The Green Man Ultra - 46 Miler

The Green Man Ultra - 46 Miler
Start Date: Mar 1, 2014 08:00 AM
End Date: Mar 1, 2014 08:00 PM
Time Zone: Europe/London +00:00 GMT

Brook Redwood Hotel and Country Club - Community Forest Path
Beggar Bush Lane
Failand, Bristol, United Kingdom

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The Green Man Ultra March 1st 2014

How has the Green Man Ultra developed?

Darryl Carter Men’s 2013 Champion in 6hrs 35min
Ultra Running Limited has developed ‘The Green Man Ultra’ in conjunction with The Gaveller and existing Woodwoses on a very similar basis to The Green Man Challenge, but with the following exceptions:
  • The event is under race conditions and entrants will be issued with race numbers
  • Check-points will be provided (4 in total) to (a) monitor times & wellbeing of competitors, (b) provide water and occasionally some nutrition.
  • At the end of the race finishers will receive (a) Bespoke Green Man T-Shirt, (b) Bespoke Green Man medal (year dated), (c) signed certificate to confirm entitlement to either a Woodwose or a Woodwight.
  • Hot food will be available free to competitors at the finish, together with shower facilities within a reasonable distance.
The Green Man Ultra closely follows the same route as the “Green Man Challenge” and consists of a 46 mile course following the Community Forest Path around the city of Bristol, which was developed by the Forest of Avon Trust team. Registration is from 6.00am-7.30am at the Redwood Hotel and Country Club and the event starts promptly at 8.00am. Click here to visit hotel website.
The Start Line at Redwood Hotel
Check point cut-off times are set; which will allow completion of the race within a 13 hour period. Anybody who falls outside the 13 hour set period, at any of the check-points, will have failed to have completed the challenge. Anyone who completes within this time will be entitled to be called a Woodwose and their name entered in the Forestal Book of the Honourable Order of Woodwoses, which can be found in digital form along the pages at Gaveller’s Web blog. There you can also find a list of those who have earned the title Woodwight, which is reserved for those who have helped a Woodwose, for example by keeping them company for part of the route.
Anyone who is part of a successful “baton” relay team that competes the circuit in under fifteen hours will also be described as a Woodwight. This implies that the relay team must be regarded as a virtual Woodwose.
The term Wistman shall be reserved for anyone whose achievement suggests that they have the magical qualities associated with this term.
Please note it is highly likely that the 2014 race will be run in a clockwise direction, which is opposite to the 2013 race. Detail of this will be provided as and when available.
For Green Man Ultra Route Directions Click Here
For Green Man Ultra Maps and GPS Click Here
Green Man Terminologies

Woodwose: Anybody who conquers the 46-mile Green Man Challenge around the Community Forest Path is termed a Woodwose, from the Old English wuduwāsa or wood-
Liz Wiggins (Ladies GMU 2012 Champion), Diane Roy and Andrew Fergusson
being, regardless of gender. Woodwose is the proper name for the wild men and wild women that haunted the imaginary forests of medieval Europe and is entirely appropriate for anyone mad enough to conquer the Community Forest Path! Woodwoses completing in under twelve hours are deemed to be Running Woodwoses and those who complete between twelve and fifteen hours are deemed to be Walking Woodwoses.
Woodwight: A wight is a general term for a living being or creature, often with supernatural connotations. A Woodwight is a wight associated with woods. I like to think of them as kindly helpful beings. Anyone who helps a Woodwose is a Woodwight.
Virtual Woodwose: Heroic History proceeds more like Fennimore-Cooper Indians: “Each man, as they walk single file, careful to step in the footprints of the one ahead, so as to leave the impression of One Giant Indian.” (Marshall Sahlins Islands of History 1985) Thus a relay team can produce Woodwose.
Check-Point 2
This is entirely consistent with Buddhist ideas, in which the original symbol of the Buddha was a giant footprint!
Wistman & Wisthound: Wistman’s Wood is described on the Legendary Dartmoor website – – where it is said that it is “a wood of dwarf oak trees”.
“Once you walk into the tangled web of trees you are transported into a mystical world of moss carpeted boulders, lichens of all descript, finger like oak branches, all engulfed in a wonderful smell of earth and age. For millennia this small, mystical, stunted woodland has been held in
Sarah Sweeting, Rob Dickson & Dave Jones
awe and for many fear. Tales of Druids, ghosts, the Devil and a host of other supernatural creatures abound, some dating back to the long lost ages before man could write. Many writers have described the wood as being ‘the most haunted place on Dartmoor’, others warn that every rocky crevice is filled with writhing adders who spawn their young amidst the moss and leaf strewn tree roots. Locals will never venture near once the sun begins it slow descent over the nearby granite outcrops for it is when the dark mantle of night draws tight that the heinous denizens of the wood stalk the moor in search of their human victims. So be afraid, very afraid, as the wagging finger of fate warns you to stay clear and risk not your mortal soul in the ‘Wood of the Wisemen’.”
Wistmen are evidently creatures to be reckoned with and may be recognised by their actions. Matt Edwards has already been entered as a Wistman, because he has shown himself to be a mystical Hierophant.
Record holders shall also hold this accolade.
Occasionally, a Woodwose may be accompanied by a Wisthound, one of those mystical creatures that are said to be kennelled in Wistman’s Wood.
Click here for Race Reports GMU 2012 G[​IMG]MU 2013
Click here for Race Photos GMU 2012 GMU 2013
Click here to purchase GMU 2013 Race Photos from Summit Photography
Click here for the GMU 2012 Men’s Champions Story
Green Man Ultra Rules

