Gato Sports Head Torch 10k – Race 1

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Dive into the world of night running at the Gato Sports Head Torch 10k. Illuminate Salcey Forest's pathways, transforming the forest into a festival of light amid the darkness. Whether you are new to trail running or a seasoned veteran this 2-lap 10k is a fantastic flat course accessible to all.
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Thu 18th Nov 2021
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Hartwell, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Salcey Forest, Hartwell, Northampton NN7 2HX, UK
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2 Loops
Route information
Step into the unknown as you traverse this flat, dark and dirty trail course. Predominately built upon a crushed stone path watch out for slippery rocks and debris. As you begin your journey into the deep dark forest runners headlights will shine like fireflies in the night sky.
Following the two lap winding trail of Salcey Forest, take your time to appreciate the moon and the stars as the forest trees surround you. Leave the roads behind, reconnecting with nature which will leave you in a feeling of post-race euphoria.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal and Finisher's Goodies
  • Water and Hot Drink Stations
  • Timed results
  • Prizes for first place male and female finishers
  • Fully marked course
How to get there
Salcey Forest, Hartwell, Northampton NN7 2HX, UK
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Please use the Post Code of NN7 2HX and follow relevant signage to the carpark. Parking will cost around £2. The event is located an 18-minute drive from Northampton and 9-minutes from Junction 15 of the M1.
By Public Transport
The closest train station is Northampton, and the number 33 bus from Northgate takes you Kits Close which is a stones throw away from the entrance to Salcey Forest. This bus journey will take roughly an hour.
Event day logistics
18:30 - 18:45 10k Canicross Start Window
19:00 - 20:00 10k Start Window
Age Restrictions
Entrants have to be 16 and over to take part in this event.
Kit List
  • Torches: Please bring a head torch or a chest light or you will not be able to run.
  • Trail shoes: The conditions of the trail will depend on the weather however it is advised to wear trail shoes as the stone path may become slippery and dirty.
Toilets are located at the Salcey Forest cafe.
Dogs / Canicross
The organisers are currently trialling Canicross for the Gato Sports Head Torch Series. Please keep dogs on short leads and also make sure your dog is lit up. All Canicross runners will start before the main field between 18:30 - 18:45.
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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 run with my dog at the Gato Sports Head Torch 10k - Race 1?
Yes, please keep dogs on short leads and also make sure your dog is lit up. All Canicross runners will start before the main field of runners between 18:30 - 18:45.
Will there be drinks at the Gato Sports Head Torch 10k - Race 1?
Yes, there will be water stations as well as hot drinks available before and after the race.
Do I need to bring my own head torch to the Gato Sports Head Torch 10k - Race 1?
Yes, please bring a head torch or chest lamp otherwise you will not be permitted to race.
1 reviews
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ShoeFlatGood for beginners
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Dave W
Did the 10k in 2019
Well organized. Love running in the dark. Flat course ideal for beginners or a new PB. Could hear 🦉. Nice medal and unusually a sew on patch. Make sure your footwear has some grip
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