This 6 hour clown themed challenge is based in the lovely seaside town of Dymchurch.
We've all been accused of clowning around at some point or another....well here's your excuse to be actively encouraged whist taking part in your favourite pastime - running! Fancy dress is fully supported and there will be prizes for the best dressed clowns.
The newly reinforced sea wall where you'll be running is wide, flat, and offers a lot of views of the sea and the expansive sand and shingle beach. Dymchurch is also home to several Martello Towers. These are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century, I mean who doesn't love a bit of history whilst they're running? The route also runs past the town, on the sea wall, and along the coastal path. Admittedly it can be pretty grey in winter but then so can anywhere and for all you mud phobics out there.....here's the best bit....there is none!
The southern part of the sea wall is very prone to shingle being thrown over it in bad weather and is very close to the sea at high tide (and not very high) so may be subject to last minute course alterations!
Date :- Sunday 13th December 2020
Start :- 9AM
Location :- Coastal Wall, High Street, Dymchurch TN29 0NL (Map)
Entry :- £39.95
Course :- 4.37 mile out and backs (subject to change)
Event :- 6 hour Challenge event
Changes :- The cut off date for requests to change entries will be the 6th December 2020
What do I get?
You will receive each day...
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one.
2) A nice sized choccy bar!
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 cookies, crisps, nuts, pringles, M&Ms and those sorts of things!
Where do I park?
The village hall opposite the main pay and display car park offers free parking through the winter months for early arrivals, there are maybe 50 spaces available there. Address for Sat Navs is High Street Dymchurch TN29 0NX. There is a large pay and display car park very close to the village hall (which at the time of writing is £6.70 for six hours with very zealous traffic wardens) there is also free street parking available in winter, but do make sure you double check the signs as seriously the traffic wardens have no sense of humour here.
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, 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 start..??? Any runner completing 6 laps will have completed an official marathon (by 100 Marathon Club standards) of about 26.2 miles, 7 laps or more will have completed an ultra. As long as you finish one lap then you'll receive an official finish time, medal and goody bag. With timed events there are no DNFs.
How are laps counted?
At race registration you'll be handed a small laminated lap counting card, attach this to yourself with a safety pin or cable tie. At the end of each loop get this punched through by one of our lovely helpers.
Do I have to run for the whole time?
No! You can stop at any time you wish.
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.
Can I leave my own drinks/food at the aid station?
Yes of course 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. Be aware we are cupless, whereas water will be readily available please ensure you have your own cup or bottle to put it in and you may want to label these as we cannot be responsible for handing out wrong drinks.
Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Road shoes. Its 100% on decent tarmac or concrete.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Saxon Shore Coastal Path which is part of a cycle route and is a nice enough walk alongside the coast. 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 around Dymchurch. Please don't litter. We'll have a bin at the base camp and there are bins on the route.
What on course facilities do you provide?
Water, squash, nibbles, starter, timekeeper and encouragement along the way! Base station will be well stocked for all runners.
Are there any facilities at the start/finish area?
There are free toilets in the car park in the town centre as marked above, there are also toilets close to the base camp, but these are of the 20p variety. (We'll have some 20ps at base camp in case of emergency!)
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, children on bikes, wildlife and so on.
There are no mainline train stations to Dymchurch. Folkestone or Ashford are the closest towns with train links to London.
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