Shires and Spires is a five distance circular event starting and finishing at Naseby Village Hall just outside of Northampton in a wonderful central location. The event is run in a clockwise direction on even years and anti-clockwise on odd years.
The 10K is a challenging road race (open roads) with an undulating course, down hill into the valley below and up hill to finish! Elevation is +400 and -400 Feet
The Multi Terrain Half Marathon (13.4 miles) – winner of the MARM race of the year 2023 is 11.7 miles on road and 1.7 miles of trails and covers a section of the longer distance routes. Elevation is +897 and -897 Feet
The Multi Terrain 3/4 Marathon (19.1 miles) is 11.1 miles on road and 8 miles of trails and covers a section of the longer distance routes. Elevation is +1334 and -1334 Feet
The Multi Terrain Marathon (26.6 miles) is 12.9 miles on road and 13.7 miles of trails and covers a large part of the Ultra distance routes. Elevation is +1743 and -1743 Feet
The 10K and Half Marathon course follows a marked and marshalled route and the 3/4 Marathon and Marathon follow a waymarked route but requires some navigation. We provide a voice cue navigation app (for free) and various resources to keep you on track. The routes are covered by OS Maps 223
CHECKPOINTS AND AID STATIONS
10K – one aid station (water only) Anti Clockwise – 5Km Clockwise – 7Km
Half Marathon – two aid stations Anti Clockwise 4.5 miles/10.2 miles Clockwise 4.6 miles/8.9 miles
Three Quarter Marathon – three aid stations Anti Clockwise 4.5 miles/9.6 miles/14.4 miles Clockwise 4.6 miles/9.5 miles/14.5 miles
Marathon – 4 checkpoints
Each will have water, and snacks. A drink will be available for all athletes at the finish. Details of the locations for the Anti Clockwise Marathon can be found here. and Clockwise can be found here.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Competitors. All finishers will receive a medal and T-shirt.
registration AND START TIME
Registration in the village hall is open from 2pm until 4pm on Saturday 13th May to avoid the queues and then from 7 am on race day where you will collect your race number. You will need to confirm your mobile phone number and be subjected to random kit checks. You will collect your trackers TQM and M on Sunday morning. The race will start at 8.30am
The following age limits apply for your safety and well being:
10K – 16 years of age
Half Marathon – 17 years of age
Three Quarter Marathon – 18 years of age
Marathon – 18 years of age
As the event is a loop then most competitors will have their kit in their cars. For everyone else we will store your bag at the finish, so you have warm, dry clothes waiting for you . Your bag should be no larger than a UK airport carry-on bag size (56 x 45 x 25 cm).
TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION
For anyone wanting to stay overnight locally either before or after the event there is Airbnb or Northampton offers a wealth of hotels to suit all budgets
Arrival by car – If you are planning to drive then there is ample free parking at the village hall complex. Please allow adequate time to park and register.
Stay on track during the Shires and Spires Three Quarter Marathon and Multi Terrain Marathon . The Geo Tracks GPS Tracker is lightweight and easily fits in a small pocket in your rucksack. Let family and friends track your progress in real-time and use the Geo Tracks app combined with the tracker as an accurate tool for navigation during the event. The GPS Tracking units upload their position every 10 seconds to the live view tracking map and are accurate to 5 metres. Batteries last for 70 hours . Pre-order your GPS tracker and collect at the event registration and drop off at the finish. To find out more please visit the Geo Tracks website.
10K clockwise course record was set in 2022 – Elizabeth Phipps – 44:40 and the 10K anti-clockwise course record was set in 2023 – Natasha Kingston – 47:14
Half Marathon clockwise record was set in 2020 – Zoe Kemp 1:37:54 and the Half Marathon anti-clockwise record was set in 2021 – Zoe Kemp 1:35:47
Three Quarter Marathon clockwise record – waiting for you
Marathon clockwise record was set in 2020 – Isabel Green 4:36:08 and the Marathon anti-clockwise record in 2021 – Jo Marshall 04:13:02
10K clockwise course record was set in 2020 – Adam Clark – 39:34 and the 10K anti-clockwise course record was set in 2023 – Sam Jolly 41:37
Half Marathon clockwise record was set in 2022 – Pete Northall 1:22:38 and the Half Marathon anti-clockwise record was set in 2023 – Josh Knight 1:29:32
Three Quarter Marathon clockwise record – waiting for you
Marathon clockwise record was set in 2022 – Rory Pond 3:31:13 and the Marathon anti-clockwise record in 2019 – John Orgill 03:16:42
10K – none
Half Marathon – 4 hours
Three Quarter Marathon – 5 hours
Marathon – 9 hours. We have progressive cut off times from Checkpoint 3 onwards, details can be found on the Clockwise Checkpoint information sheet.
For the 10K road shoes
For the Half Marathon road shoes should work unless the weather has been very wet
For the Three Quarter Marathon trail shoes are advised. There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions
For the Marathon trail shoes are advised. There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions. It is essential to carry the items below. There will be random kit checks prior to the race . TQM and Marathon runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times.
- Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Director and Assistant Race Director (shown at registration)
- Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
Need help with your training why not try the Runna App (link on the side bar)- email for your discount code
When you have finished why not recycle your old trainers –