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North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon

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Event summary

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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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.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Sat Jul 03 2021

What's included:

  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event
  • Chip Timing
  • Race photos
  • Bag drop
  • 3 Well stocked Aid Stations supplying a selection of energy drinks, snacks and water
  • Medical support
  • Free on-site parking on a first come, first serve basis
  • Changing facilities and toilets
  • Marshals and clearly-marked course
Marathon
9:00am Sun 4th Jul 2021

Run 26.2mi

£38.00 - £40.00
Half Marathon
9:30am Sun 4th Jul 2021

Run 13.1mi

£32.00 - £34.00
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4.5
12 reviews
sarah w
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
This was my first marathon! The weather and the hills made for a serious challenge. Everyone was lovely and very supportive, the course was marked well even with people tampering with signs. Aid station volunteers were fabulous! Love the Chia charge bars. Was tough but i made it and would love to come back again! Oh awesome medal too!… read more
ollie
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great route cracking atmosphere fantastic marshals who made sure I got to the first aid tent straight away after taking a nasty fall at mile 10 a few bruises an 5 stitches no doubt I’ll be back next year with some unfinished business … read more
Andrew S
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Organisation was exceptional and the people who attended were extremely friendly and supportive. The course's biggest problem for me was the fact that it was single file in certain areas. As a result, you had to stop running and let people through in several areas because the course requires people to run back the same way they came. As we set out on the half we started to meet those who started the marathon running back into us and then by the time I was running back i was running in to people who were behind me in the half plus the front-runners of the marathon towards the end.<br />Little side note - i bought the Hermes running shirt (medium) when i booked online. It is far too small (i have been a medium all my life) and i essentially can't wear it.… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Will there be changing facilities and toilets at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
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… read more
FAQ
Will there be marshals on the course at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
There will be marshals all along the route especially at the road crossing, and at respective check points.… read more
FAQ
Can MP3 players or iPods be used during the race at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
If you have to use music players (MP3 Players / iPod’s) please ensure that these are the Aftershokz over-ear bone conducting earphones, not in-ear earphones as your health and safety is our primary concern, and it is requested that you comply with the Marshals instructions at road-crossing and to be courteous of all other trail users. … read more
Route description
Route description

This event will take in beautiful views along its challenging trail route. Both distances will complete the same course, with the Half Marathon doing 1 lap of the out and back route and the Marathon completing 2.

The race begins near the Reigate Hill Car Park, and takes runners out on the forested, undulating trails of the North Downs Way. This will take you out towards Bletchworth Lime Quarry and then on to the well-known Boxhill Lookout where the turnaround point will be, and a moment to take in the lovely scenery. Approaching Boxhill runners will encounter a number of stairs, which they will have to go both up and down. This will provide quite a challenge in the expected warm weather and runners are advised to go carefully in this section. All check Points will be well stocked with energy drinks, gels, snacks and water giving runners a chance to keep fuelled and hydrated throughout.

The terrain will be varied and provide a fun and challenging test, with some steep ascents and descents along sandy and rutted trails. The challenging terrain combined with the spectacular views make this a fantastic race for all keen trail runners.

Update:

All permissions have been granted for the go ahead for the North Downs Way Races, so this event is definitely proceeding as planned.

