British Heart Foundation's South Downs Way Challenge 20

Anyone done this / planning to do it?

16 messages
21/01/2011 at 15:48

Has anyone done the South Downs Way Challenge? If so, is it any good?

Considering doing this year, looks like good value at £10 with a free T-shirt and a medal. It's local to me too.

Mr Zuvai    pirate
22/01/2011 at 09:03

you do need to raise £50 in sponsorship on top of the £10 entry fee but it is still great value

im doing it this year - love running in QE park and surrounding areas

22/01/2011 at 13:59
I have had a liik at the web site and cannot see anything about the £50 - where does it say this ? Im happy to make a donation but £50 is too much for me . 
Mr Zuvai    pirate
22/01/2011 at 17:09

link thing isn't working so you'll have to copy and paste

third question in red - doesn't say you have to raise £50 (sorry - got that wrong) they do urge you though

you could probably raise some - £10 is ridiculously cheap!
23/01/2011 at 18:19
I really wanted to do this as I will be doing trailwalker on the south downs in July, but I am working that day!
23/01/2011 at 18:36
They don't push you to raise money so don't let that put you off at all.
24/01/2011 at 21:02

I'm thinking about doing this run as part of my marathon training - my only worry is if it's self navigating,  getting lost, and running more than 20 miles! 

 Does anyone know?

Would rather do a course which is marshalled, or at least well signposted.

26/01/2011 at 14:52

Signed up for this now.

Not too worried about navigation, The Staunton Way is apparently well marked and I'll take GPS and/or a map with me. Much more concerned about the early start!

26/01/2011 at 19:23

At least with an early start it's an early finish!

Good idea about the navigation.  Actually I emailed the organisers who have replied already, saying that the route will be clearly marked and there will be checkpoints on the way.

Am going to sign up for this - see you there!

26/01/2011 at 20:45
Ooh, will there be water stops do you know WM, I'm too pathetic to carry my own.
28/01/2011 at 09:27

I don't know, KateF - you could try emailing the organisers to find out?

I'm going to take a camelbak just in case.

Mr Zuvai    pirate
28/01/2011 at 09:57

hahaha - just checked the website re water stops and this is there:

"• FREE water will be available to all participants at the finish"

perhaps camelbak isn't too bad an idea!

06/02/2011 at 19:07

Hi People,

Shame it takes place in the same weekend as the Meon Valley Plod - marvellous race just round the corner.

This one does sound tempting though, but, er, how much of a 'race' race is it?

Drinks along the way? Official times? Results published? That sort of thing?

Thank you.

07/02/2011 at 13:46

I've got my number and some more details now:

  • No water stops, but several pubs along the way. So it's take your own.
  • Not officially timed, so not really a "race" race.
  • The route is sign posted and you get a map and written directions on the day, and a number to phone if you get lost.

None of the above bothers me, it's my first go at something longer than a half marathon and I'm after something a bit more laid back.

24/02/2011 at 16:17

anyone no if its a route you can run spikes on ?

26/02/2011 at 22:51
Ran this today - great course - challenging footwear choice - lots of mud, but quite a bit on roads too. I wore road shoes and was sliding all over the place at times.

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