iRoc Race: Run, Cycle and Orienteer on Durham Downs

The iRoc Race is a new race set-up by inov8, a UK company specialising in trail running shoes for UK running conditions.

The iRoc race is an adventure race relying on competitors to run, mountain bike and find their own way around a course.  We think this is great news considering how it will put a prominent race towards the end of what is known as the trail running season.

More about the race from iRoc and inov-8:

Uniquely each of the races will have a mass start and will pass back through the event village at least once before finishing. This will ensure that iROC offers the best adventure race spectating ever seen in the UK.

Each race will be between one and four hours long. They will be as hard as you make them… intense, or just challenging experiences that will contrast hugely with the relaxed, chilled-out atmosphere of the event village.

iRoc Race Dates and Times:

The very first iROC race will take place on the 18th & 19th of April 2009.


Race Type

Start Time

Duration / Distance*


The inov-8 ‘8’ – Fell and Trail Race

Saturday 18th April at 1100

13km / 900m



Saturday 18th April at 1500

9 km / 500m


Night Orienteering – Score Format

Saturday 18th April at 1930



Night Mountain Bike Time Trial

Saturday 18th April at 2200



Mountain Bike Trail Quest

Sunday 19th April at 1030


Running, mountain biking and navigation is a great way of testing your skills in some of the most beautiful UK countryside there is.  There will be 5 quite different and exciting races, of which will test you as an all rounder as much as they will test you during each race…most competitors will be taking part in all 5 races, but only the best all rounder will win.

iRoc Race Entry Prices

Prices depend on whether you are entering as an individual or a team of three, but bear in mind there will be an early bird discount for all entries received before the 31st December 2008.

Entry received AFTER 31st December 2008

Individual Entry

All 5 Races


Individual Entry

1 Race


Team Entry (x3 people)

All 5 Races


Team Entry (x3 people)

1 Race


‘Friends & Family’ Races – Entry on the day ONLY

Individual Entry

1 Race


The entry fees, as quoted above, will also include:

  • Cash prizes for the winners and runners up!
  • Organised, high quality adventure racing including your choice of 2 mountain bike races, 1 trail race and 2 orienteering races of which will test your endurance and wide variety of  outdoor skills.
  • An amazing goody bag… actually a special edition inov-8 rucksack that’s never been seen in the shops before, and stuffed full of freebies from the race sponsors.
  • Five Friends & Family race passes for those who want to do a little more than just spectate.
  • Free weekend camping to include Friday and Saturday night.
  • Free car parking over the weekend.
  • Friday and Saturday (latenight!) bar, along with entertainment on Saturday.
  • Accurate, pre-marked and waterproof maps for orienteering around the course.
  • SportIdent electronic timing.
  • On site catering for the duration of the weekend to help keep your energy levels up!
  • Online results and reporting at the website.
  • Online purchase of action pictures at the website.

iRoc Race Scoring

Everyone who completes an iRoc race will score points. The points that will be awarded are based on the number of competitors.  So if there are 500 starters competing in the race, the winner will score 500 points, second place 499 points, third place 498 point all the way to 1 point for the last finisher. After all five of the iRoc races, the person / team with the highest number of points will win. Rather than using cumulative time to determine the winner, this scoring system is designed so the overall winner will need to score highly in every races rather than just dominating one or two races.

iRoc Race Prizes

There will be CASH prizes for the winners and runners of the mens and womens races, as well as exclusive inov-8 rucksacks full of goodies from the sponsors too.

Race Competitors

If you are planning on getting involved in the race or supporting as a marshal, please feel free to get in touch and share your excitement!  If you’re taking part to raise funds or awareness to a charitable cause, let us know and we’ll be more than happy to plug your charity on our site!

More details to be announced soon!

iRoc Race - Durham Downs, 2009


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