After the harvest, around the margins of freshly ploughed fields, we can run on this special landscape. It's a tough 90% off-road circuit. Knobbly shoes would be ideal for gobbling up the rough stuff along the trails. You’ll visit some tranquil woodland, brush past beehives, perhaps sight a rabbit, fox or badger home. To further enhance the fun at around 8k, you’ll be faced with some pony jumps to tackle.
Listen to Greta
Bring like-minded runners together to enjoy an environmental theme
As a group of eco-minded athletes with a dogged determination to rid the event from plastic, we wanted to create a fun race in an area of outstanding beauty. We’re back, staging the Ecorun again with the highest possible environmental standards, all totally on private property. You can expect a low-key, non-corporate atmosphere.
Born out of a passion for running, lake swimming and Triathlon, our team have been setting up races for quite some time. We were the founder organisers of the first Harpenden half marathon in 2018, (now under superb new management) and the original Merchant Taylors' Triathlons, 2008-14. We're proudly independent and free from the contraints of the hapless UK Athletics organisation. This enables us to offer the same affordable entry prices for everyone, except for vegans, who get a discount!
Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk
Setting up a race is a fairly destructive affair, usually with lots and lots of cheap plastic products. The finishers are often given polyester t-shirts, tyvek race numbers and plastic goodie bags. Contractors use diesel generators, plastic finish gantries, inflatables, and often parade a fleet of hot dog or burger vans. This made us come up with some other ideas.
With a view to giving the event an earthier feel, we decided to take action and replace the above with a fairly priced vegan or vegetarian stall only, not to have any diesel generators or cars with engines idling, to place straw bales as a race gantry. We'll be using hessian as a race number material. We’ll source some organic cotton as a start-bunting, salvage some wood, paper and card as race signage and make the turn-around bollards from timber. The water will be in plant made bottles and the cups can easily be plant based too. The finishers’ memento won’t be the usual generic mass produced type, but something that is bespoke. You can expect lots of friendly marshals and some fresh fruit at the finish to help make this a truly fun 10k!