Returning for its 8th year, the Beacon Solstice Run is an approximately 5 mile run within the boundaries of the Beacon Hill Country Park. The race is open to runners of all abilities and Canicrossers. The route takes you through the beautiful scenery of the Beacon Hill Park and includes a couple of hills, woods, fantastic views and a fast 1 mile downhill stretch to the finish. The route is run on the designated mountain bike/horse/walker trails within the park.
The Beacon Solstice Run is open to
runners of all abilities, Nordic walkers and Canicrossers. The route
is definitely suitable for beginners and would make a great
introduction into trail running. It is an undulating-to-hilly
course, but what goes up must come down!
The Beacon Hill Country Park, Lower Car Park, Breakback Lane, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8TA.
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The Beacon is a 240 acre site of undulating heathland, woodland, grassland, wetlands, rocky outcrops and meadows. Rising to a height of 245m, Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire and boasts spectacular views of Charnwood Forest and the Soar Valley. The Country Park supports an important range of plants and animals and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Beacon Hill is also the site of a Bronze Age hill fort believed to be up to 3,000 years old. Look out for the unusual rock formation shown below as you run round the track near the summit. You will see why it has been christened the 'Old Man of Beacon Hill'.
Race briefing : 7:10pm
Canicross start : 7:20pm
Main start : 7:30pm
Affiliated : £18
UnAffiliated : £20
CaniCross : from £22
Numbers to be collected on the day
Included : Available at the lower car park and overflow event field. Parking elsewhere may incur pay & display fees.
Provided by SNP at Start/Finish area.
1st, 2nd & 3rd (M/F)
1st V40/V50/V60 (M/F)
1st CaniCross (M/F)
Course Record (M/F)
2018 - 00:27:20 (Daniel Connolly)
2013 - 00:32:26 (Lucy Crookes)
2015 - 00:30:31 (Chris Antcliff - CaniCross)
Every finisher will receive a custom made commemorative medal, a real piece of race bling!
Bottled water at 2 miles & the finish.
Water bowls for the 4-legged runners each mile & finish.
At the lower & upper car park
The race is on compacted trails around Beacon Hill Park, the vast majority of runners will choose road shoes.
For runners with dogs, the following CaniCross guidance applies :
Dogs must be over 2 years old, fit, healthy & capable of completing the distance.
NOT PERMITTED - Bitches in season, studded boots, choke chains or any collar that constricts your dog’s throat, electric shock collars, halties, muzzles (other than racing greyhound type muzzle), flexi leads.
Your line (whether a CaniCross line or a lead) must not have a metal snap or loop on the handle.
Swapping dogs mid-race is NOT permitted. If your dog is unable to continue, then you must pull out of the race.
You and you alone are responsible for your dog and its actions - please respect other entrants and park visitors.
For full CaniCross guidelines, please visit here
ARC permit : Applied for
LCC permit : Granted