We would be delighted for you to join us for our first event at Samphire Hoe! This is your chance to get your name on a double sided medal. Our top 5 distance runners for 2024 will get their name in bold at the top, and then all who enter (until limit is reached) will also have a place on the naughty or nice list. The miles counted will be from now until around Sep/Oct TBC once we find out the latest we can put the order in.
The course is mainly good quality concrete and gravel paths with a couple of small wooden bridges. For now we will be using courses all within the Nature reserve (The longer routes will come at a later date) The route is subject to change as in the event of bad weather sometimes the seawall route is closed for the safety of you and the general public and we back up to route B.
This event is a 6hr challenge event so run/walk or crawl as few or as many laps as you like within the time limit. One lap and your a finisher or continue on for a half, ultra half, marathon or even an ultra! the choice is yours.
Date :- Saturday 14th December 2024
Start :- 8.30am
Entry :- £39.95
Course :-3.28 mile loops
(subject to weather)
Event :-6 hour Challenge event
Changes :- The cut off date for requests to change entries will be 7th of December 2024
What do I get?
You will receive,
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one
2) A nice sized goody bag.
3) A well stocked base camp with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for during and post race replenishment.
Where do I park?
We have been allocated the parking area marked Runbelieveable parking. If this area becomes full then please park in the overflow parking area as Samphire like to save the parking off map below base camp for the general public.
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 complete as many laps as you like. One lap will earn you a medal, as long as you have left base camp for your final lap by 5hrs 59mins 59secs then you are good to finish.
How are laps counted?
Depending on numbers we will either manually count laps or we'll dish out lap counting cards. 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.
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 Base camp?
Yes no problem at all, however we encourage you to leave these at your bag or car to save space at the aid station.
Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
I would say 99% road. The paths are mainly concrete or stoney paths with the only real exception being a couple of very short bridges that can get a little slippy in the rain.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. Samphire Hoe is a public nature reserve so there are likely to be walkers, dog walkers and most likely fishermen along the seawall section so please be courteous to other visitors. There are bins around the site so please either use these or bring any rubbish you may have back to 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.
Are there any facilities at the start/finish area?
There are toilets at the start/finish area open from 7am. Samphire also has a small cafe, however we can't promise this will be open.
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.
Could a supporter meet me at Samphire?
Absolutely, its well worth a visit however be aware the parking is limited so they may have to park off site.