Endure 24 2015, Solo and Team Events

Trek and Run were supported during this event by;

Salba Chia 

Gore Running Wear

Push Nutrition

On Running

Robens Tents

Helly Hansen

and

Garmin Actions Cameras

Photos by Dave Sherman

First of all, here’s a film made by Dave Wise and Dave Sherman whilst running the event to give you an idea of the course and the atmosphere.

Part 1 by Dave Wise

I was entered in the solo category. I shan’t talk too much about the organisation of the event, it’s enough to say that there were sufficient emails sent out by the Endure 24 team to keep me informed and give me what I needed to get to the event and ready to run, which is perfect I think. No waste of paper by sending out Bib numbers, no demands to pick your race packet up the day before. We just drove up to the event village/campsite, set up our tents, walked a few metres to the registration tent, picked up our race packs and t-shirts from the friendly staff (they remembered me from 2 years before, how nice is that) and then settled down to chill out and enjoy the evening. I was on my own (solo runners can camp next to the course, which is what I did, whilst the teams have to camp further away; although solos could camp further away too if they wanted, I wanted to be next to the course so that I could nip into my tent now and again to get food between running my laps) so just wanted to sleep but many people had bought their families so there were BBQ’s and gazeobos everywhere and music on the wind; I really liked the vibe, it was one of the best I’ve experienced. I thought all the music would keep me awake but come 10pm everything quietened down and I got the sleep I needed to set me up for the 24 hours of running that lay ahead.

Everybody has their own strategy with 24 hour races. Some run fast and take frequent breaks to eat and even sleep, others run fast until they can’t run fast any more and then just deal with what happens next when it happens whilst others, like me, just try to keep a steady pace all the way and hope that not stopping for any breaks will make up the time on others that they loose by going steady/slow. I knew the course record was 24 laps, or 120 miles, and I thought that if I could achieve that, then I’d have done well and would perhaps win.

I felt confident, I had my nutrition sorted out (Japanese rice balls, home-made energy bars and balls, humus and olive wraps and chia fresca to drink plus a few Push gels to take later in the race if needed) and I’d been running in Canada all winter where the minus 20 to minus 35 chill had toughened me up so I thought I’d have a good chance if I could just keep up a steady pace of 50 minute laps to start with and then around 1 hour laps after the halfway point.

The film will give you a good idea of the route. A well marshalled, good mix of wide, graded 4 x 4 tracks and single track, a few hills that most solo runners chose to walk and a couple of fast downhills all set in a beautiful forest. Halfway round the 5 mile course was an aid station with Cliff gels (I can’t bear these, they are far too thick) and Cliff Shot Blox (much better) and water; these Cliff products are all ok for vegans as well as meat eaters (there was a veggie burger option in the campsite catering tent too). I’m vegan, and there were loads of other vegan runners at the event too so it was good to see the organisers taking care of all of our needs.

I ran well. So well in fact that I was composing my victory speech in my head by the time I got to the 25 mile stage. Regardless of the fact that I lay in 17th place at that point, I was confident.

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A moment that wasn’t captured on the film came at about midnight (we didn’t film at night, we were concentrating on the ground too much, making sure we didn’t fall over). I was listening to The Beach Boys ‘Surfin USA’ on my MP3 whilst running through a thick forest where the tree trunks were illuminated with strings of twinkling lights on a single track path that led slightly downhill and was clogged with roots when 2 ladies dressed as fairies appeared. One was dressed in all white, the other on all pink.

“Well done!” they smiled, “keep it up!” They stayed around for the next couple of laps, offering encouragement each time runners passed through this lovely little grove. Wow, surreal.

By 7am I was in 3rd position and had covered 100 miles but was amazed to hear that the guys ahead of me were a full lap in front. Amazing. They were going to break the course record, for sure. I scanned my body mentally and saw how tired I was; there was no way I was going to catch them.

I’d not been able to eat since about 10 hours into the race, so next time my nutrition will be more heavy on the liquids than the solids. Pineapple juice went down lovely, as did the Salba Chia fresca drink, and the Cliff Shot Blox offered for free at the aid station helped me keep going too. I had a technique for working out my nutrition, it was nothing fancy, nothing to do with working out how many calories I was taking in but more a case of asking myself, simply, how do I feel? Am I thirsty? Hungry? Bloated? Too tired or just tired? It sounds contrary to the nutritionists advice, right? We’re meant to eat and drink before we get hungry or thirsty, right? Well, I’ve found this is wrong, for me anyway. If you’re in charge of your mind enough to ask yourself if you’re thirsty or hungry, then you’re in charge enough not to be fooled by your body. I just asked the question and acted according to the response, and that worked well for me.

