Join us for the gold award-winning Dirt Half Challenge on Saturday 13th November 2021. The race starts in the historic market town of Leighton Buzzard and follows the picturesque autumnal canal towpath north to Stoke Hammond with stunning views, climbing through beautiful countryside to Great Brickhill. The route then passes through the scenic Rushmere Country Park before following the Greensand Ridge back to the start via the canal towpath.
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EVENT DATE: Saturday 13th November 2021
RACE START: 10:00
ENTRY LIST: [ HERE ]
MINIMUM AGE: The minimum age for participants is 17 on race day.
RACE INSTRUCTIONS: You can download the instructions [ HERE ]
HQ: Cedars Upper School, Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 2AE.
ROUTE MAP: Downlaod the PDF route map [ HERE ]
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/4355. The race will be run under UKA rules
Free car parking is available at the school: Click here for directions. Use postcode: LU7 2AE. Parking is limited so please car share if possible.
Latitude: 51.90791, Longitude: -0.67391
Please leave your bag in your vehicle. If you are coming by public transport thaen you will be able to leave a small bag at the Race HQ at your own risk. Alternatively, 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 your normal running shoes 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
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.
IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY
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.