The Rosebud Marathon

A beautiful multi terrain marathon in the second garden of England

the Rosebud marathon

Part of the Rose of the Shires Ultra Marathon Any questions?  Why not give us a call 07989 850170 always happy to chat!

BRAND NEW FOR 2024 – we were concerned that not enough people were enjoying the tour around our amazing county town of instead of the single option of 54 miles we have created the opportunity to enjoy the last 26.2 miles of the ultra marathon through beautiful Northamptonshire country trails, roads and towpath. The route is approximately 60% trail and 40% on road.


The Race registration and finish is hosted by the Brixworth Country Park with plenty of room for parking, and only 20 minutes drive from the M1 Motorway.

The race is a single line with us providing transport to the start making for easy planning and logistics. The route takes in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside with the Grand Union Canal and 14 pretty villages, towns and hamlets following parts of the Nene Way, the Midshires Way and the Northampton Round.

There are 2 checkpoints at 9.5 miles approx. and 17.7 miles approx.  with support from the local running community.

The event is fully tracked and interactive so friends and family will be able to follow your progress from the comfort of their armchairs – and also you can make sure that you are following the route!

For anyone wanting to stay overnight, Northampton offers a wealth of hotels to suit all budgets.


Saturday 6th April 2024. Registration from 10.00
Bus Leaves 10:45
Start 11.30 at Hartwell.


£45.00 (includes a tracker)
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COURSE description

The Rosebud Marathon is a section of the Rose of the Shires Ultra Marathon starting in Ashton Road, Hartwell and finishing at Brixworth Country Park just outside of Northampton in a wonderful central location.  The route is a mix of  footpaths, country trails, roads and canal towpath

terrain mix

The route is 14 miles of cross country trails; 10.4 miles of roads; and 1.8 miles of canal tow path .  Elevation is +1241 ft (+378m) and -1308 ft (-399m)

course marking

The course follows a waymarked route but requires some navigation.  We provide a tracker, voice cue navigation app and various resources to keep you on track.  The course is covered by OS Maps 207 and 224


There are 2 check points, each will have water, and a selection of snacks, and Go Beyond Fruit Cake!   These are at approx. 9.5 miles in Gayton  (CP5 on the list) and 17.7 miles  in Nobottle (CP6 on the list). A drink will be available for all athletes at the finish.  Each checkpoint is manned by a local running club.  Details of the locations can be found here


Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Competitors.  All finishers will receive a medal and Go Beyond Merch registration AND START TIME 

Registration is open from 10.00 am where you will collect your race number. You will need to confirm your mobile phone number and be subjected to random kit checks.  The bus will leave at 10:45am and the race will start at 11:30am at 2A Ashton Rd, Hartwell,  NN7 2HW – you must register at Brixworth Country Park first


Due to the strenuous physical demands of running 26.2 miles in one day and in accordance with UK Athletics guidance the race is restricted to competitors over 18 years of age only.


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).


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 parking at the County Park  Parking charges can be found here.   Please allow adequate time to park and register.


The Geo Tracks GPS Tracker is lightweight and easily fits in a small pocket in your rucksack. Your family and friends can track your progress in real-time and you can use the Geo Tracks app combined with the tracker as an accurate tool for navigation during the event. The Event can be followed using the web link  https://events.geotracks.co.uk/live/2289 or via the app which can be purchased prior to the event for Apple  or for Android.  When opening the web link please click on start times and this will display a list of bib numbers (they are sorted alphabetically by surname). The GPS Tracking units upload your position every 10 seconds to the live view tracking map and are accurate to 5 metres. Batteries last for 70 hours .  Don’t forget to drop it off at the finish! To find out more  please visit the Geo Tracks website. 


The male course record was set in 2024 by David Maxen 04:01:08 and the female course record in 2024  by Fiona Slevin-Brown 04:10:58  CUT OFF

The cut off time for the race is 8 hours – you must make CP5 by 3pm  and CP6 by 5pm 


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 . 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 given at registration
  • Power bank to recharge your phone if needed
  • Water bottles/bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
  • Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Whistle
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Long sleeved base layer or fleece top


Need help with your training why not try the Runna App (link on the side bar)-  your discount code is GoBeyond

When you have finished why not recycle your old trainers –



Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9DG

start location

2A Ashton Road, Hartwell, NN7 2HW (you must register at the Country Park first)


The lower meadow car park has been allocated for parking. The current parking rates can be found here,  so please bring sufficient change.







Can I go straight to the start? No you must go to the Country Park to register first.  We will provide transport to the start although you can make your own way there for the race start at 11:30am

Is the course marked?  No, but there are lots of footpath signs and we provide a map and lots of help to keep you on track. You are also provided with a tracker from Geo Tracks so you shouldn’t go wrong!

What’s the course like?  The course is a mix of trails, paths, roads and canal to path and the terrain constantly changes. 

Is there a mandatory kit list?  Yes, please see the race information tab.

How many checkpoints are there? There are 2 checkpoints with water and snacks.

Do you cater for Vegans at checkpoints?  Yes we try to provide vegan snacks where possible – non vegans don’t know the difference!

Are the road crossings marshalled? No, you will need to cross a number of roads with care during the event.

Where can I park? There is parking available at the Country Park  for the duration of the event.

Can I have support during the race?  Yes you can have your own crew – the golden rule is only do what would be possible for everyone else to do if they had a crew!  Please make sure that your supporters do not get in the way of the race and other competitors.

Where can people spectate?   Hartwell (The start), Stoke Bruerne, Blisworth, Gayton, Bugbrooke and Harpole are good locations

What do I do with my  bag with my dry kit in for after the race?  Most people leave them in their cars as the finish is next to the car park.  If you have been dropped off then we can hold a bag at the finish for you.  The bag should be no bigger than a  UK airport carry-on bag size 56 x 45 x 25 cm.  There are no bag drops at checkpoints.

What happens if I get injured or want to drop out?  Please contact the Race Director or Assistant Race Director on the phone numbers shown on the front of your map book and make your way to the next checkpoint if possible or confirm your location.  We will send the sweeper bus to collect you and transport you to the finish to collect your bag if you have one.  If you make your own arrangements please ensure that you let us know other wise we will waste time and energy trying to locate you. 

What if I forget to return my tracker at the end of the race/if I drop out? You will be required to return the tracker via recorded delivery, at your own cost. Any non returns will be charged.

What if I have a question not covered above? Please email us admin@gobeyondchallenge.co.uk




























CP3 to CP4 (Race start line at 3:50)

CP4 to CP5

CP5 to CP6

CP6 to Finish

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