The 2.88-mile loop at Hartshill Hayes Country Park (near Nuneaton) means your race can be just under 5k, or over 30 miles! You decide how many laps you're going to do on the day within the 6-hour time limit. If you're looking to cover a marathon distance you'll need to complete 9 laps (+a tiny one) and a half marathon will be 4 laps + a small one.
Beware this is a hilly course, the marathon is over 3000ft of climbing!! The forest should be awash with bluebells but the hills will be just as steep, and depending on the Winter, it may well be very muddy underfoot.
Bluebell Challenge 2021 Wednesday 9:00£23 BOOK
A race memento
Water and sports drinks at (roughly) the half way point
Appropriate hot or cold drinks at the end
Hartshill Hayes Country Park, nr Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 0TH
By Car: Hartshill Hayes Country Park is 10 minutes from Nuneaton and 20 minutes from Junction 3 of the M6. Use the post code CV10 0TH for Sat Navs.
By train: The closest train station is Nuneaton, with West Midlands Trains services to London Euston via Rugby and Milton Keynes Central, and to Crewe via Stafford.
Virgin Trains services from London Euston to Crewe, Chester, Holyhead, Liverpool Lime Street, Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly also call during peak hours.
CrossCountry operate trains to Birmingham New Street, and Leicester, one of which continues to Stansted Airport via Peterborough and Cambridge.
West Midlands Trains also provide an hourly service to Leamington Spa via Coventry.
You do have to pay to park (£2.50 at the time of writing). This money goes directly to the country parks, they are great spaces that do need money and this is their main revenue stream. That said, be a hero and car share, save money and the World!
In summary, it's hilly! Really hilly. That isn't to sound tough or macho - it's a numerical fact! Each lap has over 280ft of up... and down...! It's a great course, mainly through the mature woodland. There is a killer set of steps you get to run down and some stunning views across countryside at the start of each lap. This is a truly rewarding course and the blanket of bluebells (that should be there if nature plays ball!) will really add to the event. There is a very short section of tarmac (around 20m), followed by some compact trail, but the vast majority of the course is woodland trail. You can view photos from our previous events here (Longest Day Challenge) on our Flickr page.
Race Registration opens at 08:15
Race Briefing at 08:50
Race start at 09:00
We will have a small area under the gazebo where the aid station is, where you can leave a bag, but it is not 'secure' so it is left at your own risk entirely.
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