Foxton Hound Ultra
SATURDAY, 17TH AUGUST 2024
Providing a challenge for seasoned ultra runners & a great stepping stone for those looking to go further
The 100k & 50k Foxton Hound Ultras take runners on a journey through the beautiful countryside and villages that surround Market Harborough as they traverse the Harborough Round long distance footpath through Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
Both races offer a challenge for seasoned ultra runners, as well as providing great stepping stones for those looking to go beyond marathon distance, 50k, or 50 miles, towards longer distances in the future.
The routes have some fantastic views, as well as places of historical and cultural interest, including Houghton on the Hill, West Haddon, Coton and Stoke Albany as well as visiting Foxton Locks, the Naseby Battle Field, and passing through the Kelmarsh Tunnel on the Brampton Valley Way.
Entries are now open on Let’s Do This, and are priced at £75 for the 100k and £50 for the 50k. Runners who are members of a club affiliated to UK Athletics receive a £2 discount.
Minimum age for entry is 20 years old on race day only.
The race cut-off time is 17 hours for the 100k, and there will be progressive cut-off times from Checkpoint 3 onwards. Details on the location of Checkpoints and cut-off times can be viewed/downloaded here.
Pacers are permitted on the 100k route from Checkpoint 5 (Stenning Hall, Hallaton – 66.1k/41.1m).
Please note: No crew/supporters are allowed under any circumstances at Checkpoint 1.
The race cut-off time for the 50k is 9 hours at the Finish; there are no Checkpoint cut-offs.
Entries, and transfer of entries, will close 7-days before the event.
Registration will be open from 05:45.
The 100k race will start at 07:00. The 50k race will start at 08:00.
Race HQ, the start and finish, will be at Marston Lodge, Clipston Road, Marston Trussell, Market Harborough, LE169TT
There is plenty of parking at the Race HQ on hard standing.
Both routes enjoy some decent elevation, but there’s some lovely downhills as well to compensate! You can view the routes below and download the GPX files here:
(use the ‘More’ button, then ‘Export as FIle’ to download the GPX Track file).
The routes intersect with, and/or uses parts of, the following long-distance footpaths: The Jurassic Way, The Leicestershire Round, The Macmillan Way, The Midshires Way, The Richard the Third Trail, and The Uppingham Round.
Ultimately, the routes rely on self-navigation, but we will be marking some of the more ‘tricky’ sections with tape and arrows the day before the race, as well as sections where footpaths come on and off of the road. There is always a chance of the tape/arrows being removed/tampered with, so do not rely solely on the course markings to get you round.
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 will also be on-course to provide hydration and nutrition at 7 checkpoints/aid stations around the course (the 50k route includes the first 3 checkpoints/aid stations). Hot food and drinks will be available at Checkpoint 5 (Hallaton).
Trail shoes are advisable as there will be a mix of terrain throughout. In terms of mandatory kit, the following must be carried:
- Full charged mobile phone including the numbers of the Race Director and Race Medic
- Water bottle/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre
- Survival blanket
- Head torch (with spare batteries) – essential for passing through the Kelmarsh Tunnel
- Waterproof jacket
- Long sleeved base layer or fleece top
- Our races are cupless, so you will be required to bring your own cup
- Reflective top/bands (100k only)
- Hat and gloves (100k only)
There will be prizes for top 3 male and female finishers in both races, and all finishers will receive a specially commissioned event medal.
Short sleeved technical t-shirts (£16), hoodies (£25) and trucker caps (£15) are all available to purchase via Let’s Do This. These can be pre-ordered up to 3 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 Let’s Do This will charge an additional card handling fee.
Free race photos!
As with all Race Harborough events – you don’t pay for your race pics! Free digital downloads of your race are available to download soon after the race finishes and we’ll announce their availability on our Facebook page.
For 2024, the main focus of our charity support will continue to be the Jubilee Foodbank, Market Harborough, and the Weston Favell Centre Foodbank, Northampton. Everyone who enters a Race Harborough event in 2024 will be given the opportunity to make a donation to support these good causes and, we hope, our event community will rise to the challenge and help make a difference to those that need it most.
Full details of our route recces will be released on our Facebook and Instagram accounts closer to the time and also detailed from within our monthly newsletter (sign up form at the bottom of the homepage).
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