Trail racing that will take you away from the comfort of urban gravel tracks and into the heart of the glorious landscapes, nature and heritage that we have here in the North East of England.
The race route takes in The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark describes as “a stunning landscape of open heather moors, dramatic dales, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, close knit communities, glorious waterfalls, fantastic birds, colourful hay meadows, stone-built villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past” The area has many distinctive geology, landscape and flora features, significant archaeology and supports important biodiversity in a range of key habitats.
The event will start centre-stage in the main show ring, before heading up a steep gravel track past Pennypie House (on the Pennine Journey trail) and onto the moors. From the top of the climb, you will cross the trail heading for Slaley Forest, where you will meander up and down some of the forest’s undulating tracks before popping back out onto the moors. Finally, you pick up The Carriers’ Way that will take you back to Blanchland.
Race distance and elevation: 13.4miles, 1400ft
Mandatory kit: you will be required to wear clothing appropriate to the conditions on the day. The North Pennines can be chilly in summer and the race route goes onto the open moorland where it could be very cold. This list could change depending on the conditions
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Senior Male and Female, and 1st place in V40-49, V50-59 and V60+ Male and Female
What you get:
Venue: Blanchland Show, held on fields by the Village Hall, postcode DH8 9UA. This will be signposted prior to the event.
We are an eco-friendly company, and on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts as standard – many go to waste after events. As with all of our races we will be collecting pre-loved running kit so that we can pass it all onto an up-cycling scheme which we are supporting. We are actively encouraging participants to give something back to the environment which is why your race goodies are a little bit different. We are including a packet of mixed wildflower seeds for you to plant which will encourage bees and other pollinators to visit your garden and are great for the environment.
This event offers the option to purchase Booking Protect, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.