Orion 15

Real cross country race with mud

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21/02/2007 at 08:20
As one of the leading running Magazines said; 'One of the great British races'.
A friendly race that has been run for over 50 years, by a traditional cross country harriers club. The course is a single 15 mile loop in the beautiful Epping forest over tracks, forest and greens on a very undulating course with hills and mud, hopefully lots of mud. All this on the edge of London with easy access by road rail and bus. all this for no set fee, just a kind donation for entry.
21/02/2007 at 08:26
I'll be there!! But you already know that!
Great course, you know you want to!!
21/02/2007 at 09:26
Ian Thompson was once (allegedly) quoted in saying that running the race was one of his great achievments.
25/02/2007 at 13:02
sounds fantastic - is there a map of the course available online?
26/02/2007 at 13:34
boing for Dave, krusty I will try and find out about the map. Its a brilliant race!
26/02/2007 at 15:21
I'm aiming for this one as well. I like the idea of a race where I can still have a lie-in
26/02/2007 at 16:13
I'll be there. One of the highlights of the year especially if it keeps raining. I'll bring some Hylands mud with me if not.
26/02/2007 at 16:15
Gavo, Your need a lie-in before and after this one. of course when you have done the correct and right thing and passed a beer my way as the race finishes right outside the Royal Forest Hotel. It's not just a great a British cross country course, it's got the great British Pub at the end.
26/02/2007 at 16:35
If that's your idea of a great British pub Dave you want to get out more.

I'll still have a pint though.
26/02/2007 at 16:48
dave can you answer the question re a map online? Krusty wants to know (see above)
26/02/2007 at 17:17
ok the pint is not as good as one could have but after 15 miles of real cross country its good enough. as for the map there is not one on line 'not of our course as it is top secret'. We have one in the club house but even i can not understand the course. Best thing is to follow the trail paper and them ever so nice marshals that will be all over the course directing, in fact i should be on course directing all. you did not think i would dare run this one!!!
26/02/2007 at 17:35
Dave - the joy of choosing this race is a lie-in on both days. And it's not a proper race if you know where you're going.
28/02/2007 at 21:23
mud and a top secret course - what more could you want.. entry is now in post...
09/03/2007 at 13:05
hey guys

Can anyone who has run this course let me know how tough it actually is? I recently ran a flat half in 1.35 and am wondering if it is reasonable to aim for 2 hours for this run or will the hills make this unlikely? i'm conscience of the pain involved in blowing up with 3 miles to go!
09/03/2007 at 14:00
I decided to come down for this one after my entry for the Coniston 14 went astray. I think this will be harder but I can sleep on the train home.
09/03/2007 at 14:06
rory, just checked my other half's time for last year, he got a similar half time to you a couple of weeks back. He got round this in under 2 so I think you should be ok.
09/03/2007 at 14:36
ok thanks, ill go for it then! could be painful but better to blow up halfway through than feel you could have done more i guess....(i think those words may come back to haunt me!)
10/03/2007 at 14:18
Rory, where exactly did you run your half marathon time? Was it recently?
10/03/2007 at 21:04
Unfortuately this race clashes with my attempt to smash my half marathon PB at Wilmslow so can't make it this year.

I've been looking at joining a club (to improve my running) so was wondering if any of the Orion members could add any more encouragement for me to turn up on a Tuesday or Thursday and join in a run.

I live in Chingford and have had a look at the Orion Harriers website and quite fancy the idea of training runs in Epping Forest over the summer. Even the white club vest hasn't put me off! :o))

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Ultra AJH    pirate
11/03/2007 at 15:09
Got my number yesterday thanks Dave. Will take forms down to club on Thursday (Dagenham) but think that there is a 20 miler somewhere on Sunday which more people are doing as they are doing the marathon.

I would just count this as a 20 as it is mch more fun :-)
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