Running really has made enormous progress since it was used as a punishment for miscreants in schools. These days there are events and distances for everyone, with or without natural or manmade obstacles, but just when you thought you had seen it all along comes an innovative event that stands out from the crowd like Mizuno Endure24 starting on Saturday (10 June).
Ultra Runners Rave About Endure24
Billed as being like Glastonbury for runners, Mizuno Endure24 is a 24-hour running party in the woods. Free camping for runners, friends and family; 24-hour catering; showers; massage; music and live results screened throughout are just some of the components of this award winning event that proudly claims ultra-running has never been so much fun.
The venue on Saturday is Wasing Park, Reading and it is sold out with around 3,000 athletes registered. What makes Mizuno Endure24 unique is that it mixes serious solo or pairs ultra-running with a fun 24-hour team relay race. With five mile laps of a woodland course, virtually anyone of any ability can enjoy a challenging but rewarding weekend of trail running.
Each scenic lap ends with a loop around the vibrant race village, where there will be great crowd support for everyone. The aim is simply to complete as many laps as possible and the event record is 135 miles, held by M40 Paul Beechey. Every year at least 15 runners are added to the 100 Mile Club and presented with the coveted bright yellow club T-shirts.
Racing starts at 12 noon and with teams of up to eight runners most people will complete between 3-5 laps, while the serious ultra runners will be aiming for the magic 20 laps.
If this sounds like your idea of fun you don't have to wait until next year to enter Reading as another Mizuno Endure24 will take place at Bramham Park, Leeds on 1-2 July, with some places still available.
Full details at the Endure24 website.
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