Two different Spring Challenges at Ranscombe!
In fact the course is so pretty we thought we'd give you the opportunity to savour it for even longer – this event has a time limit of eight hours to run as many of the 3.8 or 5.25 mile laps as you can or want!
For the Ranscombe Spring Challenge we'll have the "classical" Ranscombe loop of around 3.8 miles, hopefully with the addition of Bluebells as we're holding the event in April this year. That's the Saturday event, hilly, possibly a bit muddy, challenging. (We're going to have redesigned Ranscombe Challenge medals for 2017.... preview will appear here in due course!)
For the Sunday, same venue, same time limit, slightly different event though, the Rachel's Ranscombe Ramble! Longer loop, see new areas, tougher event. Be about a 5.25 mile loop, even more hills, possibly muddy, some lovely long downhills, but you'll have to earn them, be a fair bit of climb, fair bit of descent each loop. Oh and a very different medal for the Sunday.
The Ranscombe Spring Challenge/Rachel's Ranscombe Ramble doesn't quite fit in with our quest to bring you even flatter or even more mud free courses but when you experience running round this beautiful rural reserve on rolling chalk downland trail amidst an array of wildflowers, wildlife and views over North Kent and the Medway (it's a minute from the M2 Google Map) you'll understand why we couldn't resist the detour from our norm!
There are hills, the North Downs Way crosses part of the reserve, and being totally on trail there is the chance of a bit of mud but the well stocked aid station, a unique custom made medal each day and a goody bag that actually contains goodies will make the undulations and any mud more than worth it. (But it is on chalk downlands so does drain pretty well!)
Having completed lots of marathons 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.
For this race we're the guests of the Ranscombe Farm Reserve, who exist to maintain this corner of England as a haven for wild flowers to flourish in. They are the flagship reserve for the charity Plantlife International , speaking up for wild plants!
It's our aim that this event makes an impactful difference to the Trust in a positive fashion and as such £5 from each entry fee will be donated directly to the Trust to aid them in maintaining this lovely environment.
Please explore the race and consider joining us!