Summer Ranscombe & Teddy Bears Picnic!
In 2019 we're moving the event forward a little more to try and catch the poppy peak which seems to be arriving earlier and earlier each year!
On the Saturday we'll have the "classic" Ranscombe Loop which hopefully takes in the best of the summer flowers and on Sunday a slightly different loop for a "Teddy Bears Picnic " which has a different medal and a slightly flatter route!
Ranscombe is probably at its best during the summer so we're going to have two days here,, slightly different routes, both of which will be on the hilly side, but nothing too scary we hope and the reward is some lovely views and if we get lucky with the right week, millions of flowers! The Saturday will be the "Quadrant" Ranscombe Medal and the Sunday it'll be Teddy Bears Picnic, though we'll have "pick a medal" for all of the Ranscombe events in 2019 so people can complete their set if they so desire!
For the Teddy Bears Picnic on the Sunday there will be a prize or two for the best teddy!
The Ranscombe Summer Challenges don'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 if its wet but the well stocked aid station, a unique custom made medal for each event and a goody bag (and if you do both events you'll get two of course) 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!)
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!