The Joust 24hr race, as the name suggests is run over a 24 hour period. Any lap which isn't concluded within the 24 hours won't be counted. The race is held at Top Barn Campsite WR6 6NH. The route is on private farmland as agreed with the owner and only available during the race, we therefore do not disclose a map of the course.
Also on offer is a 50 Mile Challenge (J12) – A Race within a Race. You have 12 hours to complete the 50 miles. Once you have done the 50 miles your race has finished.
Both the J24 and the J12 start at the same time - 10:00 on the Saturday.
About the events:
The Joust 24hr (J24) and 12hr (J12) are off road races.
The J24 is available for Solo, Pairs, Teams of 3-5 and Teams of 6-8. The J12 is only available for Solo competitors.
Camping is included within your entry fee for both Friday and Saturday night, at Top Barn Camp Site. Any additional booking of camping facilities for friends, family and other non competitors must be through Ultra Running Ltd - and an option for this is available through our booking system.
The route is on private farm land and only available once the races get underway. The race will be run over a looped course circa 5.5 miles (due to course being on private farm land the route changes slightly each year).
The course follows parts of the Severn Way along the river until Grimley then returning back to the camp site through a mixture of fields, footpaths and very quiet lanes.
The course is well marked and marshalled, easily navigable and relatively flat.
Water / Checkpoint Stations
The course benefits from three water stations around the route.
Solo Joust Competitors:
For the benefit of Solo runners only, the Campsite Checkpoint Station will have some complimentary nibbles available.
Example of items (which may change) on offer previous years:
Sweets, jelly babies
Cake or similar
Squash and Cola
The 'complimentary' supplies are limited, so please don't rely on these for your full nutrition, as they are not offered on that basis. The event benefits from excellent outside catering where you can purchase, burgers, breakfast baps, hot drinks, etc.
Please remember that the Joust races are cup-free so competitors must bring their own re-usable cup. See our "merchandise section" if you need to buy one.
We would ask however that you do not rely on these alone and take only what you need with consideration for the other runners still to come in to the checkpoints.
You can enter the J24 either as a solo runner, a pair, a team of 3-5, or a team of 6-8. You can only enter the J12 as a solo competitor.
The J24 competitors will start their race at 10:00 Saturday, and will proceed to run as many laps as they can in 24 hours.
The Soloists have preferential camping pitches which are very close to the course itself. They will also be allowed to have a support crew should they wish, although separate pitch costs must be purchased and are available through the booking system as 'non-competitor pitches'.
For the J24 Pairs, Teams of 3-5 and Teams of 6-8, competitors must complete one full lap of the course before switching over with their team mate and passing on the joust (relay batten).
Once the event has begun teams cannot change the members of their team but they may change the order in which they run.
Should one member wish to do several laps in a row this will be allowed.
J12 Solo Runners:
The J12 event also starts at 10:00 on the Saturday, and will conclude at 22:00 giving a race duration of 12 hours.
The J12 event is only for competitors wishing to achieve the accolade of completing 50 miles within a twelve hour period. In order to achieve this accolade you must have completed the 50 miles before 22:00.
Once you have completed the 50 miles you have finished your race.
Thomas Hunt provided Time Lord duties in 2021, leading runners around the course to achieve 50 miles in the 12 hours. Hopefully we will provide another 12hr Time Lord for 2022. Alternatively you can go at your own pace.
Always popular, the Kiddies Joust is run in a neighbouring field to the campsite where children can run/walk/jog over a 1 hour period.
The Kiddies Joust will be Saturday afternoon only (14:00 – 15:00). Each team member can run/walk/jog as little or as much of the course as they like. For each lap run the kids will collect a ‘lap band’. Once they have finished running we just add up the lap bands to confirm distance run. The course is set up in the second camping field which is very safe and everybody is clearly in view at all times.
New for 2022 - the Kiddies medals are the same quality as the main event (only smaller), so it is imperative that places are booked early to ensure medal availability.
All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times whilst they take part.
Joust entry fees:
All deposits and payments are on a non refundable basis.
Enter as a Solo (J24) – £85.00
Enter as a Solo (J12) – £70.00
Enter as a Relay Team of 2 (J24) – £110.00
Enter as a Relay Team of 3- 5 (J24) – £275.00
Enter as a Relay Team of 6-8 (J24) – £350.00
Enter the Kids Joust event - £5.00
Running through the hours of darkness:
It is compulsory for all runners to wear a head torch or carry a hand torch from 20:00, runners will also be expected to carry a switched on mobile phone and a whistle.
