The 4 Castles Challenge is a brand-new half marathon along the coastline in East Kent. Starting at Sandown Castle on the edge of the town of Deal, the route goes past Deal Castle and onto and through the grounds at Walmer Castle, before finishing at the iconic Dover Castle. This really is a must-do event that is truly unique and definitely one to tell all your friends about! There will of course be a really great unique medal and in addition a finishers t-shirt.
This is a unique event taking in the amazing coast and countryside of East Kent. The event starts at Deal Pier and your first castle is the ruins and remains of Sandown Castle on the edge of Deal, a former artillery fort built by Henry VIII in the 16th Century.
From there it’s along the seafront to Deal Castle and your first (very early) refreshment station! Stop and take a selfie by this castle considered to be one of the finest Tudor artillery forts (or just run on by!!).
The third Castle on the route is not too far away – Walmer Castle. Originally a Tudor fortress, Walmer Castle evolved into a stately home for the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, and became the residence of famous names from the Duke of Wellington to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The route goes straight into the grounds of this castle and through some of the award-winning 8 acres of garden. Another great selfie-spot and refreshment station and somewhere for friends and family to cheer you on!
The next stage takes you to the world famous White Cliffs. From here, at some points, you will be able to see for miles out to sea (fingers crossed for the weather!). You will run right past the Dover Patrol Memorial and South Foreland Lighthouse. This is your final refreshment stop and another great selfie-spot!
The final stage continues across the White Cliffs to Dover Castle. An iconic landmark perched on the cliffs above Dover, built in the 12th Century by Henry II. Truly a unique finish to any running event, with a lap around some of the grounds before you cross the line.
The Event HQ is split between two locations. The start is at Sandown Castle on the edge of Deal. There is parking available nearby to the start. The main HQ will be at Dover Castle at the finish. We will be able to transport a small bag from the start to collect at the finish. If you have friends or family meeting you at Dover Castle we will have parking available here too. There will also be coach transfers every 20 minutes at the finish if you need to get back to the start point (exact times this will operate will be published nearer the date).
The event is fully licensed and certified with all results being submitted to runbritain rankings and the Power of 10.
We will be providing a live feed onto our website for results - so cross the line and your result goes live!
There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female,1st Male and Female VET40, 50 and 60 and a team prize (three to score).
Facilities at venue:
Toilets and changing facilities. Free car park. First aid room. Full refreshments available on-site
Advanced entries: £26 affiliated club members, £28 unaffiliated
On-the-day (subject to space): £35
Under UK Athletics rules the minimum age for this race is 17 years on the day.
For great tips about nutrition, training and hydration for training and on race day we recommend visiting www.runnersmedicalresource.com.