24 Apr

Yorkshire Races With A Difference

Hardcastle 24Race organisers Team OA, known for their innovative events in and around Yorkshire such as Pie-athlon, have confirmed details for two of their upcoming runs. The first of which is the Hardcastle 24, a twenty-four hour relay near Hebden Bridge, followed by Man V Barge, a challenge that pits runners against a canal barge travelling from Marsden to Diggle.  

The Hardcastle 24, scheduled for the weekend of 17 and 18 May, invites participants on a 4 person relay along the beautiful wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Run in partnership with the National Trust, who manage the area, the exclusive event is limited to just 50 teams of 4 and a handful of solo entries. 

The event starts at 12 noon, allowing for over 9 hours of running before the sun sets just after 9pm. Participants will then be required to tackle the course torch-lit before sun up at 5am and the final push for the finish at 12.00. Team OA have recently confirmed the booking of the campsite and have received their ARC licence and National Trust permit to ensure the event goes ahead. Team entry is priced at £140 or £75 for solo runners.

On 5 July, runners can test their speed against a barge as it makes its way through Standedge Tunnel from Marsden to Diggle. Competitors will be required to run around 5 miles (the length of the tunnel is 3.25 miles) and will finish at Marsden Moor. Like the Hardcastle 24, the barge race has limited capacity with just 85 entries available. Entry is priced at just £7.50. 

For more information on both events, plus the other races in the TeamOA portfolio, visit their website