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Black hugin Challenge

Let out your inner viking!

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 evening event on part of this area known as the Pegwell Bay Country Park.


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! We'll start at 17:00 and sun down is 19:30 so you'll be partially in light, then twilight and then finally deep night, all being well on a lovely early Autumnal evening.


We're going to be flexible with deciding the route! Mainly as it will depend on the conditions on the day. But the A plan is a 3.28 mile route and will be a mixture of high quality crushed limestone trails, grass trails, tarmac and a little bit of single track. It will all be well marked so don't worry about navigation but please bring some form of lighting with you as from 7.30 pm some bits of the course will be super dark!


As usual we'll have a well stocked aid station which you'll pass every loop, a unique custom made medal and a generous size bar of chocolate.


The route is viewable on MayMyRun here.

Key Information

Date :- Saturday 12th September 2020


Start :- 5.00PM


Location :- Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve Sandwich Road
Pegwell Bay Ramsgate
CT12 5JB


Entry :- £39.95


Course :- 3.28 mile out and back


Event :- 6 hour challenge event


Changes :- The cut off date for requests to change entries will be 5th September 2020

Frequently asked questions

What do I get?
You will receive
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one.
2) A lovely big bar of choccy.
3) A well stocked base camp with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for during and post race replenishment.


Where is the event?
Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve Sandwich Road , Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate, CT12 5JB (Map)

Please see our location page for Pegwell Bay for information on location and parking.


When do I get my race number?
You'll pick this up on race day from the race base camp.


Are there time limits?
Yes, six hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the 6 hours and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 6 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 6.00 after the event start (even if you finish that final lap after the six hours it'll count, you just have to have left for the final lap 6:00 after the start, and these time limits are hard, 6:00:01 and that's too late as is the custom with ultra endurance events (which this technically is, though there is absolutely no requirement to run an ultra!)).

Any runner completing 26.2 miles or more will have completed marathon distance and will count as a marathon finish for the purposes of the 100 Marathon Club, if you complete over 27 miles then you've completed an ultra. As long as you finish one lap then you'll receive an official finish time, medal and chocolate. With timed events there are no DNFs.


What's the compulsory equipment?
All runners will be required to have a light source with them when they embark on the start of any lap after 19.30 (real world time, irrespective of the actual start time). The course will be dark and unlit and you will be needing lights, we suggest the brighter the better!


Can I start late?
Yes, you'll still be subject to the overall time limits of the event, i.e. the clock will be ticking as if you actually started on time, but it's no problem to start later, especially if you wish to run more in the dark.


Do I have to run for the whole time?
No! You can stop at any time you wish, just as long as you complete one lap you are an official finisher. or alternatively chill out and recuperate at the aid station for a bit...no pressure, when you ring the finishers bell you are done, and medal and bar of chocolatey goodness will be yours! 


Can I stop at marathon distance?
Yes. If you complete the loop you're on and your final distance is 26.2 miles or more it will count as a marathon finish by 100 Marathon Club standards and we'll even give you a little badge to pin to your medal ribbon to signify the distance you ran! (There is an ultra badge too if you complete over 27 miles...)


Do you have secure baggage facilities
No. But you're free to leave bags at the start/finish. There will always be someone around but we can't guarantee their security, in the event of rain we can't guarantee things won't get wet. 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..


Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Either should be fine. The running surface is very good, if it's wet then maybe err towards trail, if its dry err towards road.


Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Pegwell Bay Country Park which is part of a network of local footpaths, cycle paths and trails and is shared with ramblers, dogwalkers, horseriders and cyclists. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land. Please don't litter, we'll have a bin at the base camp.

We are however going to be using Pegwell Bay out of regular hours, it's not generally open in the evening, so we would expect things to be very quiet once the sun goes down.


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 facilities at the start/finish area?
There are toilets, and we're hoping that the mobile cafe that's usually there will be present. 


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 cyclists, people, dogs, horse riders, wildlife and so on.



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