Gravel Hill 5 and Midnight Marathon (August 5th)

Queen Elizabeth Spring Marathon & Half

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, PO8 0QE  

25 March 2018 

Marathon starts at 09:30 

Half starts at 10:15 

Summary: Run entirely on a half-marathon course within the country park (and the adjacent, aptly named "Head Down" plantation) this is a trail run along well kept trails that even after the long winter should be nicely runnable.  There are some hilly challenges that will take you on journey of over 500 metres of elevation gain over that half-marathon loop.

Once away from the busy front part of the country park, you will find yourself in the quiet peaceful forest, often with glimpses of wildlife.  Later, as you are on the last high point before you drop down to the finish area, there are long views through the clearings to the Solent and Isle of Wight.

There are expected to be around 150 entrants in each race, so there will be plenty of people around without it being busy.

Marathon list of entrants

Half marathon list of entrants

Course: Both routes run on the same course, with the marathon being two loops.

The route is fully marked with signs and frequent repeater tape and multiple water/feed stations along the way every 4 miles or so.   

Mostly this is off-road, with short stretch of tarmac between the country park and "Head Down".  Please be aware that the roads are not closed to traffic.

You are welcome to take your time if you wish, we just ask you to be finished by 4:30PM.

Navigation: The links below take you to a Google map of the course:


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 early in the year.  News of these will be on our Facebook page.

Terrain: The route has no particularly technical challenges. The first climb at around ½ mile is short and steep, and often walked by those saving their energy for later. Given the time of year, there will likely be some slippery stretches from time to time, but none too long or particularly steep. The entire route should be on runnable terrain, and there no stiles or gates to slow you down. 

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 may wish to carry your own water containers to top-up at the water stations. 

Bling: At the finish, you will receive the bespoke QE Spring Marathon or Half medal.  Hot food is available from our professional chef. 

The medal shown is that for 2017.  The 2018 will be a new "Spring" theme.

Race report: Click here to see a very nice race report from Kasia Lubo. 

Prizes in both races:

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 third party specialist with a first aider at base plus a paramedic out on course in a 4x4 vehicle.

Races run under UK Athletics rules.  TRA permits: TBA (marathon) and TBA (half)

Click for Marathon Entry        Click for Half Marathon Entry