Panda Bear Challenge

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Looking to challenge yourself and push your endurance limits of your running, hiking, jogging ability? With this relatively flat 5k loop you can expect to be in for a treat. There is no minimum or maximum distance all you have is 6 hours to test your mind and your body to see how far you can race.
Panda Bear Challenge
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Tue 1st Feb 2022
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Ryton-on-Dunsmore, United Kingdom
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Ryton Pools Country Park, Ryton Rd, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3BH, UK
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Panda Bear Challenge
Route information
This unique 6-hour timed event allows runners, hikers or joggers to call the shots on how many laps of this 5k course they wish to complete . With a few small rises this is a perfect course for any beginner to advanced athlete to get involved and see how far they can go.
You will run past Ryton Pool and loop the scenic Ryton Woods along the crushed stone trails, doing the loop as many times as possible. The trails are easily accessible for all - the real challenge is putting your endurance to the test.
What's included
  • Water, Squash and electrolytes refills available. This is a cup-less event so bring a water bottle or hydration pack
  • On-site toilet block
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Finisher's Goodies (Flapjacks and beer)
How to get there
Ryton Pools Country Park, Ryton Rd, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3BH, UK
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Address: Ryton Pools Country Park, Ryton Rd, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3BH.
To get to Ryton Pools Country Park, use the post code CV8 3BG for Sat Navs. It is 15 minutes south of Coventry and 15 minutes from Junction 16 of the M1.
The parking charge will be up to £5 depending on how long you are parked for. All parking fees go directly to the country parks, they are great spaces that thrive off of parking fees. That said, be a hero and car share, save money and the world.
Public Transport
The closest train station is Coventry.
In Coventry, you can get the 580 bus from the Rail Station Bridge to the Three Horseshoes, from there it will be a short walk to the park. Alternatively, you can take a taxi.
Event day logistics
09:00 Start Time
15:00 Cut-off Time
To help save the environment this is a cup-less event so please bring your own water bottle or hydration pack.
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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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Will I be able to enter this event on the day?
Unfortunately there will be no entries available on the day.
Is there an age limit for this event?
Entrants need to be at least 17 years of age to compete in this event.
Is there a minimum distance I have to run?
The beauty of this race is that runners get to decide how far they want to run in the 6 hour period. With the loop being 5k, that is the minimum distance, however, participants are free to walk, run, or hike this event for as long as they please.
Can I bring poles to this event?
Yes, if you feel as though you will need poles, please feel free to use them.
Will there be water stations?
Yes, every lap there will be a refreshments station where you can refill your own bottles or hydration packs, bottles or cups will not be provided. You are welcome to leave your bottle at the station just remember to label it so it does not get mixed up with another competitor's bottle.
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