6th June 2021 – Stour Valley Marathon

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COMPANY OF RUNNERS (at long last after the disappointment of 2020 cancellation due to covid) cordially invite you to join us for the 2021 running of the prestigious Stour Valley Marathon – the race previously organised by Kevin Payne for the last five years – which he handed over to “new management”.

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 the Stour Valley using the Stour Valley Path, St Edmund’s Way and the Essex Way.

This will now be a covid secure race. Permit approved by TRA, however it will only take place if govt restrictions allow. For government guidance on COVID-19, read: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

There will be four checkpoints on the route approximately seven miles apart, offering water, sweets and crisps, however we would encourage you to be as self sufficent with fluid and fuel as possible.

Note: RACE IS FULL. Waiting list entries via e: companyofrunners@gmail.com. No transfers nor refunds after 23 May. Brieifng sent in w/c 24 May. There will be no entries on race day. Runners are not permitted to run with dogs. We do not permit participants aged under 18. This event is held under UK athletics rules. Trail Running Association permit #3046. 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. We are increasing the cut-offs to eight hours, but we still expect you to be confident long-distance runners who can manage trail running in what can often be hot conditions. Participants should also be comfortable with following navigation instructions, GPS files or by reading maps.

Download the marathon GPX file and route description

DATE: Sunday June 6th, 2021
DISTANCE: Approximately 27 miles
START: waves of 30, times to be advised between 8.30am-10am. Full pre-race briefing will be via email and video emailed to entrants.
PRICE: £38 (Affiliated) £40 (Unaffiliated) – All finishers will receive a technical T-Shirt and choice of old or new medal.
CUT-OFF: 8 Hours, participants must be through the halfway point within four hours
Start/finish LOCATION: Nayland Village Hall, Church Lane, Nayland, Colchester CO6 4JH
PARKING: Free – Field behind Village Hall
NOTE-only ONE toilet will be available at start.

This race will make amazing training for either the SVP100 or SVP50 ultra runs which take place in August.

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/

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Covid Cancellation Policy: If a race cannot go ahead due to covid, we will initially hope to hold the race later in the year, although a back up calendar has yet tbc. Else we will roll entries over to 2022. (Surely we’ll be racing more normally by then?!) Should you prefer a refund, we will deduct a £4 admin fee (it’s costing us to process these refunds)

Contact us: For refunds, or with queries, please email companyofrunners@gmail.com with an appropriate subject header ie refund required and we will endeavour to process your email as soon as possible. Please bear with us if you need a reply- it won’t always be immediate-we all work in other full-time jobs. As I know you’ll appreciate, we are in an ever changing environment, thus guidance is constantly changing, thus our race plans change. Which is leading to lots work/admin for us.

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