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Swan Challenge

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Event summary

Push yourself in this 6 hour event and see how many miles you can rack up. The race can be as short as 5k or up to a full marathon, it caters for runners of all proficiencies. The route is relatively flat and takes you through Coombe Country Park. Come for the chance to test you limits!

Your organiser

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!

How to enter

Tickets available until Wed Jul 21 2021

What's included:

  • Finisher's medal
  • Drink & flapjack
  • Cafe on-site
  • Toilets
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Route description
Route description

Coombe Abbey Park takes runners along stone pathways, through beautiful tree cover, and past stunning views.

This 6 hour event enables all ability of runner to join in the fun. Walk, run, hike as many laps of the 5k course in 6 hours.

You can run one lap in 20 minutes, pick up your medal, flapjack and beer and go home! Alternatively you can head out on your 15th lap at 14:55 and finish in 6hr30 having covered over 50 miles! It’s completely up to you.

Logistics and schedule


09:00 Race Starts

15:00 Event ends

You are advised to arrive well in advance of this to ensure you make it to the start in good time.

Age Requirements

All entrants must be 17 and over on race day to enter.


Volunteers are crucial to the success of Big Bear Events. Volunteers are rewarded with a bunch of goodies:

  • Free entry to another event
  • Beer/Cider/Juice and flapjack
  • Parking fee paid by the organisers (most venues)
  • £20 voucher off trainers at Coventry Runner

If you can only volunteer for part of the day, you'll still be thanked with free parking, a drink and flapjack!

If you're interested in volunteering please contact [email protected] for more information.

How to get there

Coombe Country Park, Brinklow Rd, Coventry CV3 2AB, UK

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There is parking on site for up to £5 depending on how long you stay. There is also a toilet block next to the event site and a cafe.

By Car

Coombe Abbey Park is on the outskirts of Coventry and 6 minutes from Junction 2 of the M6.

By Train

The closest train station to the event site is Coventry.

Frequently asked questions
Is the Swan Challenge cupless?
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. There will be water, isotonic drinks, tea and coffee and real Coca Cola for you, but no cups You can buy a foldable cup from the organisers on the day.
Is there parking at the Swan Challenge?
There is parking at the event which costs up to £5 on the day. This money goes directly to the country parks, they are great spaces that do need money and this is their main revenue stream. That said, be a hero and car share, save money and the world!
Can I enter the Swan Challenge on the day?
Unfortunately there is no entry on the day.
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