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The crowds turned out for the final hour of the event and made the finish line a satisfying, noisy experience. It was great to finally stop running and realise that I wasn’t in too bad shape – no injuries or blisters at all – considering what I’d just done!

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Dave handed me a beer and told me I’d managed to hang onto 3rd place and do 120 miles, so I was happy with that. The winner and 2nd place had each done a massive 130, incredible, hats off to them both.

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And now, the Team Report by Dave Sherman…

It had been a sunny day as we pulled into the Endure 24 site at Wasing Park Estate 8:30pm Friday evening ready to set up camp. The weather report for the weekend was predicting highs of 22 degrees Celsius late afternoon Saturday and rain around midday Sunday when we’d be finishing our race, and overnight the lowest the temperature would drop would be 13 degrees with low wind but high humidity, so even though it wouldn’t be a comfortable run it’d still be enjoyable and pretty warm for the majority of the 24 hours so long as the rain held off as promised.

After dropping Dave off at the solo campsite and heading into the larger camping area set aside for relay teams, we were pleased to spot an empty section of field not far from the event village so in the absence of anyone telling us not to set up there we pitched our tents, set up a disposable BBQ and cooked our dinner. The following morning we discovered (via. a number of rude conversations within close proximity of our tents) how a local running club had ‘reserved’ the piece of field we were in for their friends tents, however a quick re-check of the pre-race information confirmed all spaces were first-come first-served so we stayed put and thankfully there was enough room in the space for all of us – however this put us in a pretty bad mood first thing Saturday morning when we should’ve been focusing on preparing for the race rather than worrying about having to relocate our tents!

After a quick wash in some portable showers set up just outside the camping area we headed into the race village the check out what was on offer. Alongside the usual sponsor tents including a Clif bar samples stall (all the bite sized chunks of Clif bar you can eat!) and an inflatable Mizuno pop-up shop were a giant circus style tepee which housed sports therapists and masseuses and a giant marquee which housed the registration area and stall selling hot food. The race info had mentioned a ‘reasonably priced caterer’ although with my previous experiences of race catering (£6 for a slop burger… £7 for sausage-inna-bun) I was curious just how ‘reasonable’ this would actually be, so I was pleased to see burgers for £4, bacon rolls for £3.40 and a huge range of cakes for £1.20 (all homemade), sweets and chocolate bars. I was surprised not to see a ‘camping essentials’ stall offering items such as tent pegs, disposable BBQs and other items which people may have wished they’d brought or forgotten, however all other bases had been covered and with music playing throughout the race village and a huge canvas set up for people to leave supportive messages, there was a great festival feel as people milled about preparing for the race.

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As Dave W and I stood in the start area I noticed how events of this type really do attract every type of runner including running clubs (of course!), fancy dress runners (‘7 Snow Whites and 1 Dwarf’ were the most memorable) and quite a few people in self-printed t-shirts with various arrangements of the words ‘Endure 24 June 2015′. There was an awesome buzz in the air and after a quick safety briefing it was time to go!

Lap 1: Dave

The pre-race info had described the terrain as ‘multi-terrain uneven and narrow in places’ so I decided I would take the first lap gently, matching Dave W’s pace because of course he had quite a few miles ahead of him so it would’ve been crazy for him to risk burning out so early on.

We started on a concrete path and straight away I was worrying whether trail shoes had been a poor choice, but before long we hit the trails and the rest of the course was a mix of trail, mud, grass and chalk. It really was a beautiful and scenic route and although there were a few up-hills, there wasn’t anything too stressful to deal with and the ground was incredibly soft under-foot making it really comfortable to run on. We also heard a number of loud bangs – almost like gun shots – which could’ve been clay pigeon shooting nearby, or maybe marshalls using shotguns to stop people leaving the course pee in the woods!

Just before the 5k mark a sign stating ‘Welcome to the Watering Hole’ took us into a clearing which looked like something out of ‘I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here!’ A wooden shack had been built and named ‘Al’s bar’ and offered water, energy gels and Clif bar shot blocks and with music playing it offered a nice, if slightly surreal, break from the run. After a short feed-stop I was off again back into the trees…

The final kilometres had a few hairy moments as we twisted and turned through the trees occasionally passing over huge dips and tree roots – this was going to be fun in the dark! – and just after the 7km mark we re-entered the race village as the course zig-zagged through aisles of tents.

