The Mega Challenge events will have a different twist, our main aim is to encourage people to push themselves just that little bit more, providing motivation, encouragement and recognition for doing so!
The route is all on good surfaces, a mixture of high quality trail, bike paths and the rest of the trail is pretty decent too! In late Spring should be a really nice run, weather permitting and we'll start off nice and early to beat any potentially hot weather. The course is rolling, some gentle slopes, but really nothing too severe at all.
Now the Mega Challenge is going to be a Challenge Event with a difference! Basically the distance you run will determine the medal you receive... and there is a risk factor involved of possibly not receiving a medal!
1 Lap - 3.28 miles - you've earned yourself a chocolate bar
2-3 Laps - 6.55-9.85 miles - You still have that chocolate bar but another lap or 2 and you can have a medal!
4 Laps - 13.1 miles - chocolate bar + Half Marathon Mega Challenge Medal is yours!
5-6 Laps - 16.4-19.65 miles -chocolate bar + Half Marathon Mega Challenge Medal but are you ready to call it a day?
7 Laps - 22.95 miles - chocolate bar + Half Marathon Mega Challenge Medal. may as well do 1 more and get a medal upgrade.
8 Laps - 26.2 miles - chocolate bar + Full Marathon Mega Challenge Medal
9 Laps or more - 29.5+ miles - chocolate bar + Ultra Marathon Mega Challenge Medal
The event will be a six hour timed challenge event. Complete as many loops as you wish within the time limit. Run a half marathon, a marathon, an ultra and earn some Mega bling!
You can view the route here... http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/1591986856/
Date :- Saturday 13th June 2020
Start :- 8.00AM
Location :- Jeskyns country park, Cobham, DA12 3AN
Entry :- £39.95
Course :- 3.28 mile loop
Event :- 6 hour challenge event
Changes :- The cut off date for requests to change entries will be 6th June 2020
What do I get?
You will receive...
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one. The medal you receive will
depend on what distance you complete.
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?
There is a Pay and Display car park very close to the start/finish as indicated below, at the time of writing the cost is £3 per day, there are 80+ spaces though we're using the overflow car park as below which can house maybe 200 cars so should be plenty of parking. Post code for Sat Navs is DA12 3AN (Google Map) - Please be aware that the postcode takes you to the "general area" so well worth a 10 second study of the Google Map if driving - it's really close to the A2 but if get off at the wrong exit at a roundabout will be a struggle to find!
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, however you will only get a medal if you run 4 laps or more. You will receive a half marathon medal for 4 laps, 8 laps will earn you a marathon medal, 9 or more for an ultra medal. 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 5.59.59 (even if you finish that final lap after the six hours it'll count, you just have to have left for the final lap before the cut off.
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 the hole puncher people. So basically at the end of each lap, get your card punched, or ring the bell!
You'll have to tell us when you're finished, not the other way around. As it's a timed event, if you wish you can stop, have a rest and continue, eat cake, go have a cup of tea in the cafe or you can just stop!
We'll have an “official finishers bell” for this purpose, when you're done for the day, ring the bell and the goodies will be yours!
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, ring the finishers bell and you're done, just remember that unless you reach 4 laps (13.1 miles) you will only go home with a Bar of Chocolate.
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 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?
Road shoes. Its 50% on decent "bike path" surfaces, 50% on decent trail.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Jeskyns Community Woodland which is open to the public though hopefully will be fairly quiet. 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 which is a popular area for people walking their dogs, so beware of animals and leads. Please don't litter. We'll have a bin at the base camp.
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?
Aside from base camp, no. There is a cafe and toilets on the site however.
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.
Gravesend is the nearest train station which is about 3 miles away.
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