Northampton Cakeathon / Chocathon
0900 - Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st April

Hope you're all fit and ready for the Northampton Cakeathon and Chocathon Challenges! This is just a brief summary of the key information, we'll just send around the one email for all the events as similar in set up each day.

For more details please visit the race websites Cakeathon - Chocathon.

If you're thinking about bringing along a cake on Saturday and fancy winning one of the little trophies (we have 20+ so good chances!) then please read the categories carefully. The judge (me!) is slightly biased towards certain creations!!

Please note that you now need to register your car registration mark with the hotel reception.

Please read the little paragraph about we've gone cupless!

The course is 50% on high quality tarmac paths, 50% on grassy trail. The course should be suitable for road or trail shoes as long as it is dry.

Navigation is going to be simple. The course is essentially out along a cycle path with a complete loop of the raised dyke around the flood reservoir and back out the way you came up the cycle path and back to base camp.

Just remember the golden rules

•  Watch out for any cyclists or walkers who may be out on path, its not a closed circuit, but it is generally fairly quiet.

•  Do a complete lap of the raised dyke overlooking the flood reservoir.

Remember this is a timed event, not a fixed distance event. If you complete at least one lap, then you are an official finisher and will receive a Cakeathon medal, a goody bag and an official finish in the results.

The loop is 5.17 miles long. If you want to do a Half Marathon then its two loops and a half lap where you cut back to the base camp after half a lap of the reservoir. If you want to do a Full Marathon then its 5 laps plus a short out and back to a cone of doom. 50k will be 6 laps and a tiny out and back. Otherwise you're free to run as many laps as you wish in the time limits.

Full Loop - Click Here For Map

Half Marathon Mini Loop - Click Here for Map

You must have started your final loop by a strict 6 hours 00 minutes after the start and as is traditional with ultra events, this is a strictly enforced time limit. As long as you are out of the base camp before the 6 hours 00 minutes limit you'll be able to complete that loop (even if you finish after the 6 hour threshold). There will be no mileage credit for partial laps.

Finally you'll have to tell us when you're finished, not the other way around. As it's a timed event, if you wish you can stop, have a rest and continue, eat cake, go have a cup of tea in the hotel or you can just stop!

We'll have an “official finishers bell” for this purpose, (Rachel will be the keeper!) when you're done for the day, ring the bell and the goodies will be yours!


Whilst we'll be supplying some of course we also encourage runners to bring along their creations too and there will be trophies! (We're going to have three trophies per category plus five floating ones - so 20 trophies!). If you're bringing along a cake I'd suggest you look at the prize categories on the website and choose ingredients wisely (if you'd like to win a trophy)! FYI nothing with fruit has ever won an award, or green, the judge likes mazipan and anything with marmite or kale carries a two lap penalty!

Can you please identify your cake in some manner so we can award the prizes correctly and if its vegan that its vegan!

We'll have paper plates and forks to assist in the consumption!

Ulen & Sam

If you're running on Sunday to celebrate the wedding of Ulen & Sam logistically everything is the same as for the Chocathon run going on... but you'll have different coloured numbers and get a "Ulen & Sam medal" rather than a Chocathan one!

Lap Counting

At race registration you'll be handed a small laminated lap counting card, attach this to yourself with a safety pin or cable tie. At the end of each loop get this punched through by one of the hole puncher chaps or chappesses. So basically at the end of each lap, get your card punched, or ring the bell!


The weather is looking good, high of 19C-20C, little chance of rain and not much breeze! Perfect, aside from the Chocathon, which might be a bit warm for the chocolate heavy goody bags!

Goody Bags

If you'd prefer to not have a goody bag for this event, just hand it back when you finish and we'll keep a running total and add £5 to the "SVN Charity of the Month" donation.

Northampton Cakeathon Website
Race Location

Holiday Inn Northampton, Bedford Rd, Northampton NN4 7YF

Google Maps »

Race Registration

Opens at 0730.
Briefing at 0850.
Start 0900.


Please park around to the rear of the Holiday Inn. If you look at the FAQ page you'll see an image of the parking and where base camp will be.

You need to register your car number plate in hotel reception. They're using a new "magic eye" parking system and whilst the parking is paid for as part of your entry you need to register!

The start/finish/aid station is all at the base camp area which is just inside the hotel grounds entrance.

Please avoid parking in the tiny car park next to base camp. Should the main parking fill then there is street parking off the left and right exits off the roundabout about 150m east of the Holiday Inn. The FAQ page has an image of this.

Getting There

No issues that we are aware of.

Aid Station

None of the usual running stuff at Base Camp, so no isotonic drinks, fruit or energy gels, but there will be cookies, crisps, jelly babies, M&Ms, pringles, nuts and all that sort of thing, there is just going to be the one aid station on the course (and it's a 5.17 mile loop) and we'll have both water and squash to drink.


One of our longer term goals is the reduction of waste at events and to this end we've gone cupless. Please bring a bottle / cup / mug. We'll have sharpies to mark them and trays at the aid station to store them in. We'll have jugs at the aid station for you to fill them with water and squash.


These are located in the Holiday Inn hotel, past the reception and round to the right.


Please, please, please don't! We're always on parole at this location and its a nature reserve. We'll have rubbish bags at the start/finish area


Unfortunately due to Public Liability insurance coverage limitations, we're no longer allowed to let runners run with dogs.

Neck Warmers/Mugs

We now have SVN "Neck Warmers" (absolutely nothing like the well known buffs) and SVN green mugs for sale at £5 cash on race days.


If you're running on Sunday too at the Chocathon please keep your numbers to use that day! Elite runners remember your number!


On Sunday Ulen and Sam are on their honeymoon and have just got married so do wish them every happiness!

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