Breamish Behemoth – Useful Info

Now that your interest has been sparked, let’s find out more about the event.


We organise free parking on the day.  We will be using a farmers field for both the camping and the parking and there will be plenty of space.  This is right where the event actually takes place so no long walks.


Registration is 7am until 8am in the Village Hall which you would have passed when you go to park.  We will have a table set up where you come in and get your race number which you fix to the front of your bike.  It is important that you remember to put this on your bike as this number is used to check you off at each checkpoint.  If we have not checked you off and don’t know if you have dropped out then we have no choice but to start looking for you.

Course Terrain

The Breamish Behemoth is a cracking route.  Shorter in distance than the Colossus but more challenging in its terrain and constantly varying gradients.  These route covers are far wider geographical range and is a more committing event in that large sections of it are in the most wild a remote places the Cheviots can offer up.  We’ve built in certain rest sections so your legs can get back to normal before taking on yet another tough climb.  We can’t wait to see what you make of this one!

Bike Type

You can do this on any bike you like so long as it goes off road.  Mountain bike, fat bikes, etc.  There are big chunks of the course that are ripe for each type.

Event Start Time

The event gets under way at 8:30am.  Prior to this at 8:15am there is a compulsory event briefing which all riders must attend.  All riders set off at the same time and the course is designed to have a relatively gentle start from Ingram and gives your legs a chance to warm up before the hard stuff rears into view.

Travel Plans

For information on getting here please see here.  For accommodation options please see here.  We have free on-site camping available but you must let us know if you want to do this so we can clear the required space.  If you get stuck for somewhere to stay then by all means get in touch and we’ll have a look round for you.


Got something on your mind?  We might be able to help you here:

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes.  All riders must enter in advance using our online booking.  For registration info please see here.  Registrations on the day are not allowed.

Will we receive a map of the route?

There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area. The route will be well marked but in the event of any issue refer to your map.

A gpx file will be released a few weeks prior to the event and a map will be shown via our social media channels.

Are There Cut Off Times?

Not really and you will be given ample time to get round the course.  We’ll only pull you off the course if there is a danger of riding in the dark or severe weather.

Are there Age Limits for Participants?

Yes.  All riders must be 18 or over.

Should I bring my family?

By all means!  This is a family orientated event and added to that you can stay all weekend with free camping on the grounds.  If they want to cheer you on then tell them to drive down to the Barrowburn Tea Room and they can see how you look after the first half of the event.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are most definitely welcome on the event grounds if you are camping or coming up with the family or friends.  Dogs cannot come with you on the course.  This is prime farming and shooting area so dogs are not allowed to run next to your bike.

Can we stay the night before?

Of course.  We would love you to come up.  For more on accommodation please visit here.  Camping is free and you can stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you like.  All we ask is if you are camping please let us know as we have to cater for numbers.  We will have the village hall open until late Sunday night.

Can I clean my bike?

We will have to check about this one and confirm if there is a water point to use.  Remember to bring a rag or cloth for the rub down.

Do I need a support team?

No.  We will man the event and make sure you get round OK.  You will need to bring bike essentials such as a toolkit to repair punctures.

What happens if I drop out?

We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits.  Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event.  If this happens on the course please go to the nearest checkpoint and let them know you are dropping out.  If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt!  When you get back to the start/finish area please go straight to registration and let them know you are finished.

We will have a team at Barrowburn ready to take participants back to Ingram if they can’t continue.  It’s a long journey back so we’ll make sure each vehicle is full before setting off.

Are there any compulsory items?

Yes there are.  The Cheviots are beautiful but they are high and exposed and the weather can change at any time.  Here is a list of items you need to bring:

  • Enough fluid for 15 miles of riding (at least one large bottle)
  • Pump
  • Spare inner tubes (even if you run tubeless)
  • Basic toolkit
  • Space blanket
  • Emergency whistle
  • Windproof jacket/gillet
  • Waterproof top
  • Spare food
  • Mobile phone
  • Spare money for Barrowburn cafe!  Those cakes can be awfully tempting.
  • OS Map OL16 “The Cheviot Hills” 1:25,000

Terms and Regulations

For terms and regulations regarding the event please click here.  Just to be clear, NO transfers, deferrals or refunds available.


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The Breamish Behemoth