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Merry Hill Challenge
Competitor Information Pack
Thank you for signing up to take part in the inaugural Merry Hill Challenge!
This event is not a regular running race – there is no finish line or set distance for you
to complete. Instead, you have 6 hours to run as many 6.2 kilometer/3.8 mile loops
of the Merry Hill walking circuit as possible. With views of west London on one side
the Chiltern Hills on the other, this stunning route is the perfect setting for a long
run. As you pass through open fields, loose rock paths and technical woodland trails,
you are free to run, walk, jog, or even crawl at times – so long as you keep moving,
you will still be making progress.
Event Day Info
-‐ The event date is the 12th of August, 2017. Don’t turn up any other time and
expect a race, because you probably won’t get one.
-‐ The event will take place in Bushey, Herts. Just outside of London (see below).
-‐ Registration opens at 10:00 – please arrive before 10:30 to help everything
run smoothly. Anyone arriving after 10:45 will be given a stern look.
-‐ The MHC will begin at 11:00 and finish at 17:00. Runners are free to run as
many 6km loops as they wish in that time period. Runners must complete 1
loop to be counted as a finisher.
-‐ Runners must begin their last loop before 16:30 – any runners finishing a loop
after this cut-‐off must end their challenge there. Runners starting a loop after
16:20 have until 17:30 to finish that loop and add it to their tally.
-‐ Runners completing 7 loops will have completed a marathon; runners
completing 8 or more loops will have completed an ultra.
-‐ There will be an aid station at the start/finish of the course, stocked with
water and food. All food provided will be vegan. Runners are free to bring
their own food, drinks, gels and other sports fuel. A bag-‐storage area will also
be available, so you can leave food there and re-‐stock after each loop.
The route follows the Merry Hill circular walking route in a clockwise direction, but
with a road crossing cut to avoid complications. Instead, runners turn right and head
up the field to rejoin the circuit.
The route is 6.2km long, with 100m of climbing and thus 100m of descent. The route
is entirely off-‐road, on varying terrain including grass, dirt paths, and stone paths.
Trail shoes are recommended, but in summer the ground is hard-‐packed so road
shoes would do just fine. There will be signs and markers to follow, but please
familiarize yourself somewhat with the basic layout of the route before the event.
Grey = flat; red = uphill; green = downhill
Blue dots mark the Merry Hill circular walk; B marks the start/finish of the route
DON’T TOUCH THE HORSES (there may be horses)
DON’T ANTAGONISE THE COWS (there may be cows)
DON’T VAULT THE GATES (there are definitely gates)
If you are the last runner in a group, please close any gates behind you.
The route is a public footpath; runners do not have priority over any other
users, so please be considerate of dog walkers, non-‐dog walkers, and any
other human or non-‐human persons.
-‐ We know you wouldn’t anyway, but please don’t litter. That empty gel packet
might be a pain to stuff into your pocket mid-‐run, but it’s more of a pain when
stuck in the throat of a baby deer. Think of the deer, people.
-‐ Have fun! 6 hours is a long time to not smile; if you need to walk, walk. If you
need to sit down, sit down. If you need a hug, maybe put some deodorant on
The car park of St Margaret’s School sports centre (address below) has been kindly made
available for our use, which is just 100m down the road from the trailhead. Please consider
using public transport or sharing your lifts.
The car park address is:
St Margaret’s School
Merry Hill Road
The nearest train station is Bushey, on the overground line, which can be accessed in 20
minutes or so from London Euston. It is recommended that you take a London Midlands
train (usually towards Northampton but check on the day) and not an overground train, as
the overground trains stop at numerous stations on the way and take more like 40 minutes
to reach Bushey.
The race start is a 2.5km walk from the station, a great way to get your legs stretched before
the event! Alternatively, from Bushey station, take either the 142 bus towards Brent Cross,
or the 258 bus towards South Harrow – both are London buses so accept Oyster or
contactless payments. Get off at Merry Hill Road, and cross the road. Walk down Merry Hill
Road for approximately 800m and you will see a pathway on your left – the race start is just
100m down the path!
Alternatively, you can get a 142 bus from Stanmore (Jubilee line) towards Watford junction,
or a 258 bus from South Harrow (Piccadilly line, Uxbridge branch) again towards Watford
junction. Again, disembark at Merry Hill Road, and follow the directions given previously
(see below for maps and photo guides). There will be signs to guide you on the day.
The quickest route from Bushey station to the race start – and your chance to
preview some of the route!
The route from Merry Hill Road bus stop to the race start.
Hill bus stop
and sport centre
Head on view of trail entrance