Battle of Britain Challenge
0830 - Saturday 10th November

It looks very much like the weather isn't going to be kind to us (again - was the same last year!) and the forecast is really pretty wild, windy and showers. The only saving grace is that as the days pass the worst of the weather appears to be arriving earlier and earlier, so hopefully that trend will continue and the rain will fall Friday night rather than Saturday morning!

With the forecast rain and wind approaching 40mph by the looks of it I don't foresee any realistic chances that we'll use the cliff edge route as originally envisaged, we expect the sea wall will be closed too so we're on to plan C! This will still be much of the original route, but taking out the cliff edge path above Samphire Hoe so be an up and down along the bike path part and not going on the sea wall, it'll still be just as hilly 6.55 mile loop but on a better surface and critically rather safer given the likely conditions!

Route can be viewed here.

For more details please visit the race website.

Hope you're looking forward to this event!

The course is mostly on decent quality trail, but given the forecast I'd go with trail shoes for this one as even if the rain falls early, the trails will still be wet.

The route will be a "V" of Samphire Hoe (with no sea wall as that'll likely be closed), through the "wasteland area" up the Tunnel on to the bike path for roughly 2.5 miles, turning around a little way past the Sound Mirror. (You can view the route here)

Just remember the golden rules

•  There are two road crossing - both on the access road in to Samphire Hoe, be super careful.

•  When you're on top of the cliffs you are either on the Cycle Route 2 or the North Downs Way. Don't go under or across the A20.

•  If you reach a road at the far end of the route, you missed the turnaround!

•  Take care through the tunnel - under no circumstances be on the road and the footpath is dark and narrow, so especially coming downhill, take it easy, keep to the left if there are folk coming up hill.

Remember this is a timed event, not a fixed distance event. If you complete at least one lap, then you are an official finisher and will receive a medal, a goody bag and an official finish in the results. If you want to complete a half marathon distance, then you'll need to complete 2 loops, 4 for a marathon and 5 for an ultra.

You must have started your final loop by 5 hours 00 minutes after the start and as is traditional with ultra events, this is a strictly enforced time limit. As long as you are out of the base camp before the 5 hours 00 minutes limit you'll be able to complete that loop (even if you finish after the 6 hour threshold). There will be no mileage credit for partial laps.

Finally you'll have to tell us when you're finished, not the other way around. As it's a timed event, if you wish you can stop, have a rest and continue, or you can just stop!

We'll have an “official finishers bell” for this purpose, (Rachel will be the keeper!) when you're done for the day, ring the bell and the goodies will be yours!

Lap Counting

At race registration you'll be handed a small laminated lap counting card, attach this to yourself with a safety pin or cable tie. At the end of each loop get this punched through by one of the hole puncher chaps or chappesses. So basically at the end of each lap, get your card punched, or ring the bell!


Looks like its going to be a wild one! Sunshine, showers and winds of 40 mph are forecast, easing later. High of 12C so not super cold but be chilly in the wind I suspect.


We've got vegan goody bags for lots of you, If you'd like one and you haven't got a little "V" on your number please let us know as we have a couple spare or if we give you a "black" goody bag then please ask for a "blue" one.


I know a few folk don't drink so if you are one of those and don't want the can of beer or cider in the goody bag then please say and we'll trade you for some coke, we've got a few cans tucked away for those that prefer that.

Battle of Britain Website
Race Location

Samphire Hoe, A20 Folkestone to Dover road, CT17 9FL

Google Maps »

Race Registration

Opens at 0730.
Briefing at 0820.
Start 0830.


There are three car parks at Samphire Hoe. Parking is Pay & Display, all day parking is £2.00.

Please park in "Car Park 1" and the "Overflow Parking" (you can find an image on the link below)

Samphire Hoe Information »

Getting There

If you are coming from the west on the M20, which most of you will, just be aware that there is no right turn off the motorway to Samphire Hoe. Please also bear in mind that the location doesn't physically open till 0700 so don't plan on arriving at 0500 as its real dull on top of the cliffs!

Samphire Hoe Information »

Aid Station

None of the usual running nonsense at Base Camp, so no isotonic drinks, fruit or energy gels, but there will be cookies, crisps, jelly babies, M&Ms, pringles, nuts and all that sort of thing, there is just going to be the one aid station on the course (and it's about a 6.55 mile loop) and we'll have cups of water and squash to drink.


One of our longer term goals is the reduction of waste at events. One way you can help is by bringing a bottle that can be refilled (you can leave it at base camp if you like), thus saving cup wastage or simply reusing cups at the aid station, we have jugs there and the lovely ladies happy to fill up a cup again for you (or help yourself!)


Please, please, please don't! We're always on parole at this location as its a lovely nature reserve. We'll have rubbish bags at the start/finish area and another on the sea wall opposite where the base camp is.


Unfortunately due to permit conditions, and hence insurance coverage, we're no longer allowed to let runners run with dogs.


Will be allocated at registration. If you're running with us on Sunday too can you please keep your numbers to reuse at that event too.

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