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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 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, a soft 6 hours. So in other words if you are due to finish around 6.5 hours this'll be fine...much later and we may have packed up and gone!
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, just as long as you complete the 3 laps within the soft time limit you are an official marathon finisher recognised by the 100 marathon club
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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