18th-19th SEPTEMBER 2021
WHAT IS EQUINOX24?
Equinox24 is a 24 hour race around a mixed terrain 10k loop against the clock. There is also a daytime 10k race and a night 10k race. The event is open to all abilities: whether entering to run solo or in a team of 2-8, whether you aim to win or just to take part, this race will be exhilarating, testing and rewarding with a great atmosphere. The 10k route will take you around the picturesque Belvoir Castle Estate in Leicestershire.
There is on site camping available from Friday to Monday for competitors and spectators with toilets, hot showers, food and trade stalls. Equinox24 is renowned for its welcoming, supportive and friendly atmosphere and is a great experience for runners and supporters alike.
You’ll find the Equinox24 physically challenging and mentally tough but an amazing experience not to be missed.
A weekend you will talk about for years, especially with those who share the weekend with you.
The 10km loop is within the stunning grounds of the Belvoir Castle Estate.
Belvoir Castle, standing high on a hill overlooking 1,600 acres of woodland, is a breathtaking backdrop for this event.
The course, which sits partly in Leicestershire and partly in Lincolnshire, has varied terrain so you’ll find yourself running past lakes, through wooded areas, up and down hills and round open fields. Whether you’re running through the night with a head torch or whilst the sun rises, there’s always a change of scenery for you to admire.
There are some sections of tarmac – but usually the option of large grass verges if you prefer. There is one long steep hill leading up to the halfway/waterpoint and a steep but short downhill off road section. The off road sections are over fields and around woodland and can be uneven ground to keep you on your toes. The final section takes you around the camping field where you will enjoy the support of fellow runners and spectators. The variety of the route will keep you alert and interested. This course has excellent capacity and no single file sections to make your running experience the best that it can be.
You are treated to countless breathtaking views on the course, from the castle up on the hill (which looks magnificent through the night when it is lit up), the mist rolling over the lower fields, the sun reflecting off the lakes, the surrounding villages – memories that will stick with you.
DAY AND NIGHT 10K RACES
NIGHT 10k Sponsored by Fenix
The Day and Night 10K races follow the same course as the 24 hour run but are timed and placed separately. The day 10K starts with the main 24 hour event at midday and the night 10k has its own start at 8pm. For both events the 24 hour event will be in progress at the same time. Both races are chip timed. The night course is unlit and you must have a head torch or torch to be allowed to run. There is no cut off time and entrants will receive a medal when they finish.
Free parking is available in the sign posted visitor car park. Register at the registration tent on Friday afternoon/evening or Saturday morning by 11am for the day 10k or between 5:30pm and 7:30pm Saturday for the night 10k
The age limits are 18 years for the night run and 15 years for the day run.
Entrants into the 10k events are welcome to use all the site facilities. Camping is charged at £5 per person (over 16yrs) if purchased online in advance. All adults camping who are not 24hr runners must wear a camping wristband. You can purchase through our entry page and collect at the spectators desk at event registration.
RUN SOLO, PAIR OR TEAM
PLUS DAY 10K AND NIGHT 10K RACES
18th-19th SEPTEMBER 2021
Belvoir Castle – Leicestershire
The aim of the race is to complete as many laps as you can (or your team can) in 24 hours.
The race begins with a mass start at midday Saturday and ends midday Sunday. There are very few constraints on how you run so you can customize the race to suit you. We ask you to complete whole laps and, if racing in a team, to never have more than one team member on the course at any one time. Other than that you race how you wish. This makes our race accessible to all abilities – from solo runners who complete 21 laps to runners who complete 1.
There is no minimum requirement of laps or time spent on the course and no time limit on laps. You can run or walk.
This means that you can race solo and keep running for 24 hours, or if you prefer, take breaks (long or short). You can complete as many laps as you wish. You must complete at least one lap to get your medal.
If you are in a team there is no set order of runners or any requirement to run an equal number laps each. There is no requirement for a team member to be on course at all times. So you can take it in turn to run single laps, run double laps, run in any order, take breaks. You can have one team member who runs 1 lap and another who runs 5 – what ever suits you and your team. A wrist band is used as a relay baton and passed between team members as they finish/start their laps.
If you have crossed the start line before midday on the Sunday, you can complete the lap you are on.
There is a fantastic atmosphere at this race where everyone is chasing their own unique goals and both runner and spectators are so supportive.
Camping is available for competitors and spectators on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
There are great facilities on site including hot showers, toilets, water points, food and drink stalls, bar, trade stalls, merchandise shop, massage, central marquee and children’s activities.
Camping is free for all 24 hour runners and children 16 and under. Additional adults who wish to camp at Equinox24 will be required to have a camping wristband. These cost £5 for the weekend if purchased in advnace online. All solo runners get one free spectator camping wristband included in their race pack. All other pre-ordered spectator camping wristbands will be collected from teh Spectator desk at race registration during opening times. Wristbands purchased at the event will cost £10. From midday Saturday all adults will be required to wear a camping wristband at all times. Day visitors who are not camping are not required to pay the camping fee and will be given a day visitor wristband at the gate which allows them access to site until 10pm. This system is being introduced as we have almost as many non runners as runners at Equinox24 and it allows us to plan adequate facilties for all our guests and ensure the highest standards possible.
There are areas for caravans/campervans (although if you wish to pitch up a tent next to friends in the caravan area this is fine) and also an area for solo runners to allow them easy access to their tents from the course. The camping in all areas is first come, first served in terms of your pitch and you may reserve space within reason for friends.
The atmosphere and location will make this more than just a race and more than just camping. You will go to sleep with the castle illuminated on the hill and wake up to the most glorious sunrise in a simply beautiful location. You cannot fail to be wowed and inspired by your surroundings at Equinox24.
Bell tent hire is also available – see below.
BELL TENT HIRE
If you don’t fancy pitching up and taking down your own tent and want to be assured of a great spot on the camping field, we can offer camping in fantastic bell tents which will be set up ready for you to lay out your sleeping bag and start enjoying your weekend.
Each bell tent will be set up with memory foam floor mattresses, rugs, fairy lights, cushions and throws and a small table/crate and lamp. All you will need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow and any cooking equipment you may need for the weekend. You may also wish to bring camping chairs. If you prefer not to cook there are great food vendors on site throughout the event.
They are available in 3 sizes suitable for up to 4, 6 or 8 people. You will need to book in advance by September 1st depending on availability, and the price is for 3 nights camping (Friday, Saturday and Sunday night): 4 man tent £250, 6 man tent £340, 8 man tent £430.
At full occupancy this works out at around or less than £20pppn.
You can choose to pay in full at the time of booking or pay in two installments. Please see T&Cs before booking. No dogs or smoking allowed in the bell tents.