“The Cow Shed Backyard Ultra” Saturday 16th April 2022

What does it cost.. £68 affiliated, £70 unaffiliated

  • £10 food voucher to be redeemed in Wheelbirks Parlour
  • 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 9am on the dot, camping/parking available form Friday 4th at 4pm
  • The winner of this event will be selected to take part in the UK Team, who will compete at the team world championships.


Wheelbirks Parlour

Wheelbirks Farm



NE43 7HY

“The Cow shed Backyard Ultra” follows the exact same format as the famous “Bigs Backyard Ultra”.

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 £10 food voucher, and access to fruit/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. 450ft 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.

Please note that the event may be subject to change should Covid restrictions dictate. We are hopeful that by June things may be almost back to normal and the event can go ahead following the format above, if not we will do our best to get an event on which still captures the Backyard Ultra theme. Should we find ourselves in the middle of another lockdown, you can have a refund.



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