WHAT IS IT LIKE? - see this series of u-tube clips from one of our great runners
WELCOME TO THE ORIGINAL AND GENUINE 'EXTREME RUNNING' LONDON TO BRIGHTON TRAIL RACE.
Starting at dawn, overlooking London whilst she sleeps, the route begins on sacred ground where victims of the Great Plague were buried, leading you out of London on its way to the spectacular countryside of the South-East of England. This trail run passes through the edge of North Kent and on to the North Downs from which, weather permitting, you can see the distant hills of the South Downs that hide the English Channel just beyond and your final destination.
From the North Downs, the paths and tracks of the route run through fields and lanes in a quiet and beautifully preserved part of England. We cross the beautiful steam (Bluebell) railway near Horsted Keynes (at about the two-thirds stage) and the challenge of the South Downs awaits and can be seen looming in the distance as this incredible journey approaches its third phase.
From the painful ascent up to Black Cap, a brief few miles will take you to the finish, all the way by trail through the beautiful Sussex hills, to our camp on the sea front, where other competitors, friends, family, onlookers and other supporters will greet you and help you to celebrate your success. Read the reports of the welcome our crew and your supporters give as the runners near the finish to understand the overwhelming feeling of joy our runners experience on completion of this mammoth feat of endurance.
We will be running some more navigation courses this year for people who need to brush up their skills ot who want a nice run out in the country with us for 10 or so miles over a couple of hours.
We are barefoot runners - both with minimalist (with Vibrams) and truly bare-footed. We very much welcome competitors to train to run our event barefoot (zero drop) and encourage as many of you as possible to try this life-changing experience. We will be offering a prize for the first proper minimalist shoe runner and no-one as yet has completed the event truly barefoot - for which there will be a reward. For advice on shoes, try these guys - Nick Rivett Sport Ltd, 64 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2FP (01273251700). - www.nickrivettsport.co.uk - Facebook - Nick Rivett Sport, twitter @nickrivettsport.
For those of you who have completed the London to Brighton Road Race of old, this run will offer a new challenge and a different perspective of the country as viewed from the route - and those who have done both praise us for our course design. For newcomers to this type of ultra running event, or experienced trail and endurance runners, one thing is certain, it will be a joy, we promise. We remind you. however, don't under-estimate this - it is a very difficult running challenge indeed. [This run is now an official qualifier for the Mont Blanc North Face Ultra]
Early entry price for 2013 remains at £100 (or £98 if UK Athletics Affiliated) for those entering before March 2013. Entrants will receive a newsletter by beginning of August 2013 setting out final arrangements.
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