Dirt Half Marathon Challenge

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The Dirt Half Challenge is back this November to once again take runners through the best trails and towpaths in Bedfordshire, providing some stunning views and challenging climbs. Perfect for runners of all levels, everyone can enjoy this expertly organised, mixed terrain event.
Half Marathon
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Sat, 19 Nov 2022
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Cedars Upper School, Bedfordshire, Mentmore Rd, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard LU7, UK
Start times
Sat, 19 Nov 2022
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Dirt Half Marathon Challenge
Half Marathon
£29.00 - £31.00
Route information
Prodominately off-road, the Dirt Half Challenge starts with a quick lap of the field before entering Tiddenfoot Waterside Park and joining the canal towpath via the green bridge.
From here, the towpath provides calming, picturesque views as you wave your way north to Stoke Hammond. Next its open views through Stockgrove Country Park and the beautiful countryside, before rejoining the towpath.
Finally, it is just one more lap of the Tiddenfoot Waterside Park before you cross the finish line for that photo finish.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Prizes for race winners and age category winners
  • Coffee van selling hot drinks and snacks
  • Chip-timed results
  • Sports massage (for a fee)
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How to get there
Cedars Upper School, Bedfordshire, Mentmore Rd, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard LU7, UK
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Free parking is available at the school, just use the postcode: LU7 2AE to find it. Parking is limited at the event so please car share where possible.
Event day logistics
08:00 Race HQ opens
10:00 Race starts
12:15 Prize presentation
13:30 Cut-off time
Race Packs
Race packs will be sent to entrants 10-12 days before the event. Entrants who enter after the last Wednesday in October will need to collect their race number from Race HQ on the morning of the event.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 17 and older to enter the event.
Water Stations
There will be water stations located at Mile 3, 7, and 10, as well as the finish line.
Cut-off Time
There will be a cut-off time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Presentation of the race awards will take place after the race @ 12:15 next to the Race HQ.
Prizes will be on offer for:
  • First 3 Men, plus MV40, MV50, MV60, MV70
  • First 3 Ladies, plus FV35, FV45, FV55, FV65
  • The first team of 5 runners (can be mixed) from the same club
Runners may win more than one award.
Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome but are asked to stay clear of the route at all times. There are a few pubs along the way which offer a relaxed view of the runners.
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag at the Dirt Half Challenge?
Please leave your bag in your vehicle. If you are coming by public transport thaen you will be able to leave a small bag at the Race HQ at your own risk. Alternatively, you can pay to use a secure locker in Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre next door.
Is there parking at the Dirt Half Challenge?
Yes, there is parking available at the school: LU7 2AE but is limited so please car share where possible.
Is there sports massage at the Dirt Half Challenge?
Yes, the Sports Therapy Room will be providing massages for a small fee which will go to charity.
5 reviews
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
No. Great event.
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.
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