Green Chain Challenges - 10k, Half and Full Marathon

Mottingham Sports Ground , Mottingham Kent SE9 4JN

The Green Chain Marathon is an exciting event offering three different race distances, along the Green Chain, London. Guiding runners alongside charming river banks, through scenic woods and around local landmarks, participants can look forward to enjoying all of this up to four times when racing in the Full Marathon. So get your running shoes on and challenge yourself to this beautiful course, taking advantage of one of the most iconic Walk London routes!

There will be three distances for all types of runners to take part in, all setting off at 09:30am in a mass start on Sunday the 5th of September 2021.

The three distances on offer are;

10 Km

21.1 Km / 13.1 Miles

42.2 Km / 26.2 Miles


Runners will be setting off from Mottingham Sports ground and completing laps of the course for the chosen distance.

To complete the 10 Km runners will achieve one lap of the circuit, two laps for the Half Marathon and four in order to achieve the Full Marathon distance.



Runners of all race distances will set off at 09:30am from;

Mottingham Sports Ground
Grove Park Rd

A detailed route is as follows;

Start will be in the corner of Mottingham sports ground - race HQ start and finish will be based here - with a gazebo for bag drop off near to the chain rooms.
Follow field round to run with court farm road on your right hand side - stay on the grass / footpath.
Park field end run along pavement of court farm road - pass the junction of the crossest .
Take care crossing from the end of oaks farm road by the roundabout cross over grove park road and head straight over into Mottingham lane. Follow the road round for half a mile past Eltham College junior school - then turn sharp left into the Green CHain path which is enclosed for approx 1 mile.
Come out past the college and cross over Marvels lane again you will see the green chain signs and follow a small river called Quaggy River. The path leads into a small park called Chinbrook meadows follow the path and signs straight through . Eventually you come out of the woods to follow a railway line - at the end of the path you turn right and cross over a bridge into new street hill . After half a mile we turn left into the forest past hall farm allotments- eventually the path goes right over the railway bridge and into kings meadow playing fields.
The path eventually comes out to the main road A212 burnt ash lane. We stay on the right side of this lane until we reach ridgeway drive - where we turn right. Follow ridgeway drive all the way round and it will eventually leave back onto new street hill . Go up the hill and cross over the railway bridge - then turn right and follow the signs round marvels wood.
Follow the green chain route across charminster road and then straight across to Castleton Road - through the woods and across dunkers  road and route eventually leads back into Mottingham sports ground where the lap completed will be 6.5 miles.