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The COW's Big Challenge

16-May-2020 Calke Abbey, South Derbyshire DE73 7LE, Derbyshire, UK (England)

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64KM / 40Miles
1 Day - 150 Runners

Alternate Distances: 42KM/26M 21KM/13M 10KM/6M 5KM/3M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £45 GBP

The COW’s Big Challenge is part of the Calke Outdoor Weekender (COW). It provides participants with the opportunity to run, jog, walk or skip their chosen distance around the wonderful South Derbyshire countryside within the National Forest.

The options to choose from are:

  • Ultra: 40 Miles
  • Marathon: 26 Miles
  • Half Marathon: 13 Miles
  • Calf 6 Miles
  • Calf 3 Miles

There will be a number of different routes exploring different parts of the Calke estate and the surrounding countryside. Each route will start and finish in the main COW arena on the meadow next to the Abbey, with the number of different routes you need to complete depending on the distance of the challenge you choose - from 8 routes for the 40-mile ultra to just one for the ‘Calf 3’.

Before, after or even in between completing routes, there will be plenty of other things to get involved in back at Calke. These include yoga, natural movement workshops, inspirational talks or just relaxing with some great food.

For each distance, participants will have the option of a ‘competitive’ or ‘personal-challenge’ start. If you opt for the ‘competitive’ start, you will set off with the mass start for that distance. Results will be issued and those finishing in podium positions will be awarded prizes.

If opting for a ‘personal challenge’ start, you can set off anytime within a time-window for your distance, but will not compete for prizes.

All participants whether ‘competitive’ or ‘personal challenge’ will receive a time and momento in recognition of their efforts.

Provisional start times are as follows:

  • Ultra: Mass start = 08:00, Personal Challenge = 08:00 to 08:30
  • Marathon: Mass start = 11:00, Personal Challenge = 08:00 to 11:00
  • Half Marathon: Mass start = 13:00, Personal Challenge = 12:00 to 13:00
  • Calf 6 = Mass start = 16:00, Personal Challenge = 14:00 to 16:00
  • Calf 3 = Mass start = 17:00, Personal Challenge = 10:00 to 17:30

The cut-off to complete all distances is 18:00.

It is possible to walk or run all distances, but the ultra will be a tough challenge to complete as a walker as a minimum average speed of 4mph is required.

Minimum age limits apply as follows: Ultra = 20, Marathon/Half Marathon = 18, Calf 6 = 16, Calf 3 = 14. Younger children are permitted to walk/run with a parent or guardian on the Calf 3 only in the 'personal challenge' category.  
 

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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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