The Betteshanger Marathon
We've had the nice wide cycle track at Betteshanger Country Park officially measured so that its a now a certified road marathon course and we thought that it would be nice to have one marathon a year that is specifically aimed at those runners who aren't the quickest and can't make usual road marathon times, are intimidated by quicker road marathons or simply prefer the smaller, friendly type events rather than more competitive ones.
For 2019 we've been given permission to hold an evening event! Starting at 1700 and for some it'll be an evening run and for others it'll be a night run too, but with a perfect surface shouldn't be too much of a slowdown once the lights go down!
We want to see people achieve things. To use us as a bridge to bigger and greater things or simply to stay in the game that one year longer. To do things that they thought that they never could or could do no more. The reality is that some folk are a bit slower, a bit older, a bit less confident than others. This is their marathon. It's about as straightforward as it possibly can be, it's not easy. No marathon is easy, its always 26 miles 385 yards, its a long way. But the Betteshanger Marathon has an aid station every 2 miles, a line painted on the track to follow if you're worried about navigation, is pretty flat and has a near perfect wide tarmac surface.
Betteshanger Country Park, near Deal in East Kent, has a two mile tarmac cycle track and we're going to hire this for the day to use this for The Betteshanger Marathon. Key features of the event are going to be:-
1) Regulation start at 1700. Sunset is 2101 so you'll need light for much beyond this.
2) Bespoke Betteshanger Marathon medal.
3) Usual Saxons, Vikings & Normans goody bag and "picnic" aid station!
4) Classified as a road marathon, will be 12.96 laps of the flat wide tarmac track
5) 100 runner limit, 6:45 hour time limit. This is a HARD time limit, we have to be off site by midnight!
There are slopes rather than hills, so its not totally flat, each loop has maybe 50 feet of elevation rise.
It's our aim that this event makes an impactful difference to the Betteshanger Country Park in a positive fashion and as such £5 from each entry fee will be donated directly to the Park to aid them in maintaining this lovely environment.
Please explore the race and consider joining us!