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Serpent Trail Races

07-Jul-2018 Petersfield, Hampshire, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
100KM / 62Miles
1 Day - 350 Runners

Alternate Distances: 50KM/31M 21KM/13M 10KM/6M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £95 GBP

The 100k race is the full length of the Serpent Trail and has been designed to allow participants to be as fast and light as possible.

Starting on a Surrey high street, within a mile the trail enters woodland, ascends to the highest point in the South Downs National Park and snakes through glades, copses, fields and heathland as it rises and falls through the Wealden Greensand Hills.

The 50k race starts from near Petworth, the mid-point of the Serpent Trail and along with the Half Marathon and 10k races is along the southern section of the trail to Petersfield.

The second half of the Serpent Trail has smaller hills and lower level sandy trails and paths with sections of road linking them up, so are suitable and inclusive for walkers as well as runners.

Each race has coach transport included from the Venue / Finish to the respective start of the race.

There is camping available at the venue for the weekend and excellent access and travel connections from major motorways, trunk roads and mainline rail to Petersfield on the London Waterloo / Portsmouth service to the race venue.

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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.

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Peter Telford

12:53 08-07-18

I did the 100Km - this is an excellent run with beautiful scenery. As ever i made a few navigational errors but the organisers have worked really hard to provide good signage along the whole route so I expect this was down to me not them

There is a good buzz around this whole event - I didn't camp but there is a campsite right on the start/finish, excellent facilities and a fantastic support crew. It was really hot and the care and attention at each of the checkpoints with ice-packs and drinks was brilliant.
If you want an 'entry/intermediate' level 100Km I would thoroughly recommend this event

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nosbig007

01:20 07-07-17

I took part in the 50km but there are also 100km, half marathon and 10km.

The idea behind these events is great. You travel to the finish and register, and you are transferred to the start. Each race starts at different times and the cut offs are generous enough to allow walkers.

The route is really beautiful, covering woods and heathland. Some of the markers in the first half were hard to find which resulted in a few mistakes but this only added a couple of miles. The last 20km was well marked with additional arrows.

The support from the marshalls was great and the checkpoints were well stocked, as was the bar at the finish!!

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