Full steam ahead for the NEW Hercules Virtual Marathon

The Hercules Virtual Marathon

Race Dates: 18th December to 21st February 2021

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway faces a major loss of income this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This means there are challenging times ahead but… challenges are there to be met head on and the railway intends to do just this.

You can be part of this effort by joining us for the Hercules Virtual Marathon, running for over two months from the 18th of December. All event profits will be donated directly to the Railway to help support their fundraising.

Why Hercules?

One of the most famous steam locomotives to work on the line is Hercules. A British locomotive, built to Henry Greenly’s design, Hercules hauled the inaugural train on the line in July 1927 and has been in service ever since. Your reward for completing the Marathon will be a stunning medal featuring the loco.

About the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

The Railway opened in 1927 and operates between Hythe and Dungeness on the Kent Coast – a distance of 13.5 miles. Your marathon distance is, therefore, equivalent to a return journey on the railway.

Why not book a journey to enjoy the distance in comfort and admire the world’s smallest public railway?

How does the Hercules Virtual Marathon work?

Once signed up, we will send you a step by step guide on how to take part, it couldn’t be easier! You can walk or run the 27 miles on your own or within socially distanced small groups. The distance can be completed indoors or outdoors and either in one session or divided into smaller sessions.

You can also help the appeal by fundraising via the Just Giving page where you can also upload your efforts via Strava for your supporters to see. https://www.justgiving.com/rhdra

Involve the whole family

You can walk or run the distance as a family, combining your distances, and we have special Family tickets available.

The Railway is really keen to encourage everyone – whatever their age or ability – to get out and support the railway.

Whilst we can’t promise the crowds to spur you on and the excitement of race day competition, we can however recreate the sense of running community and challenge in our unique results platform and selfie gallery.

So, why not sign up, lace up and it’s ‘all aboard’!!

Charity Fundraising

You can also help the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Association’s appeal by fundraising for your Hercules Virtual Marathon via the RHDRA Just Giving page – Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Association – JustGiving

Here you can encourage friends and family to support you and the railway. If you link your Strava account, they can follow your progress too.

If you love the railway, why not consider joining the RHDRA to support the railway throughout the year? Membership – join or renew here

Thank you for joining us and helping our fundraising efforts.

Working together, Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Association and Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Sign up to receive this commemorative Hercules medal: The Hercules Virtual Marathon | Nice Work Race Management (nice-work.org.uk)

Race Entry

  • Standard Entry – £15.00
  • Family Entry of up to three children and two adults – £50.00

The railway will receive a percentage of all ‘Hercules Virtual Marathon’ entries profits. For maximum support please link your fundraising/donations page to Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Association – JustGiving

The ‘Hercules Virtual Marathon 2020’ is provided by Nice Work.

Nice Work terms and conditions: Terms & Conditions | Nice Work Race Management (nice-work.org.uk)

All information is correct at the time of writing.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway are proud supporters of this event but are not responsible for the for the production of medals, administration of the event details, further contact from Nice Work or other Nice Work communications.