The 3.7 mile off-road loop means your race can be just over 5k or even over 50k and anywhere in between. 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 8 laps and a half marathon will be 4 laps. The course isn't flat but there aren't steep inclines. Each lap has around 160ft of elevation, making the marathon distance 1280ft of elevation.
You do have to pay to park (£3.00 at the time of writing). This money goes directly to the Forestry Commission, it's a great space that needs money and this is their main revenue stream. That said, be a hero and car share, save money and the world!
The course is on the tracks pathways on "the other side" at Hicks Lodge. If you aren't familiar with Hicks Lodge you can get a good idea from the pictures below. We would suggest running road or trail shoes would be suitable. Running in "racers" probably isn't wise though as there may be the occasional big stone on the pathway that wouldn't be much fun on ultra thin soles. Given the nature of the track there wont be muddy sections. In really bad weather there may be puddles but generally there is good drainage throughout.
It's obviously good for the environment to reduce plastic use and general waste. Yes, you wont break a world record having to stop to fill a bottle of water or carry a hydration pack but over a marathon distance it would probably add less than a minute to your time. We will have water, isotonic drinks, tea and coffee and real Coca Cola for you, but to be clear - we won't supply disposable cups for drinks. If you'd like to purchase a foldable cup you can when you purchase your ticket, from our merchandise store or on the day at the event.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. Hicks Lodge is a Forestry Commission site with a cafe, toilets, play area and mountain bike routes and is well sign posted. Use the postcode LE65 2UP for sat navs. It's 10 minutes from Junction 12 of the A42. The closest train station is Burton-on-Trent
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