Viking Coastal Marathon – December

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Viking Coastal Marathon – December
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A marathon at the lovely seaside town of Ramsgate The coastal path known as the Viking Coastal Trail runs around Thanet and a section runs along the seafront at Ramsgate which forms part of a popular route that we have here. The route is 4.37 miles and runs both along the top and bottom of the cliffs on gentle slopes, don't worry the cliff isn't too high! The upper and lower sections are joined by a little "grotto" which meanders through the cliff. This will be a marathon only event for the lovely Viking Coastal Marathon medal. Six laps will make up the 26.2 mile course!
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Sun 23rd Dec 2018
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Thanet Court, 14-17 Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate CT11 0EY, UK
Start times
Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Viking Coastal Marathon – December
Route information
The course is loops of 4.37 miles that runs along a stretch of the Viking Coastal Way around Ramsgate in Kent.
The total elevation gain is around 100′ for each loop. Navigation is slighty convoluted as to get the distance we have an uneven loop and two out and backs. It looks more confusing on the map linked above as that doesn’t really show of course that there is a tunnel to run through.
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What's included
What you get:
You will receive
  1. A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one.
  2. An advent calendar at the finish, which has chocolate in! (Note – not a usual SVN Goody Bag event…)
  3. A well stocked base camp with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for post race replenishment. Again there is nothing healthy here, no isotonic drinks or fruit. But biscuits, crisps, nuts, cakes, jelly babies rocky road and those sorts of treats!
How to get there
Thanet Court, 14-17 Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate CT11 0EY, UK
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There is lots and lots of free street parking all the way along Royal Esplanade, you’ll pass the cars nearest the sea on each lap so you can use your vehicle as a giant drop bag if you wish if you park wisely!
When do I get my race number?
You’ll pick this up on race day morning from the race base camp.
Are there time limits?
Yes, a soft six hour time limit.
What does soft mean?
That means 6:15 is fine, 8:15 and we’re going home!Do you have secure baggage facilitiesNo. But you’re free to leave bags at the start/finish. There will always be someone around but we can’t guarantee their security. You’ll be able to park close to the start/finish don’t forget.Can I leave my own drinks/
food at the aid station?
Yes no problem at all, we have a dedicated table for runners own supplies if they have anything special that they’d like to bring along..
Road Shoes?
Road shoes should be fine. Its 99% on perfect surfaces, you might have a couple of pebbles to step around, maybe some sea weed, but otherwise all on sealed tarmac/concrete.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Viking Coastal Path. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land, especially near the start/finish area which is a popular area for people walking their dogs, so beware of animals and leads. Please don’t litter. We’ll have a bin at the base camp, please use this and there are several bins on the route too.
What on course facilities do you provide?
Water, squash, nibbles, starter, timekeeper and encouragement every lap! Base station will be well stocked for all runners. This is a typical example of the picnics, sorry aid station, we have…Are there any toilet facilities at the start/
finish area?
Yes a few yards from the start/finish/base camp area, highlighted in the image above.
Can I use an ipod or mp3 player on the course?
Yes. Though please be aware that you are running on public footpaths with the general public so make sure that you pay attention to traffic, people, children on bikes, wildlife and so on. Most of the route is alongside a cycle path so they won’t be a huge hazard all being well but you need to be aware of them.
Public Transport?
Ramsgate has a main line train station and is about a mile or so from the Start/Finish area.
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