St Peter's Way Ultra

8am Sunday February 25th 2018 - Entries open

The St Peter’s Way is a 45 mile footpath meandering through the countryside of Essex, from Chipping Ongar to the ancient chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall at Bradwell on Sea.


The entry fee is £50 (£52 for non running club or TRA members). No entries on the day.

Early bird discounts:

Before April 1st only £30/32

Before June 1st only £40/42

After then its full price.


To register for the St Peter's Way Ultra, please click the following link.

(Note: there will be a small admin charge for transaction fees.)

Before registering, please read all of the race information on this page.

Click here to register

Route description

Start location: Start at the ancient remains of Ongar castle behind the Ongar Library car park
Registration location: The Pleasance, High Street, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9AB

Finish location: The Chapel of St Peter on the wall, East End Road, Bradwell on Sea, Essex


This is a great race, though it is tough due to the uneven underfoot conditions with the possibility of lots of muddy tracks. We think it is one of the muddiest running races in Britain if it rains!


The course, approximately 45 miles on  trails, consists mostly footpaths and bridleways with some road/pavement sections through villages.


This is a very scenic route steeped in history, dating back to 653AD.


The route is waymarked but this race will require navigation too by following the map or the written route description provided to ensure you don't miss any markers or stray too far from route.


All runners will get a written route description and map for each leg as they progress along the route. The route is regularly way marked with St Peter's Way markers.


To view an Essex leaflet detailing the history and description of the areas and villages the route will travel through, please click here.

Race schedule

Registration and Kit Check

07:00 - 07:45 registration. Numbers and maps will collected at registration.


Start Time

8am sharp. (There are plenty of places to stay in nearby towns the night before.)



7.9 miles cut off time 2hrs 30mins (10:30am)
15.8 miles cut off time 4hours 45mins (12:45pm)
25.4 miles cut off time 7hours 30mins (15:30)
34.9 miles cut off time 10hours 30mins (18:30)
Finish cut off time 13 hours (21:00)

Checkpoints and Navigation

To view a list of all checkpoints, maps and GPX files, please visit the Checkpoints & Navigation page.

Compulsory kit list

We insist that all runners carry a minimum amount of kit. This is for your safety.

Compulsory items (in addition to whatever you are wearing at the start):


  • Ability to carry 1ltr of fluids in bottles or a bladder.
  • Spare food (minimum of a large choccy bar or 4 gels)
  • Waterproof jacket (not just windproof - must have taped seams. If you are not sure please ask first.)
  • Warm kit in case of poor weather - Spare long sleeve base layer carried with you in your pack (in addition to anything you are wearing to start the race.)
  • Headtorch with a Minimum 100 lumens (even if you think you will finish in daylight).
  • All runners must carry a charged mobile phone and provide us with the number on the entry form or registration for emergency communication.
  • Please be aware that kit can and will be be checked at any point before, during or at the finish of the race.
  • If you are found to be missing any of the above items, then the race director reserves the right to add time penalties or even disqualify a runner - even at the finish.

Kit is carried for your safety and it is fair to all if everyone is required to carry the same kit for all of the race.


We would also recommend that you carry base layer trousers and waterproof trousers. Remember: it is British winter and could be cold and wet or even snowy.


Entry list


To view the list of entrants, click on the entry link above and then click on "confirmation List"




This event costs 6 Volunteer Points to enter.


Without the small army of volunteers who help out at our races we would not be as successful at putting on great events. We really appreciate our volunteers; to read about the rewards of volunteering at Challenge Running events, and to view which tasks we still need help with, please click here to view the St Peter's Way volunteering page.


Qualifying Criteria


Anyone entering this event should have completed at least one marathon distance race previously and be able to evidence this when entering. To give yourself a realistic chance of completing this event you should be able to demonstrate completing a marathon in 6 hours or less - or have previous ultra experience. 




There are plenty of places to stay in nearby areas the night before.




Pacers are not allowed.

Runners can only be accompanied on the course by other runners in the race. We don't mind you jogging the last few metres into a checkpoint or running the  first few metres out of a checkpoint, but you cannot run with anyone - this may result in disqualification at the finish. Yes, we know it's a public footpath, but you cannot have unfair support and assistance.

If supporter ar following you through the race thats great but please remember they are supporters and can not hand you spare kit or extra supplies above what you are carrying or can get at the checkpoints, its not fair to others who can't access this support.

Checkpoints will report this and you may be disqualified or have a penalty applied.


Changing and drop bags


There are no facilities at the start or finish apart from a space to change at the end of the race in the Chapel. Please hand in a drop bag of clean/dry clothes to change into to after the race so you do not get cold whilst waiting for your lift or transport back to the start.


There are no toilet facilities at the finish. We have been given permission to shelter in the chapel after the race until you are picked up.


Checkpoint food


All checkpoints will have water, squash, coke and basic food such as fruit, cake, biscuits, sweets, snacks and anything I find on offer in Tesco on the day.




There is transport available on 3 shuttle buses from the finish back to the start car park that will leave at the following times during the race. 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

It will cost an extra £15 on top of your entry fee.


Please tick the box on the entry form if you require a lift back to the start so we can ensure adequate transport is provided. If you do not let us know that you need transport, we will not be responsible for your transport at the finish as we will look after those that have booked transport first.




At the start there is a free car park where vehicles can be left for the day. If that car park is full then there are local car parks. Most do not charge for Sunday but please check signs before parking.


At the finish there is a car park a five minute walk away from via a track which leads to the chapel.




There will be first aid qualified people working at the race, but for any emergency care please dial 999 then call the race director on 07809330900.


Refund Policy


We understand that sometimes training does not go to plan or you pick up an injury, so we have as fair a refund policy as possible.

Up to 6 weeks before the date of the race, you may transfer to another runner or have a refund of 60% of your entry fee. We no longer defer entries to future years.


Closer than 6 weeks before the date of the race, we are unable to make any changes. This is because we have alread made the T-Shirt orders and confirmed other numbers and plans for the event so we are unable to recoup our costs.


Please read and respect this policy.


Cut off times


The cut off time for the race is 13 hours overall. There are also individual cut offs at each checkpoint to ensure runners are not too spread out and no-one is out too long after dark. To view all cut off times, view the route & navigation page.

Race rules

We know rules can be boring but they are here for your safety and our permit to run the race depends on us running the race within the rules.
The race is run under UK Athletics rules which can be downloaded here.

Below are our own race rules in addition to the UKA rules:


No MP3 players etc. to be worn on road sections during the race for safety reason. If you wear one and can not hear marshals or traffic, this is your responsibility. There are many other users on the footpaths such as cyclists, walkers and other runners. Please ensure you can hear them and allow them to pass.

Please do not cut down your number. Display it on your front at all time - this is a UKA rule also.

Please obey all instructions by marshals and checkpoint staff as they only have your safety in mind.

Please do not leave litter on the route and hand rubbish in to checkpoints as our permit may be at risk if any litter is found on the course.

If you drop out for any reason you must tell a marshal or phone the race director as we don't want to be looking for you at the end of the race. After dropping out, if you can organise your own transport then please do so. If not, we will come and get you when we can but you may have a long wait if we are transporting others at the time.

If you break any UKA or race rules then any decision by the race director is final.

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