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INSOMNIA 24 2017

25/26 AUGUST 2018

Cattows Farm, Swepstone Rd, Heather, Coalville, LE67 2TD


Insomnia 24 is an off-road 10km loop around the scenic Cattows Farm in The National Forest, Leicestershire. The event is aimed at all abilities to complete as many laps as you can over 24 hours. Our participants can take part as a solo, in pairs, or in teams of 3-8.

Insomniacs can expect a challenging, fun, fully supported, friendly and sleep deprived weekend.

NEW FOR 2018

We will be building on the success of our 2016 and 2017 event and will be making this another weekend to remember!

Live bands, children’s entertainment, camping and a guaranteed festival-feel all weekend! ….and on a bank holiday! What are you waiting for?


Don’t just listen to us, here’s some feedback from our Insomniacs.

“Fantastic organisers! So funny! So encouraging! This is most certainly a PB course, its beautiful too, well set out and set to grow. Excellent marshals too. They are super encouraging. I would say this has been my favourite race of this year’s race calendar.”
“First-class event run by the finest crew/marshals I’ve ever encountered. Going to the effort of learning runner’s names makes such a difference in the dark hours of night, and having a crew of such friendly, helpful, enthusiastic people transformed what would have been a good event into a truly exceptional one.
Run seamlessly from booking right through to finish, #insomnia24 and #goultraevents scores A*, 100% and receives a Gold star! Thank you again Wayne and crew.”
“Such a fantastic event despite the incredible heat making the Saturday soo hard. The venue was beautiful (and challenging!) and the marshals and medics were amazing. The Go Ultra team definitely made it the best event I’ve been to.”
“Great event, thank you very much guys”
“Such a friendly event team and so encouraging, really made it special. And we had a team with all sorts of injuries super-impressed by the medics! THANK YOU”
“As the pain in my legs slowly starts to subside I’m left with only fantastic memories. It was my first event like this (being a cyclist) but I will definitely recommend it to anyone. Had a fantastic time. Every member of the event team was fantastic.”
“Fantastic, Friendly, well organised…entertainment brilliant, kids were occupied with inflatables and music! Plenty of cheering spots around the course to support but also great marshals with the personal touch of them knowing our names as we ran past. Medics fantastic, timing super…what more can I say. Awesome weekend.”
“The Go Ultra team were all brilliant – thanks to all for keeping us going – esp at 3am when I was starting to fall asleep!”
“An incredible event and definitely the most enjoyable ultra I’ve ever done! It was very hot but the marshals did an outstanding job and couldn’t do enough for you (plus the caramel slices were pretty epic).See you next year!!”


The course consists of a 10km off-road loop through woodlands and fields and parts of the National Forest Way. You can expect panoramic views, a challenging and technical terrain that is tough under foot. This one has bragging rights!

Whether you’re running through the Ludlam Woods, jogging past the eye-catching Cattows windmill or sleep walking past the stone circle there’s plenty to keep you occupied along the way….how many times you see them is up to you!


10% early bird discount on the below prices until 31st December 2017









Please note all entrants must be 18 years and over.



Voluntary donation to The National Forest.
Free of charge (all weekend)


Free of charge (all weekend)


£5 per vehicle (all weekend)



Cattows Farm, Swepstone Rd, Heather, Coalville, LE67 2TD

Start: 12noon Saturday / Finish: 12 noon Sunday.

You can expect use of hot showers, toilets and water access points all weekend free of charge, this is on us!

Please note that there are no electric hook ups available for the camping, but as mentioned above there will be hot showers and running water available.

You will be kept safe all weekend by our First Aid Crew, and will be fully supported by the Go Ultra Team and our army of volunteers.

Camping will be free of charge for all our participants and spectators. As we are using the beautiful grounds of Cattows, we just ask that you are respectful of the surroundings. We want you to have an amazing weekend so feel free to stay from Friday to Sunday nights inclusive.  We’ll have plenty to keep you entertained!

Please note that there are no electric hook ups available for the camping, but as mentioned above there will be hot showers and running water available.

Please ensure you dispose of all rubbish in the bins provided onsite. Please note there will be no chemical disposal available.

There will be a Go Ultra HQ, onsite catering, a bar, massage tent, children’s entertainment and inflatables, and music throughout.
After finishing the event you can expect your own Insomnia 24 bespoke medal, Insomniac T-shirt, among a bag of other treats. Our solo and team winners will also receive winner’s prizes.


Race Registration:

All Insomniacs must register in the registration area in the Race village. If you do not register, you will not be permitted to take part. Please note that you will not receive any registration details before the event.

At registration, you will be given your running number and chip timing (for solo and teams). You must complete the back of the running number with emergency contact details and any medical conditions.

Solo Runners:

Aim to complete as many laps as possible during 24 hours. You can take breaks as and when you require, your chip will calculate how many laps you have completed. You can only leave the course at the start/finish line when you have crossed the timing zone.

Team Runners:

Aim to complete as many laps as possible during 24 hours as team. There will only be 1 chip timing per team and this must be handed to the next runner at the exchange point located at the start/finish area. This will be in the form of a wristband which will act as your baton to pass to the next runner.

