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Stour Valley Marathon - 15th June 2014
TRA Permit 68 / 14

A trail marathon through Constable Country - the Stour Valley along the Essex / Suffolk border. A no-frills club marathon - just enjoy the run.
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The route is vaguely circular, using both sides of the River Stour between Bures and Stratford St Mary. This is scenic and surprisingly hilly for East Anglia, featuring over 1,500ft of climbing. It will be challenging but very worthwhile and could also serve as a training / route recce opportunity for the Stour Valley Path 100k in August, which (obviously !) shares part of the same route - this is one of the hilliest and toughest sections. We are not in any way associated with the SVP100, but feel free to try us out before you decide to do more than double the distance in August !

The route will not be specifically marked and you can choose whether to use a narrative route, LDWA style, on paper or a downloadable Garmin GPS track. We would suggest everyone carries and refers to the paper instructions, but it will be much easier than most LDWA events as most of the route follows waymarked national trails which are more clearly marked than 'standard' footpaths.
This area is famous largely due to the paintings of John Constable, and we have to thank him for the fact that planning laws attempt to preserve the views as they existed in his lifetime. It is often called Constable Country, or more officially the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Once running, you will see only a handful of cars and many of the (few) houses you pass will have been there for centuries.
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The Stour Valley Path waymarkers used on the footpath signs.

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The St Edmund Way waymarkers.

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And the Essex Way