Scottish and English runners are set to emulate their ancestors as they 'do battle' at the world's first contra-circumnavigation trail race in Etal, Northumberland on 12 October. The BraveRunner 15K event is being hosted by Durty Events to commemorate the Battle of Flodden in 1513.
Participants will compete wearing medieval costumes and carrying inflatable claymores and pikes, entering the dusk to dark race as a member of either the England or Scotland team. The two teams will run opposite ways round the course, meeting on the original battlefield at the halfway point of the run. The race will take in a number of Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum sites and will feature natural obstacles as well as music, light effects and projections at various points along the course.
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 other activities. For more information, visit the event website.