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The Century

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Come on out to Rayne and explore the wonderful Essex countryside. This course follows the footpaths and trails along the old railway system that operated between Braintree and Bishops Stortford. Lace up your shoes and head on down for your next big challenge.

How to enter the The Century

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    £32–£34
    Event passed
  2. 6 Hour Timed Event

    Run 6h
    £32–£34
    Event passed

The Century routes

This course follows the Flitch Way, the old railway system that ran between Braintree and Bishops Stortford for exactly 100 years from 1869 to 1969. The trail follows, what is now, a hard packed footpath and it provides a beautiful setting for runners. Each lap is 4.4 miles, so in order to complete the marathon distance participants will need to complete 6 laps.

The endurance event is perfect for individuals looking for their next big challenge as they can take the race at the pace they choose. There is no minimum lap requirements, its just you and the open trail.

Please Note: In an effort to reduce the impact of the race on the environment there not be any cups provided by the race organiser. This means runners will be responsible for bringing their own bottles and cups to refill at the aid stations.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Race entry
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Clearly marked course
  • Aid station
  • Refreshments & snacks
  • Parking
  • NB: There are no refunds offered on Hare & Tortoise Events
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

10:00 - Marathon & Endurance Event start

Please make sure to arrive with at least 45 minutes to get parked, registered and warmed up before taking on this epic challenge.

Spectators

This region of Essex has some stunning countryside views and offers spectators the perfect spot for a picnic, from which they can cheer on their family and friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to run the whole 6 hours of The Century run?
No, the beauty of these timed events is that runners can tackle them as they see fit and can complete as many (or as few) as they like. Everyone is a winner.
Is there parking at The Century run?
Yes, there is parking but it will be limited outside the Booking Hall. More space will be available on New Road on the opposite side to the Flitch Way.
Do I need to bring my own water or cup to The Century run?
Yes, in an effort to protect the environment this event is cupless. Participants will need to bring their own drinking receptacle with them which can be refilled at the aid stations provided.
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The Century weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

17°C
Predicted highs
1°C
Predicted lows

Meet the organizer

It's our aim to provide premier running events throughout Essex and the South East for all abilities. ​ Between us, we have accumulated more years running than we like to count and participate in as many races as we think we can get away with (either to stay injury-free or just to keep the family harmony)! ​ We think that this gives a really good idea about what makes for great running events and our aim is to provide awesome events with runners always at the heart of what we do. ​ We also recognise the enormous benefits of running for general well-being and mental health and want to encourage participation at every ability and for any age. For this reason, we have set up a running group to operate within the Run Together initiative.

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