Navigation of this route isn't that difficult. The early parts (up to leaving West Woods) are potentially a bit tricky but there should be enough runners around at that stage to show the way. As you climb onto the Downs, the field does thin out but the tracks are fairly obvious. Despite what they say, the organisers do provide useful arrow markers and the check points are good too. The route instructions with the entry are detailed enough to plot the route on a map, and if you have GPS then you will find it works very well after the woods, as practically all the course is across open countryside. Definitely take a map and compass/GPS just in case (for example, one year it was a bit misty), but if you use common sense you don't have to be a brilliant navigator. I should add that this is a great event, I hope to be coming back for my 6th go in 09.
Wouldn't mind having a stab at this - but someone would have to explain where at least £30 of my £35 entry fee was going, for the pleasure of running (presumably) along public rights of way.
This all smacks of horrid corporate claptrap to me - and wasn't it £45 last year? Let's see, 200 runners at £45 each - even I can work out that's £9000!!!! Nice work if you can get it!
Maybe I’m being totally unfair and there are real costs involved – I challenge ‘Endurancelife’ TM plc etc etc to state where all this money goes, because I'm sorry I'm not paying that till I know, no matter how good the chilli!.
I've done this twice before (05 and 06) and it is a fabulous event. My problem is getting a bit lost - you can easily end up running alone as the field is small and thins out quickly. The organisers say 'keep the sea on your right' but this advice can fail miserably in several places. Last time for example I ended up in a dead-end in an ornamental garden in Sidmouth rather than finding the path down to the sea front, and I also went wrong around Beer Head. Anyone have any advice for not going wrong in these places?
Apart from that minor problem, a brilliant event, a world apart from the corporate claptrap of the 'Flora' (or whoever is sponsoring it this year) London Marathon with its drab, grey miles.