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49th Punchbowl Marathon

- 11th February 2018 -

 Event FULL - sorry, no waiting list & NO entries on the day


Marshals Walk 27th Jan*




Little Cowdray Farm

Event Details

The Punchbowl Marathon is a challenge walk (or run) on the footpaths and bridleways of Surrey. Two routes are offered, 20 & 30 miles. Both routes pass around the scenic Devil's Punchbowl.

Due to the ever increasing cost of hiring village halls we are sorry to say that we can no longer offer sleeping facilities at Chichester Hall on the Saturday night before the event. 

Runners should note that this event is not a race and does not follow a marked route. It is a cross country event open to walkers, runners & joggers in which you need to follow a detailed route description. If you happen to go wrong then you might well need map-reading skills to get yourself back on route.

The event, which normally takes place on the second Sunday in February, can be subject to the vagaries of winter weather. Should the need arise then any changes to the event will be posted on this site and emailed to the email address given during the on-line entry process.

Checkpoints There are 3 checkpoints along the route (2 on the 20 route) providing drinks and light refreshments - sandwiches, fruit & rice, biscuits, tea & squash - and a friendly welcome!! Bring your own cup/mug. There may be a numbers check following the 20/30mi split.
Requirements Map 1:50000 Landranger 186 or 1:25000 Explorer 133 & 145, compass, map case & whistle, hat & gloves, waterproofs, good torch for 5pm+ finishers, warm clothing.  Final information for entrants is now available for download - PBM18_Final_Details.pdf

Chichester Hall, Witley SU948394

Registration for walkers opens 0700

Registration for runners, joggers and fast walkers opens 0800 

Start / Finish

There will be two mass starts - 0730 for walkers & 0830 runners, joggers & fast walkers

Those staring before 0830 will be given a 0730 start time, all others will be given an 0830 start time.

All to finish by 1800

Do please note that if you arrive at a checkpoint before its scheduled opening time you will need to wait.

Parking Please park on the verge NOT in Chichester Hall car park - follow directions of parking marshals. DO NOT obstruct pavements, driveways, gateways or junctions - doing so is likely to jeopardize the future of the event and may lead to a parking ticket. Additional parking at rail station (free) SU948379. PLEASE PARK CONSIDERATELY. Finally PLEASE DO NOT PARK in the CHURCH CAR PARK at the TOP of CHURCH LANE or THE WHITE HART PUB'S FORECOURT - we do not want to compromise the event.

Route desciption and final details available for download a few days before the event.

 Final information for entrants is now available for download - PBM18_Final_Details.pdf

 Route DescriptionPBM2018_RD_20_30mile.doc

 GPS files:   20 mile route  PBM2018x20.gpx  30 mile route PBM2018x30.gpx

 GPX files are provided as support only. The definitive descriptor of the routes remains the written Route Description.

 Please ensure that you print off a copy of the route description and bring it to the event (copies are not available at registration).

Results & Certificate Certificates will be awarded to all who complete their chosen distance passing through all relevant checkpoints and finish in the allotted time. Once the event is finished results will appear on the LDWA's Public Results page

Entry is on-line only with an event limit of 350. Positively no entries on the day. Entry fee for LDWA members (Individual and Family only) is £10* and for non-members £26**. Withdrawal refunds (minus on-line entry service charges) available until one month before the event. Under 18's MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. The event does not operate a waiting list.

This event is now full & is closed for entry.

*Please note: LDWA membership details will be verified.

**Why not join the LDWA (£13 for a year) and enter this and all LDWA events at member rates. As a member you will also receive a copy of our Strider publication plus many other benefits.

You are reminded of the 'no substitutions' rule. If your name does not appear on the entry list then you are not elligible to take part. 

Conditions of Entry

By entering the event you agree to the conditions of entry

Dogs are welcome on this event but entrants must have third party insurance cover for them and register them at the start (see  conditions of entry.).

Friends, Family & Supporters 

Once the event has started its progress together with that of selected participants can be followed online through the Public Results. These can be viewed at www.ldwa.org.uk/results

If you have supporters on the event you should ask them to bookmark this location on their smarthphone/tablets prior to leaving home. Please ask them to respect the task of the timekeepers and to refer to the Public Results for information about you.

Organiser The Punchbowl Marathon is organised by Jackie Barker and Ted Swift on behalf of the Surrey Group.
*Marshals Walk The Marshals Walk (20 miles) is only open to those who have volunteered to help on the event itself or to those contributing in some other significant way. Certificates are awarded to those successfully completing the Marshals Walk. So if you are unable to do the actual event but would like to help and thus be eligible to do the Marshals Walk please contact the event organiser. The date of the Marshals Walk will appear under 'Walks Programme' at the head of this page.