Red Shirts Challenge Runs!

A "redshirt" is a stock character in fiction who dies soon after being introduced. The term originates from the original Star Trek television series in which the red-shirted security personnel frequently die during episodes. Over the years it's become something of a trope in Science Fiction and even general fiction of characters who are destined to be short lived and who may well, "not make it"!

Please note change of location to Ranscombe Farm Reserve rather than the originally advertised Gravesend Cyclopark - 5 miles away along the M2.

We thought that we'd make a weekend of red shirts! The Colour of the weekend is easy... On the Saturday we're going to have a red shirt t-shirt medal and on the Sunday one where the Aliens have already got one of the red shirts and this one features some glow in the dark elements, notably the skeleton!

Complete as many loops as you wish within the time limit, consume as many goodies as you wish within the time limit. Run a marathon, run an ultra, run less, as long as you complete one loop you're a finisher! We do warn you though,as with many of our events, you may consume more calories than you burn off, but just in case you don't the goody bags will contain a decent amount of chocolate!

It's our aim that this event makes an impactful difference to the Ranscombe in a positive fashion and as such £5 from each entry fee will be donated directly to the Plantlife Trust to aid them in maintaining this environment and facility.

Please explore the race and consider joining us!

Course Information

We're going to use a new 4.37 mile loop which mostly uses the North Downs Way path that crosses over the River Medway. For those familiar with Ranscombe this will be rather flatter than the usual Ranscombe routes and will also be 90+% on hard surfaces so nomatter the weather will be good underfoot.

We're also going to keep the Ranscombe time limits, so will be an Eight Hour Challenge rather than a Six Hour, so giving folks a bit more time on what will be a slightly tougher challenge than was originally planned.

You can view more details of the route here on MapMyRun. Despite being alongside the M2 for part of the lap it's actually pretty scenic with lots of interesting views along the River Medway valley up and down the river from assorted points.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get?
You will receive
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made 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? - How do I get there?

Please refer to the Ranscombe Informational Page here

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, eight hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the time limit and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 8 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 7.00 hours after the start. Any runner completing over 26 miles will have completed marathon distance and will count as a marathon finish for the purposes of the 100 Marathon Club, if you complete over 27 miles then you've 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.

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, in the event of rain we can't guarantee things won't get wet.

Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Trail shoes! Though even in February after the rain in winter, the majority of the paths were very runnable in road shoes, with the exception of a few patches where trail shoes would have kept me stable on the more slippy parts!

Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Ranscombe Farm Reserve which is part of a network of local footpaths and trails and is shared with ramblers, dogwalkers, horseriders and cyclists. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land. Please don't litter, we'll have a bin at the base camp.

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.

Can I leave personal drinks at the drinks station?
Yes, you may want to label it and we will not be responsible for folks drinking the wrong drinks!

Are there any facilities at the start/finish area?
There will be portable toilets at the race base camp for you to use.

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 farm vehicles, cyclists, people, dogs, horseriders, wildlife and so on.

What are the nearby hotels?

The closest Travelodge is at Medway M2 (7 miles), Maidstone Central (8 miles)

The closest Premier Inns are at Rochester (1 mile), Gravesend Central (8 miles), Gillingham Business Park (8 miles).

The closest Holiday Inn hotels is at Holiday Inn Rochester (6 miles)

There are lots of B&Bs in the Rochester area, the Trip Advisor list of reviews starts here.

The entry fee is a little more than normal – why is that?
We are holding this event by kind permission of the Ranscombe Farm Reserve. £5 of every entry fee will be donated to the Ranscombe Farm Reserve for their latest project to provide litter bins around the Reserve to help keep it clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. To find out more about the work of Ranscombe Farm Reserve please go to

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