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This epic race against the clock is the ultimate test of endurance, pacing and determination. Competitors start with 30 minutes to complete 1 lap of the 2-mile course, but each consecutive lap that follows will be a minute faster than the last. Have you got what it takes to outlast the hourglass?
Hourglass challenge
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Sun, 25 Jun 2023
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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE, UK
Start times
Sunday, 25 Jun 2023
Hourglass challenge: 8:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Hourglass
Hourglass challenge
Route information
All entrants will start with 30 minutes and in this time you will complete 1 lap. Each consecutive lap will deduct your time by 1 minute, you will all have 29 minutes left for the next lap and so on. If you do not manage to finish a lap within the allocated time you will be eliminated from the race.
This race is about pacing and strategy, each lap will have you running faster and faster. If you can get down to 9 minute mile pace, you will have completed 13 laps which is equivalent to a marathon. The course will be a mixture of tarmac and grass, containing twists and turns to negotiate.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Prizes for top finisher's
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Food and beverage outlets
How to get there
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE, UK
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By Car
The Royal Cornwall Showground is located just outside of Wadebridge along the A39, just past the BP station and Tesco Superstore.
By Train
The closest train station to the Royal Cornwall Showground is Bodmin Parkway, from there you can take a bus directly to the Royal Cornwall Showground.
Event day logistics
The exact start times and locations of the event will be confirmed closer to the date of the event.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 16 years or older to participate.
What is the terrain like at the Hourglass race?
The terrain will be a mixture of tarmac and grass paths with twists and turns to negotiate.
How does the Hourglass race work?
Each 2 mile lap you will be given an allotted time to finish the lap in. The first lap you will have 30 minutes, the second 29 minutes and so on. You can choose how fast you run each lap but make sure that you are ready to get faster each lap to see if you can outrun the clock.
What do I get with my entry to the Hourglass race?
All entries will receive a finisher's medal. The last remaining male and female runners, including 2nd and 3rd place will also receive a prize for their efforts.
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