6 Hour Challenge
Sun 7 Jul 2024 Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK

Blacksheep 3 and 6-hour Challenge | 6 Hour Challenge

Six-hour lapped challenge over 3.55 miles in the beautiful town of Masham where you'll come in to a bespoke medal and all things Black Sheep at the finish line.

  • Sun 7 Jul 2024
Silver Street, Masham, Ripon

6 Hour Challenge



Age 18 & over

  • 6 hrs multi terrain running


If you like beautiful races in beautiful places, like fun, like medals and like goodies then this event is for you. 

You'll enjoy a bespoke medal and lots of goodies at the finish line.

It's Grim Up North

This event is part of the It's Grim Up North calendar of runs, offering a range of distances and levels of difficulty so there is something for everyone.

Famous for its low-key approach, all runners will be greeted with a warm smile and friendly chat.

The aim is to get you out running, help you enjoy the beautiful countryside with great camaraderie and for you to experience the sense of well-being you get when you cross that finish line.

You'll be shown that the North is anything but Grim.

This event is part of Blacksheep 3 and 6-hour Challenge.

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Newcomers

How it works

Every time you complete a lap you will be given a band to put onto your wrist, you can do as many laps as you want and when you decide to finish you can ring the bell, this will indicate to the official timers that you have finished.

You can do as many laps as you wish if you pass the start/finish area before the 3 hour/6 hour cut off, meaning if you go through at 2hrs 59 minutes/5 hours 59 minutes on the official’s timer you can go on to do another lap (although we may not love you for it).

Lap measurements:

  • 5K – 1 loop
  • 10K – 2 loops
  • 10 miles – 3 loops
  • Half Marathon - 4 loops
  • 16.5 miles – 5 loops
  • 20 miles – 6 loops
  • 23 miles – 7 loops
  • Marathon – 8 loops
  • Ultra Marathon – 9 loops and above
  • The race starts and finishes in the same place


Difficulty rating

3/5 grim


  • 08:45 | Registration opens

Shoe type

Weather dependant. If wet trail shoes.

  • Bag storage
  • Cafe
  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Silver Street, Masham
North Yorkshire

Paid parking

If you park in the field at the start/finish area the charge will be £3.00 per car - all of which will go their charity.

By car

From the direction of the A1, the event HQ will be in the park on your left-hand side as you come over the first bridge into Masham. There will be a big sign up.

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Multiple laps
  • No headphones
  • Single start
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Way markers


  • The route is a 3.55-mile loop.
  • The route is on a mixture of river towpath, tracks and trails, fields, and back roads
  • 3 roads are crossed - please adhere to the marshal’s instructions
  • Parts of the course could be muddy if lots of rain prior to the event
  • Part of the course may be dark, under foliage with lots of tree roots, please take care
  • The course also has its fair share of stiles
  • You will also run down the edge of an active golf course. Stick to the very edge of the course on the walk route
  • The courses will be marshalled and signed

Water/feed stations

There will be water/feed stations along the route approximately every 3.55 miles. Marshals will be placed along the route and on the water/feed stations. 

Cut off time

6 hours.


The use of headphones is not endorsed for the following safety reasons:

  • Runners cannot always hear the marshals’ instructions
  • Runners may not hear cyclists behind them and stray into their path
  • Bone conduction earphones are allowed

  • Bring your own cup
  • Public transport links

This is cupless event. All runners are requested to bring their own labelled, reusable cup or bottle. These may be filled before, during and after the event.

  • Chip timing
  • Goody bag
  • Map
  • Medal
  • Post-race meal


  • It's Grim Up North running experience
  • Respect 
  • Black Ale Sausages
  • Black Sheep Cakes
  • Black Sheep Beer 
  • Unique medal design
  • Lots of lovely things at the finish line

Optional extra

  • Grim massage - Adam will be available for both pre-race and post-race massage. He is brilliant. You can pay by either cash or card.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available

Entry fees

Entry fee (Affiliated)


Entry fee (Unaffiliated)


Other races at event

  • Sun 7 Jul
  • #1 of 2
Silver Street, Masham, Ripon

3 Hour Challenge



Age 18 & over

  • 3 hrs multi terrain running