Ouse Valley Way Marathon and Half Marathon Relay
About the race
Entries now open for 13th September 2020
The Ouse Valley Way Marathon is a point to point race from Earith to St Neots. Registration and number collection for all runners is at Earith. The race HQ is at the finish, at One Leisure St Neots.
There is very limited parking in Earith, but runners can be dropped off at Earith Village Hall for registration.For runners who wish to leave their cars at the finish we have arranged transport from One Leisure to the start of the race. This should be booked online with your entry. The bus will leave One Leisure promptly at 8.15 am. The cost of transport is £6. We do not organise transport back to Earith at the end of the event.
We are not able to offer a refund if a runner withdraws. We can transfer the place to another runner. The closing date for transfers is midnight on Friday 4th September 2020.
If the race sells out before the closing date a waiting list will operate - please contact David Newton at email@example.com
Course map here
Sunday September 13th 2020
The Ouse Valley Way is a long distance path from Milton Keynes to Kings Lynn, following the River Great Ouse.
Within the old county of Huntingdonshire, the Ouse Valley Way is 26 miles long, perfect for a trail marathon.
The route is nearly all off road - just a section on road through St Ives and again through St Neots. Most of the route is along scenic paths, which take you through nature reserves, pastureland, water meadows and woods. Some paths are tarmac or gravel, most are grassy (and if the rain has been heavy, could be muddy). As befitting a route near the Fens, it is flat - the total elevation gain is 264 feet.
This is the fourth year this marathon has been held. It is a small, friendly race - organised by runners for runners. There will be plenty of water stations with some added treats available, a bespoke medal, a technical T-shirt and more treats at the finish.
The Ouse Valley Way Marathon is point to point, starting at Earith and finishing at Eynesbury in St Neots. The Race HQ will be at the finish and transport by coach will be available to the start in Earith. For those not getting a lift to the start it is important to consider leaving your car at the finish in St Neots and taking the coach. Please be sure you book a seat on the coach at time of entry.
The Ouse Valley Way Half Marathon Relay follows the same route with the change-over point at Godmanchester, just over the Chinese Bridge (see picture below). This is roughly the halfway point. Teams of two runners can enter the relay. Runners on the first leg of the race will have the option of taking the coach to the start. They will be responsible for their own transport arrangements from the handover point. The second runner will be responsible for getting to Godmanchester in time to collect their race number and prepare for the handover. Relay runners do not carry a baton but will exchange a slap band at changeover. There is limited parking in Mill Yard Car Park adjacent to the handover point which makes car sharing an option.
St Neots One Leisure, Barford Road, Eynesbury, PE19 2SA
The results will be on the race website soon after the race
Final race instructions will be published here
ROUTE GUIDANCE GENERAL INFORMATION
There are four sections of route guidance notes:
- Earith to St Ives:
- St Ives to Godmanchester:
- Godmanchester to Paxton Pits:
- Paxton Pits to One Leisure St Neots:
The guidance gives some of the highlights of the route but is not intended to be a comprehensive step by step guide. Whilst there are signs and marshals along the route the marathon requires some self- navigation. You should familiarise yourself with the route map.
The direction signs along the route include:
- OVW waymark signs
- White arrows sprayed on the ground
- Yellow BRJ Ouse Valley Way Marathon signs
- Yellow raffia
(No picture) This is used to provide reassurance that you are still on the correct route, particularly on the long river bank sections.
Trail Running Association Permit No. 3405 (TRA grant applied for).
This race will be held under England Athletics rules.
THE COURSE ROUTE
This is a multi terrain route on grassy tracks, fields, gravel and tarmac paths. It is possible there will be livestock in the fields. There are kissing gates along the route. There are road junctions which will be marshalled but care should be taken when crossing roads. The route will be self-navigated, runners should look out for the Ouse Valley Way waymark signs, there will also be yellow navigational signs, high visibility barrier tape tied to trees and marshalls at the road crossings. The course is open to the public, runners will need to be alert to other users.
Please do not drop litter on the route. Please keep all wrappers and dispose of them in the bins at the water stations.
Map of the route here
The race will start at 9.30am with waves of runners setting off at 30 second intervals, with the fastest predicted finish times starting first. Relay runners join the marathon runners.
The first section is along Earith village High Street, the road will not be closed; runners should stay on the footpath.
Timing will be from each 30 second ‘gun time’ with the timekeepers supported by Chip Timing Solutions. The results will be available soon after each runner crosses the finish.
The race finish is at Eynesbury in St Neots.
WATER STATIONS AND CHECKPOINTS
There are water stations at approximately 4, 8, 12, 14, 17, 20 and 23 miles and in the finish area. Marshalls at each water station will be confirming that all runners have passed through. There will be some nibbles e.g. jelly babies, flapjacks at the water stations. Water will be served in cups. Please put cups in the bins provided.
FIRST AID FACILITIES
First aid cover will be provided by St John's Ambulance located at the finish of the race. In addition, some marshals along the route will be first-aid trained. Runners will be provided with a number to call if there are any problems along the route. Please carry a well charged mobile phone with you.
UKA Affiliated £30, Non UKA Affiliated £32, Relay (team of 2) £40
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 11:59pm 4th September 2020
Transfers will be possible until 11:59pm 4th September 2020
The Ouse Valley Way Marathon is point to point, starting at Earith and finsihing at Eynesbury in St Neots. The Race HQ will be at the finish and transport will be available to the start if required. Please note there is no parking at the start. Please park at the finish and use the transport provided - there will be a charge of £6 to cover the cost of buses. If you are able to be dropped off at the start and picked up at the end that is fine.
Results are available for previous Ouse Valley Way Marathons. Congratulations to all runners and winners.
- Phil Martin (Peterborough AC)
- Steve Falgate (C&C)
- Richard Adamson (Huntingdonshire AC)
- Samantha Cullen (Eye Community Runners)
- Hanna Brickell (BRJ Run & Tri)
- Alice Synge (BRJ Run & Tri)
- Piers Serjeant and Nichola Serjeant (St Neots Riverside Runners)
- Anna Douglas and Andy Phillips (BRJ Run & Tri)
- Paulus Maukonen and Emma Figures (BRJ Run & Tri)
2018 - the race did not take place
2017 full results are here.
- Daniel Hurst (C&C)
- Charles Wartnaby (C&C)
- Richie Adamson
- Linday Hamilton
- Jane Roberts (BRJ Run & Tri)
- Claire Galpin
2016 results are here
- Charles Wartnaby (C&C)
- Paul Oliver (Riverside Runners)
- Sean Barker (Hunts AC)
- Anna Douglas (BRJ Run & Tri)
- Sam Lewsey (C&C)
- Anna Kilner
Thank you to everyone who entered, if you have any feedback please contact David Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org