The race starts at Nayland Village Hall, Nayland, CO6 4JH. Parking will be at the Village Hall car park and on their playing fields directly behind the hall.

If you are experienced with LDWA type directions, you don’t need to read this at all, although printing the narrative directions yourself would allow you to organise it as you wish. However, you can just turn up on the day if you want - no worries. The entire route is covered by Ordnance Survey Explorer 196 - Sudbury, Hadleigh & Dedham Vale.

If you want to run part or all of the course before the event that is fine - help yourself to the directions and feel free to let us know if you think any further clarification is needed.

If you want the directions in advance for training / recce runs, or just so you can familiarise yourself with the route you have two options;

1. The narrative route, which is what you will be given on the day but check back here two weeks before the race because we will update it if we think any improvements are needed. The pdf file can be downloaded and printed if you wish.

- marathon route directions : Click
HERE for the pdf file

2. The Garmin GPS track, which you can copy / download. We cannot provide this in different formats but a little googling or Facebook forum shopping may help if you have any technical problems adapting it to your device.

Stour Valley Marathon - official route

We also have sections prepared for convenient training distances - these can be used for training purposes or to get an idea of the profile.

- Garmin track for miles 16 - 25 of the route through Wormingford and Bures -

- Garmin track for the 12 mile section from Nayland to Bures and back to Nayland -

- Garmin track for 14.5 mile section from Nayland to Stratford St Mary and back -

Don’t get overconfident about navigation, but I suspect some of you would even be fine with this version - bear in mind that the Stour Valley Path and St Edmund Way actually share the same path for some of the route, so arguably its even easier than this;

- Start at village hall, turning right to join Stour Valley Path (SVP)
- Follow SVP all the way to Stratford St Mary (note that St Edmund Way does briefly split and rejoin - we are staying with the SVP)
- Turn right on pavement
- Ignore SVP sign and continue on pavement, bearing right uphill
- Join Essex Way
- Leave Essex Way by turning right on road immediately after Boxted Hall, running down Burnt Dick Hill
- After 3/4 mile, with white school high on left turn right down footpath
- Turn L just before elevated footbridge and run along river to cross next elevated footbridge, thru gap behind bench and cross road to join SVP going down steps before bridge
- Follow SVP all the way to Bures Mill
- Just after Bures Mill, ignore SVP sign and continue 50m to road - St Edmund Way sign visible on right
- Follow St Edmund Way back past Anchor in Nayland, turn R in to Church Mews after long brick wall on R, bear L behind church and turn R in to village hall to finish.

I’m not recommending actually relying on that, but I know some people get nervous about narrative routes - no need to stress about this one.