Twenty Challenges, Twenty Days in 2020

In August 2020 to celebrate it being 2020 we'll be having our Summer 10 Challenges in 10 Days event, twice, back to back! Be the same venue, on the same route, so will be as logistically straightforward as possible.

We're holding it over three weekends and the Bank Holiday Monday and partly in the summer school holidays and partly out so those who are limited on holiday can take as few days as possible off work.... and being in and out of the holidays hopefully means that just about anyone can take part in a day or two, or five or, ten or all twenty!

There are three hotels within walking distance and a brand new Travelodge within crawling distance! So things should be as simple as possible, aside from the running of course, and that is up to you! Each day will be a six hour challenge event, what distance you run each day is totally up to you...

We're deliberately holding the event on a 3.28 mile loop to keep options for runners as wide as possible, two loops are just over a 10k, four loops are 13.1 miles for a half marathon, eight loops are 26.2 miles for a marathon and there will be 27.2 mile short ultra and a 50k option too!

We're making these events a little lower cost than usual, again to try to make them accessible as possible. We're also trying to make them as logistically straightforward as possible for both the runners and SVN! Be a slightly simpler medal than usual, though there will be 20 variations!, we're not going to have goody bags for these events, but certainly the usual standard of SVN aid station, welcome, support and friendliness!

Please explore the races and consider joining us for one or all of them!

Course Information

Cyclopark - 3.28 Mile Loop

Mostly on wide tarmac bike paths and grassy paths and is fairly flat (well that's my flat, so about 800' climb for a marathon type distance, 100' per lap) and is mostly on wide tarmac bike paths and grassy paths.

View the route here on MapMyRun

The loop is 3.28 miles long, eight laps will make up the marathon distance. The events will be six hour challenge events. You only need to complete one lap to be a finisher. Four laps will be a Half Marathon, Five laps for a Heavy Half, Eight Laps for a Full Marathon, Nine Laps for an Ultra Marathon, there will be short loops for a 27.2 mile mini-Ultra and a 50k Ultra.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get?
You each event will receive
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one. Be something like the image below, similar medal each day, but 2020 themed rather than tanked!
2) A well stocked base camp/aid stations with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for during and post race replenishment, including the legendary Rachel's Rocky Road!

Where do I park? How do I get there?
Please refer to our Cyclopark information page.

When do I get my race number?
You'll pick this up on race day morning from the race base camp. If you're taking part in more than one day then please keep your number to use on other days.

Are there time limits?
You have six hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the time limit and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 6 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 6:00 hours from the final cut off. Any runner completing 26.2 miles will have completed marathon distance and will count as a marathon finish for the purposes of the 100 Marathon Club, if you complete over 26.2 miles then you've completed an ultra.

As long as you finish one lap of a challenge event then you'll receive an official finish time, medal and goody bag. With timed events there are no DNFs as long as you complete one loop.

Do you have secure baggage facilities
No. But you're free to leave bags at the start/finish. There will always be someone around but we can't guarantee their security, in the event of rain we can't guarantee things won't get wet.

Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Road shoes, its 95% or so on decent surfaces.

Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using a network of local footpaths and trails and is shared with ramblers, dogwalkers, horseriders and cyclists. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land. Please don't litter, we'll have a bin at the base camp and there are bins at various places along the routes.

What on course facilities do you provide?
Water, squash, nibbles, starter, timekeeper and encouragement every lap! Base station will be well stocked for all runners.

Can I leave personal drinks at the drinks station?
Yes, you may want to label it and we will not be responsible for folks drinking the wrong drinks!

Can I use an ipod or mp3 player on the course?
Yes. Though please be aware that you are running on public footpaths with the general public so make sure that you pay attention to farm vehicles, cyclists, people, dogs, horseriders, wildlife and so on. On a couple of the routes there are road crossings to be aware of too although there is no actual running along roads involved.

The entry fee is a little more than normal – why is that?
We are holding this event by kind permission of the Cyclopark Trust. We are paying a fee/donation for use of the facilities over the ten days. Cyclopark parking fees and profits from the cafe etc all go towards the upkeep of this lovely venue so please support them by paying the parking each day and buying a cake or coffee in the cafe.

Location Information

Please visit our Cyclopark information page for general parking, directions and local area information about public transport, hotels etc.

General SVN FAQ

Can be read here

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