Merrell Cannock Chase Trail Half/Full Marathon

We've organised the Cannock Chase Half Trail Marathon for 5 years. More recently we've been asked if we could offer an even longer distance option. So for 2024 the Half Trail Marathon will continue.... but for those that want the ultimate Cannock Chase challenge, we introduce to you the Cannock Chase Trail Marathon.

With the help of our brand new headline sponsor, Merrell we are now able to offer 13.1 or 26.2 miles of undulating trails around the area of outstanding natural beauty of Cannock Chase. In our view a true trail runners paradise!

The Half Marathon is still the only single lap event of it's type on Cannock Chase. 100% fully off road, we take you along single track trails, fire roads many of which are off the normal beaten track. A true adventure. For the Full Marathon you will complete 2 laps of the course making it one of the hardest marathons events in the UK.

We're also offering the chance to compete with a teammate in the Marathon Relay option. As a team 2 (any gender) 1 runner will complete the first half marathon lap and then hand over to their teammate to complete the 2nd lap.

Unlike many of the events on Cannock Chase, we work really hard to design a course that really excites us. You can come along and run along the main fire roads anyway of the week. We want to take off the beaten track. This is course that will challenge all but at the same time isn’t too difficult making it suitable for new and long time runners alike.

This is an event for all, yet like all of our other events our main aim is bringing like-minded people together to enjoy a sport we all love… Running. If you want to take it serious then great but if like many just making it round is your challenge then fantastic! We will support you every step of the way

For 2024 the entries will be limited to 500 so please enter early to avoid disappointment.

Event Information

Distance: 13.1 Miles / 26.2 Miles

Surface: Trails / Undulating / 100% Off Road

Route: 1 Single Lap (13.1Miles) 2 Laps (26.2 Miles)

Water Stations: Every 4 Miles

Distance Markers: Every Mile

Parking: Off Road / Free / 100 Meters From The Start

Facilities: Toilets / Catering / Photographer (Free Download) / Free Parking / Free Camping

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Male & Female / 1st Vet Male & Female / CaniX 1st, 2nd, 3rd (Half Marathon Only)

Freebies: Medal / Goodie Bag For All Finishers / Free Download Pictures

Camping: Free on Friday and Saturday evening - No booking required


Half Marathon - £25 Pre Entry / £30 On The Day (If places available)

Marathon - £40 Pre Entry / £45 On the Day

Marathon Relay - £50

Strictly limited to 500

Event program

8am - Site & Enquiries Open

8.30am – Late Entry Open (Only If The Event Hasn’t Sold Out)

9.45am – CaniX Start

10am – Half / Full Marathon Start

11.30am – 1st Runner (Half Marathon) Expected Back

12.15pm – Prize Giving Half Marathon

2pm - 1st Runner (Marathon) Expected Back

Age Restrictions

Half Marathon - Over 16's Only (On the Day Of The Event)

Full Marathon - Over 18's Only (On the Day Of The Event)


Tackeroo Camp Site

Penkridge Bank Road

Nr Rugeley


WS15 2UA

The venue at Tackeroo is ideal for holding events at. Easily accessible from the north or the south Tackeroo is around 15 minutes from the M6 motorway junctions at Cannock (South) or Stafford (North).


We understand that friends and family may wish to come along and watch you suffer. Therefore we've done our best to keep the course as close to the start / finish arena as possible. The course makes a figure of 8 shape around the arena meaning spectators don’t have to walk far to see and support you a number of times. Entry and parking is free for spectators so please invite friends and family along.

Thank You

We’ve also managed to secure some great support from our sponsors

Run & Ride

Who will be supplying prizes for the top 3 in each category and spot prizes for those that we feel have captured the true spirit of the event.

Course Profile:

One of the toughest half marathon course's in the UK!

The start / arena area is based at the Tackeroo Campsite in the heart of Cannock Chase. The course based on a figure of 8 which makes it ideal for spectators as from the arena they will get to see you at the start ,after 1 mile, 3miles, again after 10miles and then at the finish.

The route is on mainly rolling terrain, hard stone tracks with a few singletrack sections that add an extra bit of fun to the course. We recommend trail shoes as the surface is un-even and could be muddy in sections.

From the beginning you head out of the arena into the trees and loop around and back into the arena before heading down into the valley on a mile long singletrack fun section. From the bottom of the valley to head along a steady climb back up into the arena. At this point you’ll find the first feed point.

Now you head out in the opposite direction where the course flattens out for a few miles. You’ll zig zag through some dense wooded areas before heading back into a valley. Now you’re faced with a long steady climb back up on the top of the ridge bringing you to the half way point.

Again the course flattens out before heading into another valley and an area called Brindley Heath. A really picturesque section of the course, you run along the valley with a stream and heathland to your right and wooded area to the right.

Now your heading back toward the arena at which you come to at the 10mile point. You can pick up encouragement from spectators before heading off on a final loop around the arena that includes more fun single track.


Please follow the signage from Penkridge Bank to the car park area. From there you will be directed to the start / finish arena. We recommend that you arrive at this area at least 30 minutes before the start of the event. There will be a secure bag storage area for you to leave clothing / keys etc. Spend some time and warm up before the start and make sure you wear suitable clothing for winter conditions. The start area can get quite windy so a windproof jacket and full length bottoms are recommended.

Other Information:

Prize presentation will take place around 30 minutes after the podium runners have finished.

Full results will be available online from Monday after the event. A link to these and the photos taken on the day will be posted on the Facebook page

Race Numbers:

Numbers are to be collected on the day of the event. Please arrive with enough time (we recommend at least 1hr before your event start) to sign on. Signing on will be open at 8.30 in the morning so to give any keen runners time to get sorted well before their start time. At signing on you'll need to find your name against your correct category and sign your name. For any under 18's we will need a parent or guardian to sign for you.

Cancelations / Making Changes:

We will be happy to process any cancellations up until 2 weeks before the event. Cancellations will carry a £5 admin fee. These can be processed yourself by logging into your account on Racespace. From this you can move category, transfer entries to another rider or have a refund. This can be done through the entry site. Transfer of entries will carry a surcharge of £1.00

Sorry but no changes or refunds after this date.

Organiser Updates (2)

Pictures from the event

sent by Run & Ride on 20/05/2024 at 20:05


sent by Run & Ride on 20/05/2024 at 20:02


Full Marathon Relay
Average Time

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