BRAND NEW FOR 2024 – 26.2 miles of 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 9.8 miles approx. and 7.7 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)
For information about charity places or general enquiries please contact us.
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
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)
The course follows a waymarked route but requires some navigation. We provide a map book 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. 9.8 miles in Gayton (CP5 on the list) and 7.7 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
Registration is open from 10.00 am where you will collect your race number and map book. You will need to confirm your mobile phone number and be subjected to random kit checks. The bus will leave at 10:45am 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, we have permission to extend parking time beyond the maximum of 12 hours. 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/xxx 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 cut off time for the race is 7 hours.
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.
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