‘To the Brave of Both Nations’ comes the world's first Contra-circumnavigation Trail Race, with obstacles, on Saturday 12 October 2013; to commemorate the Battle of Flodden Field 1513
Durty Events, the award winning Selkirk based events company, have today (1/8/13) announced that BraveRunner, their first fun induced trail running event with natural obstacles, will be staged at Etal, Northumberland, on some of the key locations associated with the Battle of Flodden Field.
On Saturday 12 October 2013 hundreds of runners, complete with head torches, inflatable claymores and pikes and impractical mediaeval fancy dress, will race from dusk into night over 15.13km of undulating trails and historical battlefield locations, whilst crawling through culverts, negotiating tunnels, wading through water and marching through mud.
BraveRunner , a highlight of the Flodden 1513 Commemorations, is the world’s first Contra-circumnavigation Trail Race. In a ‘nod’ to the inscription on the Flodden Field Memorial, ‘To the brave of both nations’, runners will take sides – England or Scotland - and run opposite ways round the course meeting on the original battlefield, the halfway point of the run. The shouting and screaming of team battle cries coupled with inflatable encounters with the opposition should evoke a 21st Century flavour of the fierce and bloody battle where up to 10,000 scots were slain.
Runners will enter this dusk to dark race as either a member of the England or Scotland teams, raising their Standards at the start (and finish) at Etal Village, Northumberland. They will not only experience the adventure and excitement of a night time trail race with obstacles they will also encounter music, light effects and projections at various points along the course; as well as taking in a number of Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum sites.
Paul McGreal from Durty Events said: “Entries are now open for BraveRunner our fantastic new 15km trail running race, based on the famous Flodden Field battleground in Northumberland, with lots of audacious twists. This will be a fun and reasonably challenging run on an undulating rather than hilly course aimed at all fitness levels. Bring your head torch, ensure your inflatable swords are blown up and look out your mediaeval battle dress. Get signed up and start training now.”
A campsite will be set up at BraveRunner HQ and there will be a post battle party with live music, a prize giving, and some bizarre and interesting stuff thrown into the mix in order to keep everyone entertained into the night.
BraveRunner is also guaranteed to be a great race for spectators. Most of the course will be visible from HQ so friends, family and supporters will be able to watch the two trails of head torches as they progress through forest and field. Red and blue fireworks will also mark the passage of the lead runners through key points on the course.
For those who want to make a weekend of it there are loads of fun, interesting and historical sites and activities for families to immerse themselves in nearby, including Northumberland National Park, a narrow gauge railway, mills and castles.
Entries are now open for BraveRunner.
Ticket Prices Scotland Team - Early bird entries to 14 August 2013 - £25 and from 15 August to closing date 1 October 2013 - £30.
Ticket Prices England Team - Early bird entries to 14 August 2013 - £26 and from 15 August to closing date 1 October 2013 - £31.
Runners must be 16 or older on 12/10/2013 to participate.
For entries go to the BraveRunner website - http://www.braverunner.com/
Published: Wednesday 07/08/2013
By Visit Northumberland