Charity Challenge 0930 - 5th May &
Cakeathon Challenge 0930 - 6th May

Hope you are all fit and ready for the Charity & Cakeathon Challenges! We're just sending around the one email to cover both events as many of the details are similar.

For more information visit the event websites -

Charity Challenge - Cakeathon Challenge

Don't forget your cups / bottles as we've gone cupless!

Charity Challenge

Be a prize for the best Hedgehog or Bumble Bee! (Totally optional of course but we did have a couple of good Bumble Bees in the past!)


Whilst we'll be supplying some of course we also encourage runners to bring along their creations too and there will be trophies! (We're going to have three trophies per category plus five floating ones - so 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!

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!


We're going to use two routes for these events,

For the Cakeathon Challenge we're going to use the 5.25 mile "177" route".

For the Charity Challenge the "Lightning Bolt" 3.74 mile loop.

The loops are on decent surfaces so road shoes should be fine. The Lightning Bolt route does have a bit of decent trail but if it is biblical level rain then there is a tarmac alternative one yard away, but please do keep to the trail part as much as possible, especially uphill.

Either day road shoes will be absolutely fine.

Just remember the golden rules

•  You cross no major roads

•  For the 177 Route there are two quiet road crossings, one within Cyclopark itself and the other across a quiet country lane, please take super care crossing these as although quiet they are still roads!

Remember these are timed events, not a fixed distance events (aside from Thursday). If you complete at least one lap, then you are an official finisher and will receive a lovely medal, a goody bag and an official finish in the results. If you complete over 13 miles you'll have a half marathon, over 26 miles then you're a marathon finisher, over 27 miles an ultra finisher! We'll have a 50k option each day and a half marathon option too.

You must have started your final loop by 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, 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!

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 somewhere accessible (i.e. not on your shoe!). At the end of each loop get this punched 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!


These open at 0900. They are located in the main building.


The forecast is looking quite good for running both days, high of 12C and a little breeze and next to no chance of rain...

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.

Neck Coolers/Mugs

We now have newly rebranded as its hot SVN "Neck Coolers" (absolutely nothing like the well known buffs) and SVN green mugs for sale at £5 cash on race days.

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Race Location

Gravesend Cyclopark, The Tollgate, Wrotham Rd, Gravesend, Kent DA11 7NP

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Race Registration

Number pick up: 0830
Base camp briefing: 0925
Event start: 0930


There is plenty of parking at Cyclopark. We're using the Overflow Car Park are as both a car park and a base area. Parking is £3 for the day and you pay for that at a machine just inside the main building, you only need to pay at some stage before you leave. Please refer to the link below to get exact details of where to park. We'll have a yellow sign there pointing you in the right direction but you can't go too far wrong once you are at Cyclopark!

Cyclopark Information »

Getting There

There aren't any general issues we're aware of so hopefully will all be straightforward. Please note that the Cyclopark main facility physically opens at 0900 but we'll be available to pick up race numbers from 0830 so please don't plan on arriving at 0700!

Aid Station

None of the usual running stuff 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 a 3.74 -5.25 mile loop) and we'll have both 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.


Please, please, please don't! There will be bins at base camp and a number on the route too.


Unfortunately due to permit conditions, and hence insurance coverage, we're no longer allowed to let runners run with dogs. Additionally Cyclopark only allow assistance dogs on site..


If you're taking part in both events (or Saturday's Darnley Challenge) please keep your number to use on the Monday as well please. Elite Runners don't forget your numbers!


We track all of our runners mileages with SVN - the stats page is here - once you get to 100 miles you're eligible to purchase the SVN shirt. If you pre-order one of these we can bring along to the next event we see you at!

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