The Countdown

The Countdown is a testing event of endurance and pacing for solo entries only and is not for the faint hearted. It is an event format unique to Wimpole 24 and we are thrilled to bring it to the ultra family. Our current records for the course are:

14 laps for the female record

18 laps for the male record

The challenge of the full 100 miles remains incomplete … could that be you?

All of our Countdown runners will start at 12:01pm on Saturday 5th September. They will have a maximum of 59 minutes to complete the 4.17 mile lap and must be back by the o’clock. Runners will then have a minimum of 2 minutes enforced rest, before lap 2 starts at 13:02 and they will have a maximum of 58 minutes to complete their second lap.

The Countdown continues, with the running time decreasing and the rest time increasing by 1 minute per lap. This continues for 24 hours. Any competitor who fails to complete the lap by the o’ clock, is disqualified and unable to compete any further in the Countdown. They may however continue to run non-competitively if they wish, in the same manner as the Challenge runners, to see how far they can complete in 24 hours.

Sounds easy? After 24 hours in the Countdown you will have covered 100 miles!

Runners may choose to complete laps more quickly than the time allowed and have more rest, but they can only complete 1 lap per hour. There is a massed start for each lap, and as long as you qualify for that, by being back before the previous o’clock, your time is irrelevant. Our leader board will show fastest times throughout the event – purely to add to the tension, as these do not feed into the final results of the race.

Lap 24 will start at 11:24am on Sunday 6th September. This will be our final lap and the lap in which runners will cross the 100 mile marker.  If we have more than one runner still going, the first runner home will take the glory – it’s a straight forward sprint to the finish.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Fastest male runner
  • Fastest female runner

If no-one makes it as far as the 24th lap, the Countdown prizes will be awarded to the furthest male and female runners (with any tie-break determined by fastest time on the last lap).