Rose of the Shires Ultra 54

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Test yourself through the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside in this exciting Ultra. Perfect for distance-runners looking for a new challenge, the course runs through 2 country parks and 21 tranquil villages. Come for the ultimate endurance test or for that all-important finisher's medal.
54 Miles
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Sat, 8 Apr 2023
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Brixworth Country Park, Northampton NN6 9DG, UK
Start times
Sat, 8 Apr 2023
54 Miles:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Rose of the Shires Ultra 54
54 Miles
1 Loop
Route information
This 54 mile route is the ultimate test of endurance and will require extensive training. This will be well worth it though for the epic, picturesque route.
The route itself will be looped, making race day logistics far easier. During the race, runners will be able to enjoy the scenic Northamptonshire country side, as they make their way through 21 separate rural villages.
Given the nature of this race, there will be strict cut-off times which are detailed below:
  • CP 1 - Sywell Village Hall (8.4 miles) - expected time 09:00 - 10:10
  • CP 2 - Main Street, Chandstone (15.6 miles) - expected time 09:40 - 11:50
  • CP 3 - Spread Eagle Pub (23.2 miles) - 14:00 cut-off
  • CP 4 - Northampton Mens Own RFC (30 miles) - 15:30 cut-off
  • CP 5 - Gayton (37.7 miles) - 17:30 cut-off
  • CP 6 - Nobottle (45.7 miles) - 19:30 cut-off
Total time to complete the 54 miles is 13 hours.
What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Finisher's T-Shirt
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Male and Female Competitors.
  • Refreshment stations
  • Snacks (Vegan/Veg catered for)
  • Post-race drink
  • Course marshalled
  • First aid on-site
How to get there
Brixworth Country Park, Northampton NN6 9DG, UK
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By Car
The race start and finish is at Brixworth Country Park which has plenty of parking and is a 20-minute drive from the M1. If using a Sat Nav please input the follow address: Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9DG. The race organisers have permission to extend the parking time beyond the Country Park's maximum of 12 hours.
By Train
If travelling from London you can take the EMR service towards Nottingham and get off at Market Harborough, from there you can walk to the bus station at Market Hall (Stand M1) and take the X7 towards Hill Farm where the race start will be a 9-minute walk.
Event day logistics
06:45 Registration opens
08:00 Race begins
21:30 Finish cut-off
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the schedule race start to allow enough time to complete the registration process and for a sufficient warm-up.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 18 or over to compete.
Bag Drop
Please keep kit in your car if possible, if not there will be a baggage drop available and you can pick your bag up at the finish.
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Go Beyond Challenge
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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Spectator Info
The looped nature of this course makes it perfect for supporters, who can can cheer the runners at the two most crucial points - the start and the finish.
Kit List
  • Trail shoes are advised
  • 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
  • Headtorch or Body Torch
  • Spare batteries
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Long sleeved base layer or fleece top
Is there an age limit for the Rose of the Shires Ultra 54?
Given the challenging nature of a 54 mile run, all entrants must be aged 18+.
How many refreshment stations are there?
In total, there are 6 checkpoints during the race. Each one will be well-stocked with water and other snacks.
When is registration open?
Registration will be open from 06:45 and the race begins at 08:00. Please leave enough time to complete a smooth registration process.
Is there a cut-off time for the Rose of Shires Ultra 54?
Yes, there is a time limit of 13 hours.
3 reviews
Did the race in 2022
All the event staff, marshalls and other volunteers were absolutely fantastic; very friendly and obliging. The course really shows what a beautiful area Northampton can be. Was a pleasure to be part of (just don`t tell my legs I said that!)
Did the race in 2022
Absolutely stunning route unfortunately the GPS let us down alit but we resolved the problem and definitely need to brush up on my map reading skills.. The support was fantastic and the check point staff couldn’t have cheered you on anymore if they tried A*
Did the race in 2022
Lovely route, well organised and great checkpoint volunteers. My battery let me down on the watch so the paper map supplied at registration became invaluable as limited course markings. Would definitely recommend.
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Jeremy Mower
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Is there a download of the GPS route available ?
Stephy Dennis
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