Cancellation of Stour Valley Marathon, Stour Valley Half Marathon, Roding Around Marathon 2020
UK Athletics currently has a suspension in place to restrict the spread of COVID-19 covering all races in England until 31 May. We feel it is very unlikely now that this suspension will not be extended further.
We also feel uncomfortable planning during this period for races that would be held just after the current suspension was lifted should that even happen at the end of May, and we don’t want you to have to go out and train for long distances at present.
Company of Runners were really looking forward to our first year of staging the Stour Valley events. We are extremely sad to announce that we will not hold these races this year.
We have looked at alternative dates, but with the current uncertainty and the increasingly full Autumn race calendars we think it is best to defer our June and July races until 2021.
Entries for the above will be automatically deferred into our races for 2021. Exact dates have yet to be identified but would be at similar times to this year.
If you would prefer a full refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Refund” and which race in the subject header and we will endeavour to do that as soon as possible (when our own full-time employment chaos allows).
You can ponder that decision and ask for a refund at a later date. See how your diaries pan out.
Decisions on our Chappel Ale Trail race in September and our Friday Fright Night race in October will be taken in due course – once the situation is clearer on future race restrictions.
For government guidance on COVID-19, read: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Please continue to adhere to government guidelines so we can all get back to running en masse so much sooner.
John, Richard & Lorraine
Company of Runners
Monday, April 6, 2020
COMPANY OF RUNNERS cordially invite you to join us for a circumnavigation of the nine noted villages named Roding in the beautiful Essex countryside of the Roding Valley.
Your challenge should you choose to accept it, is to self-navigate on a marathon distance trail course following the highways, byways, trails and tracks around Aythorpe Roding, Abbess Roding, Beauchamp Roding, Berners Roding, High Roding, Leaden Roding, Margaret Roding, Morell Roding and White Roding.
This is a mass start event starting at 9am in the morning.
Please note that there will be three checkpoints on the route approximately six/seven miles apart, and this year we will be starting and finishing at the wonderful Cammas Hall Fruit Farm. Those from last year will recall their glorious strawberries that they donated for our checkpoints.
This event is held under UK athletics rules. A Trail Running Association permit has been applied for. We cannot permit participants aged under 18. Runners are not permitted to run with dogs under UK Athletics regulations.
The course is a mixture of surfaces so trail shoes are recommended.
It will suit runners who have completed a half marathon or greater distance, and who are comfortable at following navigation instructions, GPS files or by reading maps.
We are delighted that Challenge Running Ltd’s Challenge FirstAid will be supplying mobile medic cover on race day and even more delighted that these costs are being supported by Finish Line Fund https://www.finishlinefund.org/
** Online Registration closes at 8pm on the day before the race. **
TOEING THE LINE:
DATE: Sunday July 26th, 2020
DISTANCE: 26.2 (country) miles
PRICE: £38 (Affiliated) £40 (Unaffiliated)
CUT-OFF: Strict eight hour cut-off, participants must be through the halfway point within four hours
MINIMUM AGE: 18
LOCATION: Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak, Near Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7JT
PARKING: Free – farm car park