This event starts in the stunning Haysden Country Park and soon joins the Wealdway alongside the river Medway. Within a few miles you pass the remains of Tonbridge castle. There has been a castle on this site since the 11th Century. The first Motte and Bailey castle was erected after the battle of Hastings. Once through Tonbridge the route follows the river all the way to Maidstone where you catch a glimpse of Allington castle on the opposite bank. The present day castle was built in the 13th century but lay ruined until the turn of the 20th century when it was restored to its current beautiful condition. Runners will carry on following the river Medway for a few more miles before it pulls away and briefly picks up the North downs way before dropping into Rochester. The race will conclude at the Rochester masonic lodge right at the foot of Rochester castle arguably one of the finest Norman castles In the UK.
This is a relatively flat point to point race with one hill of any description. There is real potential for some fast times if the conditions allow it. If it’s dry it’ll be fast. The whole course is a mixture of hard pack trail and well made paths. About 30% of the race is tarmac paths and quiet country roads but the route is gorgeous and the perfect step up from the marathon distance.
There is lots of parking at the finish and it would be advisable to park there and get the bus transfer. There will be no transfer back to the start at the end of the race. We will transfer bags from the start to the finish.
The race will have 3 checkpoints with coke, water, sweets and fruit.
8hr 30min race cutoff
It could be hot and CP1 will be 10 miles in hence the need for carrying water.
1st and Runner up prize for men and women.
Course will be marked but please recce or use gpx if you are unsure.
Race will be held under UK Athletics rules