  • TRA Permit Number 4010
  • UKA Affiliated
  • Comrades Ultra Marathon 2022 (South Africa) Pre-Qualifying Race (*Marathon Distance)
sarah w
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
This was my first marathon! The weather and the hills made for a serious challenge. Everyone was lovely and very supportive, the course was marked well even with people tampering with signs. Aid station volunteers were fabulous! Love the Chia charge bars. Was tough but i made it and would love to come back again! Oh awesome medal too!
ollie
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great route cracking atmosphere fantastic marshals who made sure I got to the first aid tent straight away after taking a nasty fall at mile 10 a few bruises an 5 stitches no doubt I’ll be back next year with some unfinished business
Andrew S
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Organisation was exceptional and the people who attended were extremely friendly and supportive. The course's biggest problem for me was the fact that it was single file in certain areas. As a result, you had to stop running and let people through in several areas because the course requires people to run back the same way they came. As we set out on the half we started to meet those who started the marathon running back into us and then by the time I was running back i was running in to people who were behind me in the half plus the front-runners of the marathon towards the end.<br />Little side note - i bought the Hermes running shirt (medium) when i booked online. It is far too small (i have been a medium all my life) and i essentially can't wear it.
Mike
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
HAHAHA THIS ISN'T A RUN, THIS IS AN ORDEAL YOU WEAR SHORTS FOR. </p><p>Seriously, the terrain is insane.<br />The guy I ran with said he'd like to meet whoever designed it and shake them warmly by the throat. <br />Very little of this course is flat and some of it is so steep that it should be sponsored by Stannah. <br />Trail shoes are essential. <br />I'm very glad I did this but I'm not sure I'm up for it again. <br />It was very well organised well excellent feed stations and lots of friendly people. <br />There is a disappointed lack of finisher tshirts but an epic medal. <br />The registration point is at a hotel we described as "hilariously grim". <br />Poo early, there aren't many toilets.
Phil J
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great organisation. Only slight issue was the no headphones rule, which I respect but might have liked to know about before signing up. <br />Course is incredibly tough. I was very pleased I was doing the half as the full event would have killed me. There’s an immense satisfaction to completing it as it was so tough. <br />A lot of fun. Good work Hermes!
Anushika
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Didn’t really realise it was a trail run when I booked it, or that it was for advanced runners... I got lost and ended up running an extra 3 km, fell over and got stung a lot by stinging nettles.... but overall it was a great experience! And the medal is just epic. A real workout! Thank you to all of the support on the day. I said I would never do it again but a day later I’m thinking about another trail run ha ha
Emma
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A challenging course especially with this year’s weather. Well organised and the volunteers were amazing
warren H
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Very tough one with tricky, technical descents and brutal ascents. not to mention those gnarly single tracks. However great day out, friendly atmosphere and good support on the course.
Graham
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great event, tough hilly route. I did go wrong twice by missing markers, once on the outward down a hill when I should have turned right up a hill and on the return - again down a hill I missed a turn to the left. I'd recommend having arrows at both sides of the path or perhaps a red 'warning' ribbon on a branch when there is a sharp turn because if you're running fast and concentrating on where your feet are landing on mostly uneven surfaces you can miss them. Apart from that it was great as were the volunteers and all the runners.
Chris
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Had a great day. Really tough course. Only grip was the guys at the turn around let us run past it without calling us back, got to admit I wasn’t paying attention to where we were though. Fantastic medal.
Adam P
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Loved it. Tough but fun. Great bunch of people and lots of support. Nice medal too. Liked being able to see and encourage other runners on half and full marathon.
Robin H
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great course with added challenge of wet chalk underfoot for part of the way. Turns off two steep downhills still not marshalled: made one and missed the second by 50 metres, again.
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Logistics and schedule

07:00 Registration Opens

09:00 Marathon Starts

09:30 Half Marathon Starts

Race Briefing

There will be a 10 minute mandatory pre-race briefing at the start to talk though important race inormation including the course marking, to make you aware of any hazards, and to give you an overview of the course conditions. Health and safety is also vitally important to a successful race day so please attend this briefing so you know what you need to do if you have any issues.

Registration

Registraion will take place at The Bridge House Hotel. It will be open from 07:00. It is recommended that you get there with plenty of time to spare in order to get changed and be ready for the race start.

Bag Drop

You will receive a baggage tag that matches your bib number, so please attach this to your bag before taking it to the bag drop. After the race you will need your bib number to be able to get your bag back.

Facilities

There will be male and female changing facilites in tents outside the Hotel, as well as toilets inside the hotel.

Cut off Times

Marathon cut off time is 7 and a half hours, and 3 and a half hours for the halfway point.

Half Marathon cut off times is 7 hours, and 3 and a half hours for the halfway point.

Age Restrictions

You must be 18 years or older to compete in the Marathon.

You must be 17 years or older to compete in the Half Marathon.

How to get there

Bridge House Hotel, Reigate Hill, Reigate RH2 9RP, UK

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By Car

The race HQ at the Bridge House Hotel, Reigate is easily accessible from Junction 8 on the M25. There will be limited parking of 60 spaces on site at the race HQ on a first come / first serve basis. Please bear this in mind and arrive early if you wish to park on-site, as the registration starts from 07:30, so you are encouraged to get there early if you need a parking space. There will also be additional parking at the Reigate Train Station where there are 70 spaces available on a pay and display basis which are approximately 20 mins from the race HQ.

By Train

Reigate Train Station which is approximately 1 mile and a 20 min walk away from the Bridge House Hotel (Reigate) race HQ.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Will there be changing facilities and toilets at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
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
FAQ
Will there be marshals on the course at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
There will be marshals all along the route especially at the road crossing, and at respective check points.
FAQ
Can MP3 players or iPods be used during the race at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
If you have to use music players (MP3 Players / iPod’s) please ensure that these are the Aftershokz over-ear bone conducting earphones, not in-ear earphones as your health and safety is our primary concern, and it is requested that you comply with the Marshals instructions at road-crossing and to be courteous of all other trail users.
FAQ
What happens if I cannot finish the race at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
If you cannot finish the race please report to a marshal immediately and they can call the race HQ, or the race organiser's phone number will be printed on your bib who will be available to be contacted. Please do not leave the course without informing us of your whereabouts.
FAQ
What will the terrain be at the North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon?
There will be mixture of sandy and stoney paths, with some challenging ascents and descents, including stairs.
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Marathon
9:00am Sun 4th Jul 2021
£38.00 - £40.00
Half Marathon
9:30am Sun 4th Jul 2021
£32.00 - £34.00

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