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Irchester, NorthamptonshireCountry Park, Irchester, Wellingborough NN29 7UF, UK
Sun 24th January 2021
Starting at 11:00
Whether you're looking for a multi terrain fun run, to take your park run off road, to practice the run leg of your triathlon, for a serious race in some stunning surrounds, or if you like things a little more... well dirty! then the varied terrain of the Jurassic Irchester Country Park, in Northamptonshire, is ideal.
It doesn’t matter what ability level you are, as you have the choice of 5k, 10k, 15k or 20k runs. The course for all 4 distances is the same - the 5k runners complete 1 lap, 10k 2 laps, 15k 3 laps, 20k 4 laps.
Do it for charity
Commemorative medal to all competitors
Toilet facilities near the finish line.
Irchester Country Park, Gipsy Lane, Irchester, Northamptonshire NN29 7DL
How To Get There
Car - The Park can be accessed from the M1. Leave at J15 and follow the A45/A509. Follow the brown and white signs to Irchester Country Park. The main entrance is on Gypsy Lane (B570) off the A509 between Wellingborough and Woollaston.
Bus - A regular bus service stops opposite the Park's main entrance on the B570.
Train - The nearest train station is in Wellingborough, less than 3 miles away. From Wellingborough there is a half-hourly service to London St. Pancras and hourly services to Nottingham via Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough and Beeston, and to Corby via Kettering.
Bicycle - A designated cycle route is available from Wellingborough
There is parking in the Country Park but please try to car share wherever possible. Please allow adequate time to park. Parking is paid for, by card or cash at the machine, and a member of the ranger team will be collecting cash and issuing tickets to speed up the process. Please use the car parks as directed by the staff. You must display your ticket as the parking is controlled by council wardens and there is a big fine to be had for not displaying!
The run takes place within the confines of the Country Park, if you find yourself outside the Park boundaries then you have gone horribly wrong!
From the start you will run around to the right and, keeping left, take care when crossing the road, there will be marshals on the crossing point. Follow the track until it then bends to the right and straightens downhill towards your favourite part – the hill! At the top of the hill keep left, then turn left for your first loop. Along the straight path with the gulley to your right take the first left and continue to the marshal point where you will turn right. Go straight on into the woods (ignoring the right turn) and follow the path round to the right. Stay on the path with the gulley to your left, go past where you turned to the left on the out lap and turn right at the marshal point which takes you to the top of the hill. Bear left through the trees and out across the field and cross the road through the gaps in the wooden fencing. Keep left on the path, into the field where you started and stay to the left of the start line, loop round the fence at the top and keep left back towards the lap point, or finish depending on which race you have opted for. For the 5k race, head straight to the finish line, 10k, 15k or 20k you will be directed back onto the loop.
This Ride with GPS file will give you an indication of the route https://ridewithgps.com/routes...
Race Day Instructions
Race Numbers: You will collect your race number on the day from 8am from the registration area in the white marquee attached to the Quarryman’s Café. There will be specific lines according to your chosen distance. Please ensure that your race number is securely fastened to the front of your clothing (we have safety pins available) and is clearly visible – not folded or hidden under another layer of clothing! Please allow time for this, as we will also be dealing with entries on the day.
Timing: The race is manually timed. We aim to provide a reasonable recording of the time; it may not match your personal timing device or be accurate to 100th of a second! When crossing the finish line please ensure that your number is visible and that you enter the single file timing channel in the order in which you have crossed the line.
Race Timings: We will provide a short race briefing at approximately 09.50am at the start line The race is scheduled to start at 10:00am. All distances set off at the same time.
What kit do I need? Trail shoes! Keep your eye on the weather and dress accordingly, please bear in mind whilst you might feel a little chilly at the start you will warm up once you get going so don’t over dress.
Headphones: Please don’t wear headphones; it stops you being aware of your surroundings and others. Also be sociable and talk to and encourage your fellow competitors, if they are not wearing headphones they might reply to you!
Marshal Points: There are marshal points throughout the course for your safety, encouragement, and to keep you on the correct route. The course is also marked with signs to help. First Aid Marshals will be equipped with first aid kits in key areas. If you feel unwell, have an accident or injury, or spot a fellow competitor in trouble please inform a member of the event team immediately. In the case of a serious incident please dial 999.
Food and Drink: There will be a water station in the field to the left of the café with snacks (suitable for Vegans) if you need an energy boost. The Quarryman’s Rest Café will be open from 8am where hot drinks and food will be available to purchase before and after the race. Please support them as they open especially early for us.
Personal Effects: There will be 4 boxes in the registration area where you can leave additional clothing/small items etc. WE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE LARGE BAGS. These will be relocated to the finish line. This area is unsecured, so please ensure you do not leave any valuables in the boxes. Any items left will be at your own risk.
Other Park Users: We don’t have exclusive use of the country park for this event so please be aware of other park users. Be courteous and do not drop litter on the course.
Race Photography: We have a race day photographer on hand to capture you at your muddy best!