News CALLING ALL IRON MEN AND WOMEN - ENTER THE KENT ULTRA CHALLENGE! CALLING ALL IRON MEN AND WOMEN - ENTER THE KENT ULTRA CHALLENGE!

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Report by Ian Lockyer
2011-01-24 22:38:07

CALLING ALL IRON MEN AND WOMEN - ENTER THE KENT ULTRA CHALLENGE!

Southern England’s first multi-day marathon event has been announced and Mark Foster, Sharon Foster, Derek Sackett and Ian Lockyer from Thanet Roadrunners were there for the launch.  The Kent Ultra Challenge will be held on September 16,17 &18 and and it’s to be held in East Kent
 
“It’s not like running a marathon – it’s like running a marathon the day after you’ve run a marathon the day after you’ve run a marathon. That’s right: three marathons back to back, over three days.” So says Challenge organiser and ultra marathon veteran Mike Inkster. 
 
“The challenge is to be able to complete the course on each day carrying everything you need – apart from water and a tent – to keep you going over the entire event.
 
When you’ve run a marathon, the first thing you want is a nice relaxing bath and someone to look after your bruised and blistered feet. That’s not going to happen. At the end of each day you’ll make yourself something to eat, try to get some sleep and prepare yourself for the same thing all over again the next morning.”
 
The wonder is that anybody would want to put themselves through this and call it sport or recreation. But, around the world, multi-day marathons are growing at a phenomenal rate.
 
The legendary Marathon Des Sables, run across the Sahara desert over six days and nights, is booked up until 2014. And the world’s toughest event, the Badwater marathon across California’s Death Valley, is already turning away people who want to race in 2012.
 
“East Kent is not the Sahara but our event comes with a mental health warning. It’s not enough to be physically up to the challenge – you have to know yourself and believe in yourself. And if you’ve not mentally prepared, the Ultra Challenge will find you out”.
 
The first leg will be run from Hoath near Canterbury through to Chilham. Day Two and the competitors will head to Folkestone and Dover and finish in Kingsdown. And the third and final day will start in Kingsdown and – via the Kent Coastal path - finish in Monkton. Altogether more than 84 miles (136 klms).
 
The organisers want the Challenge to be a unique introduction to the next level of endurance running. But there’s also room for people who are tempted by the idea of the event but don’t what to go it alone.
 
That’s why there are two team categories. First for teams of four who can commit the time and training for each member to complete the whole event. Secondly there’s the relay category.
 
“We know that there are a lot of people who like to train together or are in a football, rugby or cricket team together,” says Ultra Challenge spokesman Peter Ewence. “They may not have the time to commit to the entire event but would still like to be a part of what promises to be a unique experience. So we’ve introduced this category for teams of three members, each one committing to complete one leg of the event but all three committed to working together overnight at camp.”
 
More details and entry forms from www.kentultrachallenge.co.uk

 

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