Before long I passed under the giant inflatable arch and over the chip readers – lap 1 complete in 46 minutes. The relay changeover point was clearly marked and as soon as I spotted Steve who’d be taking over from me, I passed him the relay wrist-band and he was off! I headed back to the campsite and it was time to chill for a while – I had a nice long wait until my double laps would begin…

Lap 2: Steve

Now since I was only able to stay at Endure 24 for Saturday, and was therefore unable to stay overnight to support the rest of the team, I offered myself up to be a bit of a dogs body for the first 12 hours of the race. We carefully planned and predicted times in the back of a Dora the Explorer notebook (as any professional athletes would) with myself intended to run alternating laps for the first few hours to give the others a chance to rest. This having been a month since my last race, I was feeling great and rearing to go. After our first successful wristband/relay exchange I headed off at a swift pace, thoroughly enjoying the scenery and revelling in the hills that I’d heard so much about, even daring to sprint up them. I enjoyed the terrain and overall route so much that I don’t think I really took it in too much, passing Al’s bar by, as I didn’t really need any water. I finished my lap and sent Laura on her way with a good sweat on and very much looking forward to my next lap.

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Lap 3: Laura

I did the third lap taking over from Steve. I had the usual worry when I was waiting to take the wristband in the transition area (5 miles is quite a long way for me); Would I be able to make it round? Would the course be really tough? Having a team relying on me made these feelings even more paramount. I’d hate to be the one to let them down or leave someone waiting ages for me to get back. The fact that I knew this was only the first lap of several made this even worse because if it truly was awful I’d have no choice but to man up and get on with it.

I needn’t have worried. The woodland that we were running through was beautiful. There were thick trees everywhere, loads of birds chirping and lovely scenery everywhere we ran. There was a water station/ snack bar set up between 4k and 5k and lots of marshals along the route to give support and to direct runners through potentially tricky turns in the course.

I developed a system where I ran/jogged along flat or downhill sections and walked up any hills to give myself a bit of a breather. This worked well and I managed to complete the lap in 1 hour and 3 minutes! I was very happy with this time and I handed the wristband over to Nicola for lap 4.

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Lap 4: Nicola

Having found out I was taking part in the race at the last minute and therefore not having trained I was a little apprehensive about the race. The atmosphere within the camp was really good with feeling of camaraderie rife. Being the fourth person in our team to run was a little more reassuring as every time someone came back to camp, a debrief of the course occurred. The start of the race the adrenaline was pumping and with the support of the crowd I felt good. The scenery throughout the race was really nice and made it quite enjoyable. As I was previously unaware of the terrain I wore my normal running shoes – this overall was not a problem however due to rain the previous rain there was some areas where the ground was a little slippery. The water stop at 5k was defiantly needed for me, and the energy shots and blocks added an extra boost that helped me complete the rest of the course. Other than the extra-long hill just after the water stop I found overall the second half of the course much easier and enjoyable. The last kilometre running through the camp in between the tents with all the support from the other runners definitely kept me going but I was still relieved to hand over the yellow band at the end and proud that I managed to do it in just over an hour! At this point I glad for it to be over but wasn’t a nice thought that I had to complete another lap later on.

Lap 5: Steve

After finishing Lap 1 in 38 minutes, I decided to take it a bit slower this time and walk up the bigger hill in mile 3, aiming for about the hour mark. The nearly2 hours of break that I had between laps had given me a good chance to recover and I was feeling good again. I took the opportunity to even take in a bit more of the scenery including a lake secluded by overhanging trees, and the resonating blasts of shotguns from nearby clay-pigeon shooting. Location wise, I don’t think that Endure could have done better and the gradient, terrain and scenery of the route itself was, in my opinion, perfection. I took the chance to grab a quick cup of water at Al’s this time and spied some energy gels and blocks that I planned on pillaging later in the day, but for now I was feeling fresh and determined. However, even with feeling like I was slowing down, and walking up the giant hill, I actually managed this lap quicker than my first, crossing the line after only 42 minutes.

Lap 6: Vijay

This was my first lap, I was the last of the team to go and I had heard people talking about the route, particularly one or 2 big hills that had been mentioned a few times. As a fat, unfit individual this was far from music to my ears.

Never the less I was looking forward to getting my first lap under way. The change-over was pretty quick and I was off on my way. Very quickly into the lap I was in the woods there were a few small hills but nothing compared the expectation built up in my mind. The route was visually stunning, a great run through the woods and by the lake. There was one big hill which I decided to take it easy on as I had plenty more laps to do and I didn’t want to exhaust myself too early. At the end of the Lap I was back in the event village area where Steve was waiting to take the wrist band from me and he was on his way and I was to rest up for my next lap.

