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The New Years Day 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 see in the New Year with a mud free, traffic free, tarmac run on a certified road marathon course!

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 1000.

2) Bespoke New Years Day 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, 6:15 hour HARD time limit. (Please be aware that if you finish after about 1600 that it wlll be all but night and we'll have pretty much packed up as the park will be closed and we don't want to get locked in either!)

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!

Event Specific FAQ

So its just like the London Marathon then 26 miles 385 yards?
Yes, exactly the same distance. But without the crowds, the 40000 runners, the interesting things to look at or D list celebrities. But how many people can say they've run around on top of a slag heap? So yes, exactly the same. Sort of. But is a certified road marathon and the medal will say "marathon" on it.

Will the track be closed for us all day?
Yes. But to be honest if big Rick wants to have a ride around later when there are three folk left on the course then we're not going to be too worried. But essentially the track is ours all day.

What about personal chip timing?
This will be possible once the cafe opens. Bring your plate of chips trackside and each lap eat one chip. When they're all gone you're done and tell us your time. If its under two hours we'll assume Malcolm the Magpie has been stealing your chips.

What happens if I finish at 06:15:01
It's a DNF. You'd better get a move on to your car as the park will be locked in about 5 minutes!

Seriously?
Yes, that's what a hard time limit is. We enforce time limits.

What happens if I finish at 06:16:00
The Park opens at 0800 next morning as you'll be locked in and you'll be wondering why you're all alone.

Will this event appear in the Run Britain/Power of 10 rankings?
Yes and no. Whilst we are running on a certified 26m 385y hard surface course so it counts as a "Road" event for 100 Marathon Club purposes we actually operate under a TRA permit rather than a UKA one so will appear as "MT" in those rankings rather than road.

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