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What exactly is a Caucus Run?!

“What IS a Caucus-race? said Alice; not that she wanted much to know, but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that SOMEBODY ought to speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.

"Why", said the Dodo," the best way to explain it is to do it."

The Caucus Run was one of the very first Challenge events that we created in 2014 and we're going to have one final SVN running of the event before we retire the medal which has always been a favourite!

The course we'll use for this one is our 3.28 mile "back up" route at Samphire Hoe, so avoiding the sea wall on an out and back route under the famous White Cliffs of Dover. As the event is in December can't quite promise the sunshine from some of these photos!


Fancy dress is encouraged and there will course be a bit of a Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the aid station!

As usual we'll have a well stocked aid station which you'll pass every 3.28 miles which will have lots of goodies , a unique custom made medal and a goody bag that actually contains goodies which will make the running worth it!

The event will have a six hour time limit for you to run as many, or as few laps as you wish. With a timed event, as long as you complete one lap, then you are an official finisher!

Please explore the race and consider joining us!

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

This event forms part of a 10 Challenges in 10 Days Challenge, each event though is totally separate and you are free to just take part in one event, two events or however many you wish!

Please explore the races and consider joining us!

Course Information & Photos

Can be found on the location information page here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please also see our general SVN FAQ that cover all of our events. which you can read here.

What do I get?
You 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 with plenty of nibbles and refreshments for post race replenishment. This will be very much vegan orientated for this event!

Where is the event?
Samphire Hoe - CT17 9FL - Please check our Samphire Hoe information page for more information.

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, six hours to run as many laps as you can. You can finish at any time within the 6 hours and your final distance will be recorded along with your finishing time. Only complete laps within the 6 hours will be recorded or you must have left the aid station for your last lap by 6.00 after the start.. Any runner completing over 26 miles will have completed an official marathon (by 100 Marathon Club standards) 27 Miles or more will have completed an ultra. As long as you finish one lap then you'll receive an official finish time, medal and goody bag. With timed events there are no DNFs.

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. You'll be able to park close to the start/finish don't forget.

Can I leave my own drinks/food at the aid station?
Yes no problem at all, we have a dedicated table for runners own supplies if they have anything special that they'd like to bring along..

Trail shoes? Road Shoes?
Road shoes should be fine. Its 99% on perfect surfaces, you might have a couple of pebbles to step around, but otherwise all on sealed tarmac/concrete/gravel and a couple of wooden bridges. Even after heavy rain the surfaces tend to be very good.

Is the course closed to the public?
No. We are on a public nature reserve. Runners do not have the right of way and need to be considerate of other users of the land, there may be fisherman on the sea wall part and dog walkers, ramblers or cyclists on any part of the course. Please don't litter. We'll have a bin at the base camp, please use this and there are several bins on the route too.

Are there any facilities at the start/finish area?
Yes there are toilets (open from 7:00) by the car park near the start/finish. There is also some information about the reserve and a small cafe (but it may not be open till about 1000-1100!)

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 traffic, people, children on bikes, wildlife and so on.

Location Information

Please visit our Samphire Hoe information page for general parking, directions and local area information about public transport, hotels etc.

General SVN FAQ

Can be read here

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