Lap 7: Steve

Less than an hour after I had handed over the yellow wristband and collapsed in front of our tent, I was again up and waiting to start my third lap. This time I don’t think I had recovered enough and was beginning to feel a little stiff. In fact, for the first mile or so my shins were aching with each step, which I think was a result of bounding downhill too heavy-footed. While I trudged on clumsily navigating my way up the hills, I felt envious of the spritely fellow runners who were clearly just on their first lap of the course, and likewise I felt totally intimidated by the endurance of the solo runners. I took a longer stop-over at Al’s this time, chewing gratefully on an energy block before stumbling away down the trail, well aware that this lap was seemingly far longer than my two previous laps. After I dragged myself across the finish in just over 47 minutes, I felt truly awful and needed about 10 minutes just for my head to stop pounding.

Lap 8: Nicola

With 1.5 hours in between my laps my legs had started to tighten up as I cooled down and made me even more apprehensive to start the next lap. The plan was to take this lap a lot slower and walk where necessary, which was particularly important considering I had just eaten. The first 3k of this lap definitely felt a lot longer and I wasn’t entirely sure if I was able to complete it however once I got into a steady rhythm it got a lot easier and the water station seemed to appear a lot quicker. On this lap I carried a bottle of water round with me as well as stopping at the station for some cold water and an energy block and felt that this helped keep me going. The biggest hill after 5k really took the energy out of my legs even though I walked it and remember thinking “I’m sure it wasn’t this long or steep on my last lap”. As it was getting later the glow sticks and lights around some of the trees were being put up which made the course even more scenic than before however I am not sure how comfortable I would have felt running it in the middle of the night even with a head torch. I actually really enjoyed the last 2k of the race even having some conversations with other runners about how they were feeling but as with the previous lap I was very happy to see my team member and hand over the yellow band and was very pleased I managed to do it in only 4 minutes slower than my previous lap! The support around the finish and in the last kilometre where you ran through the tents had reduced at this point where everyone was getting more tired and were also eating before their next laps but still felt the atmosphere kept you running.

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Lap 9: Vijay

For my second lap I knew what to expect and was still feeling relatively fresh and ready for a run, though I was planning to take this lap easier as I didn’t think I could do numerous laps of course at the pace of my first.

It was fine, I was still enjoying the route and the views but I did take it easier and for a couple small parts I walked to try not to push it too much. But at the end I was still feeling okay and finished without too much difficulty. I was starting to feel a couple aches in my legs at this point but I know I still had plenty left to do.

Lap 10: Steve

Clearly having underestimated just how draining the stopping-and starting would be for me, I was feeling far worse than expected when I started what was to be my fourth and final lap of Endure 24. I had to take a few painkillers for my head, which was still throbbing, and the humidity in the thicket of the surrounding trees, this time, gave me a very heavy sweat. I had narrowly missed the deadline for the compulsory wearing of head torches, but I enjoyed the eerie twilight of the woods that seemed to hang in the air. It genuinely felt as if I was taking this lap far slower than my previous 3, and resorted to the kind lucid daydreaming, in order to take my mind away from the agony of running, that I normally reserve for the closing few miles of marathons. While I had truly enjoyed Endure24, I think that for someone of my intermediate running ability, that I tried to take on a bit too much, a bit too quickly, and paid for it! I did however, still manage to finish lap 4 in just over 45 minutes.

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Lap 11: Laura

After my first lap at about 2:30 in the afternoon I had the rest of the day to relax and chill out. I ate, read my kindle and even managed a nap in the tent for about an hour. Happy days! So when it came to my second lap at about 9pm I was more than ready.

I don’t know if it was the fact that I was well rested, had eaten a few hours before or whether it was just the comfort in running a route that was no longer unknown to me, but I LOVED my second lap. I still walked on any uphill parts but I just felt incredibly happy running along with my music playing, a light breeze and the early evening light.

Knowing where the hills were coming made me feel better as I could start slowing myself down leading up to them and picking up the pace on the down hills so I could make up a bit of time.

From 8pm onwards it was compulsory for anyone starting a lap to wear a head torch or carry a hand torch. I was given a head torch by one of the boys. I had never worn one before and unfortunately it was the only thing that spoilt the fun of this lap for me. It wouldn’t stay on my straight because of my ponytail and it kept sliding down over my eyes. I didn’t switch it on in the end because it really was still perfectly light to run without it and I hope I’m never in a position where I need to use one again.

A shout out needs to be given at this point to the supporters near the 6k marker that were dressed as fairies and angels and had decorated that part of the course with lots of trees covered in fairy lights. This was genuinely a highlight for me during this lap.

