Sat 14 Sep 2024 Wadhurst, East Sussex, UK

Bewl Water Autumn | Marathon

Previously rated one of the top UK marathons! Scenic mixed-terrain route around Bewl Water on undulating rural wooded trails and quiet country lanes.

  • Sat 14 Sep 2024
Bewl Water, Wadhurst




Age 18 & over

  • 26.2 miles trail running


Part of a scenic bi-annual race series starting from near the Bewl Water Visitor Centre, Kent and following the Bewl around the reservoir route. 

All 4 courses are run on a combination of undulating rural wooded trail and along some quiet country lanes, with lovely views of the lake for most of the route.



  • Top 10 UK marathons (previously rated)
  • Bewl Water lakeside routes
  • Endurance challenge to round-off summer
  • All levels of runner - generous cut-offs
  • Support team and marshals
  • Medal and professional photography

This event is part of Bewl Water Autumn.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators


  • Registration will take place on the day at the Woodlands Lodge opposite Bewl Water Outdoor Centre, Lamberhurst, Kent, TN3 8JH
  • You will be able to switch race distances on the day
  • Race entries on race day will be accepted


Race briefing

There will be a 5-minute Health and Safety briefing that will take place before the start of each race, so please get to the start in time to attend.

Shoe type

Trail shoes.

This is predominantly a trail run but it includes sections along the roads on quiet country lanes so it is advisable to wear trail shoes or hybrid shoes as conditions underfoot can be muddy on stretches. 

Recommended kit

  • Hydration pack or 500ml water bottle 
  • Gels and food 
  • Cap, gloves and lightweight jacket 


Qualifying race

The race is fully Association of Running Clubs Certified (ARC), fully RFID chip timed by Sports Systems Chip Timing and in this respect has all the necessary indemnifications in place required for these to be officially recognised events as a pre-qualification event for the Comrades Ultra Marathon in (South Africa) and the 2 Oceans Ultra marathon (South Africa).

  • Bag storage
  • Cafe
  • Changing facilities
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Bewl Water
Bewlbridge Lane
East Sussex

The ultra marathon, marathon and half marathon and 10km will all start on the lower road near the Bewl Water reservoir, this is about a ½ mile or about a (5 min stroll) from the Woodlands Centre Registration HQ, races will start precisely on time. The start and finish for these races and will be clearly marked with the Hermes Running start / finish blue feather flags.


There is a cafe called the Waterfront Cafe so you will be able to buy tea, coffees, sandwiches and hot food during the day.

Free parking

The car parking spaces at the Bewl Water Visitor Centre at the “Egg Box Carpark” near the main entrance gate and this will be free for competitors and spectators. There will be sufficient car parking spaces at the Egg Box car park for all participants and spectators.

  • 2 laps
  • Check points
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Mass start
  • Water stations
  • Way markers


Start and finish on the lower dam wall of the Bewl reservoir. It is a clockwise initially, a 1 mile loop, then 2 x 12.5mile loops of Bewl.


route map

Cut off time

7 hrs 15 minutes.

Marked course

The course will be marked with fixed Hermes Running pink and black chevron signage on the run-route throughout and in addition there are permanent brown signs indicating the round the reservoir route titled Bewl Water route.

For safety reasons run in single file when running on the road sections facing oncoming traffic, so that you can observe any approaching vehicles. There will be fixed 'caution runner' signs on these road sections, please take extra care with approaching traffic when running on these roads.


There will be 3 Check Points and they are located at:

  • Check Point 1 – Start / Finish (TN3 8JH)
  • Check Point 2 – Rosemary Farm (TN5 7PT)
  • Check Point 3 – Burnt Lodge Lane / Birchetts Green (TN5 7LB)


If you have to use music players (MP3 Players / iPod’s) please ensure that these are the Aftershokz over-ear bone conducting earphones, not in-ear earphones as your health and safety is the primary concern, and you are asked to comply with marshals instructions at road-crossing and to be courteous of all other trail users. The use of any earphones in accordance with the terms and conditions of entry also means that if you use any form of earphones, you do so entirely at your own risk.


  • Bring your own cup

  • Chip timing
  • Medal


  • Bewl Water bespoke fish medal
  • Sports Systems Chip Timing - professionally chip timed results
  • Well-stocked check points supplying High 5 Gels / bars, water, Blue Fuel electrolyte sachets and fruit cordial
  • KLP Medical Supplies first aid at Check Point 1 (Start / Finish) and Check Point 3 (Burnt Lodge Lane)
  • Bewl Water free car parking all day for participating runners and spectators too


Winners’ awards for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female podium runners for each event.

Race photos

This will be done by Gareth Parker Photography and will be uploaded on the homepage within 24hrs of the race having taken place for you to purchase. Cost £10.00 per photo.


LA Sports Massage Therapists offering deep tissue sports massages, the cost will be approx. £12 for 10 mins.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online

Entry fees

Early bird entry fee


Early bird entry fee


Amazing race. First 10km at Bewl Water - loved every minute of it, come on down and do it. I did the 10K, it was hot and I came second. Simon, 2023

Another great event organised by Hermes Running! It was incredibly hot yesterday but there was plenty of water and the people at the aid stations looked after us well. Thanks David and all your crew for another enjoyable event. A special note to the marshal at the turnaround point. He was very encouraging and motivational! Robert, 2023

Perfect organisation, had all the info needed in plenty of time. Course is stunning and really varied, well marked and easy to follow as well as offering gpx routes if you like to follow your watch navigation. Ruth H, 2023

Super well organised and great route though challenging on hills! Excellent super helpful supportive staff and motivational briefing. Verity R

Reviews thanks to Racecheck

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