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The Fractured Marathon, which kicks off the Calke Outdoor Weekender (COW), is an exciting event for teams or solo runners of all abilities. The innovative format was a smash hit with participants at the inaugural event in 2019. It created a great atmosphere and was as much a Friday night running party as a race!
Based in the grounds of the spectacular Calke Abbey, the event will run for 5 hours from 7pm until midnight; going from sunlight to starlight.
There will be 10 timed laps around a scenic 2.6-mile course, which will start every half hour on the half hour.
Teams, or solo runners, can take part in as many or as few of the 10 laps as they like. For runners, solo and team, to be eligible to run the next lap they must be back before it starts. Otherwise they will have to wait for the next start time to re-join the game. So, to remain in with chance of completing a full marathon, each loop must be completed within half an hour.
Categories and Prizes
Teams can be entered in the following categories:
Mixed (at least 50% of loops must be run by a female runner)
There will be prizes for the fastest accumulative marathons for teams in each category and solo runners, and best performing club.
Plus there are opportunities for individuals to achieve distance personal bests in a fun way (e.g. run your first half marathon, full marathon or other distance), or for team / club-mates to have a competition amongst themselves.
Team Entry: £40
Prices based on UKA/TRA Affiliated Runners paying in advance.
Unaffiliated: £2 supplement per runner per event
Pay on the day: £10 supplement per team or solo
Team Entry Process - advance entry
Solo runners: simply enter on line in the normal way using the link above.
Teams: The Team Captain or Club Coordinator can purchase a team entry, without specifying full details of all team members at the time of purchase.
For clubs that plan to enter 3 or more teams, we allow a block booking service. Please contact us at email@example.com if you wish to do this.
Details of team members can be input/amended anytime up until 13th May 2020, by editing the entry within SiEntries.
Entry on the day (if available)
Team Captain or solo runner to complete:
1. Entry Form and
2. Team Declaration Form if applicable (which must be signed by all team members)
These must be brought to registration together with payment, which must be in cash.
NOTE: entries on the day are subject to availability and a £10 supplement per team is payable.
On the day
Registration and race number collection will take place between 5:00 and 6:30pm.
There will be a short walk to the starting point, so please try and arrive in plenty of time as races will start at 7pm sharp.
The event will take place in the spectacular Calke Park in South Derbyshire.
Post Code DE73 7LE
Team Captains can change their team members or category of team anytime until declaring their finalised team on the day.
Teams must have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 runners. Running order is up to you but for mixed teams at least 50% of the loops run must be by a female runner
Individual runners are not permitted to represent more than one team.
The minimum age for athletes is 18 for solo runners, or 16 in teams. Those aged 16 are allowed to run a maximum of 2 laps.
No dogs are allowed to accompany runners.
Parking: Car parking is available in the main car park at Calke Abbey. Parking fees are £TBC per car.
Toilets & Changing: Public toilets are close to the main car park. There are no specific changing facilities..
Registration: Adjacent to the start/finish area.
Start/Finish: The open area adjacent to the main building and car park. There will be signs to guide participants there.
Race Route: The route is 2.6 miles and completely within Calke Park, with some of it across private land that we have special permission to use. Underfoot there is a combination of purpose made hard-packed trails, tarmac, woodland tracks and grass, some of which is long and/or uneven. As well as some nice downhill stretches, there are some tough little climbs.
Terms & Conditions
Our general terms and conditions can be viewed here. Event specific terms relating to participant cancellations and transfers are stated below.
Refunds & Transfers
A 70% refund is available up to 1 month prior to the event, in the event of a team or solo runner withdrawing.
No refund is payable in the event of individuals withdrawing from a team that remains eligible to compete (i.e. with 2 or more runners).
Entires may be transferred to another team/solo runner free of additional charge. This must be done by the original entrant using the edit option on the entry website no later than 13th May 2020. Use of somebody else's number, without formally arranging the transfer is NOT allowed..
Each race will take place in accordance with UK Athletics rules, under Permits issued by the Trail Running Association.
Permit number: [applied for]
Frequently Asked Questions