Last updated: 6/12/2013.
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MARLBOROUGH DOWNS CHALLENGE 2014
We are pleased to announce that 2014 will see the return of both the 33 mile and 20 mile Marlborough Downs Challenge races. The date for your diary is Saturday 10 May. Entries will be available on Runners World as soon as possible. If you have any questions about this event please contact us at MarlboroughDownsChallenge@googlemail.com.
RESULTS AND ALL THAT (MARLBOROUGH) JAZZ
A big thank you to all who took part today! Great to see so many smiling faces (despite the agony after 33 miles) at the Finish. If you enjoyed the race, or if you have constructive criticism, please leave your comments on the Runners World website.
There were several small items of lost property left behind yesterday afternoon. If any of these belong to you, email us to arrange return.
LATEST RACE INFORMATION
All runners should have received an email with further details for Sunday's race. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to look at the following documents:
- List of entries - please check your name, club (where applicable) and age category. For any corrections, contact us a.s.a.p. If you are no longer able to take part in the race, you are free to pass on your place to someone else provided that you send me their name, date of birth and email address by Friday, 10th May. We cannot offer refunds or defer places to next year so please don't ask.
- The full pre-race instructions - lots of useful information here, including a change to parking arrangements this year. Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found in this document.
- Updated route descriptions - the course is the same as in 2011 (no need to detour around Gopher Woods as last year) but minor details have been amended: e.g. gates and stiles.
Race numbers will be handed out on the day at Registration (7:30am-8:30am) in Marlborough Leisure Centre. There will be a final pre-race briefing at 8:40am in the Leisure Centre. Please do not enter Marlborough College grounds before the pre-race briefing.
Any last-minute updates will be posted on this website so please check on Friday evening.
If you have any queries then just ask one of the marshals on the day; however, answers to most of the common questions are available in the pre-race instructions so PLEASE read these carefully.
The 33-mile Marlborough Downs Challenge is a beautiful yet demanding event, mostly off-road along tracks and footpaths, and takes in some of the finest Wiltshire countryside, including:
- The Wansdyke Path, Tan Hill Way, White Horse Trail, and Mid Wilts Way
- Two of the highest points in Wiltshire at Knapp Hill and Tan Hill
- The Kennet & Avon Canal into Devizes
- Cherhill Monument and White Horse, and Avebury's pre-historic stone circle.
Feedback from previous events has been excellent and will give you a flavour of what to expect click here to see the feedback on the Runner's World website.
20-mile Trail Race and Challenge Walk: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to drop the 20-mile Trail Race and 20-mile Challenge Walk from this year's Marlborough Downs Challenge. We recognise that this will be a disappointment to many who have taken part in previous years and we sincerely hope that we can get back to the full event in 2014.
Where: Marlborough Leisure Centre, SN8 1PB (map). Toilets, showers, changing facilities and bag drop available.
When: Sunday 12th May 2013. Registration 07:3008:30. Race starts at 09:00. Finish closes at 17:30.
Parking: There is plenty of free parking in Marlborough town centre, both in the High Street and in public car parks off Hyde Lane and off George Lane. The Leisure Centre is approx ½ mile from the High Street; follow signs for A4/Calne, pass under the brick arch and take the next turning on the right. Please note that there is no parking at the Leisure Centre nor at Marlborough College. Please be considerate to local residents and do not park in College Fields.
Entry Fee: £20 EA/TRA affiliated, £22 non-affiliated. Please note: minimum age 20 years on the day of the race.
Online entry is now closed. No entries available on the day. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds although you may transfer your place to another runner by emailing MarlboroughDownsChallenge@googlemail.com by Friday 10th May.
By entering this event you declare you have read and agree to abide by the conditions and rules. Click here for a copy of the conditions and rules we try and keep these as simple and short as possible.
Navigation: The Marlborough Downs Challenge course is unmarked although there are some arrows for assistance at a few key points. All entrants will receive a route description by email before the event. You are advised to carry a map the most appropriate is OS 1:25,000 Explorer Sheet 157 and compass.
A cut off time will be applied at Checkpoint 3 (9.2miles) anyone arriving after 11:15am will be redirected onto a shorter route. Other cut off times may be applied for safety reasons.
First Aid: Paramedics from St John Ambulance will be on standby throughout the event. Please note that mobile phones may not work in all locations; if necessary, go to the nearest checkpoint to call for help.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY
Clothing: Suitable footwear and clothing must be worn or carried. This is a primarily an off-road event, often remote from public roads, and parts of the route can be very muddy! Remember, if the weather is wet and/or cold at the Leisure Centre then it will be very wet and very cold on the Downs. If it is sunny then don't forget to apply sunscreen.
Refreshments: Cold drinks and refreshments will be provided at checkpoints along the route. The entry fee includes a hot meal (including a vegetarian option) and drinks at the Finish.
Prizes: There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men and Ladies as well as 1st M40, M50, M60, M70, F35, F45, F55 and F65. All finishers will receive a souvenir from the White Horse Pottery www.whitehorsepottery.co.uk.
Race Permit: The Marlborough Downs Challenge is held under UK Athletics Rules (Permit number: TRA/106-13). Note that distances are approximate only.
Dogs: Due to the amount of livestock around the route, dogs are not permitted.
Accommodation: Marlborough Tourist Information Centre www.marlboroughwiltshire.co.uk.
Please continue to visit this website for regular updates.
You can email us at MarlboroughDownsChallenge@googlemail.com.