Bewl 15

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24/05/2011 at 16:49
Anyone entering this? I have never ran an off road race, anyone know if this would be a good one to start off with or is it a total killer? I have decided to live life on the wild side and I have entered, in for a penny in for a pound .
Edited: 24/05/2011 at 19:31
24/05/2011 at 19:44

Hi Sharon

I have ran this race for the last 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed it, the organisation is good and the atmosphere has been great.

Although it's off road, the hills are not particularly killers, but it is undulating and 15 miles is 15 miles and generally the weather has been hot.

I'll be giving it a go, as I am desperate to beat last years time, all the best, AHA

24/05/2011 at 21:09

Thanks ahapartridge, its sounds like a nice race, and yes 15 miles is always gonna be 15 miles, I covered 14.6 miles this morning to make sure I would be able to cover the distance, now I just contend with it being mostly off road. I am guessing it will not be as 'easy' as a road race so I can't really gage my time from my half marathon time which was Hastings.

I am quite excited about it being my first off road and Bewl is a lovely place, I am very pleased I have got myself in there now!

30/05/2011 at 21:56

Hi Sharon,

Yes booked in myself and it will be a first for me

30/05/2011 at 22:21

Hi Amanda, I don't know whether to be excited or nervous, I guess I will be feeling both as I have never ran off road.

Shame the hills are at the end and not nearer the start, its always nice to get them out of the way.

Edited: 30/05/2011 at 22:21
30/05/2011 at 22:27

Sharon - this will be a very easy race compared to what you are used to.

Although mostly off road - with fields of long grass, it also has road sections and sections of trail / track. Mixed terrain and more undulating than hilly.

The medals are great btw and the pub is great - the kids entertainment is great and the cakes make the run totally worthwhile.

Don't forget the cakes!!

cakes -  can't wait.

There has been a hose pipe the last 2 years. - water and lucozade and jelly babies.

Edited: 30/05/2011 at 22:29
Tommygun2    pirate
30/05/2011 at 22:40

I thinkI might run this one this year keep putting it off, either due to injury or something else in the way.

As its fairly local to me and the kids love Bewl I think I am going to give it a go. Just hope its not to hot

30/05/2011 at 23:12

Thanks biker-mouse, cakes you say ..... I best get myself round the course then no matter what then and the hose pipe will be interesting, handy if its a scorcher of a day I bet.

Tommygun2  get in there, you know you want to  , there are cakes to be eaten! They have entertainment for the kiddies too,it sounds like a lovely day out.

31/05/2011 at 23:26


Used to live near here many moons ago. Might just make the trip down.

#waves to AHA# we have met on another thread discussing the Pilgrims Challenge. What time have you made it around bewl in?
06/06/2011 at 09:33
Interesting comments on here about about Bewl. Its my clubs race, and of all the races I have ever done, including VLM this year, this race is the hardest I have done. I guess its opinion and what you are used to, but the hills that start at about 10 miles are bloody tough, the last one being about 400 metres long, it kills me everytime. I ran it yesterday, the full course, done it in 1.38 flat, but those hills don't get any easier for me, so make sure you have enough in the tank to get up them. Also the last 800 metres when you leave Bewl are up hill on rutted tracks and fields, by this time, if its hot, you'll be in tears. The cakes and organisation are worth it though, a fantastic race, you'll be back for more.
06/06/2011 at 12:49

Thats a brilliant time White Pete, its going to be my first off road race, and I am just gong to try and do my best. I ran a 15.2mile route yesterday on road with a few inclines half way through and I made it in 2.15, no idea how running off road will effect me, I am thinking I may be the last one to finish with a time like this, but as I long I try my best I will not worry, I have been running for 6months now, and this race is going to be biggest challenge so far by the sounds of it.

I think my next long runs will have the hills at the end in preparation.

Edited: 06/06/2011 at 12:52
06/06/2011 at 13:02
Sharon, for somebody who has only been running for 6 months, the times you are posting you should be very pleased with. You will not be nowhere near the last to finish, so please banish that from your mind, come race day you'll be fine. All I would say is that from my own personal experience, trail running (most of this is trails) takes alot more out of the legs if you are not used to it, but its the same for everybody. My miles per minute over the distance when compared to road are probably about 15 seconds slower, though that does take into acct the hills nearer the end. And if you are already running 15+ miles, just think, come next year, when you take this on again (and you will!) you'll fly round. Enjoy this race, get the experience, and enjoy the cakes at the end. Hurry though, they go quick!
06/06/2011 at 15:02
see you there ive entered
06/06/2011 at 15:57
I've only been round bewl on a bike, and I found those hills 'interesting' !
06/06/2011 at 16:51

I am really looking forward to it .

06/06/2011 at 18:20

I posted my entry off before Easter but have not heard anything - have race packs been sent - has anyone received anything yet?

1:38 training for this race - you should be in the top 10 come race day then - no wonder you're knackered. 15 miles takes me 2 hrs to run.  OK horses for courses but I find this quite an easy race as far as hills go. I think you're running very well Sharon. Sharon you will be no where near the last person to finish, you may find that you are quite well up.

06/06/2011 at 19:02
Biker Mouse - I ran it in 2009 and finished 7th I think, luckily for me two guys who led the way took a wrong turn (how they done that is anybodies guess!) , but I know I'll have to beat my time to get into the top ten this year as the field is becoming more competetive every year. Not sure about race packs etc, I have not got mine yet, however I am seeing the race director tonight, if he turns up, so I'll find out when they are getting sent out. Still a month to go yet so I think it'll be a few weeks yet.
06/06/2011 at 19:45

Hi biker-mouse , I have not got  my race nuber or anything through the post yet either, I think the time chips are collected on the morning, but I am sure I seen somewhere that race numbers are sent out. If I don't hear anything by the next week I will email and ask, just to make sure.

Edited: 06/06/2011 at 19:46
06/06/2011 at 21:27
race director was not there tonight, however I have it on good authority that the packs won't be sent out for at least another two weeks.
07/06/2011 at 10:34

White Pele.

Aw gee thanks, you sure know how to encourage an old timer don't you.  Hardest you've ever done! 1:38 flat!  Blimey!

I've been wanting to do this race since I started running 3.5 years ago, but its just not fitted in.  I'm determined to do it before I turn 60 later in the year, so this year's the year - so long as my daughter doesn't produce her baby on that day... its due a few days before!  If she does I'll just have to run faster I guess!! 

But 1:38!  And last year's winning time of 1:25!!  I'll be lucky to get round in 2:30 (which will be my target time)!

Well, I've printed off my application form to save the Runners World £2.00 extra for submitting it online.  Now all I've got to do is take a deep breath, fill it in, send it, and get on with the training!

See you all there - in front of me!!!!

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