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Bluebell Challenge

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Event summary

In this 6 hour running event, you get to be the organiser of your own race, as you decide how many loops of 2.88 mile course you wish to run during the time limit. This event is perfect for runners of all abilities, and the hilly course sets to test just how far you're willing to push.

Your organiser

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!

How to enter

Tickets available until Wed May 05 2021

What's included:

  • Beer, cider or apple juice at the finish line
  • Refreshments at the event village - water, electrolytes, pop
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Frequently asked questions
Can I enter the Bluebell Challenge on the day?
Unfortunately, there will be no entries on race day. … read more
Is there an age cut off for Bluebell Challenge?
Yes, entrants must be at least 17 years of age to enter the event. … read more
Will there be free parking at the Bluebell Challenge?
No, but parking will be available for £2.50. All money from parking will go straight to country parks. … read more
Route description
Route description

This hilly course through beautiful Hartshill Hayes Country Park is not to be underestimated; with each lap of this 2.88 mile course, runners will experience over 280ft of elevation change. If you choose to run a marathon, there will be over 3000ft of climbing.

Luckily, the beautiful scenery of the course makes it all worth it. The course runs mainly through the mature woodland, and there's a killer set of steps you get to run down and some stunning views across four counties at the start of each lap. There's a very short section of tarmac (around 20m) followed by some compact trail, but the vast majority of the course is woodland trail. The blanket of bluebells that usually covers the course at this time is an added bonus to make this a truly rewarding trail.

A unique part of this event is the ability to make it your own. With nothing but a 6 hour time limit on the course, runners are able to decide just how many loops they wish to complete on the day. Those wishing to cover a marathon will need to complete just over 9 laps, while the half marathon will be just over 4 laps.

Logistics and schedule


09:00 Event start

15:00 Event ends

Age Requirements

Entrants must be 17 and over on race day to enter.


Volunteers are crucial to the success of Big Bear Events. Volunteers are rewarded with a bunch of goodies:

  • Free entry to another event
  • Beer/Cider/Juice and flapjack
  • Parking fee paid by the organisers (most venues)
  • £20 voucher off trainers at Coventry Runner

If you can only volunteer for part of the day, you'll still be thanked with free parking, a drink and flapjack!

If you're interested in volunteering please contact [email protected] for more information.

How to get there

Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Oldbury Rd, Nuneaton CV10 0TE, UK

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By Car

Use the post code CV10 0TH for Sat Navs. It's 10 minutes from Nuneaton and 20 minutes from Junction 3 of the M6.


You do have to pay to park (£2.50 at the time of writing). This money goes directly to the country parks, they are great spaces that do need money and this is their main revenue stream. That said, be a hero and car share, save money and the world.

By Train

The closest train station is Nuneaton.

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