The Passchendaele Centenary Challenge Run
On the 31st July 1917 soldiers of the BEF went "over the top" and the The Battle of the Passchendaele (or Third Battle of Ypres) commenced and started what was one of the biggest battles of the First World War. There were around 210,000 Allied causalities with an almost inconceivable 49000 missing in action, these souls now remembered at the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot memorials. Continuing the hugely popular Somme Centenary theme we'll commemorate the centenary of this hugely costly, but ultimately critical battle.
We're using, the very pleasant King's Wood which is in the heart of Kent between Ashford and Canterbury. It'll be a moderately challenging trail run as its not a flat place but there are some lovely downhills to make up for the ups. A marathon type distance would have around 1600' of climb. It's really very, very nice here, which is why we're holding a mid-week event in the summer here as its so popular its about the only time of year the Parks people are happy with us being here as otherwise its just too full of people! It's all lovely woodland, decent trails and hills which will make for a very pleasant trail run.
The event will be a six hour timed challenge event. Complete as many loops as you wish within the time limit. Run one lap, a half marathon, a marathon, an ultra!
This was the Somme 100 medal, the Passchendaele medal will be broadly similar.
It's our aim that this event makes an impactful difference to King's Wood in a positive fashion and as such £5 from each entry fee will be donated directly to the Forestry Commission to aid them in maintaining this lovely environment.
Please explore the race and consider joining us!