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The 7th Annual St Georges Day Marathon

We never seem to celebrate St Georges Day the same way that the other nations do that form the United Kingdom. So to do our little bit to rectify this and so that we can all celebrate being English or celebrate the English way of life we're going to have a very small "English" marathon where we can show a bit of English pride!

We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard. For the 2020 event we're going to move the event to the Cylopark in Gravesend to form part of a mini series of events.

The theme is going to be red and white and we encourage all runners and helpers to wear these colours (its not compulsory but would be appreciated), military, St George, Dragons, Knights Templars, that kind of thing. English! Fancy dress, an England shirt, anything like that! We're going to have an English style aid station, (in addition to the usual goodies that we provide!!) and a medal that is going to be the pride of your collection! It's going to be huge and functional...

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. Please consider joining us in Kent in April for a fun day out!.

 

It's our aim that this event makes an impactful difference to the Cyclopark charity in a positive fashion and as such £5 from each entry fee will be donated directly to the Cyclopark Trust to aid them in maintaining this environment and facility.

Please explore the race and consider joining us!

Course Information

The courses are all based out of the Gravesend Cyclopark. The Tollgate, Wrotham Rd, Gravesend, Kent DA11 7NP (Map). Please refer to our information page on Cyclopark for directions and where to park.

We have several variants for each course but we may adjust slightly on the day to account for the conditions, especially if its been subject to heavy rain. The loops however will be between 3.74 & 5.25 miles. Our A plan though for this event is the 5.25 mile "177" course. Five laps making up the marathon distance.

This route is the flattest of the courses we have mapped out at this location (though not flat, will be about 1000' climb for a marathon) and is mostly on tarmac cycle paths.

View the route here on MapMyRun

The loop is 5.25 miles long, five laps will make up a marathon and five and a hlf or more laps for those wishing to push themselves to a short ultra, this loop is known as the "177" route.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get?
You each event will receive
1) A really special finishers medal, custom made and designed, not a generic one.
2) A goody bag at the finish, which has goodies in, not a bunch of adverts. There will be nothing healthy in our goody bags, things they contain for example, chocolate, crisps..
3) A well stocked base camp/aid stations with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for during and post race replenishment, including the legendary Rachel's Rocky Road!

Where do I park? How do I get there?
Please refer to our Cyclopark information page

When do I get my race number?
You'll pick this up on race day morning from the race base camp.

Are there time limits?
Yes, you must be out on your last lap 5:59:59 hours after the start time.

Do you have secure baggage facilities
No. But you're free to leave bags at the start/finish. There will always be someone around but we can't guarantee their security, in the event of rain we can't guarantee things won't get wet.

Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Road shoes should be fine in any weather conditions.

Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are using a network of local footpaths and trails and is shared with ramblers, dogwalkers, horseriders and cyclists. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land. Please don't litter, we'll have a bin at the base camp and there are bins at various places along the routes.

Can I leave personal drinks at the drinks station?
Yes, you may want to label it and we will not be responsible for folks drinking the wrong drinks!

Can I use an ipod or mp3 player on the course?
Yes. Though please be aware that you are running on public footpaths with the general public so make sure that you pay attention to farm vehicles, cyclists, people, dogs, horseriders, wildlife and so on. On a couple of the routes there are road crossings to be aware of too although there is no actual running along roads involved.

The entry fee is a little more than normal – why is that?
We are holding this event by kind permission of the Cyclopark Trust. We are paying a fee/donation for use of the facilities over the four days. Cyclopark is a charity and parking fees and profits from the cafe etc all go towards the upkeep of this lovely venue so please support them by paying the parking each day and buying a cake or coffee in the cafe.

Location Information

Can be read here on our Cyclopark page.

General SVN FAQ

Can be read here

 

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