Two different Summer Challenges at Ranscombe!
We're going to have something a little different for Ranscombe next summer! On the Saturday we'll have the "classic" Ranscombe Loop which hopefully takes in the best of the summer flowers and on Sunday an Alternative Loop for a "Rachel's Ranscombe Ramble" which takes some different paths which hopefully will be just as interesting and does take in one more meadow than usual and has a different medal!
Ranscombe is probably at its best during the summer so we're going to have two days here in the summer, 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! Oh and for anyone who has done one of our previous Challenges at Ranscombe the medal will be different as we're having that redesigned for 2017! The Saturday will be the newly designed "Quadrant" Ranscombe Medal and the Sunday it'll be Rachel's Ranscombe Ramble.
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!