Northampton SixPack Marathon Challenge
Come and explore the hidden gems that Northampton has to offer.
How does it work?
We’ve created six beautiful and bespoke routes of varying distances that together make up the full 26.2 miles / 42+ kilometres of the MARATHON distance.
Walk, jog or run. It’s up to you. You choose the pace and when to have a go at each route. You decide in which order you walk or run the routes.
Using state-of-the-art gps mapping technology and turn-by-turn audio navigation science, we’ll keep you on track to achieve your fitness and challenge goals.
Your entry includes access to all six of these rewarding routes and one very special ‘finish line’ reward.
What do I get?
|Medals will be sent out to finishers as soon as they arrive with us. Due to COVID-19, delivery times of the medals are
slightly longer than usual.
A few notes before you go...
- It is crucial you stick to any social distancing rules that may be in force at the time you undertake any of the routes.
- We recommend undertaking the routes at quieter times of the day / week.
- Please be aware of and be courteous to all other users. You will come across dogs, cyclists and other users. Let’s all share the green space together.
- Some of the routes will, by necessity, include one or more road crossings. It is essential that you BE AWARE for your own safety at all times and be considerate to other people.
- Always respect the environment and take any litter such as gel packs and bottles home with you
- Remember you can walk, jog or run each route as many times as you like and re-upload your results.
How do I upload my time?
1) Go back to the entry page (That's here!)
2) Select the tab above that says 'Enter Result'
3) Pop in your time for whichever route you have completed
4) Add in any photos of your journey or a link to your Garmin - please note that when you view your result again later, the link you used will be in the button 'see submitted route'.
Routes and Distances
Rapid Nene 5KJust off Bedford road
The route is very flat on tracks and paths around the Nene River. You will have to pinch yourself to realise you are in the middle of Northampton. The name comes from the finish location which is next to the Rapids at the water sport centre. Take note this route can flood so check the facebook group for details.
Watchtower 11KSixfields Stadium
A cracking route that is more or less very flat, and apart from the start lane a beautiful route around the lakes, canals and parklands that make up the Upton Park. Wondering about the name? The Express tower watches your every move!!
The Kings 7K
A fantastic route with plenty of variety and lovely scenery, the start following the edges of farmers fields before heading down the Darlington brook. Then towards Harleston Firs, a gorgeous section of wooded paths takes you to the varied paths and tracks of the Brampton way, taking you back to the car park at the Kings!
Little Norway 5K
What a lovely surprise this route is, when you drop down to the start you find a lovely disused railway converted to a cracking path. At the end of the line used to be a railway cottage called Little Norway, hence the route name; alas this cottage has now been replaced with the units at Brackmills. Even when you are near the factory units the route is amazing with lakes, trees, fantastic paths....a real gem.
Pitsford Creek 10K
Although slightly out of Northampton it is definitely worth that little drive out of town for what is a fast, easy to navigate and simply gorgeous route around this large reservoir. There are plenty of things to do so why not make it a family affair.
Hill Fort 4K
Creating these routes in Northampton has been a real pleasure and although I knew about the Hunsbury railway, I never knew about the iron age hill fort there. The route starts near the Drovers return on the other side of Hunsbury Hill drive, where the route winds itself through the estate down a scenic track before returning along another lovely path backup to the park. The route then basically follows the edge of the park before finishing at the crossing gates at the Ironstone rail.
Technology and Navigation
|Please use this fantastic app to ensure you can follow the full route directly from your phone. Download the app now and join our Northampton SixPack Challenge to instantly get access to all the routes with full navigation.
iPhone users: https://apps.apple.com/app/rungo-guided-runs-turn-by/id712628644
Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.rungo
RunGo is the #1 running app for discovering the best routes in the world with turn-by-turn navigation. Follow a voice guided tour, including the encouraging reminder when you’re halfway there.
RunGo also tracks your runs stats like time, pace, distance, elevation and estimated finish time.
|what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. They have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3-word address that will never change.
For example: ‘filled.count.soap’ marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.
People use what3words to find their tents at festivals, navigate to B&Bs, and to direct emergency services to the right place.
We have used what3words to share with you the exact start locations for each route. Please download the app – it is great for sharing your location when meeting up with people, but also really useful in emergencies and for navigation.
iPhone users: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/what3words/id657878530
Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.what3words.android&hl=en_GB
Price per participant
|First 400 entries||£20.00 + fee|
|After 400 entries||£25.00 + fee|