32nd Gatliff Marathon - 35 km
On the 19th Jan 1934, 24 members of the YHA met above Cox's Café, Croydon to form Croydon YHA Group. Herbert Gatliff was one of the founder members. The first Gatliff Marathon was organised in 1984 as part of Croydon Group's 50th anniversary celebrations. Hence the distance.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
ROUTE : The Gatliff has different routes each year through rural countryside using footpaths and tracks. There will be 50km, 35km and 20km options (31 miles, 22 miles and 12.5 miles) and a route description will be given to each entrant. The objective is to complete the distance within 10 hours.
CHECKPOINTS : There will be five checkpoints on the 50km, three on the 35km and one on the 20km. Drinks and biscuits will be provided at all of them with tea, soup, sandwiches etc at the lunch stop (50km & 35km only) and hot food at the finish.
CERTIFICATES AND RESULTS : Certificates will be awarded to those who have completed the full distance on foot, within the time limit, and have had their checkcard signed or punched at all the checkpoints on their route. A special certificate will be awarded to those who have successfully completed ten 50km Gatliff Marathons.
Results can be ordered at Edenbridge.
BAGGAGE & CAR PARKING : Bags may be left at owners' risk in the Pavilion. Parking is in the public car park in Edenbridge (GR 445 463). This is a 5 minutes walk from the start. Please do not park in the residential streets near the start, as this will undoubtedly cause annoyance to the residents.
ENTRY & COST : Entry fees are £9.00 for the 50km route,£8.00 for the 35km route and £7.00 for the 20km route.
Completed entry forms should be sent to :
78b Beddington Gardens