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Wooler Trail Marathon

Wooler Trail Marathon is set in the heart of Northumberland National Park and includes many splendid uninterrupted views to the far horizon and many undulations along the way. The race starts in Wooler before heading towards some of the best views in the country, if not the world. The race is split across two days so why not come up for the whole weekend. The Sunday after the race is party night in Wooler! See travel page for further details.

This is a challenging Trail Marathon with just over 6000 feet of ascent, but the views available are well worth the effort. The half marathon route also offer a challenging run with some of the same great views. All the routes will be marked with tape and signs.


The race opens for entries on 01st December 2019. There will be 300 places available for the race. The entry fee is £40/£42 for the marathon.

Cut Offs

The race must be completed within 9.5 hours. There are additional cut off times for the checkpoints. Please see the checkpoints below for further information.

Route and Course Markings

The course will be marked with signs and flags, marshals will also be on hand at key points in the race. Please remember that navigating the course is your responsibility. The course is virtually all of road, but at the time of year the race is held. Conditions can vary from boggy, frozen and snow. Sometimes you may even get all three.

First Aid

All of the check points have basic first aid facilities. If you suffer an injury or accident that warrants direct medical attention and you are not able to get to an aid station, then please try to phone one of the race directors(07734309500 or 07984307900). If you have no phone contact, ask any runners that pass you to relay the message.

We do provide first aid personnel, with a mobile ambulance on the route and staff at the start/finish. If you are injured but able to walk, please make your way to the nearest check point. If you suffer a severe injury, encounter someone in serious difficulty or are in any doubt at all please call 999. If you are on/beside a driveable tarmac road then please ask for the Ambulance service. If you are not by a drivable road then please request the Police and request Mountain Rescue.

Alnwick Infirmary, Infirmary Drive, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2NS. 0344 811 8111


All entrants get their race t-shirt, if they enter at least two weeks before the race. All finishers get a race medal.

There are also male and female prizes for the categories shown below.

Senior 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 plus
First Three First finisher First finisher First finisher First finisher

Wooler Trail Marathon - Schedule

  • SAT 20/11/2021 - 06:30 - 08:15Wooler Auction Mart

    Race Registration.

    Collect race number.

  • SAT 20/11/2021 - N/AStart Area

    No Race Briefing. An online race briefing will be shared before the race.
  • SAT 20/11/2021 - 07:00 - 08:30Start Area

    Race Start.
  • SAT 20/11/2021 - N/AWooler YHA

    Presentations will be posted to winners after the race.
  • SAT 20/11/2021 - 17:30Wooler YHA

    Race cut off.

Mandatory Kit

  1. Hand santiser
  2. Face covering
  3. Whistle
  4. Head torch
  5. Survival bag
  6. Compass
  7. Maps
    1. OS Explorer OL16 Recommended
    2. Or Download and print this map
  8. Hat and gloves
  9. Waterproof jacket
  10. Waterproof trousers
  11. Full length leggings
  12. Long sleeve thermal top
  13. Minimum of 500ml water
  14. Emergency food/sport bar
  15. Personal cup
  16. Mobile phone number of the race directors +447734309500 (Tim) +447984307900 (Garry)
  17. Fully charged phone

Main Rules

  1. All competitors must be running under their own names and numbers. No swapping of numbers or running in another’s place will be accepted. If you are found to be running in another’s place you will be disqualified.
  2. You must log your number with race marshals at each check point. It is your responsibility to make sure the marshal takes your number.
  3. Any competitor who is deemed unfit to continue by the race directors, marshals or medics will be withdrawn from race. The decision will be FINAL.
  4. Runners must carry all mandatory equipment at all times during the race unless stated otherwise at Race Briefing by the Race Director. If found to be not carrying the required kit at any time, you will be disqualified.
  5. If you decide to retire from the race you must notify a marshal. You must surrender your race number and you will not be allowed to continue.
  6. Unsporting behaviour (cheating) will not be tolerated and result in immediate disqualification. This includes but not limited to, not carrying mandatory kit at all times, taking short cuts, use of PEDs.
  7. We strongly advise against the using of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs i.e Ibuprofen) during the events, as they are proven to cause harm during endurance events. Doing so against this advice is strictly at the competitor’s risk.
  8. All runners take full responsibility for their own navigation during the event.
  9. You must have your bib number visible at all times or easily accessible to show the Check Point team.
  10. If you do not leave an aid station before the cut off time you will not be allowed to continue for safety, cut-off times will be strictly enforced. If you get to the finish line after the final cut off you will unfortunately not be listed as an official finisher and will not be eligible for awards.
  11. Littering will result in immediate disqualification. We must respect the trails at all times. Some of our events take place in SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), and securing permission to host events in these areas is very difficult. If you litter you not only jeopardise the events future, but more importantly you jeopardise the area.
  12. Dogs are NOT allowed to take part in the event. They present a trip hazard to other runners and a risk of upsetting livestock of local land owners.
  13. Headphones are not permitted at the race.
  14. You do not have a right of way priority over any other users of the course, you must respect other users of the course throughout the duration of the event.
  15. The race has an ARC permit number and will be held under ARC rules. We recommend that you make yourself familiar with ARC rules specific to Trail running: http://www.runningclubs.org.uk/rules

Race Registration/HQ

Wooler Youth Hostel,

30 Cheviot Street,



NE71 6LW

Map for Wooler YHA


Wooler Auction Mart,

Berwick Road,



NE71 6SL

Map for Wooler Auction Mart
Male Category Year Time
Hugh Watkin M 2017 04:08:29
Iain Twaddle M40 2018 04:09:47
Stewart Whitlie M50 2018 04:29:56
James Purves M60 2017 05:55:51
Frank Birch M70 2018 08:46:18
Female Category Year Time
Sarah O'Niel F 2017 04:48:08
Lucy Colquhoun F40 2016 04:59:37
Michelle Hetherington F50 2018 05:17:17
Shelagh King F60 2018 08:46:21

Please click on the links to see the checkpoint on a map view. Checkpoints 1,4 and 5 carry as a minimum of water, coke, sweet snacks and fruit. Checkpoint 2 has very limited water and food for emergencies only. Checkpoint 3 has not provisions. Hot drinks are available at Wooler YHA.

CP Name Mile Toilet Cut off Grid reference
0 Start: Wooler YHA 0.0 08:00 NT988278
1 CP 1 - Cheviot Base Camp 5.9 09:58 NT951223
2 CP 2 - Refuge Hut 11.5 11:56 NT877201
3 CP 3 - Border Self Clip 17 13:34 NT853273
4 CP4 - Hethpool 18.5 14:13 NT873284
5 CP 5 - Yeavering Bell 21.9 15:13 NT916291
6 Finish: Wooler YHA 28.0 17:30 NT988278
Download GPX File Download KML File Detailed Route & Elevation Route Map