Dymchurch Marathon

Fast and flat!

This Marathon is based in the lovely seaside town of Dymchurch. Their 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 two of which are on the route. 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's the best bit....there is none!

For 2020 we're going to use the "long" variation (conditions permitting!)

This variation is where the route goes both North and South of Dymchurch on a three 8.74 mile loop course with the start/finish in the middle. This will mean fortunately (or unforunately depending on your point of view!) that we'll be moving on to the old sea wall which is rather prone to storm damage which may make it more "multi-terrain" than we might like or sea incursion which may make it a bit more duathalon than we'd like! In the latter cases though we do have alternative routes lined up and the likely worst case scenario is the "Classic" route.

Come and join us for a bit of a run along the Kent Coast, we'll have a well stocked aid station, nice custom made  marathon medals and a big choccy bar to take home.

Course Information

"Long Loop" Route

For this course variation the runners will head in the opposite direction heading South of Dymchurch along the remaining part of the new sea wall until it changes in to the much flatter and closer to the "old sea wall" past St Mary's Bay and turning around just past the start of Littlestone Golf Club.

From the turnaround runners then retrace their steps back to Dymchurch, passing the aid station and continuing all the way to very end of the sea wall at the firing range, returning to the aid station to complete the 8.74 mile loop.

The route can be viewed at

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!

Key Information

Date :- Saturday 12th December 2020

Start :- 9AM

Location :- Coastal Wall, High Street, Dymchurch TN29 0NL (Map)

Entry :- £36

Course :- 3 x 8.74 mile out and backs (long loop variation)

Event :- Marathon event

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

Frequently asked questions

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.

Public Transport?
There are no mainline train stations to Dymchurch. Folkestone or Ashford are the closest towns with train links to London.

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