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Birch Challenge

Run 6h

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How far is the race?

You decide! The 3.3 mile off-road loop means your race can be 5k or over 50k and anywhere in between. You decide how many laps you're going to do on the day within the 6-hour time limit. If you're looking to cover a marathon distance, you'll need to complete 8 laps and a half marathon will be 4 laps.

How to enter the Birch Challenge

  1. 6 Hour Challenge

    Run 6h
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Birch Challenge route

The course is brilliant. It's hilly, with 1 large incline and lots of rolling hills but towards the end of each lap is the amazing spectacle of crossing a river via the stepping stones. The route follows the recently established 5k fixed running route. Conditions underfoot are good as the pathways are well established. Some of the pathways are quite stony so ultra thin shoes aren't recommended.

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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.
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Birch Challenge weather forecast

Light rain throughout the day.

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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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