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Spitfire Scramble

Spitfire Scramble

Hornchurch, Essex

Hornchurch, England, United Kingdom

Sat 16th July 2022 - Sun 17th July 2022

8 races

£97.75 - £430.80

Organiser's Description

The Spitfire Scramble is a 24-hour multi-terrain relay or solo race.

You can run on your own or in teams of two to eight runners. Mixed teams of three to five must contain at least one female runner. Mixed teams of six or more must contain at least two female runners.

Teams will compete in three categories: pairs, three-to-five (small teams) and six to eight (large teams).

The entry fee includes your camping, parking and shower provision plus participant T-shirt and medal.

As you run through the night, the event will put your speed, endurance, torch batteries and teamwork to the test in the only event of its kind in the London area.

Races

  • Solo Category
    £97.75
  • Pairs

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £123.00
  • Teams of 3

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £182.50
  • Teams of 4

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £237.50
  • Teams of 5

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £282.50
  • Teams of 6

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £320.80
  • Teams of 7

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £370.80
  • Teams of 8

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £430.80

Book

  • Solo Category
    £97.75
  • Pairs

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £123.00
  • Teams of 3

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £182.50
  • Teams of 4

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £237.50
  • Teams of 5

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £282.50
  • Teams of 6

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £320.80
  • Teams of 7

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £370.80
  • Teams of 8

    Male, Female & Mixed Categories

    £430.80

What's Included

Medal, T-shirt, parking, camping, shower provision, chip timing & live result tracking

  • Spitfire Flypast
  • Historic WW2 airfield site
  • Multi-terrain
  • Family atmosphere
  • Dogs welcome
  • Walking poles permitted
  • Free parking & camping
  • Bespoke medal & winners' trophies

How to Get There

The event village is based in the fields that sit between Ingrebourne Hill and Albyns Farmhouse.

All participants and visitors will use the Albyns Farm entrance on South End Road.

The best postcode for Sat Nav devices for the new entrance off South End Road is RM13 7YH.

BY CAR

From the north using the M25
Exit the M25 at Junction 29 and join the A127 towards London
Leave the A127 to turn on to Wingletye Lane
Follow this road to the end where you reach a set of traffic lights.
Go straight across onto Hacton Lane
Take the first right at the mini roundabout onto Ravenscourt Grove
At the end of this road turn left onto Station Lane which becomes Suttons Lane
Follow this road past Hornchurch Station on your right and the old Hospital site on your left. It now becomes Airfield Way.
Go past the OLD EVENT ENTRANCE to Hornchurch Country Park and past Tesco on your right
Proceed until you reach a set of traffic lights where you will TURN LEFT onto South End Road
You will go over a zebra crossing and St Alban’s Primary School will appear on your right
TURN LEFT into Hornchurch Country Park, which has a brown sign for Albyns Farm at the entrance.

From the south using the M25

Exit the M25 at Junction 30 and join the A13 towards London
Take the first exit and at the first roundabout take the third exit
A second roundabout then appears quickly, take the exit marked A1306
Follow this road all the way to Dover’s Corner roundabout
Take the third exit onto Rainham road. La Salette Catholic church is on your left, the Albion Pub is on your right
Follow Rainham Road round the left hand bend and you will come to a traffic light junction where you TURN RIGHT on to South End Road
St Alban’s Primary School will appear on your left
TURN RIGHT into Hornchurch Country Park, which has a brown sign for Albyns Farm at the entrance.

From central London using the A12

Heading eastbound on the A12, exit right onto Whalebone Lane North
This becomes Whalebone Lane South
Turn left onto Wood Lane
Take the first exit at the roundabout and go past West Ham United’s training ground on your left.
Wood Lane becomes Rush Green Road
At the lights, with the YMCA on your right, go straight across and at the next lights, take the right filter at Roneo Corner, then the left filter onto Upper Rainham Road
Follow this road under a railway bridge then prepare to turn left onto another Wood Lane – third left turn after the bridge
Take the second right onto Mungo Park Road
At the end of Mungo Park Road, turn left onto South End Road
St Alban’s Primary School will appear on your left
TURN RIGHT into Hornchurch Country Park, which has a brown sign for Albyns Farm at the entrance.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT

London Underground

Please check weekend service schedules for engineering works

The two closest London Underground stations are Hornchurch and Elm Park on the District Line

From Hornchurch station
Cross the road and wait for a 252 bus
This will take you PAST THE OLD ENTRANCE for the event and to the end of Airfield Way.
Get off at Stop D, Dowding Way. Turn left at the junction onto South End Road and the new entrance will be a short walk up this road on your left hand side.

