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Chiltern Wonderland 50

14-Sep-2019 Goring-on-Thames, RG8 9AG, Oxfordshire, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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09:29 11-11-20

I ran this in 2020 although almost all races this year have been affected by covid this one managed to be run on the usual date, as always the centurion events run like a well oiled machine especially with all of the covid measures taken. Staggered starts and socially distant aid stations. The race itself was quite tough with a lot of steep climbs and a very warm day. Having said that it is quite varied with very differing terrain taking in parts of the Thames path, ridgeway and some of the chiltern way. I'd recommend taking part as you'll be in for a great day!

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09:31 20-09-18

This was my second attempt at an ultra and my first completion, so a huge thanks to centurion running for that. Everyone involved in the organising was very helpful and happy, which really makes the day a great experience. The route was really well marked with tape and signs and whilst it's always handy to have it wasn't necessary to be tracking the route with a gps. I'm not a big one for aid stations but everyone there was very helpful and encouraging. The route itself was very dry (unsurprisingly) which meant that road shoes would have been OK (although I stuck with trail shoes). It's not hugely technical but there are some painful hills and quite a lot of road crossings, styles and gates to negotiate. There are some amazing views going around, even so close to major population centres it's lovely to see and experience the countryside on this route. Highly recommended.

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11:38 18-09-17

I ran this in 2017 as my third race in the Centurion 50 mile grandslam. As expected, Centurion really delivered on the organisation and atmosphere. The route was exceptionally well marked and I never needed to use the GPX file on my watch in order to navigate. The checkpoints were well stocked with sweet and savoury options and Tailwind on tap. I am always impressed by the fact that every single one of the Centurion races I have run has started precisely on time. It sounds easy, but most races don't manage to achieve this. The Centurion team are reliable and friendly - whether it be registration, an aid station or the finish, they cannot do enough to help you and they all seem genuinely happy to be there. This is why many runners come back to their races year after year. They somehow balance a whole lot of organisation with the same feel as a smaller, low-key race.

I had not done this route before but I have enjoyed running in other areas of the Chilterns. The race includes several national trails - mainly the Chiltern Way, Ridgeway and Chiltern Extension. The first few miles are on the Thames Path, but it must be the nicest bit of it as I'm not a huge fan of towpaths and this was nothing like a canal run. September is a month where you could end up with a summer race or a winter race depending on the weather that year. 2017 was unusually wet, making for a very different race from the 2016 running. Sections of the course get incredibly muddy - I enjoy the mud, but you will need shoes with a decent grip. There are some great climbs on the route and the descents are runnable. This is not technical terrain and would be suitable for someone stepping up to the 50 mile distance. However, you do need to keep your wits about you as much of the route is through woodland with lots of tree roots as well as muddy sections, so it would be easy to trip. This was an ideal course for me - hilly, muddy and with beautiful woodland. It is suitable for newer ultra runners but varied and challenging enough to also appeal to those with more experience. Don't enter this if you want clean shoes at the end or you want a fast, flat 50 miler. Everyone else - get ready to enter quickly before it sells out for 2018. I have no complaints and I enjoyed every minute of the race.

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11:31 20-09-16

2016 was the inaugural running of the Chiltern Wonderland 50, making up the 3rd 50 mile race hosted by Centurion Running. Where as the NDW50 and SDW50 are run entirely on one national trail, this event utilises the Chiltern Way, the Ridgeway, and the Thames Path to showcase some of the best countryside and scenery that Oxfordshire has to offer.
The course consists of a 50 mile loop that starts in Goring on Thames, heading out through villages such as MapleDurham, Bix, Turville, and Nuffield to name but a few, as well as taking in wonderfully named places such as Christmas Common, and leading you through the grounds of Stonor Park.
This event really has everything from the slickly organised registration and kit check process, to a varied route which includes great trails, stunning vista's and brutal hills, which is fantastically well marked, making it almost impossible to get lost.
The aid stations are well stocked with a variety of goodies, and the fantastic volunteers who man these stations are second to none. So whether you like, coke and watermelon segments or a cup of tea and a bit of cake they have everything you could possibly need, including hugs if required.
You get a great medal and a technical t-shirt on completing the course, as well as the opportunity to purchase event photo's from Stuart March. There are then tasty hot dogs available to tuck into at the end.
I can't recommend this event highly enough and will definitely be back. Remember for centurion events though you have to be quick so keep you eye on the website for details of when race entries open as they are always very popular.

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