looking to have a bash at this one as a RELAY - what in France they call an EKIDEN race. Four runners each doing a 10K leg in effect..
Other than that it starts in Laverstock and finishes in Winchester and is primarily (90%) an off-roader, I know not much more.
Any forumites done it and have tips to share ?
Not done this one. But have entered for it this year. It has a good reputation and I love point to point runs, especially when transport is reasonably provided. I assume it is mainly chalk downland tracks, so fine when dry, but very slippey when wet?
I've been wondering about the terrain for this one. I've only got road running shoes but given how wet it has been this year and how much mud I keep encountering even on normally good grassy tracks near home, I'm wondering if new footwear is called for. Does anyone know the tarmac to potentially muddy track ratio for the full and/or half (I've not put my entry in yet, still undecided on which to do as it has been a while since I've trained regularly and nothing seems as easy as I remember)?
I run the Salisbury to Pitton (first 7 miles ish) as part of my regular training which is about 25% road 75% off road. if it`s been dy for a week or so then road shoes will be fine but in the wet quite a lot of it can get muddy. For Oct id suggest trail shoes. But you never know we might have that indian summer.
I haven`t yet decided if i`m going to enter yet.
If it's dry, fine for road shoes. I've done it a couple of times in normal road shoes. I can see that if it rains in the days leading up to it then a switch to trail shoes instead. Most of the trail is hard packed regularly used paths and there is a bit of road.....
what is this though? £25 in.....want a medal.....£7.50, want a t-shirt....even more....not that I ever run marathons for more than the sheer love of running, but in these austere times, is it me or are these events becoming more and more expensive? I know its for charity but doing 10-12 events a year, plus travel expenses does hit the pocket! Having said that, this is a worthy event and great scenery.
I entered this one as a first go at it. Marathon running is getting more expensive but I opted for medal only and kept it to £25.00 plus £5 for the bus transfer.
This race is cheaper than many of those organised by private companies. They all seem to be more than £30.
A pound a mile is not bad value.
I'm thinking of signing up for this - does anyone want to share lifts from London? I'm in Balham and have a car so can drive (up to 3 passengers) or will happily grab a lift with someone else and contribute petrol money? Let me know!
Anyone know about the profile, please? I can't see this info on the website.
It's fairly similar to the Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 and the Farnham marathon, although not sandy like Farnham.
I've done it a few times and always parked at the finish, although the organisers seem to be trying to get people to use the Park-and-Ride outside Winchester this year.
Did this two years ago and back again this year. Tremendous feat of organisation involving marathon, half and relays on one course so usually a lot of runners and some good support. Course is mainly offroad and more undulating than really hilly but the second half of the mara is harder than the first. It was wet and muddy then and I'm glad I wore at least slightly grippy shoes.
I intend coming down from London by train which I hope will get me to the start on time via taxi. Anyone else public transporting?
k g 10 Re etiquette on narrow tracks - trying to alter your pace to fit in with other runners isn't good for you. If you want to pass someone just alert them nicely that you are coming through on the left or right so they don't need to look round to get out of your way. Similarly if someone seems to be breathing down your neck just say 'tell me any time you want to pass'. As someone who falls over quite often I like to be able to see where my feet are going to go about 10 feet in front of me so I don't like being too close to other runners.
Don't worry too much about the dos and don'ts, off-road running in particular is usually fairly relaxed and if you don't know, ask someone. I tend to walk up any hills I can't run and make up for it on the downhills. If you are struggling towards the end and don't want to start experimenting with gels bring along some sweets or dried fruit and possibly consider snacking a bit more or earlier before you start to feel it so much.
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