Q&A

Below are common questions we hear about the race. So we've answered them for you! If you have any others, get in touch via the website or Social Media.
  1. What type of shoes should I be wearing ?
  2. I have friends who want to come and support me, can they watch and stay through the night?
  3. I’ve never run at night on my own is it safe? 
  4. When I finish the event is their somewhere to sleep at the venue ?
  5. I’m looking for some accommodation close to the venue could you recommend any?
  6. I’m considering entering the 40 / 70 mile event. If I complete that distance and want to carry on to try and complete the next distance will it count?
  7. Will we get a medal / Trophy ?
  8. I’m a bit lost with what kit to bring with me can you help?
  9. I'm a bit confused with how the team event works > can you explain ?
  10. When will I get my race day information of the event ?

1. What type of shoes should I be wearing ?

The terrain is a mixture of Grass Trail, Hard limestone trail, field trail and tarmac. Based on this we would recommend a trail shoe with reasonable size lugs (grips) on the sole. If the course is dry and you prefer road running shoes then we don’t see a problem with this.

2. I have friends who want to come and support me, can they watch and stay through the night?

Spectators must leave the grounds by 6pm on the Friday night and are not allowed back onto the castle grounds until 8.00am the next morning. If spectators want to volunteer to assist with the running of the event then they are classed as staff and will be allowed to stay on site for the duration of the event (request to be a volunteer via the contact page). Spectators are encouraged to attend and can relax at the main check point infront of the castle watching the runners complete their laps.

3. I’ve never run at night on my own is it safe? 

The estate is privately owned meaning that the estate staff and fat feet runners will be out on the course and no one else. Their will be plenty of people on the route through the night and if you get a decent powerful head torch you shouldn’t feel any problems.

4. When I finish the event is their somewhere to sleep at the venue ?

Yes if you are wanting to sleep at the venue you are welcome to erect a small tent before the race starts near to the organisers tent. This has proved very popular as alot of the runners are in celebratory mood once they have finished so sit around chatting until crashing out in their tent. We allow camping at the estate from the Thursday evening if people wish to arrive the night before race day.

5. I’m looking for some accommodation close to the venue could you recommend any?

Travellodge Colsterworth

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/info?hotelId=128

Low Farm Touring and Camping Park

http://www.lowfarmpark.co.uk/

The Barn at Folkingham

http://www.thebarnspringlane.co.uk/

Wishing Well Inn (Dyke)

http://www.hktaverns.co.uk/pub_intro.aspx?pub=Wishing%20Well

6. I’m considering entering the 40 / 70 mile event. If I complete that distance and want to carry on to try and complete the next distance will it count?

I’m afraid not. The event you enter is the one you will be given a result for. We have to order the correct number of finisher medals.

7. Will we get a medal / Trophy?

Yes all runners completing the relevant distance they enter will receive a bespoke GrimReaper medal. 

Categories winners

1st Solo Male 40 miles
1st Solo Female 40 miles 

1st Solo Male 70 miles
1st Solo Female 70 miles

1st Solo Male 100 miles
1st Solo Female 100 miles

1st -Team Event – 40 miles
1st -Team Event – 70 miles
1st -Team Event – 100 miles (including running club teams)

8. I’m a bit lost with what kit to bring with me can you help?

Possible kit list

  • Ruc Sac- you only need a small one to carry water and possibly some food as you will be returning to the check point every 10 miles where you have access to anything you may require
  • Water bottles or water bladder to fit in ruc sac
  • Head Torch
  • Ipod
  • Sleeping Bag 
  • Warm Clothing for night time (running tights, hat, gloves buff hat etc
  • Waterproof (lightweight)
  • Trekking poles (some people prefer using trekking poles when doing long distance events as it can ease stress on the joints)
  • Food of your preference- we will provide some food but don’t rely on this as it may not be to your liking  – boil in the bag meals (we have hot water), energy bars, jelly babies, etc etc
  • Change of socks /baby wipes and talc – Some peoples feet suffer more than others. I would suggest these people clean their feet and use talc to keep them dry and then change their socks at least once during the event.

9.  I'm confused about the team event , how does it work ?  

 Each team will receive one electronic timing chip. It is this timing chip that acts as a relay baton for the team . Each team has to decide how best to get this timing chip around the route as quickly as possible. A team can decide that one person can run each lap or they may want more than one team member to run each lap. Its is entirely up to the team members to decide how they want to distribute the work of getting the timing chip around the course.

10. When will I be getting my race day information emailed to me ? 

We will email you your race day information the week prior to the event itself.