I staggered (literally!) round in around 6 1/2 hours and they were all still waiting for me at the end with food, water and T-shirts. Unless you're super-fit, you won't run it all - it's a toughie, (I think it's harder than Beachy Head, which I've done in the same sort of time several times.) If you're not used to off-road running, this will probably add at least half an hour to your road time. There are lots of (often welcome) obstacles that will slow you down, as the others have said, plus mud and tree roots to dodge, but there's biscuits and Mars bars at the water stations, and a lovely atmosphere. Just enjoy it. Forget PBs, but a bit - no, a lot - of practice running up hill would be very very useful! It's a great race. Bet you'll be a convert to off-road after this one!
oh boy, now you've got me worried ancient plodder - do you know if are there more hills than the Grizzly? Haven't done any off road training yet - better get my act together i guess.....
Oooo. I'm seriously interested. I'm useless as a useless thing on hills. Done a coule of marathon's but never an off road one. Will have to get some hill practice in around St Martha's. Like the sound that it's friendly, local and they're still waiting after 6 hours! My kind of race
some of the hills are big, and some are just long slow inclines that go on for ever and ever and ever... at least I think that's what it's like because memory fades with age (just like remembering how stiff I was afterwards). If you know St Martha's you'll be pleased to hear that a climb up to there is roughly half way... enjoy the sand...
don't know the area at all unfortunately - i'm from the midlands and i've never been to farnham...... and what's this about sand? - don't remember any beaches showing up on the maps
Guys, all this info is great and is whetting my appetite! This looks like a real challenge but a massively fun one!
If it's whetting your appetite, perhaps we should add there's a pub right opposite the entrance to the start/finish field....
I've signed up for the half marathon and am looking forward to it. For the scenery and the Mars bars! They are very generous with the cut-off times, so you can take your time and enjoy it. Definitely not a PB course but now I've said that someone will come on and say that they've done a PB there!
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