Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:58
Just been reading your posts. This is a great run and I've done the last 3. Am having to give it a swerve this year for reasons I won't bore you with. I am however, hoping to go along to cheer as know quite a few folk doing it.
Been interested with the chat about hydration packs. You won't need them for water that's for sure, clearly if you are using them for clothing changes etc etc and if you are not bothered by the carrying of them, then fine.
There was rum on offer at a station last year....very VERY clear to see due to it's colour and the marshalls told you what it was....so....any quaffing of it in error is not likely to happen and anyone who does, well, clearly the running brain jiggles have got to them.
Road shoes for sure. Part of the track can be muddy with puddles, but easy enough to skirt around. One part of the path alongside Langstone Harbour is very narrow and will be squidgy this Sunday. There is a sea wall next to it which I and lots of others, ran along in previous years. Just watch your balance obviously.
The Billy Line can also be very puddly and muddy but the puddles are shallow, so, if you don't want to risk a groin strain skirting along the side of them, then I'd say just go straight through.
The beach part had some vile smelling mud oozing along it last year so watch out for stuff like that. The beach is also made up of very squidgy mud as well, so again, watch your footing.
As you head down past a sailing club, you run abit over wooden planking and over a wooden bridge - if it is icy, watch out there, but there were marshalls there last year to alert you.
There was a bag drop.
There is loads of parking nearby and one car park right next to it. I didn't have enough cash the first year I was there and put in what I had - I was about an hour short. Stuck a note in my car to any jobsworth wardens just to say what I was doing and no ticket.
There are loos at the centre but just along the prom abit - heading East, is a public loo block. I never had to queue too long at the centre though. If you are really caught short, as you get to the end of the prom on the out and again on the back, there is a very clearly marked public loo block - lots of runners dart in there. You also run past a big old pub on the side of the harbour where there is a water station (Mile 4 I think) - you can dart in there to use the facilities. There was also a portaloo at the swtch around. Also as you go over the road bruidge to Hayling Island, there is an Esso garage on the left hand side which has loos. I sound like the Loo Queen now !!
There are a couple of squeeze points as you get down onto first beach bit so if you are Mr/Ms Speedy, just be aware that you could get caught up.
It is a great event and as it is by the sea, you can pretty much guarantee you'll get wind blowing at one way or the other.....usually as you are slogging your guts out on the long trek back along the prom....but hey, at that point you are nearly home. Good luck everyone and ENJOY !!