Rayne Challenge Anniversary Event

** We know it's a Saturday so we're happy to offer a ParkRun friendly start time for those of you who want to start a bit later - just arrive as soon as you can up to 10.30am**

Join us for the return to The Flitch Way at Rayne in 2022 for the anniversary of our very first H&T event five years ago! Two entry options for this event as always, marathon and 6hr timed event - no you don't have to run for 6hrs! One loop of 5km is all you need to be a finisher and earn that bespoke H&T medal and goody bag!

You can expect a supercharged aid station with all the usual trimmings at the end of every 5km loop, and a whole year's worth of encouragement that we've kept locked up during lockdown!

Stretching for 15 miles through the Essex countryside between Braintree and Bishops Stortford is The Flitch Way. It is the site of the original Bishops Stortford to Braintree Branch line, a single-track railway, and was opened in 1869 and finally closed in 1969. Nowadays it is an important place for wildlife, and a perfect place for your next running achievement, whatever your chosen distance!

Mostly up or down, and sometimes almost flat, traffic-free, out and back course on the hard-packed trail, will give you the opportunity to run as many or as few laps as you wish, within the time limit of 6 hours. The loops will be 5.3km in distance and so you will need to do 4 for a half marathon, 8 laps to cover full marathon distance, and then if you choose to continue, the clock will be your only limiting factor!


With an aid station at the end of every lap, you will have the ability to fuel yourself without having to carry everything you might need. You may leave a bag with your specific requirements at the aid station, for you to raid as you see fit! Alternatively, there will be flapjacks, fruit and nuts, and also water and squash, should you feel like a change!

PLEASE NOTE – In an attempt to reduce our race-day plastic waste, this is a CUPLESS event!  We will provide all drinks and refreshments as per our usual aid stations, but you will need to provide a receptacle of some description.  It can be a reusable cup, soft flask or whatever vessel you choose, even your very own running shoe at the end of every lap, but we won’t be providing any cups at all, and there will be no drinking from jugs either!  We will, of course, be more than happy to assist you with the filling of whatever you choose as normal. If you wish, you are able to purchase a Hydrapak Speedcup online as part of your registration, or on race day. 

An opportunity to run on a fast, lapped course, without the need to carry your usual ‘clobber’ and with a sought after, unique, bespoke medal, this promises to be a fantastic event for runners of all abilities.  UKA Affiliated Member & Race Permit issued by TRA and a 100 Club qualifying event.

Run Route & Aid Station (HQ)

The race will start at Rayne Station, New Road, Rayne, Braintree CM77 6RX, on the Flitch Way.

There is limited parking at the Booking Hall itself, but there is the opportunity to park on New Road, on the opposite side of the Flitch Way.

Please view our Terms and Conditions before registering for any event.

Please be mindful of other users of the Flitch Way and park responsibly. There will be no excuse for littering given the ability to dispose of any unwanted rubbish at the end of every lap in the bins provided. We would like to continue to return to this venue regularly and constant littering could make this difficult.