You must pass the timing zone to complete the lap.

Only 1 team member will be counted on the course at any one time.


Please ensure that you cater for all weather and pack accordingly. Suitable footwear must be worn. The entire course is off-road therefore please ensure you are sufficiently equipped.

Head torches must be worn from 8.30pm-6am by all participants. There are parts of the course that have no lighting so this is a necessity for health & safety purposes.

Food & drink:

You are welcome to take your own food & drink supplies on the course but you must dispose of this rubbish in the bins provided.

There will also be water supplied at the start, finish and half way point.


We will not allow cheating of any kind. Anyone caught trying to cheat will be disqualified from the event, and subsequently your team will also be disqualified if you are a team runner.

Medical provision:

There will be First Aid on site for the duration of the event. If you need any assistance on the course, or see a fellow Insomniac requiring medical attention, please report this to a member of the Go Ultra Team out on the course.

Finishing & Results:

The solo runner or team that complete the most laps in 24 hours will be announced as the winners of their category and will receive a prize.

In the event of a tie, the runner/team that has completed the most laps in the shortest time will be announced as the winners. For example:
Team 1 – 15 laps – 24hours 10 minutes
Team 2 – 15 laps – 24hours 25 minutes
Team 3 – 14 laps – 23 hours 57 minutes

Therefore, team 1 would win as they have completed the most laps in the shortest time.


If you can’t find an answer to your question here, contact us on

Over 18s only for the 24hour race, we also have a mini Insomniacs fun run on the Saturday for under 14s only.
We accept solo runners, pairs, and relay teams of 3-6 or 7-8.
The lap count and timing will be carried out by Si Entries an independent and outsourced professional chip timing company.
Depending on the timing, this is at the discretion of Go Ultra Events. Please email should you wish to defer/cancel.
You will be able to register for the event, park your car and pitch your tent.
Yes there will be ample car parking and this will be charged at £5 per vehicle. Please ensure you have the right change available when you arrive.

Follows event signs on Heather Lane.

No, we ask all our participants and spectators to provide their own tents and camping facilities.
Yes, you are more than welcome to do this. No charges will apply.
There will be a registration area in the Race village open 7-10am on Saturday.

Important Note: All racers MUST sign and date the disclaimer form within the Race Pack (last page). Click here to download.

Yes, but dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Please ensure you are responsible and courteous at all times. There will be several bins located around the site for disposing of rubbish.

Please note that dogs are not permitted on the course under any circumstances.

Yes absolutely! We want as many friendly faces to attend the event as possible, there will be plenty to keep adults and children entertained!
We are a family friendly bunch and will ensure the kids are kept entertained. We have a mini Insomniacs fun run on Saturday morning too!
We welcome our participants and spectators to stay on Sunday night too, however, please note that there will be limited facilities available so make sure you have sufficient supplies of food and drink.
No, there will be allocated car parking which is separate to the camping area to ensure the safety of our participants and spectators.
Yes but these must be disposable, you are not permitted to dig up the ground under any circumstances. These must be kept a safe distance away from tents, and you must dispose of all rubbish in the bins provided.
Only small diesel powered generators are permitted onsite. Only to used between 7am-10pm.

The only generators permitted out of these hours are in the Race Village by event officials.

Thank-you for taking part in a GoUltra event.  GoUltra donate a small proportion of every entry fee to support the environment in which our events take place.  For events that take part in the National Forest we help contribute to this transformational project:

The National Forest Company, responsible for leading this transformation, is a registered charity no 1166563.

The National Forest project launched over 30 years ago when local communities across the Midlands were encouraged to make the case for a new national forest to be planted in their area.  Incredibly passionate people living in the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire coalfields area campaigned hard and won the fight to establish The National Forest here in the Heart of England where the landscape had been ravaged by coal and mineral extraction.   With cross party Government support over the last 25 years, The National Forest has grown steadily working with landowners, farmers, businesses and local communities to plant more than 8.5million trees.

The National Forest continues to create new woodland and other forest habitats – the aim is to achieve forest cover of approximately 30% across the 200 square miles.  This is a massive target when you consider that when it started some areas had as little as 2% – current forest cover is 20% on average.

But The National Forest is so much more than just planting trees. It is:

  • A great place to live, the Forest is developing as a place to learn, to exercise and to enjoy with more than 500,000 children enjoying environmental education sessions, 102km of new cycle ways created and over 45 new sport and recreation facilities created.
  • An emerging tourist destination, the Forest welcomed 7.8 million visitors in 2014 supporting 4,842 tourism related jobs.
  • A place to work, Forest-related regeneration projects and programmes have received c£172m of investment since 1995, creating 333 jobs through forestry, farm diversification to forest uses and woodland businesses.

It is a national exemplar of what can be achieved through forest creation, demonstrating solutions to many of the key challenges we face as a nation including, creating landscapes able to adapt to climate change, developing a low carbon economy to provide sustainable growth and jobs and spaces in which people can exercise, relax and enjoy being close to nature.


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