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Merry  Hill  Challenge
Competitor  Information  Pack  
The  Facts  



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  
WD23  1DT  
Public  transport  
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.    


Travel  Maps  

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.  

Photo  guides  
from  Merry  
Hill  bus  stop


from  Bushey  
station  (walking)  
and  sport  centre  
car  park



Head  on  view  of  trail  entrance  

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