The course will not be lit but the way will be well marked with yellow direction signs and temporary spray paint.
It is very much encouraged that during the hours of darkness competitors run together with either support crew or other competitors – this isn’t a mandatory requirement, just a recommendation, and the decision rests with each individual competitor.
The Knights of Worcester:
Also during the hours of darkness, the race will benefit from several non-competitive runners who will run loops of the course and they will happily join any competitor (subject to availability) along the route purely on a support basis.
The number of Knights are limited. Therefore all knight must take a mandatory break after each lap of fifteen minutes. This is to allow for a rest period and also offer a fair spread of Knight availability throughout all the competitors. It is not accepted that a Knight should just support one runner throughout the entire night period - any competitor requiring that should source their own companion before the event.
If you fancy being a “Knight” please message us to note your interest.
Each Knight will receive a Knights of Worcester tech t-shirt and a Knights of Worcester bespoke medal as a thank you.
Joust medals, t-shirts & trophies:
The Joust T-Shirt:
When you arrive at the race campsite, you will collect your running Bib, timing chip, and you will also be presented with your Technical Joust T-Shirt.
The Joust Medals:
All you need to do is complete a single lap to be entitled to your medal.
The J12 medals are given out as you complete the race, so no waiting.
The J24 medals are given out at the end of the race during Presentation, which we try our best to do within 15 minutes of the clock going over 24 hours. For anybody who needs to leave earlier, you can locate the RD who will happily award you the medal at that time - that said, if the RD is busy, please show a little patience.
The Kiddies Joust medals are given out at the conclusion of the childrens race.
Trophy presentations will also be given out at the end of the race during Presentation. But again, if you do need to leave early, please seek out the RD who will do his best to accommodate you.
J24 trophies - Awarded to each of the top 6 male and female, plus male and female Vet (over 55's). J12 trophies - Awarded to both male and female finishers, plus male and femail Vet (over 55's).
For Solo runners of the J24 who achieve the 100 mile distance - in addition to the standard J24 medal, you will also be awarded the 100 mile buckle.
For Teams of the J24, if you manage to break the 200 mile barrier - each member will be awarded the 200 mile buckle.
Current Record Holders J24:
Mens Solo – 2019 Andy Persson – 22 laps in 23:47:14 (122.32 miles)
Ladies Solo – 2018 Emily Seward – 19 laps in 23:52:32.67 (105.64 miles)
Mens Solo Vet – 2014 Jules Taylor – 21 laps in 22:30:00 (100.8 miles)
Ladies Solo Vet – 2015 Jude Dayne – 15 laps in 16:23:00 (72 miles)
Mens Pairs – 2014 Neil Herron and Lee Jones – 28 laps in 23:41:00 (134.40 miles)
Mixed Pair – 2014 “Team Petrified” – Alison Carr and Nick Herbert – 26 laps in 23:26:14. (124.8 miles)
Ladies Pair – 2017 (Club BPJ) “A Right Pair of Plums” – Ruby Johnson and Denise Morrison – 17 laps in 23:50:50 (81.6 miles)
Mixed Team of 3/5 – 2017 (Club MJ) “WTF…Where’s the finish?” – 36 laps in 23:29:05 (172.8 miles)
Team of 3-5 Mens – 2018 “Malvern Buzzards Running Club” – Dave Woodward, Jack Abbotts, Glen Curran, Adam Dyson, Marc Heptinstall – 31 laps in 23:33:14.83 (172.36 miles)
Team of 3-5 Ladies – 2019 “Impact Fitness” – Lois Newell, Sarah Harris, Zoe Dyer, Ann Pritchard – 18 laps in 23:01:01 (100.08 miles)
Team of 6-8 – 2019 “Buzzards 200” (Malvern Buzzards Running Club) – Simeon Foreman, Jack Abbott, Adam Wilson, Mark Alston, Tom Hall, Matt Downes, Sam Burnage, Paul Dolphin – 39 laps in 23:36:53 (216.84 miles)
The Round Table:
The first 6 men and 6 women earn a place at The Round Table and are awarded the following titles. To qualify as a Vet you need to be 55 years of age. 2021 Members:
Please visit our shop to see a wide range of race related products;
Personalised Hoodies - with your name and a choice of colours
Personalised Shirts - with your name and a choice of colours
Personalised Caps - with the Joust logo and a choice of colours
Personalised Race mugs with your name and finishing time
Reusable Joust race Cups
We will have photographers on course throughout the event, but if you take any interesting photos yourselves please let us have them.
Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of its events.
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.
Top Barn Camping has several showers and toilets - please keep the facilties clean and tidy.
There are also several drinking water points for you to use throughout the event.
For those requiring electrical hook-up, this is available at £5.00 per night per socket. This is payable on arrival and will be collected from you by a URL member of staff.
Ultra Running will have thirty solo tents available for hire. These tents will take prime positioning – right next to the course! They are for Solo hire only and will be erected prior to your arrival and packed away by Ultra Running staff, so you simply turn up and forget about the hassles of setting up. Simply choose this option through the booking system.
As a competitor, your pitch cost is included within your entry fee for Friday & Saturday night. Any supporters, friends etc. (non-competators) can also buy a pitch through our booking system for both the Friday and Saturday nights.
For non-competator pitches - the camping location provided may be in a different location to the competitor camping areas.
There will be a quiet time on the campsite between the hours of 22:30 – 07:00 - please respect this.
Onsite catering is provided by Natalie Guy of Food Court who will be providing a selection of food for the duration of the event for those not wishing to bring their own food. This will be individually priced by the catering company. Should you wish to bring your own food/BBQ you are welcome to but disposable BBQ’s are not allowed. All litter must be taken with you at the end of the event, so please bring your own black bag.
A massage service will be provided throughout the event, previously by Eric from Malvern Buzzards who also covered 2019.
Please remember that the Joust is a cup-free event, and you need to bring your own reuseable cup. Please see our 'Merchandise' section if you need to buy one.
The Campsite benefits from several water stations. There are two more on the course, one at The Wagon Wheel pub and another midway on the course.
We have several first-aiders at the event. If you need their assistance please ask any of the URL marshall's to get a first-aider. If that isn't possible then let another competitor know. On each competitor's Bib is the RD mobile number.
If for any reason you decide to withdraw from the event, it is very important that you let the RD know. If you have difficulty contacting the RD, simply send a text together with your reasons for departure.
By signing up to one of Ultra Running Ltd events you agree to abide by our general race rules;
The following are the race rules that apply to all Ultra Running Ltd events and should be adhered to by all race participants.
Each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins to the front chest. If this is not clearly visible you may be delayed at checkpoints. 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 Team to successfully complete the race, a minimum of three members of that Team must finish.
Each participant must make sure he/she is carrying all items detailed in the mandatory kit list
You cannot change your race entry category or team once the race has started.
Relay team members: 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, otherwise automatic disqualification will apply. Changes to the team members and/or race order can only be made up until the team has signed in on the day of the race.
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 and entry/exit time along with any injuries; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.
All entrants must be 20 years or over on the start day of the race.
Mandatory Kit List
Competitors must carry the following items. Random bag checks will be made on registration. Anyone found not to have the correct kit will not be allowed to start the race
Backpack or equivalent Head Torch with spare batteries Ordnance Survey Map 150 (Our downloadable maps are ok) Compass or GPS device Whistle Mobile phone Emergency food pack consisting of a two chocolate bars, Basic first Aid Kit
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 want to give every competitor the opportunity of completing the race and will, where reasonable practicable, allow generous opening times of CP Stations; the allowance should be within an average of 4.0 miles per hour. If you fall below the 4.0 miles per hour you will be pulled from the race without concession.
In the event of Ultra Running Ltd. having to cancel the event, an alternative date will be provided. If re-scheduling of the event isn’t possible, or a competitor cannot make the revised date. URL undertakes to refund payments received, less any out of pocket expenses which are determined at 25%.
For all other circumstances, including Competitor cancellations due to personal reasons, refunds are not allowed. But at the discretion of the organisers an entry may be transferred to the following years race providing the request is within four weeks of the event date.
Any ‘transferred races’ or ‘reduced rate races’ are not refundable or transferable in any respect.
