A high quality trail run on the Kent Coast between Thanet and Sandwich lays a big bay called Pegwell Bay which is famous for two reasons, firstly because of the nationally important Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve and secondly for the Viking Ship, The Hugin, that rests there in all its recently restored glory. We've been fortunate enough to have been given permission to hold an event on part of this area known as the Pegwell Bay Country Park.
The Hugin holds a special fondness for myself as it was one of the favourite places that my late father would take me to as a child, in the dim and distant past you could climb on the ship, eat your ice cream and be a Viking! Sadly these days clamboring over such things isn't allowed, but it has been nicely restored in the last decade or so and is well worth a look, a good few times in fact as the route will go past it twice on each lap! The event will have a six hour time limit for you to run as many, or as few laps as you wish. With a timed event, as long as you complete one lap, then you are an official finisher!
How to enter the The Hugin Challenge
- Run 3.28mi
The Hugin Challenge route
The “long” course runs a loop around the Pegwell Bay Country Park before heading up a cycle path to the park where The Hugin sits, the route then goes past this, loops around on the old disused road to the hoverport before returning to The Hugin and back to the Country Park
There is only one slope really, so its not totally flat, each loop has maybe 40 feet of elevation rise in total, but there are some lovely views, Pegwell Bay, the cliffs, wildlife and of course The Hugin.The trail is very high quality crushed limestone, tarmac and a short stretch of single track path and grass (about 100 yards each loop). The loop distance is 3.29 miles.
The route is fairly flat, certainly around the Country Park part, but there is a bit of a slope up to The Hugin, but then there is a lovely downhill slope on the way back. The trail is very high quality crushed limestone, tarmac bike paths and a very short stretch on a disused road and about 100 yards on single track path and grass.
3 28 Mile Loops
The Hugin Challenge weather forecast
Rain starting in the afternoon.
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