Marlborough Downs Challenge

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About
Trail over the scenic tracks and footpaths of the Wiltshire countryside this May. Challenge yourself to either the 20-mile or 33-mile race, with serious elevation of up to 3000ft. Both routes pass through Avebury, with its pre-historic stone circle, offering incredible views of Silbury Hill.
Participants
20 Mile, and 33 Mile
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Calendar
Sat, 7 May 2022
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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4.8
(3 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Marlborough Leisure Centre, Barton Dene, Marlborough SN8 1PB, UK
Start times
Sat, 7 May 2022
33 Mile:
9:00am |
20 Mile:
10:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Marlborough Downs Challenge
20 Mile
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20mi
£35.00 - £37.00
33 Mile
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33mi
£35.00 - £37.00
Route information
Elevation: 3000ft
This beautiful, yet challenging run takes place mainly off-road, along the tracks and footpaths of the Wiltshire countryside. Both routes will pass through Avebury, showcasing its pre-historic stone circle and breathtaking views of Silbury Hill.
Highlights include seeing the wild garlic that grows in West Woods and Gopher Wood.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Refreshments
  • Bag drop
  • Showers
  • Changing facilities
  • Toilets
  • First aid
Train
How to get there
Marlborough Leisure Centre, Barton Dene, Marlborough SN8 1PB, UK
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Parking
There is parking available within the grounds of Marlborough College, SN8 1PA.
By Public Transport
Swindon is the closest train station to the start, located 12 miles away. From here, ride the x5 bus to Salisbury for 21 stops, alighting at Lloyds Bank. The Marlborough Leisure Centre is a short 12-minute walk from here.
Event day logistics
07:45 - 08:45 Registration for 33 mile race
09:00 33 mile race starts
09:00 - 10:15 Registration for 20 mile race
10:30 20 mile race starts
*Further race information will be emailed to registered participants in the lead up to the event.
Race Pack
You must collect your race pack from registration on the morning of the event. Your race pack will include your bib number and timing chip. There will also be pins available at registration to pin your bib number to the front of your top.
Age Restrictions
You must be aged 18 and over to enter the 20-mile race, and 20 and over to enter the 33-mile race.
Backpack
What to bring
Recommended kit:
  • A fully charged mobile phone
  • Compass
  • Map (the most appropriate is OS 1:25,000 Explorer Sheet 157)
FAQ's
Will there be a bag drop at the Marlborough Downs Challenge?
Yes, there will be a bag drop area at the event village where you can leave your belongings whilst you run.
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What are the age restrictions for the Marlborough Downs Challenge?
You must be aged 18 and over to enter the 20-mile race, and 20 and over to enter the 33-mile race.
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Will there be parking at the Marlborough Downs Challenge?
Yes, there will be parking available within the grounds of Marlborough College, SN8 1PA.
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Reviews
4.8
3 reviews
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4.7
Did the 20 Mile in 2019
This is a great event, an unmarked 20 or 33 circuit from Marlborough College taking in the best the ridgeway has to offer. There’s a very good set of instructions though, so it’s hard to get lost. Great pottery prizes for winners and all finishers top it off!
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5.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2019
Love this event. I’ve done both distances-both routes are lovely, stunning views, very mixed terrain, small field and fantastic organisation. My two MDC mugs are better than any medal or race T-shirt.
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