Ultramarathon Donation to the Mendip Hills Fund

Monday 21st November 2016

Ultramarathon Donation to the Mendip Hills Fund

Runners of this years Butcombe Trail Ultramarathon donate over £500 to the Mendip Hills Fund that helps the environment and communities across this special area.

The Butcombe Trail Ultramarathon is 48 miles of tracks and paths that link all the Butcombe pubs around Mendip.

The Butcombe Trail is a 48.7 mile route around six pubs in the Mendip Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The route links all the Butcombe Brewery pubs in the area and is mostly off road and takes in some beautiful running country and fantastic views as it criss-crosses the Mendips. It was devised as a walking trail many years ago and was first run as a single-day ultra marathon in 2016. The usual marathon distance is 26 miles so this is for the fittest of runners. The winning time was 7 hours and 51 minutes.The 2017 race will be on Saturday 2 September.

Neil Armstrong from Butcombe Brewery said, ‘The Mendips have always held a special place in our heart, not only because of the Mendip Trail linking our pubs, but also our beer is made using water filtered through the Mendips, and we have a whole host of very loyal customers and consumers right across the Mendips. You might not catch me running 49 miles, but hats off to those who do, and it’s great we can put something back to such a great AONB.’

Antony Clark and Matt Milkins race directors from the Town and Country Harriers presented the cheque to Andy Mallender from the Mendip Hills AONB Unit who coordinate the fund. Andy said, ‘This is a really generous donation and very timely. The fund has just given £6000 to local projects so we can start to plan for the next round of applications. Funds are raised from businesses, residents and visitors who wish to give something back to this very special part of the countryside. Grants go to helping to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, and benefit local communities.’

For entry to the 2017 Ultramarathon visit Butcombe Trail Ultra