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Bewl Water

4.0 · 1 review

Visitor Centre Carpark, Bewlbridge Ln, Lamberhurst, Wadhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JH, UK

Sat 07th May 2022

Starting at 08:30

4 races

£27.71 - £55.22

COVID-19 INFORMATION

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Organiser's Description

A scenic late spring run starting from the Bewl Water Visitor Centre and following the Bewl round the reservoir route. Both courses are run on a combination of undulating rural wooded trail and along some quiet country lanes, with lovely views of the lake for most of the route.

Runners World rated as one of the top 10 marathons in the U.K

Races

  • Bewl Water Ultra (37.5 Miles)

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £55.22
  • Bewl Water Marathon

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £48.87
  • Bewl Water Half Marathon

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £40.40
  • Bewl Water 10km

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £27.71

Book

  • Bewl Water Ultra (37.5 Miles)

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £55.22
  • Bewl Water Marathon

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £48.87
  • Bewl Water Half Marathon

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £40.40
  • Bewl Water 10km

    Sat 07th May 2022

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    £27.71

What's Included

Lovely bespoke race medal.
Winners' awards for the top 3 Male / Female runners for all 4 race distances.
Timing Monkey Professional Chip Timing - provisonal results uploaded post-race.
Well stocked Check Points and well marked / marshalled run-route.
Professional photography done by Gareth Parker Photography, photo's available to purchase for £7.50 each.
LA Sports Professional Massage Therapy at £10 for 10mins.
KLP Medical Supplies Ltd professional first aid support.

Parking

The car parking spaces at the Bewl Water Visitor Centre at the “Egg Box Carpark” near the main entrance gate and this will be free for competitors and spectators.There will be sufficient car parking spaces at the Egg Box carpark for all participants and spectators, though we would urge you to keep spectators to a minimum due to the current situation and to vacate the start /finish area as soon as you have collected your medals and finished your race.

Location

Bewl Water Vistor Centre

Bewlbridge Lane

Lamberhurst

Kent

TN3 8JH

Course Details

The ultra marathon, marathon, half and 10km for this race series are held in bi-annually and take place at the Bewl reservoir which is located at Lamberhurst, Kent in the heart of the Kent / Sussex countryside.The location for this series is set within 1000 acres of the picturesque Kent and Sussex countryside and these trail races follow the clockwise round the reservoir route at Bewl Water Country Park which is the largest lake in South East England.The routes are mainly off road and there are lovely views all around Bewl Water as you run through the forested areas and open countryside surrounding the lake.It is a three lap course for the ultra marathon, two laps for the marathon a one lap for the half and out / back run-route for the 10km. All routes are only undulating on certain sections with the majority being run on flat rural trails and quiet scenic country roads on the around the reservoir route.

FAQs

  • Headphones

    If you have to use music players (MP3 Players / iPod’s) please ensure that these are the Aftershokz over-ear bone conducting earphones, not in-ear earphones as your health and safety is our primary concern, and we ask you to comply with our marshals instructions at road-crossing and to be courteous of all other trail users. The use of any earphones in accordance with our “terms and conditions” of entry also means that if you use any form of earphones, you do so at your own risk.

  • Kit

    This is predominantly a trail run but it includes sections along the roads on quiet country lanes so it is advisable to wear trail shoes or hybrid shoes as conditions underfoot can be muddy on stretches. We also strongly advise that you take a hydration pack or bottles so you can maintain your electrolyte intake throughout the race and take gels and food to assist you with your race nutrition too. Some areas are quite exposed too so a cap, gloves and lightweight jacket might come in handy too. It is well worth checking the weather reports here is the BBC weather link to ensure you arrive with the right kit for the conditions on the day.

  • MInimum Age

    To adhere to TRA / UKA licensing requirements there is a minimum age that runners need to be to participate in race meetings, for the 10km event it’s 16 years old, half marathon it’s 17 years old and for the marathon / ultra it’s 18 years old.

  • Time limits

    These are the time limits for each designated rrace distance: Bewl Water Ultra 37.5 miles – 8hr time limit. Bewl Water Marathon 26.5 miles – 7.15hrs time limit. Bewl Water Half Marathon – 13.1 miles 6hrs time limit. Bewl Water 10km – 2.5hrs time limit. These time limits will be strictly adhered too so please be aware of these, as we have a duty of care to our marshals, timing support staff and the medics too that will only be in attendance for the duration of the longest event which is the ultra marathon being 8hrs.

