The Equinox24 is a 24 hour mixed terrain race around a 10k loop against the clock. 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. There is free camping from Friday for competitors and spectators. 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.
24 hours to run as many 10 km mixed terrain laps as possible, solo or in a team. I ran this solo. The course was always busy and the support from strangers was strengthening. It had rained so the course was a bit slippy, the organisers put straw down on the worst part. Solo entrants shelters are close to the course so it's easy to access nutrition and equipment. Second time I've done this, both times I have managed 16 laps. This year I came 3rd female.