Hi Spooky We have around 70 marshal points , + course being marked by tape , signage and fl. marker paint where permitted -
The course is now quite muddy between 14.5K and 15.5K where Inovators would be best , otherwise normal trails - Will be marking at the course late afternoon so if any changes will post
Entry on the day will be available to around 10 AM
Sorry probably me being slow- or just nervous- does it still look do-able in road shoes? I'll wait for your post after marking the course. many thanks.
This could be an interesting call between the trail shoes and the road ones. It's been so dry here lately that I'm not sure I can remember where my trail shoes are.
Ooh, that was tough today, I was only slightly slower than my last full on attempt in 2008 but I feel totally shattered. Going to have a lie down for a few days to recover....
Congratulations to Andy (King XC) for such a smoothly organised race, there's a huge amount of work that takes place to get this run every year that many people probably wouldn't even think of and once again you've come up trumps. He was out until around 1am today finalising the course markings and then joined us out there as well.
Thanks also to the marshalls, always cheerful and offering support as well as the usual course directions, thanks everyone.
yikes that was tough - i've never run cross country before I am a real twonie and race on roads - and those hills, what a nightmare, I also seem to be built for running on the flat! I had to walk quite a few hills and towards the end just walking even when there were no hills! 3h17 not good but as part of my Amsterdam training it was a really good work out. And the marshalls/drinks stations were brilliant, really good support there, well done guys.
I wont lie, I dont think cross country is for me but if I ever thought about doing another it would be this one again!
This is the first time I have run the ND30k, it's also the longest distance I have run to date and the first time I have run cross country!
I had spent the previous night reading everyones comments about the hills, styles and general tough terraine and being a novice at this, had made myself pretty bit nervous about my abilities. I read about the sweepers offering final chances of a lift back to the start for those who might be struggling and visualised them as the 'death eaters' sweeping down from the sky as in the Harry Potter films!
However, having completed it - albeit in 3.50 hrs - I can say, hand on heart that this brilliant. Everyone, and I mean everyone was welcoming, friendly and encouraging. Everything positive that has previously been written about this event is spot on, from the marshalls, the course, the atmosphere, the prizes, the buzz of finishing to the yummy cake at the end. it is amazingly well organised, with gels, jelly babies, water and sports drinks - and yes, even Fosters at one point, (which I actually accepted!!) at very regular intervals. The route is marked out brilliantly, with every root and twig through the woods marked in bright orange - God only knows how long that took to do, the input into setting this event up is faultless.
To any beginners out there - go for it. You will be made welcome, just go at a comfortable pace and enjoy it. The scenery is amazing and the challenges, although tough, are acheivable.
In short, brilliant! 10 out of 10 guys. I will be back.
Thank you for making it possible.
On behalf of the race committee , Congrats on finishing the 28th North Downs Run and thanks so much for all your kind comments -
Ps Dont forget you can buy photos of the event via our website www.isteadandifield.org.uk
Hi King XC
Thank you for an enjoyable run! I throughly enjoyed the race and will definitely be back next year!
I only have 1 suggestion and it's a very small one that perhaps we could be asked our T Shirts sizes prior to race day? i only suggest this as I was given a medium T Shirt at the end of the race which is far to big for me. I would have liked to have been able to wear my T Shirt on training runs to show off the fact that I finished!!
Well done on a fantastic race!
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