Polar Bear Challenge
This is a 6 hour challenge running event at Ryton Pools Country Park, near Coventry. The 3.3 mile out and back loop means your race can be just over 5k or, given the relatively flat nature of the course, potentially 50+ miles! You decide how many laps you are going to do on the day within the 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.
3.3 mile laps
Event specific finishers medal (a nice one too!)
A fully stocked aid station on each lap. Think kids' picnic rather than water station!
Ryton Pools Country Park, nr Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 3BG
By car: Ryton Pools Country Park is 15 minutes South of Coventry and 15 minutes from Junction 16 of the M1. Use the post code CV8 3BG for Sat Navs.
By train: The closest train stations are Rugby and Coventry. Rugby has off peak services to London and Birmingham New Street and morning peak and evening peak services to/from Glasgow, Manchester, Chester, Liverpool, Blackpool, Preston, Carlisle, Wolverhampton, Crewe and Lancaster.
Coventry has regular services between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. Other services extend to/from Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Preston, Glasgow and Edinburgh Waverley, Manchester, Oxford and Bournemouth. Local services also operate between Coventry-Nuneaton, Northampton and Leamington Spa.
You do have to pay to park (£3 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 theWorld!
It's a relatively flat course with a few little rises that you might not notice much on the first lap, but you might do at the end of 6 hours! Underfoot is crushed stone with a very small section of single track, and a few areas that are a little looser than others. It is a very runnable course.
Race Registration opens at 08:15
Race Briefing at 08:50
Race start at 09:00
Your last lap needs to be started at 14:59:59 at the latest. This means you could do 1 lap and be done by 09:15 or you could try and do 15+ laps and run 40+ miles! It's completely up to you. You might just want to run for 3 hours, whatever you want to do is your decision.
Only complete laps will count towards your official time/distance, no half laps. Once you're out of the race you're out of the race, you can't run one lap, go home have a cup of tea and then come back and run some more! Once you have the medal around your neck you are signed out and finished.
We will usually add a “mini-lap” to help people complete marathon distance if needs be.
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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