Posted: 18/08/2015 at 13:01
I know many of you on here take part in the Thunder Run but I wanted to tell you about the Spitfire Scramble I did at the weekend.
Its a similar event to TR with everything from solo runners to teams of 8 taking part in the 24hr event. The route is fantastic - better than TR in my opinion. Its in Hornchurch Country Park, Essex and its a mixture of flat trails, packed gravel paths, bit of tarmac and some through woods. Pretty flat with one stretch of zigzag uphill and you're rewarded with views across to Central London at the top and another short sharp hill that took a count of 8 to get up!
The whole event is lower key that TR. No showers on site (I don't know if this might change as the event grows) but there was a shuttle bus to a local school half a mile away. However, this didn't open during the night. Wet wipes did the job fine but if it had been wet and muddy it wouldn't have been so pleasant. They could have done with more portaloos but the ones the had were kept clean and stocked. They were a bit dodgy for a while on Sunday morning but after they'd been emptied and cleaned were perfect again.
There were only two catering stands but we had a campervan and did our own cooking anyway (there was a tesco within a 5 minute walk).
The timing was the same as TR with the big screens showing the times and positions of every team.
Because there weren't as many runners as TR I was a bit worried about running alone at night. The park was open 24 hours a day and although it was very big it was surrounded by houses. I wasn't convinced that there wouldn't be a lot of drunk people hanging around in the early hours on their way back from a club. This might have been why I clocked up my fastest lap of the event but it was actually fine once I got running. The thought was worse than the actual!
All in all it was a fantastic weekend and definitely an event to rival TR. Out of the two I preferred Spitfire and we will probably be back next year.
Hope every one is running well!