RW Previews: Terminator 10, February 29, Wilts

Where and when?
Sunday, February 29, Pewsey, Wiltshire

What is it?
There are tough multiterrain races, and then there are really tough multiterrain races. The Terminator fits squarely into the latter category.

The course starts in a reasonably civilised fashion, leaving the quiet village of Pewsey before reaching a sign instructing that 'Your warm-up is over'. The organisers certainly aren't kidding.

As if Senator Arnie himself was looming large on the horizon, the scale of the job at hand comes into view as the race heads further into the country.

Luckily for you, you won't have to overcome a cyborg from the future in order to get to the finish. Instead, there’s merely a series of back-breaking, lung-busting hills in your path.

First on the menu of mayhem is The Gully, a tough yet conquerable climb. At the top you'll be treated to a short downhill stretch on a quiet country lane to catch your breath.

The Coomb, another tough uphill struggle, will take you through a sea of sheep, and it’s a favourite place for sadistic spectators, who enjoy watching runners suffer. And cheering them on, naturally...

Once you’ve milked the long descent for all it's worth, you’ll get relief via a timely water station.

Then it’s time for the moment of truth, the Terminator Hill. With an incline of around 16%, it’s best to take this one cautiously, especially as when you reach the top, you’ll be greeted by picturesque views over the Wiltshire countryside.

With Pewsey in sight, there's just the small matter of, 'The Sting in the Tail' (that’s right, another hill), before a final ascent around The Pewsey White Horse. Then it's all downhill to the Sports Centre, and the finish.

What you said in Readers' Races of the Year 2003:
Josephine Curry: "Good fun. Especially when it turned out to be 11 miles not 10!"

Sue O'Dowd: "Fantastic marshals - the water station particularly."

What the organiser says:
"Our T-shirts are earned, not given."

Watch out for:
Great home-made cakes.

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