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The 36th Gatliff Marathon 2019 Report

The weather forecast was dry and overcast warming to a degree above average. On the day there were short spells of a fine rain and an occassional glimpse of blue sky. With higher than average autumn rainfall field ditches were overflowing and mud was expected. Gatliffteers progress was hindered by waterlogged fields and…

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The 35th Gatliff Marathon 2018 Report

It was foggy driving down over the North Downs to the start. It looked like it was going to be a murky day. I was expecting a couple of brief showers but the rain was heavy and persistent in the early part of the Marathon and some light showers returned in the late…

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The 34th Gatliff Marathon 2017 Report

What a cracking day out! I hope you all agree. The conditions were almost perfect, dry and bright with a chill in the air to encourage you not to dally too long. Setting off at day break over the crunchy and frosty ground in the pale, pink light, accompanied by the excited chatter…

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The 33rd Gatliff Marathon 2016 Report

It's been a very sad year for the Gatliff Marathon community and I hope you will understand if I dedicate the opening remarks to pay tribute to four long standing associates of the Gatliff that passed away. John Munday, who completed his first Gatliff in our second year, 1985, and went on to…

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The 32nd Gatliff Marathon 2015

The weather forecast was mild but windy with the threat of showers. Most of the day, although cloudy with dingy light, it was dry with just the occasional spots of rain. However, for those who finished after dark there were some major down pours to test the resolve to finish! With rain prior…

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The 31st Gatliff Marathon 2014 Report

I crawled out of bed at 4:30am and took a look down the deserted street. A habit on Gatliff day. There was a faint hallo of mist around the street lamp. I went down stairs, opened the front door and sniffed the air. Mild too. Looks like the recent weather forecasts were right.…

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The 30th Gatliff Marathon 2013 Report

I achieved a “first” this year. I returned to Edenbridge with only my toes slightly damp! Normally my feet are soaked through within a mile or two of the start. However some things never change; looks like I will lose about 4 toe nails. They’ve only just grown back from last year! This…

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The 29th Gatliff Marathon 2012

The build up to this year’s Gatliff was dominated by the extreme wet weather causing widespread flooding across the country, particularly in the South West and Wales. We had several concerned phone calls asking whether the Gatliff was still going ahead. Locally we had a large amount of rain in the proceeding week…

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