Date: Saturday 16th February 2019
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saxons, Vikings & Normans Club (SVN) is organising a marathon with a difference this February.
When you sign up, you must choose if you are a Mod or a Rocker – the one you choose will then dictate which finisher medal you’ll earn.
Before the start, you’ll be divided into the two groups and there will be a coin toss. The winning group chooses which way to run, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, then depending on which group you’re in, will decide exactly which route you take.
SVN will be using a new “hybrid loop” at Betteshanger, partly on the trails and partly on the tarmac track. On the trails you’ll all run the same way, but on the tarmac loop, one group run clockwise, and the other anti-clockwise to generally taunt, abuse, cajole or support the runners going around the in opposite direction!
There’ll be the usual high standard of goody bag that you expect from SVN races – so there will be chocolate and some other decidedly non-healthly, high calorie, yummy things that you’ll have earned the hard way and will fully deserve after running 26.2 miles not to mention the “picnic” aid station you’ll get to visit every few miles!
SVN put on marathon runs exactly the way they wish they were all run – low key, friendly and with most of the entry fee being spent on the runners (£5 will also be donated to Betteshanger Park from each entry fee).
The course runs around the leisure trails at Betteshanger and includes a loop of the tarmac cycle track, making a 3.28 mile loop. The surface is a high-quality gravel surface in the main with the odd patch of potentially muddy bits if they’re wet but overall it’s an excellent running surface, especially the tarmac part, and should produce some good times. There are slopes rather than hills, so its not totally flat, each loop has maybe 60 feet of elevation rise, but there are some lovely woods to run by, ponds, grasslands, wetlands and some wildlife to spot. If it’s wet there might be a chance of some mud but the trails are high quality and drain well. The route is suitable for either road or trail shoes.