Race through the idyllic north downs in this challenging trail run. Suitable for more experienced trail runners, the course takes you along the North Downs trail to the Bexhill Lookout point and back. Come for the epic medal and views.
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"Great event, tough hilly route. I did go wrong twice by missing markers, once..."
"A challenging course especially with this year’s weather. Well organised and..."
"It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Didn’t really realise it was a trail run..."
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North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon routes
This is a hilly course which is not easy as there are some technical assents / descents and the trail conditions are variable in nature dependant on the weather, you can safely add on at least 1 hr – 1.5 hrs hour to your normal road marathon time. There will be a strictly enforced cut off time of 7.5 hrs, with a halfway cut off time of 3.30 hrs and you will be asked to withdraw from the race and transported back to the race HQ if you do not make this cut off time. You will experience a mixture of undulating trail interspersed with tree roots, some rocky sections and there can be muddy or sandy parts of the course too if it has been raining in the lead up to the event. When you approach Boxhill there are quite a number of stairs to climb both up and down so please exercise caution and run sensibly on these technical sections. As the temperatures at this time of the year can also be warm, attention to detail is vital and your sweat rates will increase due to the elevation of the course, so drinking little and often is advisable whilst also ensuring you keep your blood sugar levels well topped up by taking the Tailwind, High 5 Gels provided or food at the respective Check Points as these will be very well stocked. The half marathon course is not quite as technical and hilly as the full marathon, although there are still some steep assents / descents and challenging trails to contend with the overall cut off time for the half marathon will be 7 hrs with the cut off time at the halfway point which will be at the Boxhill lookout being 3.30 hrs. With both these cut offs please try and ensure that you manage your time well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be changing facilities and toilets?
There will be changing facilities in the tents outside the main hotel for male / female runners to change in and in addition there will be portable toilets situated on the main carpark outside the hotel
Will there be marshals on the course?
There will be marshals all along the route especially at the road crossing, and at respective check points.
Can MP3 players or iPods be used during the race?
No. The decision to ban the use of MP3 Players / iPod’s is in line with the UKA / BARR regulations as there are busy road crossing sections on all the courses and in addition there is a duty of care to maintain relationships with members of the public using these national trails too. Your heath and safety is of primary concern so please do not wear these devices, as you’ll be DQ’d if you contravene these rules.
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North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon weather forecast
Possible light rain in the morning.
60% chance of rain
Moderate breeze possible, up to 15mph
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Organised Race Events In Surrey & Kent. These include the Thames Meander (Kingston-upon-Thames) Surrey, Magna Carta (Runnymede) Surrey, North Downs Way (Reigate) Surrey and the Bewl Water (Lamberhurst) Kent. All of the races are geared up towards both the novice runner, as well as the more experienced veteran runners.