Ranscombe Summer Challenge Weekend

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Ranscombe Summer Challenge Weekend
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This 8 hour running challenge is the perfect way to see just how far you can run. Set in the beautiful woodland of Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve, you will not be short of natural wildlife to witness. Come along for the challenge, friendly atmosphere and finisher's medal.
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Ultra, Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Marathon, Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Half Marathon, and 5 more
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Sat, 2 Jul 2022 - Sun, 3 Jul 2022
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Cuxton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve, 7 Ranscombe Farm Cottages, Cuxton, Rochester ME2 1LA, UK
Start times
Saturday, 2 Jul 2022
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Ultra:
9:00 am |
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Marathon:
9:00 am |
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Half Marathon:
9:00 am |
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - 10k:
9:00 am
Sunday, 3 Jul 2022
Lucky Dip Challenge - Half Marathon:
9:00 am |
Lucky Dip Challenge - 10k:
9:00 am |
Lucky Dip Challenge - Marathon:
9:00 am |
Lucky Dip Challenge - Ultra:
9:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Ranscombe Summer Challenge Weekend
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Ultra
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Marathon
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - Half Marathon
Ranscombe Spring Challenge - 10k
Route information
This is an 8 hour challenge event, in which runners will run as many or a few laps of the course as they wish.
There will be different routes for the Spring Challenge on the Saturday and the Lucky Dip Challenge on the Sunday. Both will be approximately 3.74 mile loops entirely within the beautiful Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve and will be very muddy. There'll be excellent views over North Kent and the Medway with rolling chalk hills, wildflowers and plenty of wildlife.
Spring Ranscombe Challenge Route - Saturday
This 3.74 mile 'Green' route loop will have 380 feet of elevation gain. The route sits between two railway lines, a road, fencing and a river so you'll know if you've gone off course. The route will be clearly marked with green tape and arrows.
Lucky Dip Challenge Route - Sunday
The 'Red' route is slightly flatter with 350 feet of elevation gain. You'll be running through some beautiful meadowlands. The route will be clearly marked with red tape and arrows.
This event takes place at Ranscombe Farm Reserve, who exist to maintain this corner of England as a haven for wild flowers to flourish in. They are the flagship reserve for the charity Plantlife International, speaking up for wild plants.
The event organiser, Vikings, Saxons and Normans will donate £5 from each entry directly to the Trust to aid them in maintaining this lovely environment.
What's included
  • Bespoke marathon themed Finisher's Medal
  • Goody bag at finish
  • Well stocked base camp & aid station
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • £5 donation to the charity Plantlife International
How to get there
Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve, 7 Ranscombe Farm Cottages, Cuxton, Rochester ME2 1LA, UK
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By Train
Cuxton station is the closest train station to the start location, situated 1.3 miles away, which should take roughly 30 minutes to walk. Alternatively, ride the number 151 bus (towards Chatham) from the stop 'The White Hart', alighting at 'Ranscombe Farm'.
By Car
Ranscombe Farm is located just off Junction 2 of the M2 on Sundridge Hill, Cuxton.
  1. Entrance parking - there are ten spaces right by the entrance of Ranscombe Farm.
  2. Base camp parking - There is a lovely new car park with around 30 spaces.
  3. Field parking - If 1 & 2 gets full then this is also an option to park in the field.
Event day logistics
07:00 Location opens
07:15 Registration opens
07:50 Race Briefing
08:00 Event starts
16:00 Event finishes
07:00 Location opens
07:15 Registration opens
07:50 Race Briefing
08:00 8 Hour Challenge starts
16:00 8 Hour Challenge finishes
Race Number
You will collect your race number up on race day morning from the race base camp.
Age Requirements
Children over the age of 11 are permitted to take part in this event so long as they are accompanied by an adult at all times and do not exceed the following distances.
  • Aged 11-12 can run a maximum of 5k
  • Aged 13-14 can run a maximum of 6k
  • Aged 15 can run a maximum of 10k
  • Aged 16 can run a maximum of 15k
  • Aged 17 can run a maximum of 25k
Aid Station
You'll visit the aid station after every 3.28 mile lap. This will be fully stocked by the event organiser but you are welcome to leave your own on the table for runner's supplies.
Headphones and Earphones
You will be able to use headphones and earphones during the 6 Hour Challenge. Please have the volume low and be aware of others you are sharing the space with.
Finisher's Medals
The medals for the Spring Challenge on Saturday will be from the brand new Ranscombe medal series.
The medals for the Lucky Dip Challenge will be from the collection of previous iterations of the Ranscombe medal.
Cupless Event
In order to reduce their impact on the environment, this organiser's events are all cupless. This means that it is important to please bring your own bottle, cup, mug or "something" to hold liquids as the organiser will only have water available in jugs and water containers.
You can leave them at the aid station in wire baskets. It is useful to label your bottle with your name so it is easily identifiable.
Can I listen to music whilst I run the Ranscombe Summer Challenge?
Yes. Please keep the volume low so you're aware of your surroundings as the space is shared with the public.
When will I get my race number for the Ranscombe Summer Challenge?
All race numbers will be picked up on the day from the race base camp.
Will there be a bag drop at the Ranscombe Summer Challenge?
No, there won't be an official bag drop area but you are welcome to leave your bag at the start/finish area. Someone will always be around however all items are left at their own risk.
Will there be toilets at the Ranscombe Summer Challenge?
Yes, there are portable toilets close to the start/finish area.
Do I have to run for the whole 8 hours of the Ranscombe Summer Challenge?
Not at all! You can run as many or as little laps as you can or want to. You will have to complete a minimum of 1 lap in order to get a bespoke finisher's medal.
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