Stour Valley Half Marathon & Marathon

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Stour Valley Half Marathon & Marathon
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£20 - £27
Explore one of the most beautiful areas of Suffolk with this course through the Stour Valley. With a half marathon and marathon to choose from, and the added challenge of self-navigation, this is sure to test even experienced runners. Come for a finisher's medal and to soak in the stunning scenery.
Half Marathon and Marathon
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Fri, 14 Jun 2024 - Sat, 15 Jun 2024
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Nayland, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Nayland Village Hall, Church Ln, Nayland, Colchester CO6 4JH, UK
Start times
Friday, 14 Jun 2024
Half Marathon:
9:00 am
Saturday, 15 Jun 2024
9:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Stour Valley Half Marathon & Marathon
Route information
This brand-new event from Hare & Tortoise is a fantastic addition to their race calendar, with both half marathon and marathon distances on offer. The route consists of sections of the St Edmunds Way, the Stour Valley Path and the Essex Way, which take in beautiful countryside as they weave through the landscape.
Beginning in the charming medieval village of Nayland, which is nestled in Dedham Vale, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the looping route starts by heading into the countryside, turning at the Stoke by Nayland Hotel & Golf Course. The route then crosses the River Box, heading downwards towards Stratford St Mary, where it will cross the River Stour. Runners will then pass through Boxted and continue on to Nayland, where the half marathon race concludes.
Marathon runners will head north, continuing past Nayland Airfield and into the village of Burres Hamlet. Participants will then rejoin the River Stour briefly, before the route strikes out into open countryside. The route finishes by bringing runners back into Nayland.
This is an exciting race, with runners having to self-navigate for most of the course using a GPX file or written instructions, which will be downloadable prior to race day.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Race T-shirt
  • GPX files and downloadable written instructions for self-navigation
  • Fully-stocked checkpoints
  • First Aid
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
How to get there
Nayland Village Hall, Church Ln, Nayland, Colchester CO6 4JH, UK
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By Car
Nayland is a short, 20-minute drive from Colchester, and can be reached via the A134.
There is free car parking available at Nayland Village Hall at the race start.
By Public Transport
The closest train stations are Colchester and Sudbury. Colchester has regular services to Ipswich, London Liverpool Street, Clacton on Sea and Norwich, whilst Sudbury's trains run to Marks Tey.
If arriving at Colchester Station, participants can catch the 84 bus towards Sudbury, alighting at Mill Street in Nayland. From Sudbury Station, participants can catch the 84 bus from Lucas Road towards Colchester City Centre, which stops at Mill Street.
Event day logistics
08:00 Registration opens
08:45 Race briefing
09:00 Half marathon and marathon start
13:00 Half marathon cut-off time
17:00 Marathon cut-off time
Age Requirements
Entrants must be aged 17 and over to participate in the half marathon, and 18 and over to race in the marathon.
There will be checkpoints and aid stations located at 6, 11, 15 and 20.5 miles along the route. Runners will be able to access a variety of snacks and refreshments at these stations.
Cupless Event
As this is a cupless event, runners should take their own cup or bladder which they can refill at the checkpoint stations along the course in order to minimise plastic waste. Collapsible cups can be purchased on race day if needed.
Toilets are available at Nayland Village Hall at the race start.
When should I arrive for the Stour Valley Half Marathon & Marathon?
Registration opens at 08:00, with a mandatory race briefing at 08:45 prior to the race start of 09:00.
What do I need to bring to the Stour Valley Marathon & Half Marathon?
Participants should bring a water receptacle, as this is a cupless event. They should also download GPX files or written instructions prior to race day so they can self-navigate during the race.
Will the route be marked during the Stour Valley Half Marathon & Marathon?
No, this route is predominantly self-navigation.
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