Running through the tunnel at the new Battle of the Brampton Valley Way Event

Northampton runners emerge victorious in Battle of the Brampton Valley Way

Two running tribes go to war over 28 miles.

“They came they ran they conquered”. These words apply to runners who represented Northampton at the inaugural Battle of the Brampton Valley Way on Sunday (18 April). They took on runners from Market Harborough with both teams prepared to go a long way to win. Over a 28 mile distance it was, for many, a good first ultra! 

Good news on the Covid front about the return of events was the green light to organisers Race Harborough. They also secured final permission from the Ranger Service, Harborough and Northampton Councils and Sustrans and with fine weather forecast for the weekend, it was all looking positive for this 45K (28 miles) run in the East Midlands. 

The course was the 14 mile Brampton Valley Way, a flat track on the site of a former railway line between Northampton and Market Harborough. Competitors ran along this, a hard-packed track in picturesque surroundings, then turned around and ran back, passing through two very dark tunnels that required a head torch.

They had the choice of starting at the Northampton or Market Harborough end and as this event was Covid-secure, had to keep two metres apart and give other users of the track plenty of room. There were four aid stations on the course but everyone was advised to carry sufficient fluids and nutrition, and a phone due to the isolated location. 

As they crossed the finish line they picked up their pre-ordered T-shirt and a medal with two ribbons – green for ‘Winner’ and red for ‘Loser’. The organisers collated the race times and declared Northampton to be the winning team and to the victors the spoils or in this case, a medal with a green ribbon. 

The full set of results is available via runABC Midlands events listing page

Sir Steve Redgrave was spotted out on the track...

Image courtesy of Mick Hall Photos

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