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The Omen 66.6

02-Jun-2018 Guilford Cathedral, UK (England)

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107KM / 67Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

The Omen 66.6 Ultra and Baby Damien 6.66 is the first of the horrific running series. 

The full course takes in a good chunk of the North Downs Way with views of Guildford Cathedral as featured in The Omen film. At approximately 66.6 miles, point to point, this is a great distance for those preparing for a century or a tough challenge for less experienced ultra runners. 

Those who aren't quite up to this can enter as a relay team (or stick to the roughly 6.66 mile option). The race information pack can be found here

We provide:

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Finishers medal
  • Prizes for top 3 men and women
  • GPS course
  • Live tracking
  • First aid
  • 8 checkpoints with sweet and savoury options and hot food and drinks later on during the race
  • Drop bag facility
  • Return transport to start for solo runners
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DAVID CHAPMAN

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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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adamtoyne

02:25 04-06-18

2018 - This race deserves to be a lot bigger than it is in so many ways. Only a small field of runners, less than 20, left Guildford on a warm June morning, running past the Cathedral-scape made famous in The Omen. A short trot through town and it's off onto the North Downs. We follow the North Downs way for pretty much all of the 66.6 miles of the route and despite running a similar route to the M25 this is one of the most picturesque landscapes in the South including beautiful views from Boxhill and Reigate Hill to name a few. The North Downs way should more properly be titled the North up and downs way and those “ups” are brutal, mostly short, but very steep and after a while you’ll hate the site of the steps that have been helpfully provided for the frequent walkers and less frequent runners. Some navigation is required, although for the most part the NDW is very well signposted and runs pretty much directly west to east except for a short north and south drive on the end section. A total of 8 aid stations spaced pretty evenly every 6 – 8 miles were a blessing, particularly in the heat of the day when I was burning through my liquids at far too great a pace. Luckily a high proportion of the route is tree lined or covered, running through picturesque woodland, a lot of it quite ancient, only breaking out on the escarpments to take in the views or through the occasional valley. If like me you’re on the slower side of the pack you’ll need a good headtorch for the latter sections, although as already noted the path is well signed there are a few decision points and getting in before darkness fell was not going to happen on this day! I considered the cut-off of 20hrs quite generous before running this race, but would say in hindsight it is realistic and reasonable. Ending at Kits Coty House, one of a pair of Neolithic burial chambers is a nice touch and the only thing lacking in my view was a more “supported” ending, but with such a small field and commensurately small budget (I would imagine) this is not an issue. No doubt with a larger field and more people running together there would be more “atmosphere” at the end. Other than this it would have cracked 5 stars for me, a very tough and very enjoyable ultra!

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RobinDS

11:18 10-06-17

Quirkily themed race (nice sense of humour, great medals/trophies!), small informal group of organisers, but really nicely done - very supportive, friendly and knowledgeable. Live tracking is a great feature on this challenging self-navigated NDW course. Appreciated the good number of checkpoints, and the encouragement given by those manning them! Already planning a return next year to improve on my personal performance - this one deserves more runners for 2018!

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