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Equinox 24

21-Sep-2019 Belvoir Castle Estate Grantham, Leicestershire, East Midlands, UK (England)

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1 Day - 2000 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £50 GBP

The Equinox24 is a 24 hour mixed terrain race around a 10k loop against the clock.

The event site opens on Friday and the race begins at noon on Saturday.

The event is open to all abilities: whether entering to run solo or in a team of 2-8, whether you aim to win or just to take part, this race will be exhilarating, testing and rewarding with a great atmosphere.

The 10k route will take you around the picturesque Belvoir Castle Estate.

There is free camping from Friday for competitors and spectators. Equinox24 is renowned for its welcoming, supportive and friendly atmosphere and is a great experience for runners and supporters alike.

You’ll find the Equinox24 physically challenging and mentally tough but an amazing experience not to be missed.

A weekend you will talk about for years, especially with those who share the weekend with you.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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BAO1

01:57 29-11-17

I have run in this event twice, both times as a member of a large team. I found the atmosphere fantastic, friendly and supportive, and intend to run again in 2018 as part of a small team.

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Monster1969

07:50 27-09-17

I ran solo this year and walked 70k. Whole experience was fantastic, from start to finish. Atmosphere was brilliant from fello runners, supporters and marshals. One short, sharp, testing hill (that hill) and one longer, more gradual climb (Not that hill) but DON'T underestimate the course like I did. Brilliant food stalls, a fabulous London bus bar, kids race, beer run, and lots if new nutcase friends. What's not to love?? Will be back next year aiming for 100k minimum

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fattastic

12:01 09-05-17

Year of race 2015 and 2016
I did this as part of a group for both years and the whole experience was great and it has inspired me to take on my first ultra this year. The course is mixed with both paved and unpaved surfaces and running it at different times of the day mixed the course up. A great introduction for people new to running at night and on mixed terrain. Great support all the way round from runners, spectators and marshals. There is one aid station about half way round the loop and it was stocked up every time I went by. The whole weekend has a festival feel to it and everyone was really friendly and it was a great way to meet like minded people.

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Mark1981

06:31 28-09-16

This was my first attempt at endurance running and I loved it. It was a great event, great atmosphere, so many runners encouraging each other and giving each other support, the marshals and crowds were great especially in the campsite which you run the last 1km through. The course itself was fantastic, lovely scenery and views around Belvoir Castle. The only minor down side was the campsite toilets, not enough for 2000 people, even though they were cleaned out 2-3 times daily they were hammered so quickly, many times me and friends would go, to find no toilet roll left and no water or soap to wash our hands.. Definitely more toilets needed.. But I wouldn't let this stop me coming again next year.

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jason@sbrevents.co.uk

07:37 27-09-16

I signed to Equinox24 as a foray into ultra running, to attempt a personal challenge and the fact that this race is on my doorstep.

Arriving on the Friday gave me the chance to get camping kit in position, review the course and meet Laura and Jonny, the dynamic duo behind the race.

Once people started to arrive it was a great opportunity to meet friends, catch up on run gossip and put faces to Twitter handles who would normally just get messages in 140 characters.

Saturday and race day start loomed. I checked in with CEP for some quad sleeves and received good advice and service from Darrell. I joined my kids on the fun run, a nice route around the campsite which got all of the kids a wonderful reception from those not running, a great way to inspire the next generation of runners. The handing out of kids medals took too long, at one point we thought they'd miss the main race start. I ended up missing the kids getting their medals as I needed to listen to the race briefing, a little bit annoying as they'd made some effort to be there.

The race briefing hit all of the necessary points, but I would suggest that Jonny gets a bigger map to talk newbies through the course and a box to stand on so we can see him.

The race was on, a good start, on time, no silly warm-up routines just a simple count down from 10. The course is marked out sufficiently with signage, so you know where you are going, but not too much to obliterate the estate with yellow boards. I stupidly ran the first hill, it's long but not steep. It's 'That Hill' that's the killer, not as much as the downhill in between the two uphills. I was told the course was changed, but not necessarily for the better. The downhill was on a camber and caused myself some knee aggravation, my final lap saw me going down this hill backwards, because of the pain I was in.

