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CANARY TRAIL EVENTS

£95
ENTRY FEE
16 hours
CUT OFF
3
AID STATIONS
5780ft
ELEVATION
Yes
MEDICAL COVER
55 mile
DISTANCE

Due to permit regulations all runners on the Winterfold 55 must be aged 20yrs or older on race day.

55 mile winter ultra-distance race

8th February 2025 @ 8.00AM

Winterfold 55

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.

The Winterfold 55 is a single loop course that takes in some of Surrey's most iconic trails including sections of the North Downs Way and the Greensands Way. The race starts from Mickelham Village Hall and takes in Reigate Hill before looping around and heading out towards Leith Hill and Winterfold Woods, then heading up to the North Downs Way and Box Hill to complete the loop. The route and elevation make this a tough event, but throw in the winter weather and short daylight hours and they all combine to make this a properly challenging race. Crews and Pacers are allowed on the Winterfold 55. No crew is allowed at any of the checkpoints, Pacers can meet their runner at Checkpoint 3 to run them back to the finish. No muling is allowed. 

The race starts at Mickleham Village Hall and heads up onto Mickleham Downs before descending Kamikaze Hill. You then climb up onto Headley Common and head east until you cross the road by the main car park. You then follow the bridleway until you cross the Dorking Road just below the Pfizer buildings, and then follow the footpaths running just south of the M25 and onto Colley Hill with its stunning views. Keeping on the North Downs Way you go through the Reigate Hill car park and down through the Royal Alexandra & Albert School. Staying on the NDW you cross Reigate Hill Golf Course and onto Merstham. You leave the NDW here and stay south of the M25, skirting the east of the town down towards Nutfield. Skirting around to the south of Redhill, the route takes you through Reigate Park and heads west on footpaths south of the A25. Passing Buckland, Betchworth and Brockham you then head through Dorking and pick up the Greensands Way at The Nower, following this past Westcott and up onto Wolvens Lane and Leith Hill. Passing the tower you stay on the Greensands Way past Holmbury Hill, Pitch Hill and Reynards Hill. Upon reaching Winterfold Hill you head north through Winterfold Woods until you reach Shere. After crossing the A25 and passing the Silent Pool, you join the North Downs Way and head east again. You now stay on the NDW past Blatchford Down and onto Ranmore and the viewpoint at Steers Field. Crossing the road here you head down towards Denbies, staying above the vineyard and heading down to the A24. Here you have to turn left and cross the A24 via the underpass before heading back to the car park and crossing the River Mole via the stepping stones (water level permitting). The steps of Box Hill await before you reach the viewpoint and head across Donkey Green, picking up the footpath to Broadwoods Folly and Juniper Bottom. A last climb up Satans Staircase will bring you up onto Mickleham Downs once more before you descend into Mickleham itself and the finish line at the village hall.

The Course

Aid Stations

Tea and coffee along with a good array of foodstuffs and whilst we try to cater for everybody, please bring along any specific foodstuffs or drinks/energy powders you require.
We are a cupless event so please ensure you have a collapsible or plastic/enamel mug for any drinks you want at the checkpoints. 

Access to a small drop bag is available.

Aid Station 1

12 miles

Tea and coffee along with a good array of foodstuffs and whilst we try to cater for everybody, please bring along any specific foodstuffs or drinks/energy powders you require.
We are a cupless event so please ensure you have a collapsible or plastic/enamel mug for any drinks you want at the checkpoints. 

Access to a small drop bag is available.

Aid Station 3

42 miles

Tea and coffee along with a good array of foodstuffs and whilst we try to cater for everybody, please bring along any specific foodstuffs or drinks/energy powders you require.
We are a cupless event so please ensure you have a collapsible or plastic/enamel mug for any drinks you want at the checkpoints.

Access to a small drop bag is available.

Aid Station 2

25 miles

Course Records

Year

Time

Female Record Holder

Year

Time

Male Record Holder

Distance

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

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N/A

55m

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.

  • OS Explorer maps 145 & 146 (Paper maps or electronic on your GPS device.)

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

  • Survival bag

  • Waterproof jacket, Goretex or similar with taped seams.

  • Whistle

  • Hydration bladder or bottles capable of carrying at least 1lt of fluids

  • Hat or head cover (buff is acceptable)

  • Spare base layer

  • GPS Unit, watch or seperate handheld are both acceptable

  • 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 the village hall from 6am to 7.30am on the 8th February. 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.

Refunds of 50% of the race fee available up to 8th January 2025, 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

https://canarytrailevents.com/championing-womens-running/

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

Cut-Offs

The cut-offs are linear & are kept to 15minute miles.
 

Race Rules

RULE VIOLATION PROCEDURE 

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.

DQ.

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.

DQ.

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.

DQ.

Accompanied by dog/dogs

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

DQ.

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.

DQ.

Pacers accompanying before the final lap or checkpoint 3/ not on foot/ more than one pacer

Pacers are only allowed on the final lap of the Copthorne Races or from Checkpoint 3 on the Winterfold 55. 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.

DQ.

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.

DQ.

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 Winterfold 55 is 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 Bag

  • 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.

  • Hat or buff as head cover

  • 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. 

  • OS Explorer 145 & 146 Active Map - Preferably a hard copy that you are able to navigate from and not a map on your phone, although a map on your gps device is sufficient.

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

  • Most importantly of all, a Canary. No Canary, no run. (A fine is payable towards our charity if you wish to race without one)

Penalty

Runner Action

Rules

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