100 years since one of the biggest battles in history
The Battle of the Somme commenced on 1st July 1916 and ended on 18th November 1916 and not only was one of the biggest battles of the First World War it was one of the biggest in history. It was our original intention to just have one event to commemorate the start of the Battle of the Somme but the demand has been so great that we simply cannot accommodate all those who wish to take part, hence we've added a second event to mark the end of the Battle on November 18th.
We've been very fortunate to have been granted permission to hold this event at Samphire Hoe to commemorate this 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, The Somme Centenary Challenge Run. You'll be running under the White Cliffs of Dover within sight of France if the weather is good and most of those who fought and died for the British Army would have sailed from Dover.
It's our aim that this event makes an impactful difference to Samphire Hoe in a positive fashion and as such £5 from each entry fee will be donated directly to the nature reserve to aid them in maintaining this lovely environment.
The event will be a six hour timed challenge event. Complete as many loops as you wish within the time limit.
This will be a one off event, and the huge commemorative dated medal will reflect that, it will be of our usual high standards along with our usual goody bag of the essential "C" requirements of runners. Chocolate, cookies, crisps, cheddars and cider (or beer!).
The medal is 150mm x 105mm
The course is a mix of very high quality gently rolling trail and a nice dead flat sea wall, quite literally all within the shadow of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, there is some wild life to keep an eye out for, you'll be able to see what's going on at both Dover and Folkestone Harbours, there will no doubt be some ships to see and some trains to spot too for good measure!