A moonlit (hopefully!) Challenge Run in Kent
We've been very fortunate to have been granted permission to hold a moonlight event out of Brook Farm, Reculver Kent. The kind farmers there allow us to use their land and facilities to hold a running event and 98% of the route is on their land which does make for some lovely running! (And a huge barn makes a brilliant base camp!)
This event is the successor to the Challenge Hub's Moonlight Challenge event run for many years by the ultra running legend that is Mike Inkster and to keep the spirit of that event alive we'll also be holding several other Challenge events very much keeping with the ethos that Mike created about being inclusive, runner friendly and making events achievable for as many people as possible.
We want runners to achieve incredible things. This event will be an eight hour endurance run to complete as many 6.25/6.97 mile loops as you wish in the time limit, (we'll decide the final variation depending on how wet the paths are at St Nicholas Farm) and we'll try to get a variation as close to marathon distance as possible. Moonset is at 22:36 and the moon is near Full... Sunset is 17:25 so there will be a couple of hours in the light before the lights go out and the Full Moon is still out!
The course is a mix of tarmac roads (about 2%), decent trail (about 15%), not quite so decent trail (about 5%), and the rest is high quality concrete and tarmac farm roads and bike paths, so an awful lot of it is on good runnable surfaces and its pretty flat, about 250' a lap with some lovely views across the Kent Countryside towards Reculver, Thanet, a railway line and the A299. OK, confession, the A299 not quite so lovely, but its something to look at and does make access to the location really simple as only half a mile from a major road and does provide some light when it gets dark..
We want runners to achieve incredible things! Please take a look and consider joining us!