From Elm Park station
Cross the road at the crossing outside the station and turn right, then wait for a 252 bus at the stop on the hill
Once the bus has passed the Good Intent Pub, it will come to a traffic light junction and turn left. Get off at Stop K, Dowding Way, just after this turn.
Once on foot, perform an about face and walk back to the junction, turn left at the junction onto South End Road and the new entrance will be a short walk up this road on your left hand side.

Overground

Rainham station is on the C2C line from Fenchurch Street and is approximately a 1.5-mile walk to the Event Village.

Exit the station and use Ferry Lane to reach the B1335.
Turn left onto this road and go straight over when you reach the roundabout with Tesco on the right
You then reach a much larger roundabout which you need to cross over to reach Rainham Road.
La Salette Catholic Church will be on your left as you walk up Rainham Road, with the Albion Pub on your right
You will reach an entrance to Hornchurch Country Park signposted Ingrebourne Hill.
Enter here and take the trail that goes left, keeping the hill on your right hand side.
DO NOT take the left turn off this trail.
Stay on the trail and after approx. 400m you will reach the Event Village.

Parking

Parking is free within the event site and marshals will be on hand to guide you to the available spaces. Campervans and motorhomes are welcome and we do make efforts to site these vehicles in one section of the event village for safety.

Location

The race takes place with Hornchurch Country Park, the former home of 54 Squadron during World War II. Camping is sited within the Albyns Farm part of the park where the event village and start finish are situated.

Course Details

The course takes in tarmac, dirt trail and woodland sections with some slightly technical descending and one long and winding hill that takes you to a summit from where you can see the City of London

Runners will run north out of the village, through a gate that takes you to Albyns Lake, where you will take the right hand tarmac path, keeping the lake on your left.

Following this path, you’ll make your way past two World War II pillboxes on your right hand side. After tackling a short, sharp hill, you turn right at the marshal point, run over a small iron bridge and commence the slog into Essex farmland via a loose terrain trail.

A marshaled left turn at the top of the trail sends you along a track that leads to a small stile, beyond which you will take the public footpath that bisects an area of farmland, passing through two fields before another stile.

After this you turn sharp left and head for the woods, where you will take the small slope down towards the Ingrebourne basin, cross another bridge and take the path straight head of you into another wooded section. This leads you past another pill box on your left and deposits you at a small play area on your left and a small field on your right.

Staying on the path you head towards the Visitor Centre, turning right outside the centre on the path and passing what was our old camping ground on your left.

This path turns to trail and you’ll turn left on this trail to commence a long section of grassy trail, following the signage until you come to another marshal point where a left turn will keep you on a wooded trail before a hard right turn deposits you back at the lake.

You will skirt the edge of the lake before crossing through the event village where your support crew can watch out for you and cheer you on! From there you cross into Forestry Commission land.

You will follow the packed gravel route before climbing Ingrebourne Hill to the highest point on the course.

After descending you'll shortly reach the camping field, which you’ll run the perimeter of before handing over to a teammate or pushing on for another lap!

FAQs

  • Do we have to have a runner on course at all times?

    No, if you all need a break, you can take one! The clock starts on your next lap as soon as a runner crossed the timing mat to finish their lap, so if you all take a break, the next lap time will include the time you were resting for.

  • What time does it start?

    We start at midday Saturday and finish midday Sunday

  • Can I run with a dog?

    Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome! Please ensure you take care of your pets in the heat and also ensure any waste is placed in the dog waste bins in the park.

  • Do I need a head torch?

    Yes, any laps being started as sunset approaches must be done with a head torch which must be turned on when needed.

How it works

The event will start at midday when your 'squadron leader' begins your first 5.75-mile lap. As a team you will not stop again until midday the next day. Each squadron can have a maximum of one runner on the course at all times and runners must complete a full circuit before handing over to a team mate

Full rules here

Registration

All competitors must sign on with registration either Friday evening before 9.00pm or before 10.00am on Saturday. You will collect your race number, timing chip and relay wristband at this time. These will not be posted out in advance.

minimum Laps

Each registered runner must complete at least one lap during the 24 hours for the team’s score to count. There is no maximum number of laps. If taking a break please leave the course after crossing the timing mats. If you're in a team, make sure your teammates know the plan to rest. This time off course will be added to the next lap when you, or another team member, return to continue.

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Location

Hornchurch, Essex

16 Jul 2022

£97.75 - £430.80