Here we go again. I love this race Plus new date and time means it fits in perfectly with the other races at that time of year.
<bounces round thread in excitement>
I've entered this race every year for the last 10 years, simply to purge myself after the usual over indulgences during the previous weeks.
Getting up at the crack of dawn and being frozen to death (I kid you not!) in a vest awaiting the start of the event in the depths of mid-winter with an arctic gale whipping its way over the exposed Downs and up your shorts (substitute 'skort' if you're female) through to your gonads was an essential part of the event.
...and that was even before we even got to the racing equivalent of flagellation being made to clamber up Ebbisham Lane (TWICE!!!!!), then the switchback, and then being made to do it all again for a second circuit.
Forget 'Tough Guy' or the Grim/Hell of the South events costing several times the price of Taddy 10. This had it all.
Ok, it's the same course as before, but starting in the afternoon when it's 5C higher temps?! It's for softies now.
btw, I've never seen a horse exercising at the usual start time.
It's a condition of permission I think SD. The horses rules the downs
Besides, they can be jolly unpleasant. One lady insisted she ride her horse through 6000 RFL ladies a couple of years ago because she had right of way.
Another told me it was my fault if her horse kicked me (huh?)
Hi Snoop Dogg,
Nice to hear from you glad you have entered. Just to put you right on the Race Horses, firstly they dont train on the Downs on a Sunday, thats why you havnt seen them on previous race days because we usually have our race on Sundays, this year is different being a Monday, the Race Horses are out. But it dosnt stop the riders coming down Ebbisham Lane from the Riding Schools. Just thought I would mention this.
Thanks GoS - maybe supply a few runners with tasers eh?
(not to be used on the horses, of course - just the owners!)
Just enetered, furthest distance I have done has been 10km, so this will be a nice challenge.
Looking forward to it
How safe do you think it is to assume there will be entries available for this on the day?
I've run this for the last two years, but this year I've decided to do the Knacker Cracker on New Years Day, and am planning to wait to see how my legs feel on the 2nd just in case.
I can't quite convince myself whether the Knacker Cracker is a gentle warm-up for this race, or whether this should be a "recovery" run after the Knacker Cracker?........
The Knacker Cracker isn't a gentle warm up for anything
Def treat this one as a recovery run.
I agree with you, but then again 2 laps of Ebbisham Lane is not my idea of a recovery run either.... it may just be that it's madness trying to do both?
I've entered. Not done this race since 1995, so not planning on setting a PB.
Not planning on a negative split either, the second lap is probably going to be slower than the first.
Hi Everybody, Entries are going well for nextt Monday, and if the weather holds as it is to day(Wed) it will be perfect, except for the wind. Entries on the day will be accepted, so all those who have not entered come along on the day and enter in the weighing room of The Queens Building at Epsom Race Course. It is well sign posted so just drive up to The Downs you cant miss it. But I must mention there is NO PARKING at the Races HQ For all those who havnt done the race before, please allow at least 20 miniutes to get from The Queens Building to the start. I have also arranged for the tea hut to be open. This is situated near the start not far from Tattenham Corner, so hot drinks etc, will be there. Also dont forget it is a latter start at 1.00pm. so lots of time to have breakfast before you run. See you all there.
Sorry cant tell you what the give away is. TAC policy. As you are aware the race is 10 miles, and quite challenging in parts. You have to run up Ebbisham Lane twice. However it is two laps and if you feel you are not up to it you can always drop out after the first lap. Anyway dont let that put you off, come along and enjoy it, there will be runners of all abilities.
For the first time in 4 years I didn`t enter this one.
How was it - what was the memento?
I did see that a certain ex-London Marathon winner was running - 1st race for a while. I hope you guys were easy with him.
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