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Rose of the Shires Ultra and Rosebud Marathon

Date and time

Saturday
05/04/2025
08:00 am

Event Enquiries

Tel.: 07989 850170

Event Location

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

Event ID#

9089

Event Category:

Running Events > Ultra

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Event Description

ROSE OF THE SHIRES ULTRA

Incorporating The Rosebud Marathon 

54 miles of beautiful Northamptonshire country trails, roads and towpath. The route is approximately 72% trail and 28% on road.   The Race start 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 loop making for easy planning and logistics. The route takes in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside with two country parks, Salcey Forest, the Grand Union Canal and 21 pretty villages and towns following parts of the Nene Way, the Midshires Way and the Northampton Round. There are 6 checkpoints at 6 to 8 mile intervals 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. We are proud to be an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc index race.

 

 

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  

TERRAIN MIX

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)

COURSE MARKING

The course follows a waymarked route but requires some navigation.  We provide 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

AWARDS

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.

AGE LIMIT

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.

BAGGAGE TRANSFER

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.

TRACKER

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. 

COURSE RECORDS

The male course record was set in 2022 David Green  – 07:17:59
and the female record in 2023 Rachel Piper – 08:19:06.
 
CUT OFF

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.

KIT

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
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch or Body Torch
  • Spare batteries
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Long sleeved base layer or fleece top

This event closes in:

on 02/04/2025 at 11:59pm
(*subject to change without warning)

Event Terms

We have our terms and conditions for the avoidance of doubt and to keep things fair so you know what you are signing up to . Organising events represents a considerable up front investment so in order to ensure that we continue to do this in the future our Terms and Conditions are here to make things clear.



Definitions –



Go Beyond Challenge Limited are the sole organisers of the event unless stated otherwise. The definition of the organiser can include: the event organiser, the event team, independent contractors , officials and personnel, land managers and/or owners, event sponsors, volunteers, and all of their directors, employees, representatives and agents.

The event refers to any event listed on the website www.gobeyondchallenge.com

The entrant refers to the individual or team that has entered an event sometimes referred to as the “competitor”

Conditions of Entry –



By entering an event the entrant agrees to abide by the Terms and Conditions

It is the entrants responsibility to ensure that the contact information provided is accurate and up to date

If a competitor elects to take a charity entry then they agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount and set up a fundraising page and share those details with the chosen charity. They accept that they will be withdrawn from the event if they fail to provide the necessary information or do not reach the fundraising target to the satisfaction of the chosen charity.

Events by their very nature are physically demanding so by entering an event the entrant confirms that they are capable of taking part and that the organsiers cannot be held responsible for any injury or illness as a result of their participation.

By entering an event the entrant declares that they are an amateur according to UK Athletics and British Triathlon Federation rules.

The entrant waives and discharges from any and all liability for death, disability, personal injury, loss or damage of property, and all other foreseeable risks, claims or actions of any kind connected either directly or indirectly with the event.

Confirmation of Entry –



You will receive an email confirming entry to an event from our on line booking providers to an email address you have provided. It is your responsibility to ensure that this is accurate and to monitor spam/junk folders if the email is not received directly

It is the entrants responsibility to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up to date.

Competitor Withdrawal –



There is a zero refund policy in respect to withdrawals through injury or any other reason prior to or during a race.

Competitors may transfer their race place to a following year’s event or to another event providing that the deferment fee (and any other associated race fee cost differences) are paid in full. If the race has a lower value no reductions in the deferment fee will be offered.

A fee of £7.50 will be payable to defer an event place any time up to two weeks before the event. No deferral will be offered less than two weeks before the event date.

Only one deferment is available for any entry

Transfer of Entry to a third party –



Under no circumstances can race entries be transferred to another competitor.

Any competitor found to be using another competitors race entry will be denied entry to that event

Prizes –



The event organisers have the absolute discretion in the award of prizes, prize money or awards

Prizes must be collected on the day.

Prizes can be posted after the event at the sole risk and cost of the recipient

Entrants Information –



The entrant authorises the use of their name, voice and image in any format to be used without payment in broadcast, digital and social media, communication, promotion or advertising. The entrant also agrees that the information provided may be used for the purpose of promoting future events or race sponsors, products and services.

The entrant agrees for their name to be included in the race results and in the race day report in either paper or digital format

If the entrant commits to a charity entry then they agree that their contact information can be shared exclusively with the said charity.

Refusal of Entry –



Go Beyond Challenge Limited reserves the right to refuse or revoke entry to any entrant at their discretion.

Force Majeure –



The organiser is not responsible for any failure to perform its obligations under this contract, if it is prevented or delayed in performing those obligations by an event of force majeure. Events of Force Majeure shall include, but not be limited to:



fire, chemical or radioactive contamination or ionising radiation, earthquakes, lightning, cyclones, hurricanes, floods, droughts or such other extreme weather, environmental conditions, unanticipated geological or ground conditions, epidemic, famine, plague or other natural calamities and acts of God;

acts of war (whether declared or undeclared), invasion, acts of terrorists, blockade, embargo, riot, public disorder, violent demonstrations, insurrection, rebellion, civil commotion and sabotage;

strikes, lockouts, work stoppage, labour disputes, and such other industrial action by workers

any legal prohibition on the Organsier’s ability to conduct their business, including passing of a statute, decree, regulation or order by a Competent Authority

Event Options

**NOTE: Prices shown below include booking fees. Nothing extra will be added at the checkout.**

Options Age Restrictions Price Start time Maximum event entries

Date 05/04/2025 Number of people registered via BookitZone (includes offline count) - 0

Event limit: 200 places
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Further information from the Organiser

You should collect your race pack/number/item at the venue on the day of the event. Please arrive in good time.

Event Organiser

Name: Simon Hollis

Link to events website: https://www.gobeyondchallenge.com/ultra-marathons/rose-of-the-shires-ultra/

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Rose of the Shires Ultra and Rosebud Marathon

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

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