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Northants Shires & Spires Event
This event is based in the village of Naseby and offers four distances - 10k, half and full marathon, and ultra. This year we are back to running in an anti-clockwise direction.
The Ultra run follows a very scenic 35 mile loop taking in some of the most interesting country houses and historical sites in England, including Naseby, which is famous for the battle in 1645, Holdenby, Althorp, Cottesbrooke, evidently the house Jane Austen used as the basis for Mansfield Park, as well as some stunning countryside. History and running in a perfect setting.
The 10k, half and full marathon all take in some of the Ultra route, and of course amazing country houses and stunning countryside.
Medal and T Shirt for all competitors.
Checkpoints with water and a selection of energy gels, sweets and cake, plus savouries at CP3 with vegetarian and vegan options.
Tea, coffee and cake is available for all athletes at the finish.
Northants Ultra Team trophy for the first team of 5 runners (including at least 1 female runner) to complete the full ultra distance. The team trophy is calculated on the cumulative time for the 5 scoring runners.
Naseby Village Hall, Newlands, Naseby, Northampton NN6 6DE
Naseby is situated with easy access from the A14, M1 and M6, and conveniently placed midway between Northampton and Market Harborough.
The Hall is easy to find, on the eastern edge of the village, at the junction of Haselbech Road and Clipston Road.
There is free parking at the village hall, lots of it!
Registration for all events: From 7am
Start time for all events: 8.30am
Age Limits: Ultra & Marathon - over 18 years.
Half Marathon - over 17 years.
10k - over 16 years.
Cut off: Ultra & Marathon: 9 hours.
Half Marathon: 4 hours
10k: no time limit
Checkpoints will progressively close and no runners will be allowed to leave after the checkpoint has closed
The route followed is circular in nature, taking in Northamptonshire’s rolling countryside, stately homes and picturesque villages. The terrain is mixed so please take care. There are no closed roads or sole use areas so please be aware of other people at all times. When running on road sections please use the footpath where accessible or run facing oncoming traffic. Please take care when crossing the road, there are two main road crossings which are unavoidable for the ultra, marathon and half-marathon runners: A428 (29 miles/20.1 miles); A5199 (12.6 miles+32.2 miles/6.2 miles+24.3 miles/5.9 miles+11.1 miles) It is your personal responsibility to cross safely – it is a long race so waiting for a minute or two to cross will not make a major difference.
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