Simon and Kim would like to cordially invite you to their joint Stag and Hen Party....errr challenge! To celebrate us tieing the knot, get ready to tie up your laces and join us for a whole lot of fun and maybe a bit of running too. Who would like to stride for the Bride or zoom for the Groom? There will be L Plates, Jelly shots, a fantastic buffet (Aid station) and much more available for all those who can attend. Fancy dress is absolutely encouraged, in fact almost compulsory! Think of any Hen/Stag party you've been to and go wild, although keep it PG for any families in the park. Spot prizes for our faves! Rumour has it, John Whitcher will be wearing a stunning wedding dress...
The Hens and Stags will share the first mile of the course together and then go their separate ways for a loop around the park before being reunited for the final mile.
There will be lots of treats back at the buffet table, all your party favourites and maybe the odd (non alcoholic) shot or two.
This event will have a seven hour time limit for you to run, walk or dance 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!
And remember what happens at Betteshanger, stays at Betteshanger....well until someone posts on Facebook or we publish the results!
We're going to be flexible with deciding the route! Mainly as it will depend on the conditions on the day. 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.
*** Important ***
The park only opens at 8.00am - the same time we can get in! Please try and allow us some time to set up, and aim to get to registration for 8.30am
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?
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 bright red gazebo and it'll be signposted as well. See Photo - Base camp is the black circle. Please note parking is Pay & Display. (Currently £3.50 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, seven hours to run as many laps as you can. As long as you are on your final lap before 6 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?
Lots of goodies and water, squash, cola available at the aid station.
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.