After the success of the first Striders group trip away (2015 Amsterdam Half Marathon), we are putting together two trips for 2016 – the Keswick Mountain Festival and the Equinox 24. Both of these events offer different kinds of challenges to the ‘everyday road race’ and allow you to bring the whole family along if you wish!
A summary of each event, is below.
Keswick Mountain Festival – Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May 2016
This event is based within Crow Park (Keswick), on the shores of Derwentwater. It offers a number of sporting events from a 5km run to a relay Triathlon. The event is more than just about sport however as there will be two live concerts – one on the night of Friday 20th and one on Saturday 21st. There are also many activities for children to take part in allowing you to bring family up to enjoy the event with you.
In terms of accommodation, camping is available, or you may wish to book a room at one of the many hotels/B&B’s in the area. How long you come up to the festival for and which events you wish to participate in (see website for full details of the sporting events available) is up to you.
The main running events, which are now on sale, are as follows,
• Saturday 21st May – 5km (£15.00) and 25km (£30.00)
• Sunday 22nd May – 10km (£27.50) and 50km (£38.00)
o Note that the 10km has multiple start times – the 11:00 and 12:00 races are designated for Striders
For the festival tickets, there are number of options (some include camping) but these are yet to go on sale. An announcement will be made as soon as they are available.
If you are interested in attending, please complete your details on the sign up sheet (available on the club notice board from 1st December) so we can keep you informed of further developments in relation to the festival tickets. Please note that the Striders will not be booking any of the events or accommodation on behalf of its members, therefore we would advise booking your preferred event asap if you wish to attend. Accommodation is also starting to fill in the area, so if you don’t want to camp, booking this asap would also be advised.
Equinox 24 – 17th & 18th September 2016 (arrival on 16th September)
The Equinox24 is a 24 hour mixed terrain race around a 10k loop against the clock. The event is open to all abilities: whether entering to run solo or in a team of 2-8 – 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 (16th) 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. Check out the videos and pictures from last year on the event website to give you a flavour of what to expect.
The Striders will be looking to enter a number of teams into the event, with team sizes of between 5 and 8 anticipated. All abilities can get involved – it would be great to mix up the groups and make it a real ‘Striders family’ event.
The cost, up to the 31st December, is £45 (rises to £50 beyond this date). This includes camping (one tent pitch) for each person also. If you are interested in this event, please fill in your details below so we can start to assemble teams and then enter all in one go. A first cut (to start forming teams) will be taken on Thursday 17th December.
If you don’t fancy taking part in the 24hr event, there is a separate 10km race on the Saturday (starting at the same time as the main 24hr event). This is £15.00 to enter.
A kids fun run is also offered on the Saturday, so why not make it a family trip away?!
We would also love Striders to join us who would just like to offer support through the weekend –you are more than welcome to come along (small fee for camping).
We really hope you can join us on one or both of the above trips. If you would like any further information, please see James Wright at a club night, send an email to email@example.com or message us via the facebook page.