The HALO (19.3.22)

What a great race that was. The weather was benign, the course largely runnable, the marshals on form, and so much food at the checkpoint that I was still eating leftover pizza on Wednesday!! Excellent performances all round; silky running from Jason Redfern to complete 9 loops in 5 hours and 32 mins. He was hunted all day by Shelley Fairey who only lost ground on the final loop. Shelley too completed 9 loops in 5 hours and 43 mins. Full results are above. Next year’s event will take place on the Saturday 19th March – the day before Spring Equinox. Rumour has it that there will be a 12 hour version too. Entries will be open soon. Meantime thanks to all runners for making this inaugural edition a memorable one.

The HALO 19.3.22

Following a year of uncertainty, allow First Light Active to introduce you to The HALO, set to run on the Saturday closest to the Spring Equinox 2022. If that sentence doesn’t fill you with optimism then let me tell you a little more.

A scenic 4 mile lapped route across hilly meadows and picturesque woodland. The high terrain gives you expansive views across 2 counties and once you have descended into the valley you can recharge yourself alongside the lake and in the woodland before climbing back up again.

The HALO checkpoint is by the start at High Ashes. This will be stocked with individually packed consumables (bars, crisps, bananas, savouries, pizza etc) as well as hot drinks and water. You will get a motivating round of cheers, quacks and oinks every time you lap.

You have 6 or 12 hours to do as many laps as you can, your pace is down to you. Go hardcore and run for the duration or take it as a day’s jaunt with your mates and help each other through “just one lap more”.

Running near your parked cars means you might even grab a sit down, a picnic even!

The navigation conundrum is solved by this event. It is marked out and the lapped format means that you know what’s coming up next, and you should not really have to check a map.

Running commences from the High Ashes duckpond. Yep, you’ll have the sound of the happy ducks in your head for the whole of the event. Now tell me I’ve given you enough positive vibes!

Oh ok, I’ve mentioned High Ashes a lot, this event is run in partnership with their Rural Project and a proportion of your entry fee goes into supporting their work. HALO and HARP, now that conjures up a heavenly vision.

Enter right here at;

https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=8478

Download GPS here at;

https://gb.mapometer.com/running/route_5178424.html

The 12 hour runner wave will start at 8.00am with the 6 hour runner wave joining in the fun at 9am.

(Note, the route may have a small amendment depending on ground conditions nearer the time. What you see here is 95% set. The course will continue to be 4 miles in length)

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