The Gatliff Marathon is an annual challenge walk, jog or run of 25 or 50km mostly on footpaths and tracks in the Kent and Surrey countryside.
The challenge is to complete the event in under 10 hours, following the route directions and checking in at each of the checkpoints.
UPDATE (1st October 2020): The 2020 marathon has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The 37th Gatliff Marathon is now planned for 22nd August 2021.
During October we will contact current entrants to offer a refund or a transfer of their entry to the 22nd August 2021 marathon. See FAQs for further information about this decision.
Location: Edenbridge Rugby Club Pavilion, Coomb Field, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5HL. G.R 441 459 (NB. Parking only as shown below)
Date: Sunday, 22 August 2021
Opening Time: 6:30am
Start Times: Between 7:00am and 10:30am depending on distance and whether walking or running
This year's parking options: There is free parking at the Recreation Ground Car Park (this is NOT the main Rugby Club car park, but is accessed via the next turning to the west off Lingfield Road), and at Edenbridge Town Railway Station. Other alternatives are Leathermarket Car Park, Market Yard Car Park (the main town centre car park) and Edenbridge High Street. Please do not park in the residential streets near the Rugby Club and also at the Rugby Club Pavilion itself. This Google Maps link shows the Rugby Club and Edenbridge Town Train Station.
Entry fees in advance: £12 for the 50km route and £10 for the 25km route. There is an additional charge of £3.00 for entering on the day. All food and drink provided by the Gatliff Marathon organisers is included in the entry fees.
How to enter: To enter in advance, fill out an online entry form and pay immediately by PayPal or post a cheque; alternatively, download an entry form and post this with a cheque. You can also enter on the day paying by cash (£3 extra).
The Gatliff has different routes each year through rural countryside using footpaths and tracks. There will be 50km and 25km options (31 miles and 15.5 miles) and a route description will be given to each entrant. The objective is to complete the distance within 10 hours.
This will also be at Edenbridge Rugby Club Pavilion. Hot food, tea/coffee and showering facilities will be available, free of charge, to all entrants. Food at the finish will be served from 1:30pm until 7:00pm. The Pavilion closes at 8:00pm.
Certificates will be awarded to those who have completed their full distance on foot and have had their checkpoint card signed or punched at all the checkpoints on their route. A special certificate will be awarded to those who have successfully completed ten 50km Gatliff Marathons.
Results will be posted on this website. They can also be ordered at the finish for delivery by mail.
"Gatliff Marathon has a charm all of its own. All food excellent – specially at the finish."
"Myself and some friends (newly local triathletes) took part in your event yesterday and absolutely loved it. Brilliantly run event and a good way to get a long/slow run in on a weekend."
"Just a quick line to thank you all at COPSE for such a splendid and well hosted Gatliff yesterday. We had 8 of our members, including myself, there and they all commented on how well organised the day was and were particularly grateful for all the wonderful food that was laid on for participants. Already looking forward to next year."
"Enjoyed discovering different paths through familiar territory. COPSE got me out of bed and out of the house!"