Frequently Asked Questions

Race Briefing: Mandatory for all entrants at 12.50.

Entrant limit: 100

What do I get?
You will receive
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made, dated and designed, not a generic one.
2) A goody bag at the finish, which has goodies in, not a bunch of adverts. There will be nothing healthy in our goody bags, things they contain for example, chocolate, crisps.
3) A well stocked base camp with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for during and post race replenishment, including the legendary Rachel's Rocky Road!

Where do I park?
Free parking is available around the farm area in assorted areas, we'll have a parking marshall on the day to direct you, please park sensibly!

When do I get my race number?
You'll pick this up on race day morning from the race base camp.

Are there time limits?

Yes, ten hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the 10 hours and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 10 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 8.30:00 after race start (even if you finish that final lap after the ten hours it'll count, you just have to have left for the final lap 8:30:00 after the start, and these time limits are hard, 8:30:01 and that's too late as is the custom with ultra endurance events (which this technically is, though there is absolutely no requirement to run an ultra!)).

Any runner completing more than 26.2 miles will have completed an official marathon (by 100 Marathon Club standards) or more than 27 miles will have completed an ultra. As long as you finish one lap then you'll receive an official finish time, medal and goody bag. With timed events there are no DNFs.

Extra Event Rules
1) You must carry illumination after 1700.
2) Any person seen deliberately discarding litter will be disqualified.

What are the toilet facilities?
There are male and female toilets at the farm.

No camping, tents, gazebos etc are allowed on site. Nor will there be any sleeping facilities at the start/finish/base camp area. Though you're always welcome to catch forty winks in your car if you wish to.

How are laps counted?
At race registration you'll be handed a small laminated lap counting card, attach this to yourself with a safety pin or cable tie. At the end of each loop get this punched through by one of the hole puncher chaps or chappesses. So basically at the end of each lap, get your card punched, or ring the bell!

You'll have to tell us when you're finished, not the other way around. As it's a timed event, if you wish you can stop, have a rest and continue, eat cake, go have a cup of tea in the cafe or you can just stop!

We'll have an “official finishers bell” for this purpose, (Rachel will be the keeper!) when you're done for the day, ring the bell and the goodies will be yours!

Do you have secure baggage facilities
No. But you're free to leave bags at the start/finish. There will always be someone around but we can't guarantee their security. You'll be able to park close to the start/finish don't forget.

Can I leave my own drinks/food at the aid station?
Yes no problem at all, we have a dedicated table for runners own supplies if they have anything special that they'd like to bring along.

Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Road shoes should be fine if its dry, but if wet a bit more tricky as there are both lots of hard surfaces but some mixed ones too. Hybrids or Hokas for me put it that way! Gaitors would be wise.

Is the course closed to the public?
No. But most of the route is on private farm land, bike paths and public footpaths not near much habitation so its really rather quiet.

What will base camp be like?
It's a giant barn or a working farm, so basic, but hopefully nice and dry and snug.

What on course facilities do you provide?
Water, squash, nibbles, starter, timekeeper and encouragement every lap! Base station will be well stocked for all runners. We will feature more "ultra" centric food than usual. To minimise waste we will not be providing bottles of water, just cups and unlimited water to fill bottles or bladders. You'll have access to water at least every 2.5 miles.

Are there any facilities at the start/finish area?
Not much, its a working farm, so toilets. It's really not a hugely good venue for spectators, especially children, being a working farm there are lots of hazards such as rat poison, pesticides and lots of sharp metal machinery. Fascinating for children, but potentially very dangerous so if children are being brought on site then they must be kept under close adult supervision at all times. We do request that dogs be kept away too, not only does the location have sheep on it, but there are copious rat traps around at farms, harmful chemicals etc which would do Fido zero good if ingested/licked etc.

What about hot food?
We'll have tea/coffee/hot chocolate and hot water if you have anything that you might fancy made up with that.

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 traffic, people, children on bikes, wildlife and so on.

Public Transport?
The nearest train station is Herne Bay and that's about 3 miles away

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