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Take a run by the coast with this 6 hour challenge event at Samphire Hoe. You'll be treated to some incredible views of The Channel and the Atlantic as you run as many 3.28 mile laps as you can within the 6 hours. In honour of world book day, there'll be fancy dress and an awesome bespoke medal.
Ultra, 10k, Half Marathon, and 1 more
Sun, 27 Feb 2022
Dover, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Samphire Hoe, Samphire Rd, Dover CT17 9FL, UK
Sun, 27 Feb 2022
Half Marathon:8:30am |
Here's what races are available for The Book Day Challenge
The 3.28 mile course will be within the Samphire Hoe nature reserve and along the sea wall. You'll go out and back along this route, returning to base camp after 3.28 miles. The terrain will be mostly smooth paths and pavement with a few pebbles to look out for.
You can complete as many or as little laps as you can within the 6 hours.
Please remember that Samphire Hoe will be open to the public and you will be sharing the paths with the public, that includes dog walkers, fishermen, ramblers and cyclists so you will need to be aware of your surroundings.
- Half marathon - 4 laps
- Marathon - 8 laps
- Ultra - 9+ laps
Organiser route images
- Bespoke marathon themed Finisher's Medal
- Goody bag at finish
- Well stocked base camp & aid station
Finisher's Medal Design
How to get there
Samphire Hoe, Samphire Rd, Dover CT17 9FL, UKGet full directions
There is a car park on-site. Charges are: up to 30 mins 50p, 30 mins - 2 hours £1.00, Over 2 hours £2.00. Disabled badge holders and motorcycles are free.
Access via the Dover to Folkestone carriageway of the A20 is signposted by the brown tourist signs. You access Samphire Hoe through a traffic light controlled tunnel in the cliff. The access tunnel is 4.8m tall.
Event day logistics
07:15 Samphire Hoe opens to the public
07:30 Registration opens
08:20 Mandatory race briefing
08:30 All races start
14:30 All races finish
You'll pick up your race number on the morning of the event from the registration desk at the race base camp.
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
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.
There will be toilets available from 07:00 by the car park close to the start/finish area.
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.
In honour of World Book Day, runners are encouraged (though this is entirely optional) to come dressed as their favourite characters.
Samphire Hoe is open to the public from 07:00 till dusk. It is a great location for spectators to take a walk and support the runners.
Road shoes will be suitable for running this course.
Can I listen to music whilst I run The Book Day Challenge?
Yes. Please keep the volume low so you're aware of your surroundings as the space is shared with the public.
What kind of shoes will I need to wear for The Book Day Challenge?
Road shoes should be fine for this course. The majority of the route will be along perfect surfaces bar a few pebbles.
Will there be toilets at The Book Day Challenge?
Yes, there are toilets close to the start/finish area.
Will there be a bag drop at The Book Day 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.
When will I get my race number for The Book Day Challenge?
All race numbers will be picked up on the day from the race base camp.
Is there somewhere to park for The Book Day Challenge?
Yes, there is a car park on-site. The cost to park for 2+ hours is £2.
Do I have to run for the whole 6 hours of The Book Day 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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