In the lower Medway valley, on both sides of the river, are a number of large sarsen stones which are collectively known as The Medway Megaliths. They were moved there between 2500-1700 BC and were part of Neolithic, chambered long barrows, which were ancient burial tombs. This area has an incredible history and people have moved around on these trails since the dawn of humankind. We will join those early dwellers and soak up that amazing history.
Both races start in the stunning Trosley country park and head east along the North downs way soon passing the site of the Coldrum long barrow. The trail continues through ancient woodland before the half marathon turns around near Cuxton and returns on the same route. The Marathon will continue on through the gorgeous Ranscombe country park and across Medway bridge. The route then completes a loop taking you to the top of Bluebell hill In the vicinity of Kits Coty house, Little Kits Coty and the White horse stone. The runners will then turn round and re-join the North downs way completing the loop and returning the way they came back to Trosley.
Both routes take in a small amount of road but also some of the most beautiful trails the south east has to offer. Expect hills, gates, stiles and stunning scenery. These are relaxed low key trail races and as such both are slightly longer than the standard Half and full marathon distance.
Start time for Marathon: 9.30am ( advised 7hr cut off, Trosley Park shuts at 5pm)
Start time for Half Marathon: 10.30am
Marathon has 5 checkpoints with coke, water, sweets and fruit.
Half marathon has 3 checkpoints with coke, water, sweets and fruit.
A Head scarf to all participants
1st and Runner up prize for men and women in both races.
The course will be marked but please recce or use gpx if you are unsure.
Race will be held under UK Athletics rules