Green Man Ultra 2016

Race Date
March 5th 2016

Important revisions for the 2016 event, please read:

  • Due to the popularity and therefore increased entry numbers on the GMU, we are obliged to take into consideration land owners and sections of footpath where detremental affect could occur.
  • The route has therefore changed in a few places – so those of you who have either run it before, think they know it, or have already recce’d sections are advised to review our direction amendments for 2016.
  • Taking this approach, we ensure the continued success of the race, and highlight the importantance to make sure the route is sustainable, considerate and more importantly safe.

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  • 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) Signed certificate to confirm entitlement to either a Woodwose or a Woodwight.
  • Hot food will be available to ‘catered entrants’ at the finish.

For 2016 the start / finish for the GMU45 will be Ashton Court Mansion. Current Maps need amending and will be done so early January, but Directions and GPX Files now show the revised 2016 route. We will be providing further details on logistics, but for the time being it is looking like we will have to use the Dovecote Carpark and then walk up to the Mansion House – a nice leg stretcher before the main challenge! Overall, the route still follows the Community Forest Path. The GMU45 race will start promptly at 8.00am.

Route Directions, Maps & GPX files:
Please Note: 2016 Maps are still to be amended
For GMU 2016 Route Directions click here GMU Route Directions 2016
For Green Man Ultra GPX Files & Maps for 2016 Click Here  

Time Restraints.
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 from CP2 which is The Lock Keeper Inn and conclude at Ashton Court Mansion, utilising the same route taken for the GMU45.

Check point cut-off times are set; which will allow completion of the GMU45 race within a 12 hour period and the GMU30 within a 9 hour period.  Anybody who falls outside these times, at any of the check-points, will have failed to have completed the challenge and not be allowed to continue.

Time Lords.
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 9.30am, CP2 at 10.45am, CP3 at 1.00pm, CP4 at 3.30pm and finish at 5.00pm

The 10hr Time Lord will depart:
CP1 at 9.45am, CP2 at 11.15am, CP3 at 1.35pm, CP4 at 4.15pm and finish at 6.00pm

The 11hr Time Lord will depart at:
CP1 at 10.00am, CP2 at 11.45am, CP3 at 2.30am, CP4 at 5.15pm and finish at 7.00pm

The 12hr Time Lord will depart at:
CP1 at 10.15am, CP2 at 12.15pm, CP3 at 3.15pm, CP4 at 6.15pm and finish at 8.00pm.

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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 files you can eliminate navigation issues – assuming you can follow 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.

Garmin Hire

Garmin Foretrex401

Garmin Foretrex 401

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 30 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 – Hire now!

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 Event

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.

Race Entries

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
  • Whistle
  • 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 selection 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.

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.

Competitor Retirement

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 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.

Photo coverage



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.