The Grim Reaper

Grim But Gorgeous

The Grim Reaper is back and he’s coming for you...

Following the success of 2023's event, Lincolnshire's Grim Reaper will return this year at the stunning Grimsthorpe Castle Estate on May 25/26. The event was relaunched in 2023 by Steve Cole and Laura Bailey, runners local to the Grimsthorpe Estate who compete in races of distances from 10K up to 100 miles. They said: "Our plan was to create an event that catered for runners of all abilities, in a stunning location and with a friendly, supportive vibe."

Runners have the option of four solo distances - 10, 40, 70 and 100 miles - plus 40 mile and 100 mile team relay options. There will be two 10 mile races, one in the morning and a night version. The route is a 10 mile loop that covers beautiful grass trails through ancient woodland, limestone tracks, quiet estate roads and a stretch along a disused Victorian railway line. It also skirts around the picturesque estate lake before reaching the start/finish point in front of the castle itself.

Speaking of the course, organisers say: "We class this as an ‘undulating’ trail course with no major hills to contend with, making it ideal for those new to ultra-running, looking to take the next step to a longer distance or aiming for a PB."

There will be hot food and hot/cold drinks available to purchase throughout the event and runners are permitted to camp on site on the Friday and Saturday nights. The camp area will be close to the start/finish line making it ideal for storing supplies for the race.

Entry includes a finisher’s medal, t-shirt and goody bag. Trophies will be awarded to the first male and female in all solo races. Those who complete the 40, 70 and 100-mile solo races will be presented with a special finishers t-shirt.

If you'd like to know more, visit the Grim Reaper website.

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