The COW’s Big Challenge provides participants the opportunity to run, jog, walk or skip their chosen distance around the wonderful South Derbyshire countryside within the National Forest.
 

There will be a number of routes, each exploring different parts of the wonderful Calke estate and the surrounding countryside of the National Forest. Each will start and finish in the main COW arena on the, with the number you need to complete depending on the distance of the challenge you choose..

Before, after or even in-between completing your routes, there will be plenty of other things to get involved in back at Calke. These include yoga, natural movement workshops, inspirational talks, or just relaxing with some great food. Click HERE for more info.

40-Miles

£45

26-Miles

£35

13-Miles

6-Miles

£20

3-Miles

£10

£25

Entry fees include general entry entrance to Calke Park and activities in the COW arena.

£5 Discount for National Trust Members. £2 supplement for unaffiliated. 

This is the COW's Biggest Challenge. You have 10 hours to complete six routes and achieve a total of 40-miles. You'll need to maintain an average of 4mph so suitable for ultra-runners and the strongest hikers. 

Start time:

08:00 participants

Time limit:

10 hours

Finish deadline:

18:00

No of Routes:

6

Age limt:

20+

Elevation:

2750ft

Entry fee:

£45 (+£2 unaffiliated)

£5 discount for NT members

Navigation:

Map, written directions and/or gps device. 

Included:

  • Memento for finishers

  • Well stocked aid station 

  • Comprehensive event handbook

  • Map, route description & gpx

  • Detailed results + split times

  • Professional medical support

  • Entry to Calke Park & Gardens

  • COW arena talkes & activities

  • Parking

Route

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The COW's marathon distance challenge could be the most wonderful 26 miles you ever do on foot. Whether you want to go hard and get it done or go at a leisurely walking pace, werel sure you'l enjoy your day in the fantastic surroundings of the National Forest.  

Start time:

08:00 - 10:59

walkers/personal challenge

11:00 competitive

Time limit:

10 hours

7 hours

Finish deadline:

18:00

18:00

No of Routes:

4

Age limt:

18+

Elevation:

1800ft

Entry fee:

£35 (+£2 unaffiliated)

£5 discount for NT members

Navigation:

Map, written directions and/or gps device. 

Included:

  • Memento for finishers

  • Well stocked aid station 

  • Comprehensive event handbook

  • Map, route description & gpx

  • Detailed results + split times

  • Professional medical support

  • Entry to Calke Park & Gardens

  • COW arena talkes & activities

  • Parking

2750ft

Route

Profile

 

Our half marathon explores some of our favourite trails in the area. And, whether you're a runner or a walker, gives you ample time to join the talks and other activities going on in the COW arena throughout the day too.   

Start time:

12:00 - 12:59

walkers/personal challenge

13:00 competitive

Time limit:

6 hours

5 hours

Finish deadline:

18:00

18:00

No of Routes:

2

Age limt:

18+

Elevation:

900ft

Entry fee:

£25 (+£2 unaffiliated)

£5 discount for NT members

Navigation:

Map, written directions and/or gps device. Last 6-miles are waymarked.

Included:

  • Memento for finishers

  • Well stocked aid station 

  • Comprehensive event handbook

  • Map, route description & gpx

  • Detailed results + split times

  • Professional medical support

  • Entry to Calke Park & Gardens

  • COW arena talkes & activities

  • Parking

Route

Profile

 

The 'Calf 6' is 6 miles of pure unadulterated trail pleasure. A challenging but (for those that want to be) fast route, and waymarked throughout for those that don't want the stress of self-navigation.  Couple it with some talks and other activities in the COW arena, and it has the makings of a fantastic day out.

Start time:

14:00 - 15:59

walkers/personal challenge

16:00 competitive

Time limit:

4 hours

2 hours

Finish deadline:

18:00

18:00

No of Routes:

1

Elevation:

350ft

Navigation:

Waymarked and marashalled

Age limt:

16+

Entry fee:

£20 (+£2 unaffiliated)

£5 discount for NT members

Included:

  • Memento for finishers

  • Comprehensive event handbook

  • Results 

  • Professional medical support

  • Entry to Calke Park & Gardens

  • COW arena talkes & activities

  • Parking

Route

Profile

 

The 'Calf 3' provides a great option for walkers and runners or all abilities, with a beautiful waymarked routes that will show you the best bits bits of the wonderful Calke Park. You can take a leisurely approach and do it in your own time at any point during the day, or you can join the race at 17:00. Either way there will be plenty of time to get involved in the other COW activities.

Start time:

Time limit:

10:00 - 16:59

walkers/personal challenge

17:00 competitive

No limit

1 hour

Finish deadline:

18:00

18:00

No of Routes:

1

Age limt:

14+

Younger children may walk /run with parent or guardian in the personal challenge category

Elevation:

200ft

Entry fee:

£10 (+£2 unaffiliated)

£5 discount for NT members

Navigation:

Waymarked and marashalled

Included:

  • Memento for finishers

  • Results 

  • Professional medical support

  • Entry to Calke Park & Gardens

  • COW arena talkes & activities

  • Parking

Route

Profile

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Results

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Gallery

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