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30th November is St Andrews day and although we're in one of the furthest possible points of the UK from Scotland and we're about as Scottish as something that's really not very Scottish at all I do like shortbread and we do have a number of Scottish exiles who run with us quite often and would be rude not to mark the date as we have an event on it!

How to enter the St Andrews Day Challenge

  1. 4 37 Mile Loops

    Run 4.37mi
    Standard Entries
    £39.50
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St Andrews Day Challenge route

The course runs around the tarmac cycle track but at no point crosses it so there are no traffic concerns to worry about. The surface is a high quality gravel surface in the main with the odd patch of potentially muddy bits if they’re wet but overall it’s an excellent running surface and should produce some fast times.

Betteshanger Country Park, near Deal in East Kent, has a two mile tarmac cycle track, leisure paths for cycling and walking and established woodlands, wetlands and reed beds full of wildlife and perhaps most importantly for our purposes a wide gently undulating trail around the edge that is traffic free and ideal for a gentle trail run!

There are slopes rather than hills, so its not totally flat, each loop has maybe 100 feet of elevation rise, but there are some lovely woods to run through, ponds, grasslands, wet lands and some wild life to spot too! If its wet there might be a chance of some mud but the trails are high quality and drain well.

Event Details

What’s Included

You will receive 
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 during and post race replenishment, including the legendary Rachel’s Rocky Road!

FAQs

As usual we’ll have a well stocked aid station, a unique custom made medal and a goody bag that actually contains goodies which will make the undulations and any mud more than worth it. There is also an on site cafe, a playground for kids and all in all is a nice place to host a run!

When do I get my race number?
You’ll pick this up on race day from the race base camp. This will be at the race start/finish area (Google Map) or in the cafe depending on the weather!

Are there time limits?
Yes, six hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the 6 hours and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 6 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 5.59:59 after the event start. Any runner completing over 26 miles will have completed marathon distance and will count as a marathon finish for the purposes of the 100 Marathon Club, if you complete 27 miles then you’ve completed an ultra. As long as you finish one lap then you’ll receive an official finish time, medal and goody bag. With timed events there are no DNFs as long as you complete one lap.

Do you have secure baggage facilities 
No. 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. You’ll be able to park close to the start/finish don’t forget.

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..

What on course facilities do you provide?
Water, squash, nibbles, goodies, 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? 
There are toilets, a cafe and a kids playground.

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, dogs, horse riders, wildlife and so on.

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St Andrews Day Challenge weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

9°C
Predicted highs
5°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 16mph

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