Pitsford Water Trail Races
SUNDAY, 3RD MARCH 2024
Two brand new, fully marked, trail races for the Race Harborough calendar
10k and Half Marathon distances on the glorious trails and tracks surrounding Pitsford Water.
The half marathon route also visits the beautiful local villages of Holcot, Hannington, Walgrave, Old, and Scaldwell.
Starting and finishing at Brixworth Country Park, the 10k race provides the perfect introduction to trail running whilst the half marathon provides a decent challenge for those looking to go further or build their experience of trail running.
The routes enjoy the best of the Northamptonshire countryside as well as having some fantastic views.
Entries are now open on Let’s Do This, and are priced at £25 for the 10k and £30 for the half marathon.
Minimum age for entry on race day is 16 years old for the 10k and 17 years old for the half marathon.
The race cut off time is 4 hours for both races.
As the races use footpaths across farmland, running with dogs is not permitted.
Entries, and transfer of entries, will close 7-days before the event.
Registration will be open from 07:00 for participants to collect their race numbers, timing chips and pre-ordered race t-shirts.
The half marathon will start at 09:00.
The 10k will start at 09:15.
There is plenty of parking at Brixworth Country Park, but parking fees do apply: https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/brixworth-country-park/parking-brixworth-country-park
Both routes will be fully marked with arrow signs like the one below.
You can view the routes below and download the GPX files here:
Both routes leave Brixworth Country Park, heading across the dam towards Pitsford, then pick up the trails above Pitsford Water towards the village of Holcot.
The 10k route then heads downhill and over the causeway to join the track alongside Pitsford Water back to the finish at the country park.
The half marathon route heads through the village of Holcot and picks up the trails up to Hannington, across to Walgrave, Old, and Scaldwell, before dropping back down to join the track alongside Pitsford Water for the final mile.
Please note: there are stiles, between some of the fields, to negotiate on the routes.
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 at 3 water stations on the half marathon route (at miles 3 – Holcot, 6.5 – Walgrave & 9.5 – Scaldwell) and 1 water station, at mile 3 – Holcot, on the 10k route. Water will also be available at the finish.
Trail shoes are advisable if there has been rain in the lead up to race day, but if the ground is dry road shoes will suffice.
- Full charged mobile phone including the numbers of the Race Director and Race Medic
- Our races are cupless, so you will be required to bring your own cup
Whilst the above are the only mandatory items, you may also like to consider the following depending on the weather conditions on race day.
- Waterproof jacket
- Long sleeved base layer
- Hat and gloves
There will be prizes for top 3 male and female finishers in both races, and all finishers will receive a specially commissioned race medal.
The best place for your friends and families to support you is alongside the tracks at Pitsford Water. Whilst the half marathon route does run through a number of local villages, these villages are small and have very little parking (other than that for the villagers themselves) so we would ask that any support is limited to the tracks alongside Pitsford Water in order to maintain the support of the event from the local villages.
Short sleeved technical t-shirts (£16) 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 t-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 event 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.
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