This is the entry for the Twelve in Twelve (TwiT) race series.
In the spring of 2023 Phoenix Running & Global Marathon Challenges are returning yet again with our very popular Ten in Ten (TiT) and Twelve in Twelve (TweT) run series; to be held from Saturday 1st April 2023 through to Easter Monday 10th April 2023 (TiT finish) and Wednesday 12th April 2023 (TweT finish) and in 2023 we're aiming to make it the biggest and best 10in10 and 12in12 ever!
As the name(s) suggests this is a series of 10 or 12 consecutive running events held over 10 or 12 consecutive days where you choose - from 5km to 10k, half to marathon to ultra, you can complete as many, or as few, laps as you like each day. The laps will be based around our standard 5.3km, 3.28 mile, out and back, series of routes along the beautiful River Thames and are held on UKA/IAAF measured and certified routes. The runs are 5, 6 or 7 hour timed events, dependant on distance entered and we welcome absolutely all abilities of runner - complete one lap on any day and you're both a finisher for that day and a winner in our eyes, or keep going and see how far you can go in the full time limit. Then come back and do it all over again and again and again.
The Phoenix Ten in Ten & Twelve in Twelve 2023 series will be based from our Thames Path location in Walton on Thames (postcode KT12 2JB) where the Weir Pub (right on the start finish line) lays on a special daily 'runners breakfast' and there are plenty of accommodation options nearby. We use two routes from this location for the TiT & TweT and we plan to alternate the route day-to-day to mix things up a bit. Our aid station or 'tuck shop' is famous for all its sweet and savoury goodies and CAKE and it will be back in full force in 2023 so you won't go hungry!
There are other 10in10's and multi-day series, so what makes the Phoenix TIT & TweT so special?
Well, as we hope you've come to expect from us, we're going to be doing something rather special and unique to us on the 'bling' front. Yet again we've gone all out on the bling and are inviting you to 'Run Rings around the Rest' by earning a set of Phoenix ring / bracelet medals.
For those looking to complete all 10 days or 12 days we've got a beautiful set of Phoenix 'Rings' for you. These are, of course, our usual BIG and bold bling (goes without saying really that we wouldn't compromise on the bling) but this time they're 3D, 12mm thick double sided medals, and the ribbons have Velcro joins so they can be easily removed. Each day you get a different coloured Phoenix Ring representing a different part of your 10in10 or 12in12 and taking you on a personal running journey.
What do the Phoenix 'Rings' look like?
- Day 1 - The Fortitude Ring
- Day 2 - The Gauntlet Ring
- Day 3 - The Dauntless Ring
- Day 4 - The Resolute Ring
- Day 5 - The Perseverance Ring
- Day 6 - The Adversity Ring
- Day 7 - The Intrepid Ring
- Day 8 - The Indomitable Ring
- Day 9 - The Unbreakable Ring
- Day 10 - The Invincible Ring
- Day 11 - The Silver Ring
- Day 12 - The Golden Ring
Here are two examples - the first is the 'Fortitude' Ring for day 1 and the second is the 'Adversity' Ring for Day 6. Each Ring is a different colour.
The Fortitude Ring
The Unbreakable Ring
What do all the Rings look like on a giant Key Ring?
And what do all the Rings look like on their ribbons?
What else do I get?
Oh and did we mention that all TiT & TweT finishers in the Half-Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Marathon Categories get a FREE Global Marathon Challenges 10in10 or 12in12 Technical Finishers T-Shirt - because you've earned it! (Please note the 12in12 t-shirts will be ordered after the event and take around 6-8 weeks)
Or, if you finish all 10 or 12 days in a another distance, such as 5km or 10km, or indeed a mixture of distances then you get a FREE Global Marathon Challengers 'black' Technical Finishers T-Shirt - because you've also earned it!
What are the distance options and associated time limits for each?
As part of the sign up process to enter our Ten in Ten or Twelve in Twelve you will be asked to select from the following four options for your chosen distance;
- Half Marathon - 5 hour time limit (hard cut off)
- Marathon - 7 hour time limit (hard cut off)
- Ultra Marathon - 7 hour time limit (hard cut off)
- Timed event (mixed distances) - You must be on your last lap at 5:59 time limit
This is so we know what distance you are intending to complete so we can look after you accordingly and also what tech-shirt we should expect to give you.
Please note: You can change distances if you change your mind, even on the day itself. Just let us know so we can monitor you against the right cut off.
If you are unsure, just select 'Timed event (mixed distance)' and feel free to change if you want.
But what if I want to do some days but not all the days?
That is absolutely fine - any day can be entered as a single / separate event and you can do whichever days you want.
Will there be route maps?
Yes, here are our two main route maps.
You mentioned the routes are flat, but I’ve heard there might be a bridge on some days, can I see an elevation map?
Yes, here’s one :
OK, OK, there might be a little bridge on some days!
What do the Rings mean?
The short answer is that they mean you are awesome and the long answer is as follows;
Day 1 - The Fortitude Ring
Day 2 - The Gauntlet Ring
Day 3 - The Dauntless Ring
Day 4 - The Resolute Ring
Day 5 - The Perseverance Ring
Day 6 - The Adversity Ring
Day 7 - The Intrepid Ring
Day 8 - The Indomitable Ring
Day 9 - The Unbreakable Ring
Day 10 - The Invincible Ring
Places will be strictly limited so don't leave it too late to enter.
Individual registration opens from 8am each day. Minimum distance is 3.28 miles or as far as you can go in 7 hours. Off road trail, the terrain is riverside towpath. The overall course has no elevation gain / loss making this a flat and fast route.