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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  384

Dist:  21km

Min age:  16

Duration:  1

Quantocks Half Marathon

Run Adventure

We are proud to present the Quantocks Half Marathon. This Half Marathon is a true hill race, with 690m of ascent and beautiful views over Somerset, based around the stunning moorland, woodland, river valleys and farmland that makes up the Quantock National Park, Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The start and finish are both located next to the Lydeard Hill car park. They will be a few hundred metres apart; to reach the start runners should expect a short walk along the track away from the car park. The finish will be at the car park.
The route goes past the forest and then down the track of Bagborough Hill, following paths North-West until Little Quantock Farm, where we ascend to the ridge again and head over Hurley Beacon and Thorncombe Hill. Upon reaching Bicknoller Post the route turns east, descending the track into Holford, where the food and water station will be.
From Holford the route turns south again, climbing Black Hill back to the main ridge line. You will then run over Great Hill and Will's Neck, passing Lydeard Hill before reaching the finish line.

Entries on the day are accepted, at £25.

Timings will be via stop-watch. Please have your numbers visible at all times. Runners will be ticked off at the food station and the finish. If you drop out please inform a marshal or call the event organiser. The route will be fully waymarked and navigational skills are not required. We will do our best to make the waymarks as obvious as possible but please listen to the briefing on the day for additional information.

For any questions please email mail@adventure-cafe.com.

TO ENTER - Please click 'Make Enquiry Now' on the upper right hand side of the page, fill in the short form, select 'Individual', and type Quantocks Half Marathon into the comment box - one of us will get back to you about payment. Alternatively, please call the office to enter!



08:00 - 08:30 - Registration
08:45 - Briefing
09:00 - Start
12:00 - Any runners not reaching the food station by this time will be asked to retire.
15:00 - Expected finish!


What is a Level 4.0 Running Challenge Like?

You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter rough and steep terrain, sleep deprivation – ie very long days, or even high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you well past the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - and you will need to be more resilient - variable weather conditions, simple food and maybe camping – these factors forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, and you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills! A level 4 challenge would involve a very long day (in excess of 28 miles) or some serious hill climbing (multiple peaks in one day) - or possibly both!


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Running Challenge’?

To participate in these events you need to be in very good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You may well partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, or circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miling). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 17-19 miles in the English lowland countryside.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

First aiders, routemarkings, emergency event support vehicle, water and food station.


Excluded From Trip

Accommodation, meals, transport to and from the event.


Equipment Required

Your usual trail running kit. Although there is a food and water station approximately half way round you may wish to supplement this with snacks/gels/fruit during your run.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your marshals/leaders will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The marshals/leaders primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



As you know the weather in England is unpredictable, so it’s best to prepare for all conditions. Please also be prepared with plenty of fluids, and sun protection.



Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event



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This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


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