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Punchbowl Marathon

10-Feb-2019 Witley Village Hall, Surrey, UK (England)

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48KM / 30Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

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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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SarahCrunning

01:06 13-02-18

I ran this in 2018 and can highly recommend it. LDWA challenge events are phenomenal value, and this one did not disappoint. The checkpoints, facilities and food available at the the end are better than for some races for which I have paid several times the amount. This event was particularly well organised - entry is via the Sientries system and comprehensive route descriptions and instructions are emailed out prior to the event with links to a GPX file of the route.

This is a really beautiful route on footpaths and bridleways around the Devil's Punch Bowl. Most of the paths are through woodland, but it is surprisingly varied - there are muddy sections with lots of tree roots, a few rockier paths, and some surprisingly easy to run on hard-packed sand trails. There is also some heathland and some more exposed sections of trail on the higher ground. Whilst some parts of the route do get very muddy if there has been rain, it is not relentless - the sandy trails are very runnable. There are enough good climbs to make the route interesting, but it isn't brutal. The climbs are certainly worth it - there are stunning views from Crooksbury Hill and Kettlebury Ridge as well as from the rim of the Devil's Punch Bowl - a deep depression in the landscape that resembles a natural amphitheatre.

I thoroughly enjoyed this event. I was lucky enough to run it on a clear and sunny day and was able to take full advantage of the views. The terrain felt challenging enough to keep me focused but runnable enough to treat it as a long training run in between other races. The electronic timing cards made checking in at checkpoints very quick and easy and the volunteers were as helpful and friendly as they are at every LDWA event. Navigation was fairly straightforward with the GPX file, and the notes are also very comprehensive. All of this for £8 for LDWA members - that's £16 cheaper than for non-members. Membership costs £13 a year. It's a no-brainer and these guys are worth supporting.

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bigtedruns

08:07 08-03-16

Another great LDWA organised event for the courteous runner. Comprehensive notes, well stocked and friendly check points. I did the 30 miles over stunning, but very challenging countryside terrain and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Highly recommended.

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philliph

04:31 24-02-16

As ever, excellent event, challenging interesting course, good route description provided and super views - and on this occasion, perfect weather for running. An event to be recommended for sure.

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andersmac

11:30 24-02-16

Thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 Punchbowl Marathon; opted for the baby distance of 20 miles rather than committing fully to the 30 miler so can only comment on that. The route was beautiful on a bright, chilly morning and fantastically well described in the route notes. As always, the lovely scenery was joined up nicely by the most welcome stops for biscuits at the checkpoints.

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