Winter Cakeathon Challenge
0930 - Saturday 12th January

Hope you're all fit and ready for the Winter Cakeathon Challenge! This is just a brief summary of the key information. For more details please visit the race website.

As some of you may be aware this is a major construction project taking place at Betteshanger which has necessitated the closure of some paths so we're going to have a bit of a different routing for this event, with a 3.28 mile loop, base camp will be up by the "little house on the prairie" - which is about a quarter mile from "cafe"/registration area.

For the lovely folk bringing cakes (we have over 20 trophies for bakers!!) if you drop these off with Andrew "The CakeMeister" Burgess down by the "cafe" / toilets area he'll transport them up to base camp save folk having to carry them up there.

Please read the little paragraph about we've gone cupless!

We'll have registration up at Base Camp, either in the little hut or just outside depending on the weather when we arrive! (Course Map is here)

The course is 90% on high quality "bike path" type trail, 10% on pretty decent trail. The course should be suitable for road or trail shoes and is a nice surface to run on, though as the whole location is built on an old shale slag heap if in doubt veer away from that sparkling new virgin white pair, the first 100 yards or so could be quite muddy depending on the weather.

Navigation is going to be simple, it's basically straight down the hill from the start, turn right on to the lower leisure path, run along for about 600m, turn right at the sign, go up to the upper leisure path, do a complete lap of that, then turn right down the path you came up, down to the lower leisure path again and back the 600m or so before bearing left up to base camp through the wood. (Course Map is here) (Course photos here)

Just remember the golden rules

•  Don't be on the tarmac cycle circuit

•  Don't climb over a fence or go through a gate

•  Watch out for any cyclists or walkers who may be out on path, its not a closed circuit, but it is generally fairly quiet.

Remember this is a timed event, not a fixed distance event. If you complete at least one lap, then you are an official finisher and will receive a Cakeathon medal, a goody bag and an official finish in the results. If you want to complete the marathon distance, then you'll need to complete 8 loops, a half marathon would be 4 loops, an ultra will be 9 loops or more and we'll have 50k option too.

You must have started your final loop by a strict 6 hours 00 minutes after the start and as is traditional with ultra events, this is a strictly enforced time limit. As long as you are out of the base camp before the 6 hours 00 minutes limit you'll be able to complete that loop (even if you finish after the 6 hour threshold). There will be no mileage credit for partial laps.

Finally you'll have to tell us when you're finished, not the other way around. As it's a timed event, if you wish you can stop, have a rest and continue, eat cake, go have a cup of tea in the cafe or you can just stop!

We'll have an “official finishers bell” for this purpose, (Rachel will be the keeper!) when you're done for the day, ring the bell and the goodies will be yours!


Whilst we'll be supplying some of course we also encourage runners to bring along their creations too and there will be trophies! (We've got about 20 trophies!). If you're bringing along a cake I'd suggest you look at the prize categories on the website and choose ingredients wisely (if you'd like to win a trophy)! FYI nothing with fruit has ever won an award, or green, the judge likes marzipan and anything with marmite or kale carries a two lap penalty!

It's also National Marzipan Day (Honestly!!)

Can you please identify your cake in some manner so we can award the prizes correctly and if its vegan that its vegan!

We'll have paper plates and forks to assist in the consumption!

Lap Counting

At race registration you'll be handed a small laminated lap counting card, attach this to yourself with a safety pin or cable tie. At the end of each loop get this punched through by one of the hole puncher chaps or chappesses. So basically at the end of each lap, get your card punched, or ring the bell!


The weather is looking dry but a bit breezy, high of 8C and 15mph winds, wrap up!

Goody Bags

If you'd prefer to not have a goody bag for this event, just hand it back when you finish and we'll keep a running total and add £5 to the "SVN Charity of the Month" donation.

Winter Cakeathon Website
Race Location

Betteshanger Country Park, A258, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF

Betteshanger information here

Google Maps »

Race Registration

Opens at 0815.
Briefing at 0915.
Start 0930.
(Please note the location only physically opens at 0800 so don't plan on arriving at 0700 please!)


There is plenty of parking at Betteshanger. It's currently £3 a day which you pay when you leave - They use ANPR system and can even be paid the next day in case you forget.

Betteshanger Information »

Getting There

No issues that we are aware of.

Aid Station

None of the usual running nonsense at Base Camp, so no isotonic drinks, fruit or energy gels, But there will be cookies, crisps, jelly babies, M&Ms, pringles, nuts and all that sort of thing, there is just going to be the one aid station on the course (and it's about a 3.28 mile loop) and we'll have water and squash to drink.


One of our longer term goals is the reduction of waste at events and to this end we've gone cupless. Please bring a bottle / cup / mug. We'll have sharpies to mark them and trays at the aid station to store them in. We'll have jugs at the aid station for you to fill them with water and squash.


These open at 0800. They are located in/by the "cafe"/bike hire area.


Please, please, please don't! We're always on parole at this location and its a nature reserve. We'll have rubbish bags at the start/finish area and there are several on the course too.


If you're running with us on Sunday as well can you please keep and re-use the number. Elite SVN runners don't forget your numbers!


Unfortunately due to permit conditions, and hence insurance coverage, we're no longer allowed to let runners run with dogs.


If you're running on Sunday too at the Chocathon please keep your numbers to use that day too!


James Patterson will be running his 75th Marathon and Neil Williams will be running his 52nd Marathon in 52 Weeks!

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