Ultra Running Ltd. reserve all exclusive rights relating to photographic coverage of their races. By entering an event, participants agree that Ultra Running Ltd may exclusively use any photographic or textual content captured during the event for advertisement purposes.
You are now able to add a Personal Cancellation Insurance Policy at the time of your booking.
The policy is provided through Event Protect Limited.
Please review what is covered under the policy HERE.
If you choose not to take out the Personal Cancellation Insurance Policy:
You still have the option to defer your entry until the following year through the entry system for just £15.00. This option is available up to four weeks of the event. After this time no transfers or deferrals are possible as URL commits financially to various race costs at this time.
Ultra Running Limited (URL) Terms & Conditions
This document constitutes an agreement between you (the Entrant) and URL (the Organiser). Entry into any of the URL races (the Events) is strictly conditional upon the entrant agreeing to all of the terms and conditions contained within this document (the Agreement). It is all entrants responsibility to have read and accepted this agreement before entering/registering for one or more of URL events. All entrants must be aged 18 and over.
Entrants are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their personal records within the event database. Should any information change between registration and participation, it is the individual entrants’ responsibility to ensure that they contact URL to update their records accordingly.
Entry Fees must be paid in full before entry to the event will be confirmed.
All event fees are NON REFUNDABLE under any circumstance.
By entering one of URL events, all entrants have acknowledged that they have read and agree to the event terms and conditions prior to their entry in to the event being confirmed. By doing so, the entrant is unreservedly accepting all of the terms and conditions of this agreement.
Use of Personal Data
The organiser or their agents will maintain a registration database for all entrants and their chosen emergency contact. All information will be collected, stored and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
The organiser may use the entrants contact information to keep them informed of the event or to notify them of other events organised or promoted by URL.
Entrants give permission for the organisers, their agents, or any other associated organisations to use any photographs, video tapes, motion pictures, website images, recordings, or any other record of the event. Such articles may be used or included on websites, social media publications, advertising, promotional information, or other publicly accessible sources.
Personal Ability to Participate
It is the entrants’ responsibility to ensure they train appropriately and have the requisite level of fitness to be able to complete safely.
Entrants must ensure their personal health is suitable for participating in the event. If in any doubt the entrant should consult their doctor.
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure the organisers are informed at the point of entry of any medical conditions that could be relevant for any first-aid treatment.
If a participant believes that it is unsafe for them to continue in the event, it is their duty to notify an event official as soon as practicable.
Participants must be competent runners & confident in their ability to complete the course safely.
Participation in the Event
The event is a race. Athletes compete within their respective age and gender category. Relay Teams compete against each other as separate categories.
Prizes are awarded to podium finishers in all categories except where a low number of entrants means it is impractical to do so. This is down to the organisers discretion.
All finishers will receive the stated prize, as per each individual race.
Participants must act in accordance with the law and adhere to both the Highway Code and the Country Code, where applicable.
Participants are responsible for competing safely and with due respect for others.
Participants must comply with the instructions of the organisers and other course officials.
The majority of URL event routes are NOT signed, the onus of remaining on course rests with the athlete. Marshall’s are places in appropriate places, according to the individual event and are there for your safety.
Should circumstances dictate, or in the interest of safety, the organisers reserve the right to make such changes to the published event routes as may be deemed necessary at their absolute discretion. In the event of the landowner e.g. the Forestry Commission or National Trust deeming it necessary to close access to the public, we the organisers reserve the right to a) reschedule or if this is not possible b) cancel the event. This will, in all cases be a last resort.
The organiser reserves the right to require a participant to retire from the race where their conduct is considered to be inappropriate. If required to retire the participant must surrender their race number to an event official and take no further part in the event.
Participants have a duty to report to an event official as soon as practicable, anything that they see or hear which they reasonably believe may impact on the safety or welfare of themselves or others, connected to the event or otherwise.
Whilst appropriate risk assessments will be carried out before the event, competitors assume full and complete responsibility for any injury or accident which may occur whilst travelling to or from the event, during the event, or whilst on any premises related to the event.
Racing in public places can be dangerous, all participants in this event must agree to waive, release and forever discharge the event organisers, sponsors, promoters, and each of their agents, representatives, successors and assigns, and all other persons associated with the event, from any liabilities, claims, actions, or damages that they may have against them arising out of or in any way connected with participation in this event. This includes any claims, whether caused by negligence, the action or inaction of any of the above parties, or otherwise.
