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Bluebell Challenge

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.
6 Hour Challenge
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Tue 26th Apr 2022
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Oldbury Rd, Nuneaton CV10 0TE, UK
Start times
6 Hour Challenge:
Races summary
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6 Hour Challenge
Route information
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.
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What's included
  • Beer, cider or apple juice at the finish line
  • Refreshments at the event village - water, electrolytes, pop
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.
Event day logistics
09:00 Event start
15:00 Event ends
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 17 and over on race day to enter.
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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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Can I enter the Bluebell Challenge on the day?
Unfortunately, there will be no entries on race day.
Is there an age cut off for Bluebell Challenge?
Yes, entrants must be at least 17 years of age to enter the event.
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.
Why is it called the Bluebell Challenge?
Harsthill Hayes has some beautiful bluebells so you should hopefully be running through them! The event was booked over a year before race day though so if it's especially hot, cold, wet or dry, we might miss the short bluebell season.
Is the Bluebell Challenge cupless?
Yes! It's relatively common in ultra running and trail running if you haven't come across it before. It really is simple and impacts your race very little compared to the hundreds of years it takes for the plastic cup to decompose! Ultimately, the organiser will not be supplying cups for drinks.There will be plenty of water, electrolyte, squash and coke. Essentially you just need to bring a vessel with you for liquid.
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