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Meon Valley Marathon              

Location: The Meon Hall, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP  

Sunday, 4th November 2018

Race starts at 10:00            Finish by 4:30PM


  • Fully marked, good quality trails with views and hills
  • Chip-timed start and finish
  • Aid stations every 7k and well stocked
  • Bespoke one-off event finisher's medal 
  • Free parking available
  • Results on Runbritain and texted to you

The marathon is back!

On a revised course, with over 700 metres of elevation gain, this is a challenging run along on country lanes, trails and grass for the first half, and a fast flat second half on the Meon Valley Trail. 

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

You can take your time to enjoy the occasion, but we ask that you plan to finish by 4:30PM. 



Course: The route is fully marked with signs and frequent ground markings and multiple water/feed stations along the way every 4 -5 miles or so. 

There are expected to be around 200 entrants in the race, so there will be plenty of people around without it being busy.  

The terrain is approximately 80% off-road, and the first half is the hilly section, the second half is run along the old railway line - now the Meon Valley Trail.  

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




Navigation: For a Google map of the course Click here

The image below is the 2018 marathon course.

Elevation profile:



Click here for GPX file

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 will run in October.  News of these will be on our Facebook page.


Terrain: Much of the course is on good quality trails but in the Autumn, some descents can be wet and slippery.

The entire route should be runnable, and there are very few stiles or gates to slow you down.  

For your continued reading...

- Jack Oates, the last Marathon winner posted a race report

- A very descriptive excellent blog by Kasia Lubo


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 2018 Meon Valley Marathon medal designed specifically and uniquely for the event


Refreshments will be available indoors in the Meon Hall. 


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 medical crew at base plus a paramedic out on course in a 4x4 vehicle.

Races run under UK Athletics rules.  

TRA permit: TBA

Click here for entry