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Conquer the castle Posted On 30 July 2021

Dare to engage in battle?

 

Currently home to James Saunders Watson and his family, Rockingham Castle is a truly spectacular place which the public are lucky enough to be able to experience. James explains, “This remarkable castle, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, has been my family’s home for 450 years. Prior to the Watson’s ownership the Castle was held by the crown. There are very few other homes that have been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. I think this is a particularly extraordinary aspect of Rockingham’s long and fascinating story. The Castle is now home to my wife, Elizabeth and our children, all of whom enjoy the Castle as I did as a child.”

This Saturday 31st July, the castle is set to enjoyed (and maybes cursed) by a few more visitors than just James and his family. Rockingham Castle is set to host the epic running event ‘Conquer the Castle’. Runners will gather, and run, sprint, walk, jog, you name it, as many 5k laps of the castle as they can within 6 hours, either as solo entrants or as part of a team.

The laps of the race are all within the grounds of Rockingham Castle. This event is definitely a challenge yet it’s nature of having the option to stop after every 5k makes it suitable for all abilities. It is up to individual runners and teams to set their own challenges. After each lap there will be an option of a small treat to fuel the runners onto their next lap or as a finishing reward. All runners will also receive a medal for their efforts.  Entrants can run solo, as a pair, team of 3 or a team of 4 with winners being announced in each category. All runners must be over 18. This terrain is varied and described as ‘undulating’- a term feared or loved by runners in equal measure. Entrants have been limited to 300 so there will be plenty of room when on the course.

Previously in September 2020, this event was run virtually so it is fantastic to see it return to its rightful place within the castle grounds.

So, head to the castle this weekend and support those battling its hilly course! If you’re feeling inspired, why not check out the night 10k run at Rutland Water later this year?

https://www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk/night-run

Or the beautiful Burghley 7 which will run in March 2022 and grants runners access to parts of the Burghley estate not usually open to the public?

https://www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk/burghley7

 

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