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North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon

2 races scheduled · 350 participants · Sun 4th Jul 2021 · Reigate
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About this event

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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Tickets available until Tue Jun 30 2020

What's included:

  • Bespoke North Downs Rams head horse brass medal.
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • Race Director Chip Timing, free race certificate and net chip times sent directly to your mobile after the race.
  • Sports Action Photography with an option to purchase the race photo’s.
  • 3 Well stocked Aid Stations supplying Tailwind, Torq Energy, Chia Charge Bars, jelly babies, pretzels, bananas, coca cola, fruit cordial and water.
  • Cue Medical professional medical support through the race for all runners.
  • Free on-site parking on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Changing facilities and portable toilets
  • Pop-up bins
  • Marshals and clearly-marked course
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4.5
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Route description
Route description

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.

sarah w
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

There is always a 10 minute mandatory pre-race briefing at the start just to talk though important race day facts including the course marking, to make you aware of any hazards, and to give you an overview of the course conditions. The race 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 whatsoever.

The start time for the marathon will be at 9.00am sharp and race will start in a small field close to the Reigate Hill Car Park near the North Downs Way trail, which will be well signposted. The marathon route is a two lap out / back course which starts adjacent to the North Downs Way trail and traverses past the Betchworth Quarry out towards the Boxhill lookout point where the turnaround point will be.

The start time for the half marathon is 9.30am sharp, this route also starts in a small field adjacent to the Reigate Hill Car Park near the North Downs Way trail and the trail heads out along the same run route as the marathon traversing past the Betchworth Quarry out towards the Boxhill lookout turnaround point, then returning to the start. This sandy and rutted trail is challenging and there are some stunning views of the surrounding downs. It will be very well marked and marshalled throughout with well stocked check points.

The registration at the Bridge House Hotel, Reigate Hill, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9RP will be open from 7.00 am sharp, so we would suggest that you get there with plenty of time to spare in order to get changed and get your baggage secured in the designated conference room area. There will be tear off Tyvek baggage tags that correspond numerically with your colour coded race numbers on the day, so please ensure that these are tagged onto your bag when you hand your bag to the baggage marshal. When you collect your race bags you will need to show your race bib number for security purposes to collect it again. There is no liability for any loss of personal possessions but there will be someone in charge of the baggage.

How to get there

59 Wray Ln, Reigate RH2 0HX, UK

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There will be limited parking of 60 spaces on site at the Bridge House Hotel (Reigate) at the race HQ on a first come / first serve basis so please bear this in mind and arrive early if you wish to park on-site, as the registration starts from 7.30 am, 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  and there are 70 spaces available on a pay and display basis.It is a walk of exactly 1.17 miles (20 mins) from this car park uphill on London Road to race HQ. There are also unrestricted parking spaces in the surrounding residential roads close to the race HQ that you can park in.

If you’re coming by train the nearest station is Reigate Train Station which is exactly a 1.17 mile (20 min) walk uphill on the London Road to the Bridge House Hotel (Reigate) race HQ. For train details here please refer to the Trainline link.

Frequently asked questions
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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
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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.
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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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