Red Kite Challenge

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This epic 6-hour Big Bear event lets you decide how far and how hard you want to push you fitness. The short 3.1 mile circuit means you can run just one loop, or run up to 50 miles if you are feeling up for it. Explore the Fermyn Woodlands during the race and you may spot some rare Red Kites.
6 Hour Challenge
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Tue 14th Jun 2022
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Brigstock, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Fermyn Woods Country Park, Lyveden Rd, Brigstock, Kettering NN14 3HS, UK
Start times
6 Hour Challenge:
Races summary
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6 Hour Challenge
Route information
This 6 hour event enables all ability of runner to join in the fun. Walk, run, hike through the Fermyn Country Park and Wood. The course is completely off-road with only a small stretch of stone path. Beware of untamed stinging nettles when running through the woodlands. Explore the untouched multi-terrain woodlands with a chance to spot some marvellous rare Red Kites. The course is generally flat with 2 longer climbs making up most of the elevation. Each lap has around 190ft of elevation, making the marathon distance just over 1600ft of elevation.
What's included
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Toilets on-site
  • Finisher's Goodies (Flapjacks and Beer)
  • First Aid station
  • Water, Squash and electrolytes refills available. This is a cup-less event so bring a water bottle or hydration pack
How to get there
Fermyn Woods Country Park, Lyveden Rd, Brigstock, Kettering NN14 3HS, UK
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By Car
Fermyn Country Park is easily accessible from the A14, just over 10 minutes away. Use NN14 3HS for your Sat Nav.
Parking costs up to £5.20 depending on how long you are at the event for.
Event day logistics
09:00 Event starts
15:00 Event ends
Please arrive in plenty of time to prepare and start the race.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 17 and over on race day to enter.
Toilets Provided on course every lap.
Bring your own bottle
This is a cup-less event so please bring your own bottle - there will be plenty of places to refill along the way.
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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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Is the Red Kite Challenge cup-less?
Yes. It's obviously good for the environment to reduce plastic use and general waste. You won't break a world record having to stop to fill a bottle of water or carry a hydration pack, but over a marathon distance it would probably add less than a minute to your time. Big Bear events will have water, isotonic drinks, tea and coffee and real Coca Cola for you, but to be clear, they won't supply disposable cups for drinks. You can buy a foldable cup from them on the day.
Do I need to qualify for the Red Kite Challenge?
No, the idea with Big Bear events is that they are open for anyone and everyone to get out and test themselves. However, it is recommended that you do not bite off more than you can chew.
Can I run with my dog at the Red Kite Challenge?
No, unfortunately the Red Kite Challenge is not a carnicross event.
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