Event date: 18th April 2021
It feels like the dark clouds of 2020 are slowly starting to lift. With that in mind, we’ve decided now is the right time to launch a brand new event. Tunnel Vision fans already know the delights of running on the traffic-free Brampton Valley Way. How many of you, have ever run the whole length (14 miles or 22.5km) and back? It’s a super flat route with a constantly changing feel as the route cuts through the heart of rural Northamptonshire. The surface is suitable for road or trail shoes as it is hard packed track with only the occasional puddle (and a baby ford).
At 28 miles or 45km, the distance is a little over a marathon thus officially making it an ultra run. The terrain and distance however, make it a good stepping stone for people considering looking at longer distances in the future.
Although the distance will be a challenge for most runners, that isn’t the battle to which we refer. You have the choice from which end you wish to start. There will be 100 places available from each end. This decision will nail your colours to the mast as representing either Market Harborough/Leicestershire or Northampton/shire. Then battle will commence. There will be the usual prizes for top 3 and age categories (10 year groups) for all runners irrespective of which end you start from. There will be a timing mat at both ends so you’ll also get a halfway split time. The main contest however is the battle between Harborough and Northampton/shire. Using a carefully constructed mathematical model, we will compare times of runners throughout the fields of both sides to find out who performed the best. More details about the the scoring system will be released nearer the time. Your finishers medal has been designed so that it can be changed to reflect whether your chosen side was successful in the overall challenge. The proof will be available to see nearer the time. Minimum age of 18 years old on race day only. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for canicross racing as the track is narrow in places and runners will be frequently passing each other in opposite directions. Runners will be asked to keep left at all times. If you think that it might take you more than 6 hours, then please get in touch before entering.
The elevation gain is a relatively modest 280m. Irrespective of which end you start from, you will still cover the same 2 x 14 mile stretches but in different orders. Links to the route and GPX files are below.
On course support
As with all Race Harborough events, there will be professional first aid on hand at the start and finish with the ability to access runners on the course. Race Harborough volunteers and trained traffic management operatives will be at each road crossing. Most of these are minor roads. The crossing at the A508 is much busier and runners will be required to stop here. There will be feed stations every 4.5 miles (two mid-course and and one at each end, 4 in total). You will be required to bring your own cup or hydration vest. You will need a head torch or small handheld torch as you will pass through two very dark tunnels. One is 294m long and the other 422m. The surface in the tunnels is a bit sketchy with quite a few ruts and puddles.
Entries will open on Monday 30th November 2020. There will be an early bird price of £20 for 1 week. Normal entry will be £25. All finishers will receive a specially commissioned event medal. Short sleeved technical tee shirts will be available to buy priced at £7.50. These can be pre-ordered up to 2 weeks before the event. If you decide to log back in to amend your order (to order a tee shirt, not to edit details), then Rider HQ will charge an additional card handling fee. It is looking likely that the event will be able to go ahead (even with some COVID safe adaptations) but if we have to cancel due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will honour a full refund for all runners.
Depending on your chosen start end, the parking below is available. The start will be signed from each car park.
Boughton Car Park, Brampton Lane, Northampton, NN68BD
Market Harborough Leisure Centre, Northampton Road, Market Harborough, LE169HL
We know that this distance is a huge challenge to many runners. To support you, here is a free 15 week training plan starting on w/c 4th Jan 2020. If you are running 3 or 4 times a week and are currently able to run 6-10 miles for your long run, then this could provide the perfect focus for the start of 2021.
More details to follow including details of our charity partner and sponsors.