Fleam Dyke Trail Marathon and Half, Balsham
Saturday 17.09.2022 

Scenic, single-loop trail marathon and half marathon, this route takes in most of the historical Anglo-Saxon Fleam Dyke and the Roman Road long distance path on the south-east side of Cambridge. A chance to experience the first organised run along this historical route with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Starting at Balsham Village Hall near Cambridge, both loops head out north-west along Fleam Dyke until reaching Fulbourn Fen where the route heads south before picking up the Roman Road heading south-east away from Cambridge. Just south of Balsham the half marathon loop branches off to return to the hall while the marathon route continues with a few short road sections to villages Withersfield, Weston Green and Weston Colville before returning back to Balsham. The half marathon loop is nearly entirely trail, and the marathon route around 85% trail. We have a 6.5 hour time limit in place, which should be ample for most people. If however, you want to join us and are worried about the time, please contact us and we will try and arrange an earlier start for you.

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The details:

WHERE?                                              

Balsham Village Hall, Balsham, near Cambridge

POSTCODE                                         

CB21 4DS

DISTANCE                                           

Marathon or half marathon

ELEVATION                                        

1427ft/708ft

CHECKPOINTS                                  

4 on the full, 2 on the half

ENTRY FEE                                                          

Full £36 (£38 unaffiliated) and Half £26 (£28 unaffiliated)

REGISTRATION                                 

At the Hall, 7:30am - 8:30am

PARKING                                            

There is limited parking available near the hall, next to the church. There is also plenty of unrestricted on-road parking within the village, but please do be sensible with where you park and do not obstruct village residents.

START                                                  

Both races 9:00am

TIME LIMIT                                        

You must have completed your run by 3.30pm

WHAT’S INCLUDED                         

Refreshments at checkpoints, finishers medal, donation on your behalf to our partner, Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke which helps towards conservation and route maintenance. All of our runs up to marathon distance have a minimum of two first aiders present.

MINIMUM AGE ON RACE DAY    

Participants must be 18 years old

MANDATORY KIT                             

Please dress accordingly for the weather on the day, days can still be quite warm in September, equally it could be cold and wet! Consider carrying a waterproof jacket. Runners MUST carry capacity of minimum of 500ml liquid (bottle/soft flask/cup/bladder), a foil blanket, basic first aid kit and fully charged mobile phone (with the RDs phone number saved). Although the route may be dry we recommend trail shoes. We operate cupless events, so please bring one with you.

In accordance with England Athletics and the TRA rules, we do not allow running with dogs – sorry!

We do not permit running with headphones or earbuds that cover or sit in the ear – some of the route is on roads and byways open to traffic and it is important for runners to be aware at all times.

WE ARE AFFILIATED WITH ENGLAND ATHLETICS

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TRA PERMIT: 5000

Half marathon route map

Marathon route map