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The Thirty-fourth GATLIFF MARATHON


Sunday 26th November 2017 - From Edenbridge, Kent
50kms, 35kms & 20 kms (31 miles, 22 miles & 12.5 miles)

ROUTE DETAILS GATLIFF 2017: Route Sketch & Grid References

BACKGROUND : On the 19th Jan 1934, 24 members of the YHA met above Cox's Café, Croydon to form Croydon YHA Group. Herbert Gatliff was one of the founder members. The first Gatliff Marathon was organised in 1984 as part of Croydon Group's 50th anniversary celebrations. Hence the distance.

ROUTE : The Gatliff has different routes each year through rural countryside using footpaths and tracks. There will be 50km, 35km and 20km options (31 miles, 22 miles and 12.5 miles) and a route description will be given to each entrant. The objective is to complete the distance within 10 hours.

CHECKPOINTS : There will be five checkpoints on the 50km, three on the 35km and one on the 20km. Drinks and biscuits will be provided at all of them with tea, soup, sandwiches etc at the lunch stop (50km & 35km only) and hot food at the finish until 19:00.

CERTIFICATES AND RESULTS : Certificates will be awarded to those who have completed the full distance on foot, within the time limit, and have had their checkcard 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 can be ordered at Edenbridge.

BAGGAGE & CAR PARKING : Bags may be left at owners' risk in the Pavilion. Parking is in the public car park in Edenbridge (GR 445 463). This is a 5 minutes walk from the start. Please do not park in the residential streets near the start, as this will undoubtedly cause annoyance to the residents.

ENTRY & COST : Entry fees are £9.00 for the 50km route, £8.00 for the 35km route and £7.00 for the 20km route.

Completed entry forms should be sent to :

Tim Styles
78b Beddington Gardens

Contact Tel: 020 8773 9600

Cheques should be made payable to "COPSE".
Entry on the day will be £3.00 extra.

REGISTRATION : Registration is at the Sports Ass. Pavilion, Edenbridge, Kent (GR 441 459). The hall will be open from 6:30am. Entrants before the day will be sent their number in advance and, to avoid delay, this should be brought to the start.

START : This will be from the Pavilion and, in general, you can start when you like and will be timed from when you go. However, in order to make the manning of checkpoints possible, we recommend the following start times:-

  50km 35km 20km
Walkers 7:00-7:30 7:30-8:30 9:00-9:30
Joggers 7:30-8:30 8:30-9:30 9:30-10:00
Runners 8:30-9:30 9:30-10:30 10:00-10:30

Entrants should choose their start time carefully. For the 50km, please allow extra time for lack of daylight.

Checkpoints are opened to accommodate the above start times and their closing times are shown in the Route Descriptions. You may be asked to retire if you arrive after the closing time.
Would "fast" runners, particularly on the 20km route, please not start too soon as the checkpoints may not be open!

FINISH : This will also be at the Pavilion. Hot food, tea/coffee and showering facilities will be available free of charge to all entrants.(N.B. Food at the finish will be served from 13:30 until 19:00.) The Pavilion closes at 20:00.

RESPONSIBILITY : Every effort has been made to avoid unsafe situations - to monitor whereabouts of entrants - to transport those retiring - and to generally assist. However, it must be emphasised that all competitors are ultimately responsible for themselves. In this connection, please see the notes on kit. If you have to retire always do it at a checkpoint, if possible. Otherwise, please phone Edenbridge, or ensure a message reaches there, to tell us what is going on (the number is given on the route descriptions).

KIT : A torch is essential for all participants doing the 50 km, as it will be dark until after 7:00am and maybe from 16:00 onwards.
Detailed route instructions are issued, but maps are advisable. OS 187 and 188 cover the area. As grid references are quoted at each paragraph, note that maps could possibly enable lost persons to get back onto the route!
A compass, mapcase, warm clothing, sensible footware, waterproofs and some high energy food are also recommended. (Don't underestimate the risk of hypothermia with even something such as a twisted ankle!)





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