The Cleethorpes Maravan Double

Hopefully our philosophy is straightforward and our aims are clear. Below, we should be able to answer any questions you have about our event. However, if you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

When is this happening?
There are full marathons on two days, the 21st and the 22nd November 2015, both days starting at 9am.

What’s in it for me?
Apart from the joy of completing a marathon, you mean? You will receive each day...
1) A custom designed finisher’s medal.
2) Feeding station every 3.8 miles, approximately, with water and nibbles, and if budget allows, some local delicacies (which are mainly pork-based, sorry my vegetarian friends)
3) A stick of rock or other seaside confection.

How do I get there?
Thorpe Park is situated in Humberston, at the eastern end of Cleethorpes. Brown signs bring you into Cleethorpes from elsewhere. Follow Signs for “Pleasure Island”. There are a pair of free car parks on the campsite, and another at “Buck Beck”, a short walk from the start.

Cleethorpes has a railway station, although no trains will arrive in time for the race start on Sunday. From near the station, buses numbers 9 and 45 run to North Sea Lane, close to the race start.

When do I get my race number?
You'll pick this up on race day morning from the Trawlerman pub, or from the Friday night Expo, where you can dicover a range of carved meats, continental lagers and British ales and ciders.

Are there time limits?
Yes, "six hours".

Do you have secure baggage facilities
No. However, the start/finish area will be manned permanently from the start of the race to the arrival of the final runner. Car parks are also very close to the course, so you might prefer to keep your kit there, especially if it is wet.

What’s the running surface like?
The course is run around a large holiday park. The largest in Europe, so I believe. It’s paved throughout. The route sticks to the access roads for the statics and the touring park. There are a couple of sections of off-road, no more than a couple of hundred metres per lap.

Is the course traffic-free?
Not officially. However, a private campsite in late November will not have much traffic, if any at all. Just a few hardy caravan owners. There are a couple of road crossings which you will need to watch out for - I'll try to keep them marshalled.

Will there be feeding stations?
Once every lap you will return to base, where there will be water, cola, squash and other goodies - including my wife's brownie - for all runners.

Are there any facilities at the start/finish area?
The start/finish area is across the road from a very nice pub, the Trawlerman, which is open to the public for breakfast and has toilets. Please think to buy a coffee there, or a drink or meal afterwards to keep the landlord sweet.

Are there any toilet or drink facilities on the route?
There is a toilet block on the touring campsite part way round. However, I haven’t asked the campsite to open anything specially for us, so it might be closed.

Can I use an ipod or mp3 player on the course?
Yes. Though please be aware that the park is not closed for the winter, so there is the possibility of the very occasional car, child on a bike, family group walking a dog etc and we’d ask you to pay attention to hazards.

Are these events official?
Yes. They are held under ARC Rules. Permits from the Association of Running Clubs will be available for inspection at base camp if required. Additionally our races are recognized as eligible events by the 100 Marathon Club.

Can I run with my dog?
Yes the course is open to dogs. There will be other dog walkers out. Please clean up after your pet.

Is this a commercial marathon?
No. We’re putting this event on out of the kindness of our hearts. Any surplus after costs will go into upgrading the medal, the refeshment station, and if there’s anything left, extra mementoes. If there should still be anything left, the few pennies will go to St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby.

Will there be a back runner?
We’ll make sure back-markers are looked after.