I’m a first time runner can I still take part?
What if I’m unable to finish the race?
Absolutely. This is a community race, you are running with others, for others. If you need to walk then walk, take in the sights enjoy the atmosphere, this is about the power of running not the power of a fast time. There are three distances to choose from (10km, 21km and 42km) so you can choose the race that best suits you. When you take on the challenge, forget about your split times and revel in that finishing line feeling, however long it takes.
We will give each marathon runner 8 hours to complete the course. This equates to running at 18 minutes per mile. At this time we will collect any runners who are still out on the course and bring them back to HQ with plenty of water and hugs. If at any point you wish to stop, just make it to the next aid station to inform one of our marshals or, if you want to stop right there, let a fellow runner know to inform a marshal. There will be marathon staff roving the course to ensure everyone’s ok.
What will the weather be like during the race week
May and June are two of the driest months – so rain would be a big surprise for everyone. In the day time temperatures are generally in the low 20s, maximum is usually around 27C. At night it can get down to around 14C, so nights can feel a bit chilly and a hoodie is definitely worth having.
Will there be medical support?
We have partnered with the heroes at Exile Medics to ensure your safety.
Are there water stations along the way?
Water stations will be roughly every 5 kms. They will be stocked with water and bananas. If you have particular energy bars and drinks that you love then bring them along with you. We advise runners to wear a hat and carry water and nutrition with them in a Camelbak or similar set-up – it’s a tough course with little shade after all.
Can you cater for specific dietary requirements?
We’re sure we can. We’re used to catering for veggies, vegans and people with intolerances. Just let us know your requirements and we’ll make sure you’re well looked after.
Is there a minimum fundraising amount?
Actually no – we don’t want to set a minimum amount. But we would love our runners to aim for £1000 and on average this is what our past runners have achieved. We’d like you to raise as much as possible of course though, as the projects we are working with will be able to make big differences through your hard work. And don’t forget, you’ll get to spend some time with the very projects you are fundraising for. It’s not often you see exactly where your charity money is going.