Gravel Hill 5 and Midnight Marathon (August 5th)

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, Hampshire, PO8 0QE

Saturday 5th August 2017 @ 21:00 (9PM)

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Enjoy the excitement of night running in the South Downs in the Summer.   


Starting with a signed route for a couple of miles within the country park, then on the public way-marked South Downs Way, with multiple water/feed stations along the way, this is a great way to run at night with others on a course that is simple to follow.  

Even though this is a summer event, it can still get cold at night, so please wear or carry appropriate clothing.  In addition, all participants will be required to use a head-torch with spare batteries, and recommended to take a backup light source and carry a mobile phone. 


There is no time cutoff for this event.  You may take as long as you like to finish it, but as a rough guide, we would expect the fastest finishers to be back just after Midnight and everyone to be finished by 4AM, and for those that expect to take over 8 hours, there may be an early start at 8PM.

After the finish, relax undercover with chilli and bread rolls (including fully vegan option) before heading home.

We expect around 200 entrants, so plenty of people around without it spoiling the night running experience.



Aid stations and checkpoints

Aid stations will be positioned as follows:

  • 4.6 miles  - SDW Forty acre lane 800m west of South Harting
  • ​9.1 miles  - Treyford Hill - staggered junction of SDW
  • ​13.2 miles - Cocking car park - "Turnaround point"
  • ​17.3 miles - Treyford Hill - staggered junction of SDW
  • ​21.7 miles - SDW Forty acre lane 800m west of South Harting


These will have water and soft drinks to refill your containers, plus some cakes, sweets and savouries that you are welcome to take with you.
In the interests of reducing waste and avoiding litter, the drinks stations are primarily there to refill your container, not to hand out bottles or cups. If you do use one of our bottles or cups, please drop it in the bin before leaving.

Your number, time and position will be recorded at all checkpoint stations. Please make sure your number is visible and that your number has been recorded before you leave the every station.


The course

The South Downs Way section of the course is not specifically marked for the race - i.e. it is an course using public waymarks, although we add a few extra signs here and there on the less obvious parts.

The course starts within QECP (there will be some guidance signage and marshals). Before leaving the country park, the course joins the South Downs Way which you will be following out to Cocking and then back to QECP, again on the South Downs Way.

The South Downs Way is already publicly way-marked, and you will be expected to follow the signs - there will not be comprehensive course markings along the way.  It's mostly pretty easy to follow, but there are a few points where course familiarity will help.  You might like to join one of our guided course recces in advance of the event. 

The terrain is hilly trail, sometimes chalky and therefore slippery when wet.  Trail shoes are recommended, but if the weather has been dry prior to the event, then road shoes should suffice whilst offering less protection from the stony surface.

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Race run under UK Athletics rules.  TRA Permit: 1086

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