Birch Challenge

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Entrants can choose how many loops of the 3.3 mile course they take on within the 6 hour time limit - be it 5k or 60k. Runners will be treated to excellently maintained pathways - come down to this highly regarded event for a chance to see just how far you can go.
6 Hour Challenge
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Tue 19th Oct 2021
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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ, UK
Start times
6 Hour Challenge:
Races summary
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6 Hour Challenge
Route information
This hilly course features one large incline and lots of rolling hills. Runners will be rewarded for their efforts with beautiful views as they cross the river via stepping stones.
The route follows an established 5k trail run, and takes runners over stony pathways.
This 6 hour event enables all ability of runner to join in the fun. Walk, run, hike as many laps of the 5k course in 6 hours.
You can run one lap in 20 minutes, pick up your medal, flapjack and beer and go home! Alternatively you can head out on your 15th lap at 14:55 and finish in 6hr30 having covered over 50 miles! It’s completely up to you.
What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Drink & flapjack
  • Cafe on-site
  • Toilets
How to get there
Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ, UK
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There is parking at the event site for £6, and you can pay by card or cash.
By Train
The nearest train stations Rugeley Trent Valley and Rugeley Town are both approximately 2 miles away.
Event day logistics
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The majority of our events are challenge events - multi-lap races with a time limit rather than a set distance. This means people can run all different distances on the same day, making for a great atmosphere. Lapped events can get some negative feedback but our laps are around beautiful locations. We avoid out and back laps and coming back to the wonderful aid station (full of your requests) can be a good motivator. Whether it's your A race, you need to do some long training runs, you have a 100-mile ultra in a few weeks or you want to hammer out a quick 10k, our races allow everyone to get involved together. We’re also expanding our mid-week evening 10K series too. Keep an eye out for updates on these as we are continually adding more. Expect the same care and attention and in the same great locations!
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Is there parking at the Birch Challenge?
Yes there is parking and it costs £6 for the day. The parking site is well managed and is secure throughout the day.
Can I run with headphones at the Birch Challenge?
Yes you can. If you choose to do so, please be aware of your surroundings as there could be horses, small children, bikes and dogs around.
What do I need to bring to the Birch Challenge?
All participants are asked to dress for the weather. Ground condition updates are posted on the event organizer's website the day before the event to help you plan your footwear.
Is the Birch Challenge cupless?
Yes. It's obviously good for the environment to reduce plastic use and general waste. You won't 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. There will be water, isotonic drinks, tea and coffee and real Coca Cola for you, but to be clear, the organisers won't supply disposable cups for drinks. You can buy a foldable cup on the day.
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