  • Check Points

    The 2 Check Points – CP1 Start / Finish and CP2 Burnt Lodge Lane will all have a selection of food and drinks including Chia Charge Bars, GU Energy Gels and 500ml water bottles although we would although we strongly suggest that you bring hydration packs or waist packs to carry your own water supplies and / or electrolyte supplies too, as this is a pretty hilly course and if it’s a hot day it can be quite demanding.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will take place on the day and your chip timing RFID electronic timing device is embedded at the back of your race bib and will be handed out to you on race day by our registration team. The RFID timing tag needs to be pinned to the front of your race singlet or your t-shirt. You are also encouraged to keep any baggage stored in your car, the carpark is situated very close to the Bewl Water Visitor Centre too so we will have limited storage facilities near the race start / finish on the day, these will be mainly for runners that will be coming to Bewl Water by public transport.

There will also be allowances for switching race distances on the day. Entries on race day will also be accepted.

The ultra marathon start time will be at 8.30am, the marathon start time will be at 9.00am, the half marathon will start at 10.00am and the 10km will start at 10.15am.

We will also have 5min health & safety race briefings that will commence before each race distance is set off, it’s a 5 min (0.5 mile) walk to the start from the Bewl Water Visitor Centre so please ensure you allow yourself enough time to get to the start, this will be clearly signposted.

WHAT ARE THE BEWL WATER RUN-ROUTES FOR EACH DISTANCE?

The Bewl Water routes for all four course distances vary, these run-routes all start and finish on the lower dam wall of the Bewl reservoir.

Bewl Water Ultra 37.5 mile (8.30am start) – clockwise route is 3 x12.5 mile loops of Bewl (8hrs time limit)

Bewl Water Marathon 26.5 mile (9.00am start) – clockwise route is initially a 1 mile loop, then 2 x12.5mile loops of Bewl (7.15hrs time limit)

Bewl Water Half Marathon 13.1 mile (10.00am start) – initially an anti-clockwise 0.6 mile loop, then 1 x 12.5 mile loop of Bewl (6hrs time limit)

Bewl Water 10km (10.15am start) – this will be an out / back 3.1mile run-route, the turnaround point will be well marshalled (2.5hrs time limit)

The distances have been measured using Sunnto Ambit 3 GPS watches and are as accurate as trail races can possibly be, the marathon as you will note is slightly longer, the trails dependant on the line you run will always vary slightly so please be aware that this is as accurate as possible.

4 · 1 Review

NS
Nicolas

·5 months ago

I had been looking for an actual race (not a virtual one) for a long time as everything got cancelled or postponed during the pandemic. I was delighted to be able to sign up for my first marathon (there are other distances available, from 10k to ultra marathons). Race bibs were sent by post prior to the race so there was no need to queue at the registration desk. That worked great and I believe every race organiser should do the same, Covid or not! There was still an organisers desk where people could ask last minutes questions, get safety pins, etc… My only complaint would be that there were no changing facilities, just the toilets of the Bewl Water café which were not great. Most people changed in their car but if you can’t do that (I came by cab) that’s a bit impractical. It’s quite a small race in terms of number of participants. The departure area is rather large so it didn’t feel crammed and there was no race briefing due to social distancing. The course itself, which consists of 2 laps around Bewl Water, is absolutely beautiful. I would rate it as a “tough” race but it was my first marathon so I can’t compare it to another race. A couple of things to keep in mind if you are a marathon beginner like me: The course is hilly (my Garmin recorded 675m elevation gain) with one last climb less than 1km before the finish line. It’s mostly trail which gets very muddy in case of rain (and it rained a lot on the race day). Bring trail shoes if you have a pair. As a result, I found it quite difficult to pace myself because I had trained mostly on flat roads. I basically decided to stop looking at my watch after 5K since I was a lot slower than during training. There were 3 stations with water, gels, etc… I prefer to run with my own water and food so it didn’t affect me but I think there could be more stations. All in all, a very enjoyable race. I would definitely recommend it.

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