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200 mile Ultramarathon

Thursday 21st November 2024 @ 16:00

The Copthorne 200

72 hours
200 miles

Race limited to 30 entrants.

Due to permit regulations, all runners must be aged 20yrs or older on race day.

Race entries are now available via Klarna, allowing you to pay in three equal installments, or to defer the payment date. The Klarna option will appear during the check out process.

To celebrate five years of Canary Trail Events, we're putting on The Copthorne 200 as a one off event.

This 200 mile Anniversary race will start at Boxhill Village Hall & finish at Mickleham Village Hall 72 hours later, covering a route of nearly twenty 10.3mile loops. Each loop giving approximately 2,260 feet of ascent with a total ascent for the race coming in at just over a staggering 44,000ft or one & a half Everests!

The route will be fully marked with signs & tape with GPX files available to all entrants below.

Take a look at the official photos from Leonard Martin to get a feel for the loop at the 2022 Copthorne Races.

We're limiting this race to only 30 runners & each runner is allowed one crew member if they so wish.

Starting at 4pm, the race goes into the night with no midway checkpoint until 8am on friday morning, however, you will have full access to your drop bag at Boxhill village hall every 10miles & your crew member can meet you anywhere on the course until 8am Friday where they will then only be allowed to meet you at either Boxhill Hall or Mickleham Hall.

The 200 mile runners will be stationed throughout the race at Boxhill Village Hall, where along with access to your drop bags, we will provide an area to sleep in if needed. Please bring sleeping bags, mats or camp beds as required. Upon leaving the hall on your last part loop, we will pack up your kit & drop bag to transport down to Mickleham to await your arrival at the finish line.

Mickleham Village Hall will be well stocked with the ‘usual’ ultramarathon nutrition and hot food will be available for the 200 mile runners at Boxhill Village Hall from approximately 12 Noon on the Friday.

Whilst we try to cater for everybody, please bring along any specific foodstuffs or drinks you require. Please ensure these are well labelled with your race number & they will be stocked at Boxhill only.

The race starts at Box Hill Village Hall where the runner and their crew are stationed throughout the event. The route follows the Copthorne Races loop clockwise. Once you reach Mickleham Village Hall, you begin the first of nineteen 10.3 mile loops, each start at Mickleham Village Hall. You head straight up onto Mickleham Downs. You continue up the “runway” and into the trees at the top. After a short distance a sharp right turn takes you on a gentle decent, which gradually gets steeper and steeper as it turns into the infamous “Kamikaze” hill. Crossing the road at the bottom sees you climbing up towards High Ashurst before a quick decent takes you onto Headley Heath. At the bottom of the decent you encounter the first steps of the loop as you climb again and begin to weaver around the Heath, skirting the main car park. There are several twists and turns around the Heath before you exit via a gate and start a gentle upwards incline past houses on Box Hill. At the top of the road a right turn will take you to Box Hill Village Hall and the halfway Check Point. A loop around the car park (or stop to refill water if needed) and you head back the way you came before turning right and pick up the North Downs Way. A steep decent is followed by a short sharp climb brings you to a lovely gentle runnable decent down to Box Hill Road. Turning almost back on yourself a short climb takes you back to a trail which contours Box Hill below the viewpoint and brings you to the Box Hill steps where you turn left and descend. At the bottom of Box Hill, you bear right and cross the River Mole via the footbridge, before heading to the car park. Turning left there you head down to the river and cross via the stepping stones. You then climb up the Bix Hill steps all the way to the viewpoint, where you turn left, cross the road and head across the Donkey Field. A nice runnable descent brings you to the old tower above Juniper Hall where you do a right turn and take the steps down to Juniper Bottom and then to the car park. Then comes the delight of Satan’s Staircase, a relentless climb back up onto the top of Mickleham Down. Another sharp descent brings you back to Mickleham where you turn right through the graveyard and then at the road, right again and your back at Mickleham Village Hall and the start of another loop. 

The Course

Aid Stations

Boxhill village Hall is the main base for all the 200 mile runners, you can get hot food and drinks at this point, along with drop bag access and sleeping facilities.

Aid Station 1

Box Hill Village Hall

This is the start/finish line for the Copthorne Races and the 200 mile runners will have access to this checkpoint from 8am on Friday morning. Water and snacks will be available from then.

Aid Station 2

Mickleham Village Hall

Course Records



Female Record Holder



Male Record Holder









Mandatory Kit

​•   Primary and secondary head torches or other light sources with sufficient spare battery packs/batteries.
•   Mobile/smart phone with OS Locate installed. A free download from your app store here.
•   Silver foil/survival blanket or survival bag
•   Waterproof jacket (Taped seams preferable)
•   Hydration bladder or bottles capable of carrying at least 1lt of fluids
•   Most importantly of all, a Canary. No Canary, no run. (A fine is payable towards our charity if you wish to race without one)

It was the idea of our Co_Founder, Mark Thornberry. It’s a bit of fun that makes our races a little different. Your canary can be as simple as a printed picture of Tweety-Pie pinned to your race pack, or a giant inflatable. They all count. If you choose not to and incur a fine - it all goes to the Kings College Hospital Liver Cancer Charity in Mark’s memory.

Why Carry a Canary?

Registration & Kit Check

Deferrals & Refunds

Registration for the runners will be available at Boxhill village hall from 12.30pm to 3.30pm on the 21st November. Please bring all mandatory kit when registering.

Please note, ALL MANDATORY KIT is to carried at all times through the race. Failure to do so will result in a DQ. Random kit checks will take place during the race.

We are a cupless event so please make sure you bring one if you want water etc from a checkpoint.

Refunds of 50% of the race fee available up to 21st of October 2024, No refund will be available after that date.

