Gravel Hill 5 and Midnight Marathon (August 5th)

Meon Valley Half Marathon          

Location: The Meon Hall, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP  

Sunday, 5th November 2017

Race starts at 10:15            Finish by 2:00PM



Summary: With over 400 metres of elevation gain, this is challenging runs along on country lanes, trails and grass. 

Challenging, yes, but rewarding too, with fabulous views over the beautiful Meon Valley and across to the Isle of Wight - before a fast descent back into the valley as you head for the finish.

You can take your time to enjoy the occasion, but we ask that you plan to finish by 2:00PM and we may ask you to retire or take a shorter course if you are running out of time. 



Course: The route is fully marked with signs and frequent repeater tape and multiple water/feed stations along the way every 4 miles or so. There are expected to be around 250 entrants in the race, so there will be plenty of people around without it being busy.  

The terrain is approximately 50/50 on-road and off-road.  

Whilst the road sections are on minor country roads, please be aware that the roads are not closed to traffic.


Navigation: The links below take you to Google maps of the courses:

Meon Valley Marathon MapMeon Valley Half Map

Simplified maps of the course will also be available on the day, but if you want to be properly familiar with the route before raceday, please join us on one of recces that we run in September and October.  News of these will be on our Facebook page.


Terrain: The first climb at around 1 mile is sometimes muddy in November, and on the descent at mile 3-4, there may be slippery sections on wet grass. The entire route should be runnable, and there are very few stiles or gates to slow you down.  

An excellent blog by Kasia says it all!


Gear: Take sufficient warm and waterproof clothing as the weather dictates. Footwear is advised to be trail shoes with medium tread - not suitable for running spikes. You are advised to carry your own water containers to top-up at the water stations, and a mobile phone with the Google map link already opened.


Bling: At the finish, you will receive the bespoke Meon Valley Half Marathon medal and hot food is available from our  professional chef.


Prizes:

Trophies are awarded to 1st 2nd and 3rd Female and Male.

Age group awards to first V40, V50 and V60 Female and Male.

Team prize for first team/club to have three people finish.


Medical cover provided by a GB EMS with a first aider at base plus a paramedic out on course in a 4x4 vehicle.

Races run under UK Athletics rules.  

TRA permit: TBA


Click for Half Marathon Entry