Cragside Christmas Cracker: 10 Mile Fun Run
Why not come and do some trail running on one of the most famous estates in the north east? National Trust’s own Cragside was home to the world famous engineer/inventor William Armstrong who was one of the biggest industrial players of his day. He bought a house and a plot of land just north of Rothbury and over the years sculpted it to be the absolute delight you see today. Now it’s your turn to run through the carefully manicured trees, over the wrought iron bridge that looks up at the house, past the Archimedes screw and marvel at the beauty of the environment.
We’re offering one amazing distance for this event of ten miles (more like 9.5 but it will feel further!). The route will be tackling a lot of the famous parts of the grounds but we draw the line at running through the actual house itself! To get round here swiftly you will need to be comfortable with sharp climbs and be nimble on your feet for the descents. And since this is a fun run and it is Christmas you can feel free to dress up in any Christmas related fancy dress you like. What more of an excuse do you need to get out of Christmas shopping?
Those of you who have visited Cragside before will know that the tracks are much varied in their distance, terrain and gradient. To us this makes the perfect combination to test all aspects of running off road. The long forest tracks cover good distances but are very rarely (never) flat and the connecting trails can be rocky, twisty and tight. Concentration is key in this kind of setting.
In return we’ll give everyone a t-shirt and a pin-badge as well as fully supporting you around the route. We will have marshals and a safety staff stationed at checkpoints where you will find water and sugary snacks to keep you going. Jelly babies feature highly on the requested foods for getting round! At the end you can do your bit for the local economy by stopping for a cup of coffee and a cake at the delightful Cragside cafe or even stop to have a good look around the place.
Now what’s stopping you?
|Info pack||Sent out 1 week prior|
|Registration times||7am til 9am|
|Parking||Parking will be on a forest track. Subject to change.|
|Prizes||Pin badge and T-shirt for everyone. No winners prizes – this is for fun!|
Entries open NOW. . £18 early bird. £20 from 1st April. For terms and regulations regarding the event please click here. Just to be clear, NO transfers, deferrals or refunds available. If the event is cancelled due to extreme weather there are no refunds.
No cut offs in place for this run. Take as long as you like. The only reason we’ll pull you out is on medical grounds.
The route will be fully marked. A gpx file of the route will be sent out with the info pack.
There is one main checkpoint that serves both routes. This will be stocked with food and drink and the marshals will also take your numbers on the way past. Expect delightful home made flapjacks, sweets and the odd bit of fruit. You’ll get one of the best mix-up shops available.
If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the run. A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents. First aiders can also be found around the course. Each runner will be given essential safety info to take round with them that has key details on it. Mountain Rescue are informed of the event. The nearest hospital is Cramlington Accident and Emergency Hospital.
Mandatory Kit List
There is every chance of inclement weather at Cragside. Here’s your list:
- Enough fluid for 1 hours of running
- Emergency whistle
- Waterproof/Windproof jacket/gillet (can be one jacket)
- Emergency survival bag
- Spare food of your choice. Will will be supplying food at checkpoints but you know what your body needs better than we do.
- Mobile phone. It will only work when high up but it can be a vital lifeline in an emergency
Maps of the route will be given out just prior to the event.
Got something on your mind? We might be able to help you here:
Do I need to be a member of the National Trust?
No. If you have entered the run you get in free. You are also allowed 2 other people to come in with you. Any additional members above this number will need to pay to get in (National Trust members get in free anyway).
What about parking?
There is oodles of parking and it’s all free.
Do I need to register in advance?
Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking. For registration info please see above.
Will we receive a map of the route?
You will be sent the map as part of the runner information pack around 1 week prior to the event. 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. The route is well sign posted with marshals at key points.
Are there Age Limits for Participants?
Yes. All runners must be 17 or over.
Should I bring my family?
Why not. They can walk through the trails and see you at various points without too much effort.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes you can. The run is within the confines of the National Trust Cragside estate lands so dogs on a lead are more than welcome. Remember not everyone is as comfortable around dogs as you might be.
Will there be timing?
There was no timing last year but there will be this year!
What Shoes Should I Wear?
Trail running in Cragside is all about roots, rocks and mud. Trail or fell running shoes are highly, highly recommended.
Can we stay the night before?
There are plenty of places to stay in the area should you be travelling from further afield. Rothbury itself has some good B&B options.
Do I need a support team?
No. We will man the event and make sure you get round OK. You will need to bring essentials such as a kit list/compulsory items mentioned above.
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 only go to one checkpoint please try and make it the registration area as this is the final count of who has finished and left the area. If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt!