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Mizuno Endure 24 South (24 hours)

15-Jun-2019 Wasing Park nr Reading, Berkshire, UK (England)

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2 Days - 4000 Runners

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Entry From £70 GBP

The Award Winning Mizuno Endure24.

A 24 hour race set in Wasing Park near Reading. 4000 runners take part in this amazing race with another 4000 friends, family and supporters attending the event for the weekend. The race village features 24 hour catering, entertainment, massage and showers, it opens on Friday morning and closes on Monday lunch time.

The race takes place over a 5 mile (8 Kilometre) trail loop in Wasing Woods and through the camping and race village.

Solo competitors have their own dedicated camping area close to the support areas. Each year around 15 runners out of the 200 solo entries pass the 100 mile mark reciving the coverted 100 mile club t-shirt. The course record stands at 135 miles for men and 130 miles for women.

Visit the website for blogs and films showing more about this unusual ultra run.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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RKRATY

10:28 17-06-19

This was an amazing event, well organised but slightly over crowded. Our car was about a mile from the start which made it difficult to get to between laps, as we didnt have a tent so slept in the car and left supplies there too. Otherwise an amazing atmosphere. Lots of fun. Here is my video of the event: https://youtu.be/IkVEbdmdDAk

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Kimbe32

12:21 19-06-16

This was my 3rd Endure 24. Year 1 in a team of 8, running 20 miles. Year 2, in a team of 3, running 40 miles & this as a solo, clocking up 60 miles! There was a time when I couldn't walk 60m!!
I was keen to try solo but my regular running partner not so, so our original entrance was as a pair, until 6 weeks before the event, when we realised we'd probably do more miles as solo, as we could run together throughout the event.
However, our training did not reflect a typical ultra training programme. I ran Brighton marathon in April & my partner hadn't done any events since last year, although was a regular runner & attended classes for strength.
As always the excitement started Friday, when you arrive early to get the pitch you wanted, we were there by 9.45, as the site opens at 10, we got the pitch near the start line, so it was easy to get in to refuel & "rest".
The Endure volunteers & staff are the friendlest I know. As most are either competing in the event in a team, or are injured, enthusiastic or retired runners.
The registration was easy, & we personally found all the facilities perfect. Remember this is an event in field with showers & portable toilets. Bring your own paper, whilst every effort to keep the facilities clean & stocked are made, there are about 3000 people on site! That's a lot of wee & poo!!!
We took most of our own food, and only had 1 meal in the food tent. The food tent is open for the duration of the event, at times there are long queues & if there is a rush for one item, like jacket potatoes, you may have to wait until the next batch is ready. I would say don't rely on the food tent only.
The atmosphere between runners is amazing, everyone is looking out for everyone else, there's lots of support & if you're in that dark place, some might just run past and shout "keep going"! Which all you need sometimes😉
We choose the wear signs informing others we were solo, which allows you to be slower & for them to run past if they are in a faster team.
The course is a hilly woodland trail, with a drinks bar half way round, a fab VDub music van enroute, & at night in the woodlands the organisers lit up the trees with fairy lights, & 3 amazing faries stood in the woodland cheering and cooing at you. Slightly surreal, but amusing. The last 2k are gently down hill & through the campsite.
This event continues o take me to places I never thought possible, the camaraderie is fantastic, the supporting teams are not only looking out for their own, but cheering everyone's personal journey. Organisation is great (even when things don't go to plan, problems with loos in field B, they were on the case asap, keen to get it sorted & put things right pdq), it's no wonder when registrations or the following year opens people cannot wait & are registering with over 358 days until the next event😍

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Alison10011

10:36 18-06-16

My 1st Endure. Went as part of a team who had managed to get a fab camping spot on Friday morning. I didn't arrive until Saturday but from the moment I got there until we left on Sunday afternoon we had the best time. The race village was great, all the vendors were great - we came home with a new air cushion and trainers ! I loved the course and the friendliness and supportiveness of all the runners / walkers. The vdub bar was inspired - loved the vibe before the hill!! I didn't do a night lap but went out at 5am which was just lovely. The only negative comment I have to make is that the toilets were grim on the Sunday morning. We will definately be back next year and I'm going for a night lap - Go Misfits

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greeny676

10:05 18-06-16

Endure24, what can I say, itscthe first race event in my calendar for 2017, that tells you how much I enjoyed this event once more. It was my second year running the event, and like last year the weather was kind, and the heavy showers stayed away. I arrived at the event on the Friday lunchtime, along with a few others, to join the thousands of runners who had been on site since early doors to brag a good camping spot in the field. The Friday is a nice day, red men you go Frdsy to get the most from the weekend. On Friday the food tent so open, massage available at £10 for 15mins and various merchsndise units, as well as a kids race in the evening.
On the Friday I collected my race sick from the registration tent, and also the packs of my team, along with the very nice technical Endure24 tshirts.
The 24hr event itself was good fun, I lead off the first leg with hundreds of other runners, all doing their own battle with 24hrs, so was interesting to see how teams approached it, some walked, some sprinted, some jogged, all great fun as we were cheered out onto the course. The route itself is mostly trial, through lovely woodland paths, I wore trial shoes, but truth be told roads would of been fine as it was dry and the paths flattened and in good condition. At the end of a lap, the runner competing the lap (except the solo) passes a plastic wristband to a teammate who is waiting in trasition, once this season done, off goes the new team member of their lap.
I had a team of 8, so plenty of downtime I between runs. The food tent offers a range of meals, snacks, confectionary at reasonable prices and the massage service is on hand again to get rid/treat any niggles.
The toilets on site were sufficient, some portable and some nicer style toilets/urnals in trailers, so you never needed to que for long periods I found.
The noise closet to the start/finish line you would imagine would be loud, but having camped barest to the start line in Field A it was bearable.
The best part of this event s after 8pm, when head torches are compulsory as the light fades, and is it gets darker it just gets more fun running through the woodland trial with just a head touch lighting up the way. All marshals on the course, and water statins were upbeat and encouraging all runners throughout which was a nice feeling, particularly when tired.
Would I be back...? Well answered that in the first sentence. This race event is we'll organised, and one I recommend to all running abilities.
See you all in 2017.

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Str77

05:10 18-06-16

This was my first experience of endurance running having topped out at half marathon distance previously. I couldn't have asked for a better event to start with. The organisation was great, bettered only by the volunteers, other participants and the atmosphere!

The 5 mile loop was a great mix of undulating trail through the forest of Wasing Park. It's challenging and varied enough to keep it interesting across multiple laps although Heartbreak Hill certainly lives up to its name.

The camping facilities and race village were perfect, as were the stewards and other runners: always friendly and full of encouragement, even the through the night, and regardless of whether you were a novice doing a handful of laps or an experienced solo runner. A special mention has to go to the vdub bar team, especially the fairies who livened up the midnight shift!! I will definitely be back and would recommend this event to anyone else!

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averagejoruns

05:05 18-06-16

This was my third time at E24: my first as a solo, having done a team in 2014 and pairs in 2015. I think this was the best year yet. The organisation is brilliant, with separate camping for solos and a stash area at the start line so that you can grab food/drink etc and keep moving easily. The course is a lovely undulating one through the woods- a couple of cheeky hills meant that the overall elevation over the 90 miles I did was pretty immense! The support from the other runners and marshals is really special- the whole event generates a real community spirit, which was great as a solo when things got tough! Worst part of the course is the aptly named heartbreak hill which is a real calf burner- but the V Dub bar at the bottom really helps: pumping music and lucozade shots to spur you up the hill!
For those not running non stop there's a massive food tent serving reasonably priced and tasty food and this year there was a big screen showing the footie. Will definitely be back next year to have a serious crack at 100 miles! I think E24 is a great place to test yourself over a further distance- without the fear of carrying huge amounts of kit/ the need to navigate etc- can't recommend enough!

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Stu Griff

09:08 18-06-16

This was my first 24hr relay challenge with my club. With 2 doing a solo attempt! First of all the organisation for it was superb. No faffing everything was superb. The course was in my view excellent it was a great variety of trail little bit of path and stunning scenery which made the loops keep you happy instead of oooh no here we go again, which for a 5 mile loop is a great achievement. I found the marshals were excellent encouraging all the time. Plus the coolest camper van /marshal ever with great music as well👍. The night run was something else glow sticks in the trees bobbing lights in the distance and yes the camper an stole the show again,all lit up beacon of running awesomeness lol. I loved night and day on course great support all round. The food was good didn't question long all staff friendly👍. The stalls showing products were great to and everyone was a joy to talk to. Only thing that was a concern was more showers and toilets in Camp B needed but that's not a major problem and can be fixed easily. On the whole a superb race whole team and soloist loved it we had a great time and will be back thank you 👍😃🏃

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eadams83

08:07 18-06-16

This was my 2nd year at Endure24 (2016) running in a mixed team of 8. Compared to the previous year there had been vast improvements in the way of facilities (toilets/showers). Friday is a great time to catch up with friends over a few beers & a BBQ before the hard work starts! The course is mixed trail & relatively flat with a few hills thrown in. In places it can be quite unforgiving! The event is well organised with a food tent, sports massage & stands to spend your money! This event has become something of a regular fixture on our calendar & we're already planning our teams for next year! I would recommend if you like camping & not a lot of sleep!

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MrsBridgewater

06:56 17-06-16

What an awesome way to spend 24 hours! I ran this event for the first time this year, and was a solo solo. No one to crew for me, so reliant on the facilities and the kindness of strangers. These were great and plentiful - a wristband was available for solo runners that allowed you to go straight to the front of the queue in the catering tent and meant I didn't have to carry money - £35 well spent!

The route was varied enough to maintain my interest for 14 laps and the marshals were friendly. This is such a fantastic way to run an ultra - a really friendly festive atmosphere!

http://mrsbridgewater.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/it-was-best-of-times-it-was-worst-of.html

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Slowandsteady

06:50 17-06-16

Great value, beautiful scenery, amazing atmosphere, legendary volunteers. My only complaint was the terrain was pretty brutal on the feet.

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