Ouse Valley Way Marathon and Half Marathon Relay
About the race
Entries for 2019 closed at 23:59 on 6th September 2019
The Ouse Valley Way Marathon is a point to point race from Earith to St Neots and the race HQ is at the finish, at One Leisure St Neots.
We have arranged transport from One Leisure to the start of the race, this should be booked on line with your entry. The bus will leave One Leisure promptly at 8.30am. The cost of transport is £5.
If you did not book transport with your entry and would like to amend it please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We must know if you would like transport by the time entries close on 6th September to ensure we have sufficient capacity on the coach.
We are not able to offer refunds if a runner withdraws. We can transfer the place.
If the race sells out before the closing date a waiting list will operate - please contact David Newton on email@example.com
Course map here
Sunday September 15th 2019
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 it is 26 miles long, pefect 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 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 third year this marathon has been run, we plan it to be a small, friendly race - organised by runners for runners. There will be plenty of water stations with some added treats available, a bespoke medal and more treats at the finish.
The Ouse Valley Way Marathon is point to point, starting at Earith and finishing at Eynesbury. The Race HQ will be at the finish and transport will be available to the start if required.
The Ouse Valley Way Half Marathon Relay follows rhe same route with the change-over point at Godmanchester just over the Chinese Bridge (see picture below). This is roughly the half way 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 arrangments from the handover point. The second runner will be repsonsible for getting to Godmanchester in time for the handover. 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
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. 2547 (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. Relay runners will set off first. The first section is along Earith village High Street, the road will not be closed and runners should stay on the footpath.
The race finish is at Eynesbury.
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 eg jelly babies 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 en route. Please carry a mobile phone with you.
UKA Affiliated £30, Non UKA Affiliated £32, Relay (team of 2) £40
Entries for the 2019 Ouse Valley Way Marathon closed at 23:59 on 6th September 2019, it is no longer possible to enter for the race
The Ouse Valley Way Marathon is point to point, starting at Earith and finsihing at Eynesbury. 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 £5 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. Please let us know so we know where to hold your registration.
2017 Results are available. Congratulations to all runners and winners
Full results for 2017 are here
1, Daniel Hurst (C&C)
2. Charles Wartnaby (C&C)
3. Richie Adamson
1. Linday Hamilton
2. Jane Roberts (BRJ Run and Tri)
3. Claire Galpin
2016 Results are now available. Congratulations to all runners and winners
Overall winners were:
1. Charles Wartnaby (C&C)
2. Paul Oliver (Riverside Runners)
3. Sean Barker (Hunts AC)
1. Anna Douglas (BRJ Run and Tri)
2. Sam Lewsey (C&C)
3. Anna Kilner
Full results here
Age Group winners here
Full Age Group results here
Thank you to everyone who entered, if you have any feedback please contact David Newton firstname.lastname@example.org