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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.
C-19 Plan
Go Beyond Challenge has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 15th May 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

How to enter the The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K

  1. Ultra - 35 Miles

    Run 35mi
    £50
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  2. Marathon

    Run 26.6mi
    £39
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.4mi
    £32
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  4. 10KM

    Run 10km
    £23
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The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K routes

New for this year, all the courses will be run in an anti-clockwise direction for a special edition of these classic routes.

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.

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.

The Half-Marathon route will have 2 aid stations en route at the 5.5km and 13.5km marks and a cut-off time of 4 hours.

10KM

Change up your usual 10KM with this multi-terrain route through the scenic country-side. With a combined start line you will get a real taste for the longer routes and thrill of a big event.

The 10km route will feature 1 aid station at the 5.5km mark and no cut-off time.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Refreshment stations
  • Snacks and hot drinks
  • Finisher's medal
  • Marshalled course
  • First-aid on site
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

0700: Registration opens
0825: Race briefing
0830: All races begin

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.

Kit List
  • Fully charged mobile phone (Ultra + Marathon)
Spectators

The looped nature of this event makes it a great spectacle for supporters. Those wishing to cheer on the athletes can be there for the start and finish, while enjoying the local surroundings during the race.

Volunteers

Go Beyond Challenge are always on the look out for an extra pair of hands to help out.

In return, volunteers will get free entry into a Go Beyond event and a free event t-shirt. If this sounds like something you would be interested in then get in touch with: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cut-off time?
The Ultra and the Marathon both have cut-off times of 9 hours. There will also be cut-off times at stages throughout the course.
Are there age limits?
Ultra & Marathon - Participants must be aged 18+ Half Marathon - Aged 17+ 10KM - Aged 16+
What time does registration open?
Registration for all four events will open at 0700. Please make sure you leave plenty of time to complete this process.
Will there be checkpoints?
Yes, there will be checkpoints along the routes, stocked with water and snacks for runners.
Are there toilets on-site?
Yes, there will be toilets located in the main building.
How is the event timed?
You will need to collect your touch free Etag from the timing desk which is close to registration and attach this using a Velcro tag around your wrist. At each checkpoint your time will be recorded as you run through without any need to stop. Please ensure that your tag has flashed confirming a “read”.

The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

16°C
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2°C
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Meet the organiser

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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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