Shropshire Way 80K Festival to serve up an endurance feast
Go big then go home after completing one of the three distances.
The Shropshire Hills will be alive to the sounds of 100% effort this weekend as participants take part in an 80K (50 miles), marathon and half marathon. They can expect tough climbs, breathtaking views and quality food this Saturday (2 April) at the Shropshire Way 80K Festival.
This festival is organised by charity Grow Cook Learn who manage the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and this fundraising event will enable them to continue their good work: bringing people and nature together through a range of activities to improve physical and mental wellbeing. It is sponsored by Airband (high speed internet).
On display at the centre is a replica skeleton of an adult male mammoth which has influenced two of the three events at the festival. These are the ‘Mammothon’ – 26.2 miles in 12 hours with 1250m of elevation and the ‘Half Mammothon’ – 13.1 miles in 6 hours with 650m of elevation.
Top billing goes to the SW80K or 50 miles, 2500m of elevation and a 24 hour time limit. Suitable for experienced runners and walkers only, this requires a range of skills including navigation, self-sufficiency and the ability to dig deep over tricky terrain in changeable conditions. Also a need to be comfortable running or walking in the dark whilst wearing a head torch.
There will be a good camaraderie between the 80K participants as they make their way through forests and fields, over summits and Iron Age hillforts along ancient routes. They will be looked after at well stocked checkpoints with a menu to make the mouth water! All dietary needs are catered for.
Staying with food... there is a breakfast at the end for the 80K participants.
Finishers receive a certificate of achievement and a festival memento. Aches and pains are soon forgotten but the sense of satisfaction will remain.
Image courtesy of Shropshire Way 80K Festival.