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Virtual Grass Snake 8 mile trail run

18 Sep 2021 - 01 Jan 2022

This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

This event is back for 2021!

Grass-snake virtual race is over Christmas and New Year period.

Parking is off of the village green near the pond.  (Public Toilets also located here.)  The 45 bus comes here from Chelmsford and there is also a great bicycle route that brings you through the parks to the location too.

The start and finish is located by the red post box by the car-park.

The route is narrative and Strava based.

Viper half marathon course record (unofficial) Graham LEE (M) 2hrs19m52s

Grass Snake 8 records:  (M) William BARKER 1hr00m51s & (F) Laurie GLENDINNING 1hr17m09s

Viper 15 course records:  (M) James BOSHER 1h38m15s & (F) Helen THOMSIT 2h07m.40s

Grass Snake 12 records:  (F) Helen THOMSIT 1hr30m08s & (M) Mike QUAYE 1h28m55s  

Awards for fastest M & F.

Full results will be on our website on 02/01/2022.


The Viper pub has closed down, but the event is still alive!  Now half marathon distance at a new start / finsh location over an amended route.  A smaller field to test out it in 2021.

Route narrative is available to download the week before the race via

11:00 registation and then just let us know when you are ready to start off.  Registration is open until 11:55 and the route needs to be finished by 14:45.  (This is late enough for you to also enjoy parkrun and a second breakfast!)

Car-parking and toilets are located off of the the village green, near the pond.

Bottled water available at the start and water station will be passed twice on the course to refill the bottle.  Free drink available at the finish.

(Virtual 8 snake event is on over Christmas.)

TRA Permit application: 3793.

The virtual event is open to runners, joggers and walkers.

Take part anytime between Sunrise on Christmas Eve and sunset on New Years Day.

Please download the route narrative from

There is free parking off of the village green in Writtle (near the pond) and public toilets too.  The start / finish is by the bike red postbox as you exit the car park (don't forget to start and stop your watches!)

Once you have completed the route, email me the app link you used to record your efforts and you'll get a medal in the post and your time listed on the Facebook events page.  Fastest male & femail confirmed times will get a bonus prize!

As this is a self sufficent event, please take water and other provisons with you, such a your phone, snacks, torch if low light and high vis' clothing etc.  I'd advise to use footwear that works in mud and also that you don't mind getting muddy!  Other than that, you're old enough to look after yourselves!

AQ:  Can I run it more than once?  A:  Run it as many times as you like during the specified period!  Just let me know that you have beaten your time and send my your strava update to confirm it.  Only your fastest time will be shown on the leaderboard (and you still only get one finishers medal!)


04 Sep 2021 23:59£9.00£10.00

*Discounted for members of Trail Running Association

30 Nov 2021£4.00£5.00
31 Dec 2021 23:59£5.00£6.00

*Discounted for members of Trail Running Association

To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Status: Closed

EventDateAvailable/TotalClosing Date
The Viper trail half marathon.18 Sep 2021??/5004 Sep 2021 23:59
The Virtual Grass Snake 8 mile trail run01 Jan 2022??/6031 Dec 2021 23:59





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