4 Castles Challenge

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The 4 Castles challenge is a must-do. Starting at Deal Pier, runners will be taken past 4 iconic castles as they run this Half Marathon along the coastline. Come for the finisher's goodies, buzzing event villages, and historic run.
Half Marathon
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Sun 26th Sep 2021
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Deal, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Deal Pier, Beach St, Deal CT14 6HY, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for 4 Castles Challenge
Half Marathon
Route information
Starting at Deal Pier, this route takes runners past four iconic castles. The first castle on the list is the remains of Sandown Castle on the edge of Deal, a former artillery fort built by Henry VIII in the 16th Century.
From here, runners will travel along the seafront to Deal Castle, considered to be one of the finest Tudor artillery forts, and is the site of the first refreshment stop.
Not too far after this comes the third castle, Walmer Castle. Originally a Tudor fortress, Walmer Castle evolved into a stately home for the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, and became the residence of famous names from the Duke of Wellington to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Next, runners will enjoy stunning views of the White Cliffs, a landmark of Deal. Runners will be able to see miles across the sea as they head towards South Foreland Lighthouse.
The final stage continues across to Dover Castle. An iconic landmark perched on the cliffs above Dover, built in the 12th Century by Henry II. Truly a unique finish to any running event, with a lap around some of the grounds before you cross the line.
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What's included
  • Prizes for race winners and category winners
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Finisher's T-short
  • Live, chip-timed results
  • Toilets & changing facilities
  • Refreshments available
  • Coach transfers between the start and finish
How to get there
Deal Pier, Beach St, Deal CT14 6HY, UK
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There will be 2 race villages, one at the start at Deal Pier, and the other will be at the finish at Dover Castle.
There will be parking at both the start and finish.
Coach Transfers
There will be transfers running for those who need to get back to the start area from the finish.
Event day logistics
10:00 Half Marathon Starts
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 17 and older on race day to enter the event.
Event HQ
There will be locations for the Event HQ: Deal Pier where there the start and registration will be and Dover Castle where the half marathon will finish.
There will be coach transfers if you need to get back to the start from the finish.
There will be toilet and changing facilities available. Full refreshments available nearby and at the finish in Dover Castle.
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Are there toilets at The 4 Castles Challenge?
Yes, there will be toilet facilities on-site.
Is there somewhere I can park at The 4 Castles Challenge?
Yes there will be parking available at both the start and finish of the event, and coach transfers between the two race villages regularly.
How old do I have to be to enter The 4 Castles Challenge?
Entrants must be 17 and older to enter the event.
1 reviews
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Well organised, some cross country running and hills as well as pathway.Don’t wear your best new trainers as they are likely to get trashed.The steps are a killer at the end, overall well organised and a bus to return you to the start. One water station on the route.
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