Stour Valley Marathon

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COMPANY OF RUNNERS cordially invite you to join us for the 2023 running of the prestigious Stour Valley Marathon. Your challenge should you choose to accept it, is to self-navigate on a marathon trail course (approximately 27 “country” miles) following the highways, byways, trails and tracks around the Stour Valley using the Stour Valley Path, St Edmund’s Way and the Essex Way.

The course is a mixture of surfaces, so trail shoes are recommended. There will be checkpoints on the route, offering water, sweets and crisps, however we would encourage you to be as self-sufficient with fluid and fuel as possible. This year’s race will be cupless, so you need to bring your own cup or water bottles. Collapsible cups can be purchased from us at race registration at £5.

The race should only be attempted by runners who have completed a half marathon or greater distance race with training beyond 20 miles. The cut-off is eight hours, but that is not because we are being overly generous- this is a notoriously difficult route and some runners take several hours more than they expect to complete the route. We 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-this course is not marshalled nor does it have tape/arrows to show the way. The course is slightly different to that used prior to 2021.

A TRA permit has been applied for. Please note our cancellation, refund and Covid-19 policies detailed below. No waiting list will be kept. Due to time required to sort admin and briefing instructions, entries will close on Friday June 09, 2023, and no transfers or refunds will be available. Participant instruction briefing will be sent by Monday June 12. There will be no entries on race day. As per TRA rules, runners are not permitted to run with dogs. This event is held under UK athletics rules. We do not permit participants aged under 18.

Download the marathon GPX file and route description

This race makes excellent training for either the SVP100 or SVP50 ultra races which take place in August organised by our friend Matthew Hearne. Please also note that we hold the Stour Valley Half Marathon on the same day as the marathon. We will try to offer recce group runs in advance of the race.

Medic support will be provided.

DATE: Saturday June 17th, 2023
DISTANCE: Approximately 27 “country” miles
START: 9am
PRICE: £38 (Affiliated) £40 (Unaffiliated). Finishers receive a technical T-Shirt and choice of bespoke metal medal. A stock of the old horseshoe design exists and will be given to the first runners who request on their online entry. However please enter early -those who enter after May 19 2023 will not necessarily get a T-shirt because the order will already have been submitted!
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
TOILETS: Are available at the Village Hall

Cancellation policy: If a race cannot go ahead due to covid, or a similar major issue beyond our control, we will initially hope to hold the race later in the year, although a back-up calendar has yet to be confirmed. Else we will roll entries over to 2024.

Refund policy: Should you require a refund, for any reason, we will deduct a £4 admin fee (unfortunately it costs us to process these refunds). Note the Friday June 09, 2023, deadline for free transfers, deferrals or refunds.

Contact us: Please email and we will endeavour to process your email as soon as possible.

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