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Pre Covid we were all set for the Dymchurch Marathon based in the lovely seaside town of Dymchurch. Unfortunately we've had to make a few changes. We simply don't feel safe enough running along the sea wall and still maintaining social distancing so therefore the new venue will be Betteshanger. We've also changed the event to the very popular "Crispathon" it just didn't seem right giving out a Dymchurch Marathon medal for running around Betteshanger. However we know that some people really wanted the Dymchurch medal - so for those that have already paid and are happy to receive it - the medal is yours providing you run a marathon.
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!
(For those of you wanting the Dymchurch Marathon medal - you'll need to complete a marathon)
Due to Covid regulations runners can start from between 9.30 and 10.00am, once you've been registered and inputted into the iPad.
We're going to be flexible with deciding the route! Mainly as it will depend on the conditions on the day and what else is going on in the park. But the A plan is a 4.7 mile route (see course details in the FAQ below) and will be a mixture of path and trail. It will be well marked so don't worry about navigation but if in doubt follow the people in front of you!
Unfortunately again due to Covid we are unable to have an aid station, instead you'll be handed a well stocked goody bag before you start which is intended to replace this.
You'll receive your medal at the end in its plastic bag.
Please see our Covid Rules statement for any other changes that may happen on the day
*** Important ***
The park only opens at 9.00am - the same time we can get in! Please try and allow us some time to set up. If everyone tries to arrive dead on 9.00am not only will there be a queue getting on site but also registration will get crowded too. You can run any time between 9.30 and 10am ish so if a slightly later start suits you it will really help us out too! We'll aim to have everyone out on the course by 10am.
Date :- Saturday 12th December 2020
Start :- 9.30AM
Location :- Betteshanger Park
Entry :- £36
Course :- 4.7 mile loops (5 and a bit for a marathon)
Event :- Marathon/Challenge event
Changes :- The cut off date for requests to change entries will be the 5th December 2020
What do I get?
You will receive
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one.
2) A well stocked goody bag with plenty of nibbles for during and post race replenishment.
Where is the event?
Betteshanger Park Sandwich Road, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF
When do I get my race number?
You'll pick this up on race day from the race base camp. Any elite SVN runners please could you bring your elite number as any running totals with us will also contribute to your SVN miles.
There is lots of parking available, however this is in the overflow, of the overflow carpark. As you drive down to the roundabout its the first left and then left again. You should see our green gazebo and it'll be signposted as well. See Photo - Base camp is the black circle. Please note parking is Pay & Display. (Currently £3 for an all day ticket) which is payable before you leave the park. They use an ANPR system and even if you forget you can pay afterwards for up to 48 hours.(You can find out more information at their site here)
Please note that there is construction taking place at Betteshanger of a big new visitor facility, we're vaguely hopeful by the time the event comes around it'll be finished, but the route may well vary on event day compared to the A choice! The surface is a high quality gravel surface in the main with the odd patch of potentially muddy bits if they're wet but overall it's an excellent running surface and should produce some fast times. The route is viewable on MayMyRun here. There are slopes rather than hills, so its not totally flat, each loop has maybe 60 feet of elevation rise, but there are some lovely woods to run by, ponds, grasslands, wet lands and some wild life to spot too! If its wet there might be a chance of some mud but the trails are high quality and drain well. The route is suitable for either road or trail shoes.
Are there time limits?
Yes, six hours to run as many laps as you can. As long as you are on your final lap before 5 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds then you are good for one more. Please be aware that the park shuts at 5pm and we will need to be off the site by this time. So for example if you start your last lap at around 4pm you'll have an hour to complete it, collect your medal and leave the park.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.
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.
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.
Do you have secure baggage facilities
If you drive we will ask you to use your own car as your own personal bag drop. For those who haven't got access to a car, there will be a small bag drop area especially for you.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Betteshanger Park which is shared with ramblers, dogwalkers, 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.
What on course facilities do you provide?
We can provide water and squash out of jugs, any other goodies will already be in your goody bag.
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.