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Gentle trail runs to raise funds for British Wildlife

We've enjoyed seeing how the donations from our events are making a real difference to the nature reserves that we run on and we wanted to extend this to the wildlife around us, much of which of course, is wild and often struggling to survive in an ever dwindling environment and to this end we're having another "double dip" charity event where we're donating triple the usual amount to charity from the entry fees.

How Does This Work?

In 2019 we'll be supporting British Bumble Bees & British Hedgehogs! These were the most popular animals to support previously and you can choose to support either with the medal you'll be getting and the donation going to the critter of your choice! Here is the preview of the Hedgehog Medal and they'll be a similar cute medal for the Bumble Bee!

From the entry fee we'll donate £5 to the Cylopark Trust and £10 to a small Charity/Trust/Rescue Centre directly supporting hedgehogs or bumble bees. SVN as is usual with our events will donate 5% of the entry fee on top of the charitable amounts.

Course Information

The courses are all based out of the Gravesend Cyclopark. The Tollgate, Wrotham Rd, Gravesend, Kent DA11 7NP (Map). Please refer to our information page on Cyclopark for directions and where to park.

We have several variants for each course but we may adjust slightly on the day to account for the conditions, especially if its been subject to heavy rain. The loops however will be between 3.74 & 5.25 miles. Our A plan though for this event is the 3.74 mile "Lightning Bolt" course.

This route is the flattest of the courses we have mapped out at this location (though not flat, will be about 1000' climb for a marathon) and is mostly on tarmac cycle paths with perhaps 30% on trail, 70% on wide tarmac cycle paths.

View the route here on MapMyRun

The loop is 3.74 miles long, seven laps will make up a marathon and eight laps for those wishing to push themselves to a short ultra, this loop is known as the "Lightning Bolt" route.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get?
You each event 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/aid stations 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 our Cyclopark information page

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 time limit 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 5:59:59 after the start. Any runner completing 26.2 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 as long as you complete one loop.

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?
Road shoes should be fine in any weather conditions.

Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using 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 and there are bins at various places along the routes.

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!

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. On a couple of the routes there are road crossings to be aware of too although there is no actual running along roads involved.

The entry fee is a little more than normal – why is that?
We are holding this event by kind permission of the Cyclopark Trust. We are paying a fee/donation for use of the facilities over the four days. Cyclopark is a charity and parking fees and profits from the cafe etc all go towards the upkeep of this lovely venue so please support them by paying the parking each day (It's only £1) and buying a cake or coffee in the cafe.

Location Information

Can be read here on our Cyclopark page.

General SVN FAQ

Can be read here

 

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