A single water station on course, at about 5k, was great. This is an ultra run, most runners are self-sufficient, but a second station on the course could be an added bonus to those pushing fast 10k's. Toilets on the course is a great addition, not many race organisers do this-brilliant.

What did I like the most about this race? 1) The 10k loop, you can easily keep track of loops, change kit, grab food or sleep at the end of each lap.

2) The camaraderie, old friends, new friends all with a common goal of supporting each other, whether you're doing 2 laps or 20 laps.

3) Great race bling, and different to the previous year.

4) Superb selection of food. Those noodles WERE awesome!

What didn't I like about the race? Just the one thing. 254 runners got re-christened 'solo' over the weekend. Please make the names much bigger on the race numbers next year. It so makes a difference when you here your own name and when you can see someone else's name.

Will I come back? Hell yes! I wouldn't normally do the same race twice, with so many races out there, but this has offered up a challenge. I was less prepared than expected and the aim was 6 laps. My game plan changed on race day and I suffered for it only reaching 4 laps, but I acquired a new PB on distance and a new set of stories for the dinner table. Totally loved it!

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Heidi

09:54 26-09-16

Equinox 24 2016 - I ran as part of a small team of 4 ladies. I covered 60k and as a team we managed 260k. It was such a well organised event and in such stunning grounds of Belvoir Castle. It was a truly character building experience, not only conquering the hills but navigating your way in the dark on uneven ground with a head torch! I loved it enough to have fond memories and feel really proud of what I achieved but I did find the stop/start really demanding. It was a lovely event with a great atmosphere and so much support from the organisers, marshalls and fellow runners.

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Heidi

09:54 26-09-16

Equinox 24 2016 - I ran as part of a small team of 4 ladies. I covered 60k and as a team we managed 260k. It was such a well organised event and in such stunning grounds of Belvoir Castle. It was a truly character building experience, not only conquering the hills but navigating your way in the dark on uneven ground with a head torch! I loved it enough to have fond memories and feel really proud of what I achieved but I did find the stop/start really demanding. It was a lovely event with a great atmosphere and so much support from the organisers, marshalls and fellow runners.

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suzzlesuz

02:34 25-09-16

Pairs '15. Solo '16. Superbly organised. Marshals, Race Directors and other competitors very supportive. Never alone on the course (multi terrain and challenging). Brilliant if you want to take your kids (also a kids race). This is now my favourite event of the year. Excellent value for money. Once you've done Equinox24 you'll be hooked, a very unique event.

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depicus

05:40 24-09-16

A 10km loop course with plenty of undulation and amenities. You can run as a large or small team, as a pair or solo. I've run twice now, once as a team but this time solo and it just gets better and better. Starting on Saturday at noon the aim is to get as many laps as you can, you can break and sleep if you want and there are some fantastic food vendors to keep you going. The course is part road and part grassy with a few hills one of which is described as "That Hill" and at first you wonder why but get to lap 8 and you understand it's re*****tion. Support is second to none with runners often shouting support for each other, especially to solo runners and the last km is round a field where everybody camps so plenty of cheering to keep you going. The organisations is great and toilets emptied often. My highlight is the pulled pork sandwiches oh and the running. You also get a 10k race and another for the kids should you require and the scenery of Belvoir Castle just sets things off. If you're lucky there will be a wedding in the other field and you can hear some amazing saxophone as you run throughout the night. Looking forward to next year already.

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LesleyAndrew

05:21 28-09-15

I had a great time at Equinox 24. I was part of a team of four relaying. The atmosphere was good friendly and supportive in the event village and on course. I really felt that it was an excellent course as a varied challenging terrain. I will certainly be back and was tempted to do it solo next year but will perhaps do another team cos that was loads of fun

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