Jeskyns Challenge


We're super fortunate to have been given permission from the Forestry Commission to hold an event at Jeskyns Community Woodland. (A minute from the A2 just south of Gravesend in Kent - Google Map) Jeskyns was until recently a farm which was purchased by the Forestry Commission in 2005 with the purpose of returning the land to its original environment including traditional orchards of apples, cherries and cobnuts, open parkland, grass, wildflower meadows, and native woodlands. In recent years over 150,000 trees have been planted, along with orchards, ponds and meadows. The area is classified as both a "Special Landscape Area" and "North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."Please explore the race and consider joining us!
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8:00am Sun 14th Jun 2020
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Jeskyns Community Woodland, Henhurst Rd, Gravesend DA12 3AN, UK
Start times
8:00am Sun 14th Jun 2020
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Jeskyns Challenge
Route information
The route is all on good surfaces, a mixture of high quality trail (about 90% of the route) and the rest of the trail is pretty decent too! In late spring should be a really nice run, weather permitting and we’ll start off nice and early to beat any potentially hot weather.
The event will be a six hour timed challenge event. Complete as many loops as you wish within the time limit. Run one lap, a half marathon, a marathon, an ultra! It’s not a flat course by any means but shouldn’t be super tough, each loop has about 160′ of climb so about 1000′ for a marathon distance run.
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What's included
You will receive each day…
  1. A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one.
  2. A goody bag at the finish, which has goodies in, not a bunch of adverts. There will be nothing healthy in our goody bags, things they contain for example, chocolate, crisps, cider.
  3. A well stocked base camp with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for post race replenishment. Again there is nothing healthy here, no isotonic drinks or fruit. But cookies, crisps, nuts, pringles, M&Ms and those sorts of things!
How to get there
Jeskyns Community Woodland, Henhurst Rd, Gravesend DA12 3AN, UK
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There is a Pay and Display car park very close to the start/finish as indicated below, at the time of writing the cost is £1.50 per day, there are 80+ spaces though we’re using the overflow car park as below which can house maybe 200 cars so should be plenty of parking. Post code for Sat Navs is DA12 3AN (Google Map) – Please be aware that the postcode takes you to the “general area” so well worth a 10 second study of the Google Map if driving – it’s really close to the A2 but if get off at the wrong exit at a roundabout will be a struggle to find!
When do I get my race number?
You’ll pick this up on race day morning from the race base camp.Do you have secure baggage facilitiesNo. But you’re free to leave bags at the start/finish. There will always be someone around but we can’t guarantee their security, in the event of rain we can’t guarantee things won’t get wet.Can I leave my own drinks/
food at the aid station?
Yes no problem at all, we have a dedicated table for runners own supplies if they have anything special that they’d like to bring along..
Road Shoes?
Road shoes. Its 50% on decent “bike path” surfaces, 50% on decent trail.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Jeskyns Community Woodland which is open to the public though hopefully will be fairly quiet. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land, especially near the start/finish area which is a popular area for people walking their dogs, so beware of animals and leads. Please don’t litter. We’ll have a bin at the base camp.
What on course facilities do you provide?
Water, squash, nibbles, starter, timekeeper and encouragement every lap! Base station will be well stocked for all runners. This is a typical example of the picnics, sorry aid station, we have…Are there any facilities at the start/
finish area?
Aside from base camp, no. There is a cafe and toilets on the site however.
Can I use an ipod or mp3 player on the course?
Yes. Though please be aware that you are running on public footpaths with the general public so make sure that you pay attention to cyclists, people, children on bikes, wildlife and so on.
Public Transport?
Gravesend is the nearest train station which is about 3 miles away.
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