Cancellation & Refunds
Entry fees for all URL events are NON REFUNDABLE under any circumstance.
Should circumstances dictate, or in the interest of safety, the organisers reserve the right to make such changes to the published event routes as may be deemed necessary at their absolute discretion. In the event of a force majeure, we the organisers reserve the right to a) reschedule or if this is not possible b) cancel the event. This will, in all cases be a last resort.
Entry fees are only valid for the original event, for which they were purchased. Places can be deferred to the next edition of the event (an additional cost of £15 is charged), where the event is more than four weeks away. After this point, this option is no longer available. In special circumstances, the organisers may be able to transfer names of individuals to another events. This is at the organisers discretion. Transfers can be requested by email up to 4 weeks before the event in question. No runner is permitted to enter or participate using another persons details.
If, for any reason what so ever, an entrant finds themselves unable to participate, they should notify the organisers as soon as reasonably practicable of their intention to withdraw from the event. This will allow the vacancy to be reallocated to anyone who may be on the event’s reserve list.
Entrants must exercise their own experience and judgement regarding their ability, equipment and preparedness to cope with the prevailing elements before they commence.
This agreement constitutes the whole agreement between the parties and any prior agreement, oral or written, are excluded.
Any failure by any party to enforce or to exercise at any time any term or any right under this agreement shall not be deemed to be a waiver of that term or right and shall not affect that party’s right to later enforce or to exercise it.
If any term of this agreement is found to be illegal or unenforceable it shall be deemed to be omitted from the agreement and shall not affect the validity of the remainder of the agreement.
Nothing in this agreement confers any right on third parties to enforce the provisions of this agreement under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
TOP BARN INFORMATION: HOLT HEATH, WORCESTER, WR6 6NH
Message from Top Barn Camping:
We thought it might be useful to put together information on the farm, the local area and site safety to ensure that you have an enjoyable stay! Top Barn is a working farm with lots of other activities taking place, please note the following:
BE AWARE OF OVERHEAD CABLES – DO NOT PITCH BELOW THEM, FLY FLAGS OR KITES NEAR THEM – VERY DANGEROUS!
There is no lighting on the fields other than in the toilets so please use a torch at night when walking as the ground is uneven.
BE AWARE: ELECTRIC CABLES RUN UNDERGROUND AT 600mm – PEGS MUST BE LESS THAN 400mm .
Please ensure that caravans/tents have at least a 5m gap between them to reduce the risk of fire spreading and for the same reasons please site caravans/tents at least 10m away from the marquee. Please do not site caravans/tents by entrances to fields in case access needed by emergency vehicles.
Please report any faults with hookups/toilets/elsan point to us before you leave.
Fire extinguishers are in every field and fresh water taps are in each field too.
If using the marquee – please note that there is no smoking/candles/naked flames allowed in the marquee and ensure that there is at least one set of doors open in case a quick exit is needed eg fire.
The marquee can be used for gatherings but we cannot allow any form of entertainment to be used eg band, duo, comedian, karaoke, disco. A stereo/Ipod may be used as long as noise levels are low and it is switched off by 11pm weekends and 10.30pm week days.
Please be aware this is a working farm with lots of traffic.
Please do not let your children wander around unaccompanied due to the traffic at the business centre/farm shop and farm and please do not let them play on machinery, with farm animals or in buildings.
Please be aware of deep fishing pools around they are not fenced off – no swimming allowed.
Please shut gates behind you – we have livestock – and keep dogs on leads.
Please take rubbish home with you and clear up any dog mess.
When driving around the farm – please be aware of pedestrians and children playing.
Please note that toilets and showers will be cleaned for your arrival and then cleaning materials will be left for your convenience to maintain them during your stay.
On-site there is a well stocked farm shop, deli and butchery (great homemade burgers and award winning sausages!) at the entrance to the farm. During May/June there is strawberry and raspberry picking and farm park open from April – details at the Harvest Shop (01905 621954).
There is also a lovely function room and kitchen to hire on-site: 01905 620386.
The Severn Way – a public footpath – runs through our farm – you can walk in parts along the River Severn into Worcester itself.
We hope you have a lovely time – please call us if you have any problems – our phone is on 24 hours.