• Barry Gerhold

East Hanningfield Trail Marathon

1st marathon of the year complete. Marathon #16

8th Januray 2017

Joint 5th place

This one a little different. Not only was this off road but it was also a narrative. Having to read 6 A4 pages of directions to help us round. No maps, no GPS etc.

Picture below.

This certainly made the event more of a challenge, I found myself in a small group of fast runners. After a couple of navigational mishaps we kept mostly on track. Some of the fields were treacherous more and more mud kept clinging to the trainers and felt like I was lifting lead weights which meant these sections could not be run.

The small group that I was running with were a good bunch, having a good chat, taking it in turns to open gates and working together to follow the correct route.

Although this was probably one of the toughest marathons I have ever done it was a great experience.

With navigational errors we ended up doing 27.3 miles in a time of 4hrs 31mins

Our group all crossed the finish line together taking joint 5th place.


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