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Birch Challenge

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Route description
Route description

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.

Logistics and schedule


09:00 Event starts

15:00 Event ends

Age Requirements

Entrants must be 17 and over to enter the event.

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.

Frequently asked questions
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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6 Hour Challenge
9:00am Tue 19th Oct 2021

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