The Green Man Ultra follows the 46 mile route of the Community Forest Path around Bristol. The course is very challenging and for competitors own safety and fairness the following rules must be adhered to. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this and future events.
Navigation: You have downloadable maps and route directions freely available off this website. In addition we provide a gpx file which can be downloaded onto your GPS device.
Garmin Foretrex 401
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
If you are new to Ultra Running and don’t have a Garmin or similar gps device and the navigation is giving you concerns, don’t worry! URL has invested in 10 Garmin foretrex 410 devises and 2 Garmin forerunner 310XT devises, which can be simply hired just for race day. The hire cost is £20.00 for the 401 and £35.00 for the 310XT. Each unit comes with the route already downloaded onto it. For the Foretrex 401 you would need to supply your own 2 batteries (triple A type / AAA) and carry a further spare 2 batteries within your kit bag. Dependant on your quality of battery you should achieve 18 hours with a set of batteries, but you should always carry a back-up set. The Forerunner 310XT carries its own rechargeable battery with a life of about 20 hours, so efficient for the duration of this race. In addition there will be a small insurance premium to pay incase you damage the equipment.
It is expected that these devises will be secured by runners quite quickly, so if you want to hire one, we strongly suggest you book one straight away – drop us a line
The Event

The Green Man Ultra (GMU) is organised by Ultra Running Limited and is open to runners, walkers, teams of three or more, and relay teams of maximum five. All entrants must be 18 years of age or over at the start of the race. Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete the race.
Every entrant must confirm that they have read these rules and other event information and therefore understand the nature of the event and that participation is at their own risk.
Heading towards the race start
Canicross Team Champions – Mixed up Muts
Race Entries

Competitors must register on-line prior to the event day. On the day registrations will be at the start location at least one hour before the start of the race, where competitors will present their kit for examination on request.
Each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins. If this is not clearly visible you may be delayed at checkpoints.
All 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 Full Distance Team to successfully complete the race, a minimum of three members of that Team must finish. Relay team members in categories 2, 3, 4 or 5; 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 station.
  • Checkpoint details and maps (available to registered contestants only)
  • Competitors must be self-sufficient, and carry the following mandatory items:
  • Backpack or equivalent
  • Head Torch with spare batteries
  • Ordnance Survey Maps 155 & 167 (our downloadable maps are fine)
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • Emergency foodpack consisting of two chocolate bars, Mars or similar
  • First Aid Kit
Checkpoints and Water Stations

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GU energy gels and 9bars will be available at all check-points. In addition we will have sandwiches, red bull, coke, jelly babies, malt loaf etc, and unlimited water.
Although competitors should cater for their own special requirements, water stations are well equiped for food and drink.
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; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.
Any competitor found to not follow the pre-determined race route will be disqualified.
Competitor Retirement

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.
Time Restraints
The GMU consists of 46 miles of challenging track. Although 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; This allowance is within the ability of a walker at 3.5 miles per hour

Camping facilities will be available near to the start and finish of the GMU. If any competitors require this, Ultra Running Limited would appreciate knowing in advance. Payment for this service would be required in advance, payable to Ultra Running Limited. On site toilet and shower facilities will be available at the camp site. It is requested that these facilities are respected and all litter etc is removed by the responsible competitor.
The organisers are more than happy to source alternative accommodation such as B&B or hotel, subject to availability and cost. This service is provided also for any family member or supporter who wishes to attend the event.
Registration & Entry Fees

Special early bird entry fee – only available until the end of March 2013 – £35.00 for individual and £20.00 for relay member. The early bird discounted rate is totally non-refundable and non-transferable.
Then standard entry fee applies. After December 2013 the entry fee will rise to £49.00 for individual and £27.50 for relay.
The Green Man Ultra options:
Individual entries are £45.00 per person
Team Relay entries (min 2, max 4 people) are £25.00 per person
Canicross entries are £45.00 each
Raise money for the Ultra Running preferred charity and run for FREE (please ask for details)

In the event of cancellation of the race, Ultra Running Ltd. Undertakes to refund payments received, less any out of pocket expenses which are determined at 25%. Cancellations within four weeks of the event will not receive a refund but at the discretion of the organisers may be transferred to the following year’s race.
Photo coverage


SFP are the Official Photographers for the Green Man Ultra
Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of the GMU. 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.
Kandoo Printing ar the URL official sponsor for GMU finisher t-shirts.
Finishers Medals & Trophies
All finishers will receive a GMU 2014 medal and a T-Shirt
Men’s individual trophy
Ladies individual trophy
Men’s veteran trophy
Ladies veteran trophy
Team trophy
Relay Team trophy
Canicross trophy
Barefoot Men’s & Ladies trophy
Men’s, Ladies & Veterans winners will receive free entry into next year’s event.
The organisers reserve the right to change or amend any part of the event.