Ten Challenges, Ten Days
In August 2019 we'll be having our Summer 10 Challenges in 10 Days event. This will be somewhat different in character from our Winter "Coastal" series as it'll all be out of the same venue, on the same route, so will be as logistically straightforward as possible.
We're holding it over two weekends and the Bank Holiday Monday and in the summer school holidays so those who are limited on holiday can take part as only requires 5 days of vacation time and likewise those involved in the education world can also take part.
There are three hotels within walking distance and a brand new Travelodge within crawling distance! So things should be as simple as possible, aside from the running of course, and that is up to you! Each day will be a six hour challenge event, you can enter one day, two days, any number of days up to and including all ten! What distance you run each day is totally up to you...
We're deliberately holding the event on a 3.28 mile loop to keep options for runners as wide as possible, two loops are just over a 10k, four loops are 13.1 miles for a half marathon, eight loops are 26.2 miles for a marathon and 9 loops a short ultra.
We're making these events a little lower cost than usual, again to try to make them accessible as possible. We'll just do this though through having slightly smaller, simpler medals, by SVN standards, by the rest fo the world standards they'll still be super nice! Ten days, ten colours, one a day! Usual standard of SVN goody bags, usual standard of SVN aid station, welcome, support and friendliness!
Please explore the races and consider joining us for one or all of them!
Cyclopark - 3.28 Mile Loop
Mostly on wide tarmac bike paths and grassy paths and is fairly flat (well that's my flat, so about 800' climb for a marathon type distance, 100' per lap) and is mostly on wide tarmac bike paths and grassy paths.
The loop is 3.28 miles long, eight laps will make up the marathon distance. The events will be six hour challenge events. You only need to complete one lap to be a finisher. Four laps will be a Half Marathon, Five laps for a Heavy Half, Eight Laps for a Full Marathon, Nine Laps for an Ultra Marathon, there will be short loops for a 27.2 mile mini-Ultra and a 50k Ultra.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I get?
You each event will receive
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one.
2) A goody bag at the finish, which has goodies in, not a bunch of adverts. There will be nothing healthy in our goody bags, things they contain for example, chocolate, crisps...
3) A well stocked base camp/aid stations with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for during and post race replenishment, including the legendary Rachel's Rocky Road!
Where do I park? How do I get there?
Please refer to our Cyclopark information page.
When do I get my race number?
You'll pick this up on race day morning from the race base camp. If you're taking part in more than one day then please keep your number to use on other days.
Are there time limits?
You have six hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the time limit and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 6 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 6:00 hours from the final cut off. Any runner completing 26.2 miles will have completed marathon distance and will count as a marathon finish for the purposes of the 100 Marathon Club, if you complete over 26.2 miles then you've completed an ultra.
As long as you finish one lap of a challenge event then you'll receive an official finish time, medal and goody bag. With timed events there are no DNFs as long as you complete one loop.
Do you have secure baggage facilities
No. But you're free to leave bags at the start/finish. There will always be someone around but we can't guarantee their security, in the event of rain we can't guarantee things won't get wet.
Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Road shoes, its 95% or so on decent surfaces.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using a network of local footpaths and trails and is shared with ramblers, dogwalkers, horseriders and cyclists. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land. Please don't litter, we'll have a bin at the base camp and there are bins at various places along the routes.
What on course facilities do you provide?
Water, squash, nibbles, starter, timekeeper and encouragement every lap! Base station will be well stocked for all runners.
Can I leave personal drinks at the drinks station?
Yes, you may want to label it and we will not be responsible for folks drinking the wrong drinks!
Can I use an ipod or mp3 player on the course?
Yes. Though please be aware that you are running on public footpaths with the general public so make sure that you pay attention to farm vehicles, cyclists, people, dogs, horseriders, wildlife and so on. On a couple of the routes there are road crossings to be aware of too although there is no actual running along roads involved.
The entry fee is a little more than normal – why is that?
We are holding this event by kind permission of the Cyclopark Trust. We are paying a fee/donation for use of the facilities over the ten days. Cyclopark parking fees and profits from the cafe etc all go towards the upkeep of this lovely venue so please support them by paying the parking each day and buying a cake or coffee in the cafe.
Please visit our Cyclopark information page for general parking, directions and local area information about public transport, hotels etc.