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SVN – Dambusters Challenge

June 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Sunday June 3rd – Dambusters Challenge

2018 marks the 75th Anniversary of the famous Dambusters raids during WW2. The coast line along the route was used to test prototypes of Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb. This area was chosen for its seclusion, while the clear landmark of the church towers and the ease of recovering prototypes from the shallow water were probably also factors. Different, inert versions of the bomb were tested at Reculver, leading to the development of the operational version known as “Upkeep”. This bomb was used by the RAF’s 617 Squadron in Operation Chastise, otherwise known as the Dambuster raids, in which dams in the Ruhr district of Germany were attacked by formations of Lancaster bombers. Just in March a bit of one of the bouncing bombs was washed up on the beach here!

This route is slightly more adventurous than Saturday, it will feature a tiny bit of navigation (but you’re never more than about 50 yards from the sea so can’t get that lost no matter what!) and a couple of gentle hills. This will basically be two short loops of 3.82 miles along the sea wall towards Epple Bay and then two loops along the coastal path towards the ruins of St Mary’s Church and the Roman Fort at Reculver, around it, and then climb a couple of hills to the turn around (we’ll have a small aid station here) and then lovely views of the area as you come back again down the slope, past the ruins on the 9.28 mile loop you’ll do twice. It’ll still be a quick route, but not as quick as the Viking Coastal Marathon route.


June 3
8:00 am - 5:00 pm