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A GPX for the route can be found here, whilst a digital map of the entire Stour Valley Path can be found here. You may need to simplify the GPX route if you have problems uploading it to your device, although you shouldn’t experience any issues with newer devices.
If you prefer to use paper based maps, the entire Stour Valley Path is shown on the following Ordnance Survey map series:
Laminated maps can also be purchased through the Dedham Vale & Stour Valley Project here. A pdf of the route can also be downloaded from the same location.
Finally, the route can be downloaded for the free mobile phone app called ViewRanger here. This is an excellent navigation tool if your mobile phone has good battery life. You can cache the maps before the race and turn your data off during the run to preserve battery life.
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*This cut-off is a pace guide and there may some leeway at CP1
There will be no flexibility on these cut-off times. If you enter the checkpoint, or are still at the checkpoint when the cut-off time is implemented, you will not be allowed to proceed. Note that the cut-offs have been calculated based upon previous finishing times, and take into account distance, elevation and other environmental factors.
The following will be provided for runners at each checkpoint:
There are a number of hazards that you will encounter during the run. In particular, we would like to make you aware of the following:
At the very start of the run, you will be running along a footpath alongside the Barbara Stradbroke Avenue (A1304). If you need to overtake people, please use the grass verge the runs alongside the footpath, rather than stepping into the road. Additionally, there are two horse crossings that intersect the footpath on this road. Please ensure that you give way to any horses crossing.
There are two rail crossings on the run, one near the start of the race just after the golf course (when you are running on the Devil’s Dyke), and one situated just after the village of Lamarsh (shortly after CP4). The locations of these crossings are shown in the images below. Please ensure that you stop before these crossings and check to your left and right before crossing the tracks.
There are also a number of relatively busy road crossings on the run. In particular, the B1061, the A143, and the A1092. Please make sure that you stop, look and listen before crossing these roads.
There are also a number of other potential hazards on the route. For example, there are a number of stiles that you will need to climb over. Furthermore, some parts of the route may become slippery following heavy rain, particularly where there are exposed roots or where the path runs alongside fields.