Rose of the Shires is a 54 mile circular Ultra Marathon starting 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
ROSE OF THE SHIRES RELAY RACE
New for 2024 is the Rose of the Shires relay – a way to enjoy being part of the event without having to run 54 miles! The race divides up into 7 legs (start to CP1/CP1 to CP2 etc. until CP6 to the finish). Distances in miles are 8.7/7.1/7.4/6.8/7.7/8/8.4 There are 3 options:
- 3 Person Relay – you will need a driver and three runners. Two members of the team will complete 2 of the 7 legs and one member 3 of the 7 legs
- 4 Person Relay you will need a driver (don’t forget there will only be three runners in the car plus the driver at any one time) and four runners. Three members of the team will complete 2 of the 7 legs and one member 1 of the 7 legs.
- 7 Person Relay you will need two drivers. Each person will run one leg
The tracker will serve as your baton and each team member will receive a medal and t shirt at the finish.
UTMB index race
The event is a registered UTMB index race (part of the new UTMB Index system) in the 100K distance category – no one actually knows what that means 🙂
The route is 36.4 miles of cross country trails; 15.6 miles of roads; and 1.8 miles of canal tow path . Elevation is +2315 ft (+706m) and -2315 ft (-706m)
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, 223 and 224
CHECKPOINTS AND AID STATIONS
There are 6 check points, each will have water, and a selection of snacks, and Go Beyond Fruit Cake! A drink will be available for all athletes at the finish. Each checkpoint is manned by a local running club competing for the best themed checkpoint trophy so you will be asked to vote for your favourite check point at the finish! 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 T-shirt.
registration AND START TIME
Registration is open from 6.45 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 race will start at 8am.
Due to the strenuous physical demands of running 54 miles in one day Rose of the Shires is restricted to competitors over 18 years of age only.
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 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/1593 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 2022 David Green – 07:17:59
and the female record in 2023 Rachel Piper – 08:19:06.
The cut off time for the race is 13.5 hours. We have progressive cut off times from Checkpoint 3 onwards, details can be found on the Checkpoint information sheet.
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 (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
- Headtorch or Body Torch
- Spare batteries
- 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)- email for your discount code
When you have finished why not recycle your old trainers –
Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9DG
The lower meadow car park has been allocated for parking. The current parking rates can be found here, so please bring sufficient change.
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 6 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? Sywell Country Park, Yardley Hastings, Piddington (The Spread Eagle), Hartwell, 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 timing chip or tracker at the end of the race/if I drop out? You will be required to return the chip/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 firstname.lastname@example.org