
Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of the GMU. Participants agree that Ultra Running Limited may use exclusively their individual or collective names and pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in this event.
Finishers Medals & Trophies
All finishers will receive a GMU medal and Technical T-Shirt.
Trophies are awarded to the following:
- Men’s & Ladies 1st, 2nd & 3rd in both GMU45 & GMU30
- Men’s & Ladies Veteran 1st in both GMU45 & GMU30
- Team winners GMU45 only (you need to have named your team prior to race day)
- Relay Team winners GMU45 only
- Canicross winner GMU45 & GMU30
- Barefoot Men’s & Ladies winners GMU45 & GMU30 (you need to have confirmed that you are running barefoot before race day)
Free entry into the following years race for the first male and female of both the GMU45 and the GMU30. Same for the veteran male and female winners.
The organisers reserve the right to change or amend any part of the event.