London to Battle: London's Premier Ultramarathon
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The date 1066 is burned in the mind of everyone in the land. You all know the story. King Harold of England, fresh from defeating the Vikings in York, marched back to London, and then upon hearing the news of the invading William Of Normandy, gathered his Army and they marched South towards Hastings.
Harold pushed his men hard. They covered 30 miles a day (in armour!). The journey took three days, via Rochester and Bodiam Castle. They arrived for battle, exhausted, and were beaten by William the Conqueror.
A long distance path called Harold's Way marks the battle-march route from Westminster Abbey to Battle Abbey. You will pass all the best London Sights along the way; Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, The Millennium Dome, The Thames Barrier. You'll then go on to pass Castles in Rochester, Maidstone, and Bodium before arriving at Battle Abbey to finish under the Abbey's arch.
You will register for battle in London, along the banks of the Thames. You don't have the luxury of 3 days. You have just 30 hours to replicate that famous march, and claim victory in the 1066 100 Ultramarathon!
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Battle Muster (race sign on!) will take place in from 7am, in West London at
Barne Elms Sport Centre, which is a fantastic 52 acre Sports venue.
You will be issued with the following equipment:
RFID Chip Timer
The race will begin at exactly 9am, and end at 5pm the following day. English Heritage have generously permitted the finish line be under the Gatehouse the spectacular Battle Abbey, on the edge of the battlefield of Hastings.
It is a measured 102 miles (shorter and includes some faster ground than the 2019 route). The course is largely based on a long distance footpath called Harold's Way (but we have made some modifications for the next edition ). The modified route should be around 2 hours faster than the 2019 route. The route has around 2200 m of elevation. There is a 32 hour time limit. 70% of the route is off-road; this includes 20 miles of Thames Path, parks, farmland etc, 30% is tarmac road (mainly quiet country lanes).
In 2018 and 2019 we undertook a £1000 programme to update the waymarks on the route, after the Thames, with brand new "1066 Harold's Way" waymark discs, funded by your entry fee, to help promote use of the path to increase tourism as well as make help the event participants on the day.
This event can be used as a qualifier for:
Ye Olde Route Map
Register for Battle
Entry costs £135.00 (+etchrock.com's booking fee £4 ) for the 1066 100
Professional RFID Chip-timing
Live GPS Events Tracking from RaceDrone
Premium finisher's Belt Buckle (as pictured above)
9 Checkpoints. Food and drink at the 6 major Checkpoints. 3 x water only stops
Course is 101 miles
Experienced Race Directors of over 60 ultramarathons
Drop bag transport for half-way collection at Rochester
Finish line bag transport
No refunds or deferrals are possible, but you can sell your place privately up to 2-weeks before the event at no cost.
Qualification and participation:
Can evidence a 50 mile ultra completed within 15 hours in last 2 years
Pacers are not permitted. Sticks not permitted
Mark is a vastly experienced ultrarunner with over 100 finishes worldwide; including multiple Spartathlon, Badwater (including double BW), GUCR, The High, JOGLE (15 days), Trans 333, Yukon Arctic 320, Thames Ring, Atacama, MDS, UTMB and many more... Marathon PB 2:53, 24hr 201k.
Mark transferred many of the key elements of the best races to set up Cockbain Events Ltd; an extreme set of hard to complete challenges including Viking Way, The Hill, C2C, Lon Las, The Tunnel, Chained Ultra, and Dead Sheep Race (a collaboration with Beyond Marathon Ltd)
Richard has many UK ultra finishes, and completed many worldwide 250k events including the MDS, Atacama Crossing, Kalahari Augrabies Extreme, La Trans Aq, Nepal.
Like Mark, Richard has taken the best of those races and in 2009 set up Beyond Marathon Ltd, and more recently Race Drone Events Tracking Ltd. Richard organises events such as King Offa's Dyke Race, Escape From Meriden, Deadwater, Convergence, Dusk til Dawn, The Millennium Way Ultra, The Gritstone Grind, The Wychavon Way, 12 Labours of Hercules and others, as well as recent collaborations with Cockbain Events
Richard and Mark are old friends, who have ran together and directed races together in the past.
All of Mark's other races, and some of Richard's events require a 100-mile qualifier, so we have decided to join forces on one special event to give you opportunity to get one! This is a truly historic and beautiful route that shaped our history. We promise a varied route and a spectacular finish!
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