Thunder Run is getting ready to rumble
Solos and teams will be running around the clock once again.
Just over two weeks to go to the Conti Thunder Run 2021 (23-25 July) which returns to Catton Park on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and there is no shortage of affection for this off-road multi-lap event that was sorely missed in 2020.
Organised by PVS Events Ltd, TR24 as it is better known has become a firm favourite and a regular fixture in any runner’s diary. It is tough but the experience and memories are worth it with people coming back each year to test themselves on the technical course. Whether you run one lap or 18, the atmosphere and camaraderie makes this an event that is hard to beat.
The situation with Covid means a series of measures in place for the weekend with safety a priority. Details of these can be found via the PVS Events website and in the downloadable event information booklet. None of which will spoil the enjoyment for individuals, their friends and families after a difficult 16 months.
The weekend warms up on Friday (23 July) with a pyjama run for U12’s and a pre-event party complete with a DJ. Saturday sees a 10K race at 9am then everyone will line up at 11.50am ready to start at 12 noon for 24 hours of running. Solos, pairs, small and large teams complete multiple 10K laps throughout the day and into the night, their head torches making a visually stunning sight as they weave in and out of the trees. They finish at 12 noon on Sunday.
An important factor is the weather: there have been heatwaves, torrential rain, mud and storms at TR24 before now and our unpredictable climate is likely to throw up a few challenges this year. It is all part of the fun.
The excitement is building ahead of 23-25 July and the chance to meet with others and achieve a personal goal or take it all in and have a weekend to remember.
Image courtesy of Drew Wilson.