runABC can well imagine the initial response when hyper-enthusiastic Hollie Light, Communications Manager at AAT Events, announced that the 2016 Hogs Back Road Race in Guildford would be sold out with 1,000 competitors. Well it seems that a drift of hogs have sprouted wings and Sunday’s (4 December) event is full apart from a few on the day places reserved for early risers.
The Hogs Back is a tough, traditional 11.7km race, with a proud 56 year history and an event that can boast a who’s who of British talent among past winners. The eponymous Hogs Back is a pig of a hill on the North Downs that rises to more than 500 feet and once featured in the much lamented Masters and Maidens Marathon.
Much of the course is through the Loseley Estate, over The Mount to Guildford and back, avoiding the busy A31 of past races. The surface is 90% road and 10% gravel tracks and the undulations prevent any concerns about personal bests.
The race is organised by AAT Events on behalf of Guildford and Godalming AC (G&GAC). The event is proudly sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy LLP, Hog’s Back Brewery, Fitstuff and Guildford Sports Clinic.
A genuine world record holder will be in the field this year. G&GAC runner, Ben Evans (pictured) is known locally as B-Rex for a very good reason, since he is the Guinness World Record holder for running the fastest marathon while dressed as a dinosaur! He set his world best (3:08) at London Marathon earlier this year.
Race director, Toby Jenkins, has urged any prospective late entrants to arrive at 7:30am to secure their place. Those who cycle to the event will return to find a free AAT Events saddle cover on their bike - Happy Christmas!
Full details are at the race website