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Rose of the Shires Ultra

Northampton, Northamptonshire

Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road, Brixworth, Northampton NN6 9DG,

Sat 9th April 2022

Starting at 08:00

1 race


Organiser's Description

The Rose of the Shires Ultra is back!

The third edition of this picturesque, single loop, circular race, in a fantastic central location, takes in the beauty of Northamptonshire's countryside - two country parks, Salcey Forest, the Grand Union Canal and 21 pretty villages and towns, as it follows parts of the Nene Way, the Midshires Way and the Northampton Round.


  • Rose of the Shires Ultra 54




  • Rose of the Shires Ultra 54



How to Get There

For anyone wanting to stay overnight locally either before or after the event there is Airbnb or Northampton offers a wealth of hotels to suit all budgets
Arrival by car – If you are planning to drive then there is parking at the County Park, we have permission to extend parking time beyond the maximum of 12 hours. Parking charges can be found here. Please allow adequate time to park and register.


The lower meadow car park has been allocated for parking. The current parking rates can be found here, so please bring sufficient change.


Brixworth Country Park
Northampton Rd, Brixworth, Northampton NN6 9DG

Course Details

54 miles of beautiful Northamptonshire country trails, roads and towpath. The route is approximately 72% trail and 28% on road.

The Race start and finish is hosted by the Brixworth Country Park with plenty of room for parking, and only 20 minutes drive from the M1 Motorway.
The race is a single loop making for easy planning and logistics. The route takes in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside with two country parks, Salcey Forest, the Grand Union Canal and 21 pretty villages and towns following parts of the Nene Way, the Midshires Way and the Northampton Round.
There are 6 checkpoints at 6 to 8 mile intervals with support from the local running community.

We are proud to be a qualifying race for Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc with 3 Endurance points awarded by ITRA


  • Age limit

    Due to the strenuous physical demands of running 54 miles in one day Rose of the Shires is restricted to competitors over 18 years of age only.

  • Cut off

    The cut off time for the race is 13 hours. We have progressive cut off times from Checkpoint 3 onwards, details can be found on the Checkpoint information sheet.

checkpoints and stations

There are 6 check points, each will have water, and a selection of supplementary energy gels, and snacks, (currently we are not permitted to have loose food due to COVID19). A drink will be available for all athletes at the finish. Each checkpoint is manned by a local running club competing for the best themed checkpoint trophy so you will be asked to vote for your favourite check point at the finish! Details of the locations can be found here

View full details here


Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Competitors. All finishers will receive a medal and T-shirt.

registration and start time

Registration is open from 6.45 am where you will collect your race number and map book. You will need to confirm your mobile phone number and be subjected to random kit checks. The race will start at 8am.

baggage transfer

As the event is a loop then most competitors will have their kit in their cars. For everyone else we will store your bag at the finish, so you have warm, dry clothes waiting for you . Your bag should be no larger than a UK airport carry-on bag size (56 x 45 x 25 cm).


Stay on track during the Rose of the Shires Ultra. The Geo Tracks GPS Tracker is lightweight and easily fits in a small pocket in your rucksack. Let family and friends track your progress in real-time and use the Geo Tracks app combined with the tracker as an accurate tool for navigation during the event. The GPS Tracking units upload their position every 10 seconds to the live view tracking map and are accurate to 5 metres. Batteries last for 70 hours . Pre-order your GPS tracker and collect at the event registration and drop off at the finish.

To find out more and book your tracker please visit the website here


Trail shoes are advised. There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions. It is essential to carry the items below. There will be random kit checks prior to the race . Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times.
Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Director and Assistant Race Director (shown on your map book given at registration)
Map Book (provided)
Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
Waterproof Jacket
Headtorch or Body Torch
Spare batteries
Hat and Gloves
Long sleeved base layer or fleece top


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