Race preview: Run24 - June 30-July1, 2012
With the inaugural Run24 just a few days away the big question is "how far can you go in 24 hours?". Run24 is a brand new race concept developed by Race Director Chris Sumner, with an exciting tagline of "Run Camp Eat Sleep Run".
A 24 hour individual and team relay, Run24 takes place over the weekend of 30 June - 1 July 2012 in the scenic Wasing Park Estate, Aldermaston near Reading, Berkshire. There will free camping for runners (families and friends welcome), bands playing, 24 hour onsite catering, a bar and a guaranteed festival feel. Race Director Chris Sumner called the event "a trail running event with a twist, aimed at both experienced ultra runners and endurance virgins who want to breathe running for 24 hours".
Over 500 runners of all levels, aspirations and ages have registered so far, and entry remains open until 11am on Saturday which means it's not too late if you want to take on an endurance challenge, either as an individual, pair or team! The race takes place on a mixture of surfaces from grass to trail, in the open and through woodland over 8 km / 5 mile loops. The individuals, pairs and teams that cover the most distance in 24 hours will be declared the winners of Run24 2012 at the presentation, which takes place at 1 pm on Sunday.
Friday 29th June
1.00pm - Campsite opens
1.00pm - Course viewing open
1.00pm - Registration opens
5.00pm - Catering & bar opens
9.30pm - Registration closes
Saturday 30th June
7.00am - Registration re-opens
7.00am - Catering open
11.00am - Registration closes
11.45am - Race briefing
12.00pm - Race start
8.00pm - Head/hand lights required
Sunday 1st July
12.00 pm - Race finish
1.00pm - Presentations
Monday 2nd July
12.00pm - Campsite closes
Even if you don"t take part you can come down to Wasing Park Estate, soak up the festival atmosphere and see who goes furthest in the 24 hour period.
Mizuno, Garmin, Clif Bar, Halo Headband UK and Sweatshop are supporting Run24, with Halo Headband UK and Sweatshop also retailing on site.
Entry to Run24 is still open and costs £60 for solo runners, £80 for pairs and £175 - £220 for teams of 3-5 runners, which includes free camping on site.
Further race info and the full race brochure can be found on the website, please go to www.run24.co.uk
You can also share the buzz with your friends and fellow runners by following @run24uk on Twitter and liking the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Run24UK