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The Green Man Ultra
March 7th 2015
How has the Green Man Ultra developed?
Ultra Running Limited has developed ‘The Green Man Ultra’ in conjunction with The Gaveller and existing Woodwoses on a very similar basis to The Green Man Challenge, but with the following exceptions:
- 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.
The Green Man Ultra closely follows the same route as the “Green Man Challenge” and consists of a 44 mile course following the Community Forest Path around the city of Bristol, which was developed by the Forest of Avon Trust team. The race will start promptly at 8.00am.
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. Anyone who completes within the set time will be entitled to be called a Woodwose and their name entered in the Forestal Book of the Honourable Order of Woodwoses, which can be found in digital form along the pages at Gaveller’s Web blog. There you can also find a list of those who have earned the title Woodwight, which is reserved for those who have helped a Woodwose, for example by keeping them company for part of the route.
Anyone who is part of a successful “baton” relay team that competes the circuit will also be described as a Woodwight. This implies that the relay team must be regarded as a virtual Woodwose.
The term Wistman shall be reserved for anyone whose achievement suggests that they have the magical qualities associated with this term.
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”
Green Man Terminologies
Woodwose: Anybody who conquers the 44-mile Green Man Challenge around the Community Forest Path is termed a Woodwose, from the Old English wuduwāsa or wood-
being, regardless of gender. Woodwose is the proper name for the wild men and wild women that haunted the imaginary forests of medieval Europe and is entirely appropriate for anyone mad enough to conquer the Community Forest Path!
Woodwight: A wight is a general term for a living being or creature, often with supernatural connotations. A Woodwight is a wight associated with woods. I like to think of them as kindly helpful beings. Anyone who helps a Woodwose is a Woodwight.
Virtual Woodwose: Heroic History proceeds more like Fennimore-Cooper Indians: “Each man, as they walk single file, careful to step in the footprints of the one ahead, so as to leave the impression of One Giant Indian.” (Marshall Sahlins Islands of History 1985) Thus a relay team can produce Woodwose.
This is entirely consistent with Buddhist ideas, in which the original symbol of the Buddha was a giant footprint!
Wistman & Wisthound: Wistman’s Wood is described on the Legendary Dartmoor website – www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk – where it is said that it is “a wood of dwarf oak trees”.
“Once you walk into the tangled web of trees you are transported into a mystical world of moss carpeted boulders, lichens of all descript, finger like oak branches, all engulfed in a wonderful smell of earth and age. For millennia this small, mystical, stunted woodland has been held in
awe and for many fear. Tales of Druids, ghosts, the Devil and a host of other supernatural creatures abound, some dating back to the long lost ages before man could write. Many writers have described the wood as being ‘the most haunted place on Dartmoor’, others warn that every rocky crevice is filled with writhing adders who spawn their young amidst the moss and leaf strewn tree roots. Locals will never venture near once the sun begins it slow descent over the nearby granite outcrops for it is when the dark mantle of night draws tight that the heinous denizens of the wood stalk the moor in search of their human victims. So be afraid, very afraid, as the wagging finger of fate warns you to stay clear and risk not your mortal soul in the ‘Wood of the Wisemen’.”
Wistmen are evidently creatures to be reckoned with and may be recognised by their actions. Matt Edwards has already been entered as a Wistman, because he has shown himself to be a mystical Hierophant.
Record holders shall also hold this accolade.
Occasionally, a Woodwose may be accompanied by a Wisthound, one of those mystical creatures that are said to be kennelled in Wistman’s Wood.
Click here for previous years Race Photos.
Click here for the GMU 2012 Men’s Champions Story
Green Man Ultra Rules
The Green Man Ultra follows the 44 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.
Navigation: The race route is marked with additional signage by URL so you can forget about the worry of getting lost. You are still required however to carry copies of our free downloadable maps and route directions available off this website. In addition we provide a gpx file which can be downloaded onto your GPS device if you so wish.
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 40 Garmin foretrex 410 devises 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.
It is expected that 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.
The Green Man Ultra (GMU) is organised by Ultra Running Limited and is open to runners, walkers, teams of three or more, and relay teams of maximum five. All entrants must be 18 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. On the day registrations 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.
All Teams must have pre-registered before the day and consist of at least three competitors who will also count as individual competitors amongst the rankings. For a Full Distance Team to successfully complete the race, a minimum of three members of that Team must finish. Relay team members in categories 2, 3, 4 or 5; all originally designated members of a team must complete the leg they have chosen, and the following team member must not start the race until the person they are handing over from has arrived at that CP station.
- 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 energy gel sponsor for all URL events, and 9bar are the official energy bar sponsor.
GU energy gels and 9bars will be available at all check-points. In addition we will have sandwiches, red bull, coke, jelly babies, malt loaf etc, and unlimited water.
Although competitors should cater for their own special requirements, water stations are well equiped for food and drink.
Competitors must go through all check points and it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded their race number; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.
Any competitor found to not follow the pre-determined 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.
The GMU consists of 44 miles of challenging track. Although the organisers want to give every competitor the opportunity of completing the race and will, where reasonable practicable, allow generous opening times of CP Stations;
Camping facilities will be available near to the start and finish of the GMU. If any competitors require this, Ultra Running Limited would appreciate knowing in advance. Payment for this service would be required in advance, payable to Ultra Running Limited. On site toilet and shower facilities will be available at the camp site. It is requested that these facilities are respected and all litter etc is removed by the responsible competitor.
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 is £37.50 and 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.
The Green Man Ultra entry options: (please note that from 24.08.2015 the race has been amended to included additional course signage and chip-timing which has resulted in an increase to the entry fees).
- Individual entries including Canicross are £59.00 per person (catered)
- Individual entries RAW (only water provided) are £49.00
- Team Relay entries are only available through our official race charity Clic Sargent (min 3, max 5 people) are £37.50 per person (catered), plus a minimum charity raise of £500 per team.
- Team Relay entries RAW are £27.50 (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.
Kandoo Printing are the URL official sponsor for GMU finisher t-shirts.
Finishers Medals & Trophies
All finishers will receive a GMU 2014 medal and a T-Shirt and a Mug.
Men’s individual trophy
Ladies individual trophy
Men’s veteran trophy
Ladies veteran trophy
Relay Team trophy
Barefoot Men’s & Ladies trophy
Men’s, Ladies & Veterans winners will receive free entry into next year’s event.
The organisers reserve the right to change or amend any part of the event.