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Dirt Half Marathon Challenge

Run 13.1mi

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The race starts in Leighton Buzzard and follows the canal towpath north to Stoke Hammond with stunning views, climbs through beautiful countryside to Great Brickhill, then passes through the scenic Stockgrove Country Park before following the Greensand Ridge back to the start via the canal towpath. 2016 will see the 7th staging of this popular trail race which sells out every year.

Review summary

4.4
5 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Ben H
"Nope! Everything was fine! Make sure you save yourself for the second half of..."

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James S
"I knew some of the course as it's quite local to me, so I am VERY used to..."

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Steve B
"Really enjoyed the event. Well organised and generally well marshalled. Less..."
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How to enter the Dirt Half Marathon Challenge

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi

Dirt Half Marathon Challenge route

The race starts with a lap of the field before entering Tiddenfoot Waterside Park and joining the canal towpath via the green bridge. You then head north on the towpath to Stoke Hammond with stunning views. The race turns right and climbs through beautiful countryside to Great Brickhill then passes through the scenic Stockgrove Country Park before following the Greensand Ridge back to the start via the canal towpath. There is a lap of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park before finishing in the paddock next to the school grounds. The race is predominantly off road and crosses three minor roads. The route is sign posted and marshaled.

Event Details

What’s Included
  1. Runners must be at least 17 years old on the day of the Event.
  2. You will not be given a medal at the finish if you do not have a race number.
  3. You will receive your race number and race instructions by post approximately two weeks before the event.
  4. All participants must wear a bib chip so that they can be included in the official results via chip timing.
FAQs

No animals are allowed on the course & No aids, such as skate rolling shoes, baby launchers, line blades, Nordic sticks, bicycles or other non-official wheeled vehicles are allowed on the course. This event is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Race Time Limit
Time limit is 3:15 hours

Timing
This event will be chip timed. But sorry, no late starters.

Baggage
Baggage can be left in the school hall at your own risk. You can pay to use a secure locker in Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre next door.

Changing
We recommend that you arrive in your running clothes. There are toilets, but you will need to pay entry to Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre next door to use their showering facilities.

Refreshments
There will be a kiosk in the school hall offers hot & cold refreshments from 8am. We also have a cake stall which will be open before and after the race so bring pocket money.

Water
There will be water at approx mile 3, 7 and 10 miles and again at the finish.

Awards
All finishers will receive a Race Medal

Presentation of the race awards will take place after the race.

Headphone

We do not recommend the use of personal MP3 players on the course as you need to be aware of other runners and to hear marshals instructions. If you do wear headphones then it’s at your own risk.

Dirt Half Marathon Challenge weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

8°C
Predicted highs
2°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 5mph

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Dirt Half Marathon Challenge reviews (5)

4.4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    I knew some of the course as it's quite local to me, so I am VERY used to running along the Grand Union Canal, but I was somewhat surprised at how long and how steep that first hill is - I went a bit hard and suffered later on the flat later stages. Also, I'd been warned that it's not easy to overtake on the canal, so use the Cedars field to get into position before you hit the canal - this meant that I went out a bit faster than I would normally have done for the first 400m or so; but it was absolutely the right thing to do.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Nope! Everything was fine! Make sure you save yourself for the second half of the race in the woods!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Really enjoyed the event. Well organised and generally well marshalled. Less muddy than I expected. Glad I signed up. The only issue was around Rushmere as the course appeared to disappear for a 100m and as we came out of Rushmere the marshalls didn't direct us over the road and up the path. We heard the instruction to cross the road but another to direct us up the path would be great as we ran pass the path initially. Thank you for a great race, I am likely to take part again next and will let other members of my club know how good it is.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Great run. Chance to get a quick start as the first 5 miles are flat along the canal path (gorgeous running). Then it all gets a bit lively as head up into the woods and onto the trails before coming back to the canal path for a flat last couple. Marshalls were excellent and great buzz at finish with good music and a great buzz.