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Stort 30

27-Oct-2019 River Stort Navigation Channel in Hertfordshire, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
48KM / 30Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Beginner  

This race is a mostly grassy trail or graded footpath flat route along the River Stort Navigation Channel. Participants run 15 miles, turn round and return the way they came. The route is signposted.

Checkpoints will be in place every 5 miles with refreshments and snacks. The race starts and ends at Bishop's Stortford Running Club. Cut offs are enforced at 3.5 and 7 hours. There will be medals and gifts for every finisher.

A description of the route and final instructions will be provided in the briefing before the start of the race.

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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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07:04 14-11-17

It was my 4th time running this event this year, it's a great end of year run to do. Easy, no navigation skills required route along the scenic river Stort. Aid stations every 5 miles and well stocked. Very well organised by Lundley Chambers with friendly, helpful volunteers. Well worth doing.

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09:39 04-11-16

I ran this race in 2016 for several reasons. I wanted to support a friend in his first venture beyond 26.2 and to reintroduce myself to this distance after a few years away to name but two.
The organisation was spot on. Information was easily accessible from the website and the start finish area and facilities were excellent. I have hardly ever actually heard a race briefing and so was delighted when Lindley stopped talking and basically told people to shut up and listen.
The course was simple to follow and well marked where necessary. The running surface was to my personal liking: very little tarmac and mainly riverside /towpath.
The checkpoints had a sensible range on offer. I always like savoury rather than sweet and was well catered for. Many other events could learn this basic lesson. The volunteers could not have been more helpful, filling bottles etc, chatting, encouraging.
The feel good factor seemed to rub off on the entrants too. Many of the lead runners were encouraging us slower ones as they passed. A pleasant change.
Will I be back? No! I knew it wasn't my sort of course but the relentless nature of the flat ground me down. I like hills!
Don't get me wrong, that's me not this event.
This is a great place to dip your toe into ultra waters

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11:07 02-11-16

I ran this in 2016 as it is fairly local to me and I wanted to encourage a friend to enter as his first ultra. I usually choose ultras with hills as I find it mentally far more challenging to run long distances on the flat as there is no reason to change pace. I also like variety in terrain and beautiful scenery and I wasn't sure about doing an out and back route. However, I had heard good things about the race and was keen to give it a go.

Communication via email, twitter and FB prior to the event was great and results and photos were released very quickly. The race was very well organised. Everyone was given a route description but I never needed to look at mine. The route follows the river and is marked wherever there is any margin for error. Checkpoints were well stocked and volunteers very friendly and helpful. There were lots of supporters along the route and faster and slower runners were very supportive of each other when passing on the out and back route.

I enjoyed the first part of the race more than expected - the path has some twists and turns and was fairly scenic. By the last 10 miles I was starting to find it monotonous and was grinding it out, but I had expected this. For anyone aiming for a fast time, the terrain is ideal for a 30 mile PB. If you prefer technical terrain and variety then this probably isn't for you.

The t-shirts were great - cotton makes a nice change from the stacks of technical tops I have from other races. There was a great atmosphere at the finish. If you like your bling then the unique medal is really nice. Personally, I would have preferred to forego the medal and have the price of the race a bit lower, but I may be in a minority there.

Overall, this is well organised and I can't fault the set-up. It would be an ideal first ultra or first off-road race. Not a personal favourite but I enjoyed running with friends and it was a good day out.

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09:02 06-04-16

Ran this in 2014, a great race, very friendly marshalls and good food and drink at checkpoint. A very flat and fast course, the initial spur out can be a bit crowded as some of it is a narrow trail or grass path but this changes as the miles go on. Can recommend this for anyone also who want to try a first ultra.

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09:41 09-11-15

good fuel stops, loads of marshals, well organised, nice course, highly recommended to both new and experienced runners

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07:51 05-11-15

Ran this in 2014 a great event and good way to get in to the world of ultra running.

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05:55 04-11-15

Ran this year, 2015, as my first ultra and I simply can't fault the race. Superbly organised, fantastically marshalled and such a friendly atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend this race to new ultrarunners like me or anyone looking for a fast ultra.

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05:13 04-11-15

Ran this in 2012, 2013 and was sweeper in 2015. This was my first ultra so good memories! A flat and pretty well marked out and back course which I always recommend as a good first ultra.

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04:14 04-11-15

(2015) Beautiful flat trail route along the canals. The route was well signed and the aid stations every 5ish miles were well stocked with goodies and cheerful volunteers. This was a well orgainised, fun and friendly event. It was a small group, many of whom seemed to know each other, but who were welcoming and encouraging. Showers, hot drinks, and a warm place to sit at the end were most welcome. Although I DNF'd I did end up with a nice tech T. I was very jealous of the bling (which I obviously did not get). Hope to be back again next year (after better training!) and would definitely recommend to first time and experienced distance runners alike.

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