Back in the running at Salcey Forest Autumn Challenge
Successful autumn debut for this Covid-secure Big Bear event
The wait was finally over for Big Bear Events who after more than six months were able to host a live race. Their Salcey Forest Autumn Challenge Day 1 and Day 2 (Wednesday 23 September and Thursday 24 September) were welcomed by all and the location and weather put a smile on everyone’s faces.
This was the first Covid-secure event for the organisers who had to stage it over two days due to the new restrictions. Big Bear Events have used Salcey Forest on previous occasions, for their spring and summer challenges but it was the first time they held this in the autumn although they were hopeful of favourable conditions. Fortunately it stayed dry for most of the event and there was sunshine on Day 2.
This was a 6 hour challenge involving 3.3 mile off-road laps on trails around the ancient woodland of Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire. A reduced number of runners completed as much or as little as they wished so anything from 5K to a half marathon (4 laps), marathon (8 laps) or test themselves and go further and finish doing an ultra (9 laps+). There was also the option to hike or walk the loops and they remembered to socially distance before, during and after the event. The aid station coped admirably with the new changes.
Finish line goodies included a medal, the awesome flapjack from Rugby Real Bread, beer, cider and apple juice.
Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to participate again in an event and for many including several
first timers, it won’t be their last.
Image courtesy of Nick Wolstenholme