Endure 24 Henley – Saturday/Sunday 24/25 July 2021
This was my first Endure 24. I was not sure what to expect. As Adrian and Kev had competed before I was given the honour of the first lap. Great atmosphere. Then we took it in turns Kev second Adrian third then me again. By the time I was running my fourth loop we did not see much of each other just at the handover. The course was a 5 mile loop of mixed surfaces. Grass, lumpy grass, road, gravel, hills, undulating thin paths. When it became dark you ran with a head or body torch, you knew the route well and they lit up bits with flood lights and fairy lights on ropes. By now it was run eat try to sleep repeat. Adrian did the last loop and Kev and i joined him for the last 100 meters. 25 loops between us. I went to bed at 8pm on Sunday and slept for 12 hours.
First time in a group of three, third attempt at Endure although this year’s Reading Wasing park was moved to Henley due to COVID restrictions. Unfortunately Georgette got injured and was unable to attend as part of our group of four. Each year we somehow try to beat the previous years total, it was going to be impossible this year with Kev having done almost zero miles for the last 6 months due to injury and just the 3 runners in the mixed 3-5 category. The turnaround time with three will just grind you down over 24 hours but you always have to find positives and for me it was all about personal target of doing 50 miles and doubling at night. Course is not as technical as Wasing but a change also brings interest. Another great group of team mates, target was 24 laps, 1x 5mile loop per hour and this was beaten easily.
Would I go again? Certainly and with 2500 runners (usual is 4000) there is a place for all levels of runner from competitive to fun.
Winning solo runner 28 laps & 140 miles winning team ran 48 laps & 240 miles……..
Atmosphere was great as usual, somehow seemed unreal after the last 18 months but probably it’s time to get serious with pairs (if I can find) or solo but also happy to organise a team if anyone wants a shot next year – 18th-19th June 2022-Wasing Park.
Winning time: 40 laps – 24:08:41
Number of finishing teams: 105
Newbury Racecourse Half Marathon – Saturday 24 July 2021
Winning time: 01:14:53 (men) – 01:27:21 (women)
Number of finishers: 145
The Uffington White Horse Gallop – Sunday 18 July 2021
On a scorching hot day two brave runners, Ralf and Lucy, completed this off road half marathon that was organised by the organisers of the White Horse Half which normally takes place in April.
Winning time: 01:39:38 (men) – 01:59:16 (women)
Number of finishers: 91
Banbury 5 Mile – East Midlands Grand Prix – Tuesday 13 July 2021
Winning time: 25:46 (men) – 30:25 (women)
Number of finishers: 180
Crawley 6 hour track results – 3 July 2021
Winning time: 05:58:42 (52.664 miles) (men) – 05:58:29 (38.466 miles) (women)
Number of finishers: 12
Crawley 24 hour track results – 3 July 2021
Winning time: 23:59:12 (163.368 miles) (men) – 18:46:30 (111.108 miles) (women)