Dirt Half Challenge mid November Bedfordshire

It is with great sadness that we have no alternative but to cancel the 11th Dirt Half Challenge due to take place on Saturday 14th November 2020.

Unfortunately, we were unable to gain permission from all stakeholders to proceed, even with restrictions in place. We share your huge disappointment regarding this unavoidable cancellation however the well-being of our runners, volunteers, and spectators has always been our top priority.

Existing entrants have been sent an email.

Rest assured that we have been working on a “Plan B” and will share this with you all in the very near future.

Once again, thank you for your valued support and understanding.

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MINIMUM AGE: The minimum age for participants is 17 on race day.

HQ: Cedars Upper School, Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 2AE.

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  • Map Reference – Latitude: 51.90791, Longitude: -0.67391
  • The Race HQ opens at 08:00


The award-winning Dirt Half Challenge will take place on Saturday 14th November 2020. The race starts in Leighton Buzzard and follows the canal towpath north to Stoke Hammond with stunning views, climbs through beautiful countryside to Great Brickhill then passes through the scenic Rushmere Country Park before following the Greensand Ridge back to the start via the canal towpath. This popular trail race sells out every year. The route will be clearly marked and marshaled.

Dirt Half Challenge Elevation

This event will be chip timed using state of the art disposable timing chips attached to the reverse of your running number. Sorry, no late starters.

Time limit is 3 hours 30 minutes

TRA/applied. The race will be run under UKA rules

Free car parking is available at the school: Click here for directions. Use postcode: LU7 2AE

Latitude: 51.90791, Longitude: -0.67391

Baggage can be left in the school hall at your own risk or you can pay to use a secure locker in Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre next door.

Mixed surfaces: mostly on canal towpaths, woodland paths and grass. This race is not a road race and runners are to expect uneven paths. We recommend trail shoes or trainers for this event.

We recommend that you arrive in your running clothes. You can pay entry to Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre next door to use their showering facilities.

The Sports Therapy Room will be providing massages for a small fee. Proceeds to go to charity.

There will be a coffee van outside the Race HQ selling hot drinks and snacks.

There will be water in cups at approx mile 3, 7 and 10 miles and again at the finish.

You will be able to purchase merchandise when you enter the event. Merchandise purchased will be posted out monthly.
You will also be able to buy a T-Shirt, hoodie or bobble hat at the Race HQ on Race Day.

iTab purchases will automatically be posted out a few days after the event. You do not need to do anything.

Your Pace Pocket will be sent directly to you 10-12 days before the race. Should you change your target time between now and the race, and would like to swap for a different time, please email info@pacepockets.run at least two weeks before race day to advise on your new target time.

Need to update your registration, check you have entered, change your address or purchase merchandise after you have entered? Then visit the My Events page on https://myevents.active.com/ to manage your event registration.

All finishers will receive a quality Race Medal.

Presentation of the race awards will take place after the race @ 12:15

  • First 3 Men, plus MV40, MV50, MV60, MV70.
  • First 3 Ladies, plus FV35, FV45, FV55, FV65.
  • The first team of 5 runners (can be mixed) from the same club.
    Runners may win more than one award.

Please see FAQS

Spectators are welcome but are reminded to stand clear of the route at all times. There are a couple of nice pubs on the course offering a relaxed view of the runners.

The Three Locks

The Globe Inn


Make your registration refundable with ACTIVE Refund. Receive a refund if you are unable to attend the event due to illness, injury, or a change of plans. Event cancellations are not eligible for a refund.

All runners must be medically fit to compete and enter at their own risk and the organisers will in no way be held responsible for any injury, accident, loss or damage that may arise before, during or after the event as a consequence of their participation in this race. We do not offer refunds or deferrals under any circumstances. You can transfer your place – please see FAQS. No dogs or pushchairs are allowed.

The race director and the emergency services reserve the right to stop the race at any time if deemed necessary. These would be in circumstances beyond our control and no refunds would be given.

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