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The Cow Shed Backyard Ultra

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Saturday 16th April 2022

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Wednesday 16th June 2021
Entries Close
Saturday 9th April 2022 at 19:00
Entry Fees

£68 (affiliated)
£70 (unaffiliated)

Event Organiser - Mark Marchant
  • Voucher to spend at Wheelbirks parlour, water, fruit and sweets
  • Camping, toilets, first aid cover.
  • Fully waymarked and marshalled route
  • Bespoke Eco memento for all participants
  • Prizes for the last man and woman still running
  • Race start at 12 noon on the dot, camping/parking available from Friday 15th at 4pm
  • This event is a “Silver Ticket” event which means the winner automatically gets a place on the national team.


The Parlour
Wheelbirks Farm
NE43 7HY
“The Cow shed Backyard Ultra” follows the exact same format as the famous “Big Dog's Backyard Ultra”.
The winner from this event automatically gets a spot on the national team. Win your national team event in the team championships and you’ll be offered a place at Big’s Backyard the following year.
In simple terms that means competitors must complete the 4.1-mile loop on the hour every hour until only 1 runner remains.

The bell will be sounded exactly on the hour and if you have failed to make the starting area before the bell rings, then you will be disqualified from the event and will become one of the many DNF’s!

There will be only 1 athlete who does not receive a DNF and they will be crowned the champ!

All competitors will receive an event memento , a voucher to spend at Wheelbiks parlour, hot and cold drinks, and sweets etc.

You will be able to set up camp for you and your support crew for the duration of the event. Should you decide to quit between the hours of 9pm and 9am you will need to remain on site so that traffic noise does not upset any neighbouring properties.

​You will need to get your pacing right, as go to fast and you are going to be hanging around at the start waiting to go again, but take it too easy and you may find yourself working harder than you need to, to make the time limit.

​The course is not flat and has approx. 500ft of elevation gain on each loop, saying that, it can easily be completed inside the 1-hour time limit. It is a mixture of farmland, single-track trail and woodland dirt tracks.

​​You must wear appropriate clothing for the weather, if the event team feel that you are not appropriately dressed you will not be allowed to continue. If you are tough enough to run all day and into the night, you’re going to need a headtorch and spare batteries.

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