The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k

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Test yourself in the historic village of Naseby with this mixed distance running-event. With a distance for all, this event is fantastic for those looking to change up their usual run and enjoy the great British outdoors. Come for the striking landscape or for that treasured finisher's medal.
Participants
Ultra - 35 Miles, Marathon, Half Marathon, and 1 more
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Calendar
Sun, 14 May 2023
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Naseby, United Kingdom
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4.5
(18 Reviews)
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Location
Naseby Village Hall, Haselbech Road,, Newlands, Naseby, Northampton NN6 6DE, UK
Start times
Sun, 14 May 2023
Ultra - 35 Miles:
8:30am |
Marathon:
8:30am |
Half Marathon:
8:30am |
10k:
8:30am
Here's what races are available for The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k
Distance
35mi
CourseRoute
1 Loop
Distance
26.6mi
CourseRoute
1 Loop
Distance
13.4mi
CourseRoute
1 Loop
Distance
10km
CourseRoute
1 Loop
Ultra - 35 Miles
The race begins in the Village of Naseby, home of the Battle of Naseby in 1645 - one of the most decisive battles of the First English Civil War. Throughout the circular route, runners will enjoy a variety of historical sites and quintessential English countryside.
The Ultra event will have 5 aid stations and a cut-off time of 9 hours.
Marathon - 26.6 Miles
This multi terrain Marathon tracks a similar route to the Ultra and will take in much of the same beautiful countryside scenery.
Perfect for those looking to change it up from road marathons but not quite ready for their Ultra debut. This route is not fully marshalled and will require some of your own navigation. The organisers provide a map book and resources to keep you on track.
The Marathon route will have 4 aid stations and a cut-off time of 9 hours.
Half Marathon - 13.4 Miles
A great race for those looking to ease back on the mileage. Once again, athletes will experience the extensive history of this area and take in the striking surroundings. This Half-Marathon course follows a marked and fully marshalled route.
The Half-Marathon route will have 2 aid stations en route at the 5.5k and 13.5k marks and a cut-off time of 4 hours.
10k
With a combined start line you will get a real taste for the longer routes and thrill of a big event. This 10k is a challenging undulating course taking place on the roads. This course follows a fully marshalled and marked route.
The 10k route will feature 1 aid station at the 5.5k mark and no cut-off time.
  • Refreshment stations
  • Snacks and hot drinks
  • Finisher's medal
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Females for each race
  • Marshalled course
  • First-aid on site
Train
Naseby Village Hall, Haselbech Road,, Newlands, Naseby, Northampton NN6 6DE, UK
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By Car
The Naseby Village Hall has plenty of on-site parking and there is more parking available in the village itself.
By Train
Closest train station is Northampton station where there will be a variety of buses that can take you to Naseby Village Hall or take a Taxi.
Saturday
10:00 Registration opens
12:00 Registration closes
Sunday
07:00 Registration opens
08:30 All Races Start
At registration you will collect your race number and map book.
Please ensure you arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled start time, in order to have sufficient time to complete the registration process. Race packs must be collected on the day.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be these ages or above for the following events:
  • 10k - 16 or over
  • Half-Marathon - 17 or over
  • Marathon - 18 or over
  • Ultra-Marathon - 18 or over
Bag Drop
If you have travelled by car it is advised to leave your belongings there. If not there will be a bag drop available. All bags should be airport carry-on size (56 x 45 x 25 cm).
Go Beyond Challenge's logo
Our roots are in off road sports. We offer a complete series of Ultra trail runs many of which have become "must do events" in the Ultra race calendar. Staying with the off road and trail theme we have a sprint style duathlon which once again is in a fantastic location with fabulous trails. But we like to provide something for everyone. We are also the organisers of the Northampton Half Marathon and The Pitsford Triathlons (Sprint and Standard), in fact we are a one stop shop for all the races you will ever need. Go Beyond was founded in 2008 and purchased in 2018 by Simon Hollis. We now work with over 30 charities helping them carry out fundraising through sport. So please, come and join us and take your fitness to a new level - and why not raise money for a good cause at the same time.
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Backpack
The following kit is compulsory for the Ultra event:
  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Director and Assistant Race Director (shown on your map book given at registration)
  • Map Book (provided)
  • Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
  • Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Whistle
  • Long-sleeved base layer or fleece top
For all events except the 10k, trail shoes are advised.
4.5
18 reviews
nivien
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyed this trail marathon so much - the route was lovely and challenging enough at the same time, even in the rain during the last stretch, and I'll definitely be back for the Ultra in the other direction :)
shirley
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
First ultra for me it is a tough course but enjoyed it
annette
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
The best organisation and marshalls at an event.
kathryn
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Friendly, supportive event. Second time I have taken part and will be back!
emma
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2022
Very well organised with parking near the start, enough water stops, sign posted well etc very hilly though
tim
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2022
Very enjoyable even if it was a tough course. Could have done with a bit more support/encouragement from the marshalls- I know it's not their job but any words if encouragement help.
ian
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2022
Course was very tough ,but that said it was very scenic,organisation was spot on and marshalling was very good as were the Marshalls,special mention to the two young lads handing out timing chips absolutely spot on they are a credit to your organisation,medals and t shirts were great all in all well done great day.
paul
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Great event with a fantastic atmosphere. The checkpoint marshalls were extremely supportive. Made such a difference with how undulating the course is.
richard
Star
1.3
Did the race in 2022
There aren’t enough toilets for the number of preppie at the start. The course isn’t very well marked. There are some signs and then they disappear when the next turn comes up. Quite lazy organisation. There is mention about health and safety but surely this is in the runners best interests especially when it is hit. Could be a better effort with food and things at the end. People have run just run a marathon and need to replenish. I’ve been to a number of better organised races.
kirstie
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2022
Argh the hills!!!!!! I really hated the extra 0.3 m at the end - Sorry Simon for being grumpy at the end!!!!
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Recent Questions
Luke Knight
19/04/2021
Do you need map reading skills to complete the marathon?
Stephy Dennis
26/04/2021
Hey Luke. Just to let you know that the course is not marked but there are lots of footpath signs and we provide a map and lots of help to keep you on track. You can also rent a tracker from Geo Track
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