All race entries are non transferable & no deferrals are offered unless covered by our female athletes policy here

To register for this you must confirm that you agree to the Race Waiver. 


Runners must reach the end of the designated loop (at Boxhill Village Hall) within the following timings to be allowed to continue with the race:

All 200 mile racers to be through the set cut off times as follows.

  • 50 miles 15hrs-(7am Friday Boxhill Village Hall)

  • 70 miles 22hrs-(2pm Friday Boxhill Village Hall)

  • 90 miles 29 hrs-(9pm Friday Boxhill Village Hall)

  • 100 miles 32 hrs-(12am Saturday Boxhill Village Hall)

  • 125 miles 40 hrs (8am Saturday at Mickleham Village Hall)

  • The interim cut-offs may be waived at the race directors discretion.

Race Rules


Any protests to a ruling or of a runner to runner violation must be submitted by a registered entrant and must be lodged using the following procedure: 

1. Report the alleged violation to the runner, his/her crew or pacer as the incident occurs. Enlist a fellow witness to the alleged violation if possible. 

2. Report the alleged violation with the runner’s name and number to the next available aid station staff. 

3. Report the alleged violation in writing at the finish line to the race director. All protests must be submitted within seven days following the race. Written protests must include the name of the person who lodged the complaint. 

4. Decision on all violations and rules is at the final discretion of the Race Management ONLY. There will be no challenges after that decision.

Our race routes are used by, but not limited to, horse riders, walkers and mountain bikers. Please be aware of other people whilst you are running and be as polite and courteous as possible to them, making way when necessary, particularly to horses. We do not have priority over any other users out on the course, most will be unaware of the event taking place. All gates must be properly closed after you have gone through.


Refusal to comply with an order from the race directors, race staff, doctors or rescue personnel.

Runners must at all times comply with any instruction given by race management, staff and volunteers.


Being crewed on a no-crew race.

Runners must not be crewed in any way at races listed as no crew permitted. Crewing is deemed as any physical assistance of any kind.


Accompanied by dog/dogs

Runners are not to be accompanied by dogs at any time whilst on course.


Refusal to have mandatory equipment checked

There will be mandatory kit checks at the start, random checks during the race and at the finish. Failure to comply with the kit checks will result in disqualification.

Minimum of 1 hour penalty per missing item

Missing Item of Mandatory Kit

Mandatory kit must be carried by the runner at all times.


Pacers accompanying before the final lap/ not on foot/ more than one pacer

Pacers are only allowed on the final lap of the Copthorne Races. No pacers are permitted on any other of our races. No more than one pacer can accompany a runner at any time. Pacers may accompany runners on foot only. Pacers are not allowed to “mule” for their runner.


Crew/Pacers who are found to be complicit in breaking rules and/or assisting runner in breaking rules.

Runners are responsible for the actions of their crews and pacers. If your crew or pacer are deemed to have broken any of the runner race rules the runner will be held accountable. Your crew act on YOUR behalf and based on YOUR instructions.

DQ and ban at race directors discretion

Not informing organisers of withdrawal from event

Any runner who is unable to finish the race must personally inform the aid station captain of the nearest checkpoint of their decision to withdraw. They must hand in their race number at that time to the CP Captain. This serves as official notice of a runner’s withdrawal from the race. Runners who leave the course without turning in their number or informing a Checkpoint or HQ will be classified as “lost,” which may initiate Search and Rescue, for which the runner will be charged.

DQ and Lifetime Ban.

Littering by competitor or crew

Littering of any kind will result in immediate disqualification. Runners caught littering will be banned from all future events. Please respect the beauty of our trails and leave nothing behind but footprints.

DQ and Lifetime Ban.

Injection of PEDs or Fluids/ IVs by non-official race medical personnel.

Injection of PEDs or Fluids/ IVs by non-official race medical personnel.


Continuing/ leaving aid station after cut off.

Cut-off times will be strictly enforced. There are cut offs at EVERY aid station. Runners leaving any aid station after the cut off will not be listed as official finishers and will not be eligible for awards.

At the RD's Discretion.

Check In at All Aid Stations.

Each runner must attend or pass through all aid stations. You will be disqualified if your time is not registered at every aid station.

DQ and Lifetime Ban.

Receiving powered assistance from a vehicle, bike, horse, or short rope from pacer.

Runners must complete the entire course under their own power.

At the RD's Discretion.

Knowingly taking a short cut. 

Runners must follow the marked trail/ course at all times.

One Hour Penalty.

Bib number not visible on front.

Bib numbers must be worn on the front of the body and be easily visible at all times.

Lifetime Ban at RD discretion.

Unofficial Runners/ Running without a registration or Running under another name.

No unofficial runners.

The Copthorne Races are licenced by the Trail Running Association & held under England Athletics rules.


All rules are at the final discretion of the race director and race management team. 

No challenges will be permitted.

Mandatory kit: Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times. A time penalty of one hour will be imposed for any item found to be missing at any point on course. 


  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director (on the number you have given at registration)

  • OS locate installed on your phone.

  • Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.

  • Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum.

  • Waterproof Jacket: Gore-tex or similar & must have taped seams. 

  • Whistle

  • Headtorch or Primary Light Source Minimum 75 lumens 

  • Back Up Light source - Minimum 25 Lumens 

  • Long sleeved base layer or fleece top - This must be carried separately from the start and kept dry, for use only in an emergency. Starting in 2 layers is not a substitute.

  • Our races are cupless so you must bring a cup with you to take a drink from the aid stations/checkpoints. Soft/collapsible cups are permitted. 

  • Canary. 

Recommended but not mandatory: 

  • OS Explorer 146 Active Map - Should be a hard copy that you are able to navigate from and not a map on your phone.

  • Compass - This should be a separate physical compass and not electronic/ on your phone. 


Runner Action


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