A Viking themed run on the Kent Coast
Between Thanet and Sandwich lays a big bay called Pegwell Bay which is famous for two reasons, firstly because of the nationally important Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve and secondly for the Viking Ship, The Hugin, that rests there in all its recently restored glory. We've been fortunate enough to have been given permission to hold an event on part of this area known as the Pegwell Bay Country Park.
We're continuing the Viking theme with this event for the Viking Challenge! The Viking Ship Hugin on permanent display on the cliff top at Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate is a replica of a Viking ship which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain, the traditional landing of Hengist and Horsa and the bethrothal of Hengist's daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent.
We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard. The route is fairly flat, certainly around the Country Park part, but there is a bit of a slope up to The Hugin, but then there is a lovely downhill slope on the way back. The trail is very high quality crushed limestone, tarmac bike paths and a very short stretch on a disused road and about 100 yards on single track path and grass.
As usual we'll have a well stocked aid station which you'll pass just over every three miles, a unique custom made medal and a goody bag that actually contains goodies which will make the days work more than worth it.
Having completed lots of marathons and ultras we believe we know what it takes to put on an enjoyable marathon for the fit, the dedicated and the hardcore long distance runners. And for those, like ourselves, who fit none of those categories, we'll do our best to get you round! We put on marathons run exactly the way we wish they were all run - low key, friendly and with most of the entry fee being spent on the runners.
It's our aim that this event makes an impactful difference to the Pegwell Bay 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.
This event forms part of a 10 Challenges in 10 Days Challenge, each event though is totally separate and you are free to just take part in one event, two events or however many you wish!
Please explore the challenge and consider joining us!
The "long" course runs a loop around the Pegwell Bay Country Park before heading up a cycle path to the park where The Hugin sits, the route then goes past this, loops around on the old disused road to the hoverport before returning to The Hugin and back to the Country Park
The route is viewable on MayMyRun here.
There is only one slope really, so its not totally flat, each loop has maybe 40 feet of elevation rise in total, but there are some lovely views, Pegwell Bay, the cliffs, wildlife and of course The Hugin.The trail is very high quality crushed limestone, tarmac and a short stretch of single track path and grass (about 100 yards each loop). The loop distance is 3.29 miles.
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?
Parking is available on site a few dozen yards from the start/finish area. It is pay and display and at the time of writing the fee is £2.00 per day. Parking spaces are limited on site and the Park have requested that we just use the "back car park" to allow the other one to be available for parking for other park visitors.
Is there any free parking
Yes, about a quarter mile there are a dozen or more spaces just by the garage and just beyond that there is free street parking.
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, six hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the 6 hours and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 6 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 6.00 after the start. Any runner completing 8 laps will have completed marathon distance and will count as a marathon finish for the purposes of the 100 Marathon Club, if you complete 9 or more laps 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 I have to run for the whole time?
No! You can stop at any time you wish, just as long as you complete one lap you are an official finisher, ring the finishers bell and you're done, medal and goody bag will be yours!
Can I stop at marathon distance?
Yes. If you complete 8 loops that'll be a slightly long marathon, but it will count as a marathon finish by 100 Marathon Club standards and we'll even give you a little badge to pin to your medal ribbon to signify the distance you ran! (There is an ultra badge too if you complete 9 or more laps...)
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. 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?
Either should be fine. The running surface is very good, if it's wet then maybe err towards trail, if its dry err towards road.
Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using the Pegwell Bay Country Park which is part of a network of local footpaths, cycle paths 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. This is a typical example of the picnics, sorry aid station, we have...
Are there any facilities at the start/finish area?
There are toilets, and we're hoping that the mobile cafe that's usually there will be present. There is also a garage on the route with a shop and a cafe too by The Hugin (but probably won't be open at this time of year)
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 cyclists, people, dogs, horseriders, wildlife and so on.
The entry fee is a little more than normal – why is that?
We are holding this event by kind permission of the Pegwell Bay Country Park. £5 of every entry fee will be donated to the Park to assist in the maintenance and development of the park.
Please visit our Pegwell Bay information page for general parking, directions and local area information about public transport, hotels etc.
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