David’s Big Day and Marathon Route…

Why not put your trainers on and come and join us!

Sunday October 3rd 2021 and David Edwards, VI runner extrordinaire, will be pounding the roads, paths and promenades around his Bournemouth home to raise money for The Guide Dogs for The Blind Association. John Baker will be the official guide for the 26.2 miles of the Virtual London Marathon, but mid week training partner Stuart Lindsey and myself (Cliffe Tribe) will be assisting at various points along the route. Please come along and join us if you can and bring drinks and snacks with you if possible. Here is the route and timings for the run. We all look forward to seeing you in just one week’s time.

Start from David’s house – 09:00

Stage 1 – River Stour / New Road / Parley Cross roads / Airport / Hurn roundabout / Blackwater junction / St Catherine’s Hill – 14.3km (9 miles)

Fuel stop 1 – St Catherines Hill – about 10:45

Stage 2 – St Catherine’s Hill / River Way / Iford Bridge / Castle Lane East / Littledown – 17.8km (11 miles)

Meeting point – Steps at entrance to Littledown Centre – about 11:15

Stage 3 – Littledown / Kings Park including circuit around cricket pitch / Parkrun start line – 21.1km (13 miles)

Meeting point and fuel stop 2 – halfway point – Parkrun start line – about 11:45

Stage 4 – Kings Park Parkrun circuit / Gloucester Road / Woodland Walk / Boscombe Overcliffe Drive heading east / Cafe Riva (Firshermans Walk) – 25.2 km (16 miles)

Meeting point – Cafe Riva (Firshermans Walk) – about 12:15/12:30

Stage 5 – Cafe Riva (Firshermans Walk) / Overcliffe Drive / Harbour Road / Broadway / Thornbury Road / Promenade heading west / bottom of Fisherman’s Walk zigzag – 33.1km (21 miles)

Meeting point and fuel stop – bottom of Fisherman’s Walk zigzag – about13:13/13:45

Stage 6 – bottom of Fisherman’s Walk zigzag / Boscombe Pier / Bournemouth Pier entrance – 37.3km (23 miles)

Meeting point, fuel stop and last leg for any runners joining us – Bournemouth Pier entrance – about 14:15/14:30

Stage 7 – Bournemouth pier entrance / promenade heading west for half of remaining distance (about 2km?), turn around and return to Bournemouth Pier entrance – 42.195km (26 miles 385 yards!)

Finish line – about 15:00 / 15:30

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