Every runner must have heard the story of the super fast Roadrunner and his erstwhile foe, the wily Coyote. Now endurance runners have the opportunity of bringing harmony between the cartoon rivals by competing in two themed marathons at Gravesend Cyclopark, with brilliant medals that link together.
The characters were created by animation director Chuck Jones for Warner Bros in 1948. The first appearance in a Loony Tunes silent cartoon was called ‘Fast and Furry-ous’ released on 17 September 1949 and was originally meant to be a parody of that other well known chase cartoon series featuring Tom and Jerry.
Race director, Ian Berry has taken the theme to the extreme with Kent Roadrunner Marathon and Coyote Marathon at the exciting Gravesend Cyclopark venue. While size should not matter, the medals for these events measure an impressive 6” by 5” and interlock together to create the ultimate finisher’s medal. Competitors in both events will receive the unique 'third component' to link the Roadrunner with the Coyote in peaceful co-existence for the first time.
Entries Kent Roadrunner Marathon on Saturday 28 May 2016 sold out in record time again but runners might like to check out the fabulous facilities at the Cyclopark as spectators before having a crack at Kent Coyote Marathon on 18 September 2016, where just over 20 laps of perfectly smooth cycle racing circuit will help facilitate perfect pace judgement.
There is a generous time limit of six hours, plenty of parking spaces at £1 all day, refreshments each lap for runners and a café for spectators to relax in during the event. Last year saw course records for Simon Newton (Ackworth Road Runners, 2:40:42) and Hannah Oldroyd (UKnetrunner, 2:53:45) and there were 387 finishers.