In the end I managed to shave a minute off my previous time and complete this lap in 1 hour and 2 minutes. I was over the moon. I then handed the reins (wristband) over to Dave and headed back to camp. After a toilet break, a tuna sandwich and a much-needed can of beer I bedded down for the night to let the boys take charge of the overnight laps.

Laps 12 and 13: Dave

After a wait which felt like forever, it was finally time to start my night-time double laps. I’d decided to stick with 10 minute miles and see how I felt and after such a long break where I’d enviously been watching everyone around me running, it felt great to get out on the trail again! As I started to run the last dregs of twilight were still in the sky so it wasn’t quite dark just yet, but I still had to be careful under-foot and it wasn’t long before the sky darkened enough that I was grateful to have a headtorch with me. Although the course was still the same as when I’d first run, glowsticks now lined the path and it was amazing just how different the course looked in the dark! An isotonic cocktail bar had been set up just after Al’s diner offering shots of Lucozade, and two marshalls – one dressed as fairy and one as an angel – were cheering on runners at the 7km mark where lights had been wrapped round tree trunks giving an ethereal feel to that particular section. Along the final stretch through the campsite people were sitting outside their tents supporting runners as they passed by, and at 11:30pm I completed my first double – 15 miles in the bag for me – and handed the wrist-band to Vijay…

Lap 14: Vijay

In my rest before this lap, my third lap, a couple aches had started taking toll and my knee was causing a bit of discomfort. I was hoping once I started running it would loosen up my legs, luckily it did.

This was my first night run, I had been a bit apprehensive about this as I wasn’t sure how lack of visibility and some slippery surfaces would fair but I was also looking forward to it I had never run an event at night. Running the route with a head torch was a bit of a hindrance but I was having to concentrate on the route more so this didn’t bother me too much. The route had been marked with glow sticks which helped me find my way and parts of the run in the woods had trees wrapped in lights which looked great on the night run in dark woods. My legs were starting to feeling the strain by the end of this lap but I really enjoyed my first night run and was looking forward to my next.

Laps 15 and 16: Dave

As I started lap 15 it really was the dead of night and I was surprised to see just how dead the course was! It may have been because the runners were so spread out, or maybe some teams had decided to take a rest at this mental hour, however as much as the course was barren it really was eerily peaceful and quite enjoyable after how busy the weekend had felt so far. Although I was still feeling ok at this point, seeing Al’s diner at the 5km mark was a welcome sight as it told me I was over quarter of the way through my final lap and the next lap wasn’t far away – we still had a good few hours ahead of us and I was worrying how I’d be feeling after a few more laps!

Unfortunately at the start of lap 15, this was where the pain began… It started as a dull ache in my upper abs, but but before long I felt my stomach cramping and my abs were well and truly screaming with the amount of punishment I’d put them through! Although I wouldn’t call the course hilly, there were enough slopes to justify some concentration and a few times I’d found myself tightening my core for stability and I think the pain I was feeling now was the result – it’s crazy how you don’t realise which muscles you’ve been using during a run until they start hurting! As I finished lap 15 and headed back to the camp to wake Vijay up I really was looking forward to a chance to rest ready for my final double which would take us to the 95 mile marker…

Lap 17: Vijay

Before this lap, my fourth, I had starting cramping up in my legs and the cold of the middle of the night was really getting to me and my knee was aching but I was hoping again that once I started running it would loosen up and it be okay like my previous lap.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this time. My legs seemed to have had enough. I started off running and the pain wasn’t easing but I hopeful that it would. I had to stop and walk a few times but felt I was doing okay. That was until, I hit the big hill, this about the 5k mark and still 3k from the end. I walked the hill and was planning to break into a jog after this, but this wasn’t happening. The last 3k of this lap took me a long time to get through. Once I had finished this lap I was thinking I had was out for the rest of the race but I was hoping to get some sleep and see how I felt later on.

Lap 18: Dave

As I left the camp it was crazy to see the sun was shining brightly – it was morning already! I began my lap and heading out into the forest the trees were filled with the beautiful sound of birdsong – literally hundreds of birds singing to each other and filling the trees with their incredible dawn chorus as I ran through the forest. There was no need for a head-torch anymore and it was shaping up to be a gorgeous day and a perfect finish to an awesome event!

This should’ve been a double-lap but as you can tell by the title, it wasn’t to be… Strangely enough, despite the pain in my stomach and abs (which had magnified compared to earlier) I was feeling good to go for the double and even at Al’s diner I’d convinced myself I’d be re-visiting the clearing again at least one more time, but as I reached the finish line at the end of lap 18 the doubts crept in, my mind took over, and I stared thinking ‘you’ve done 30 miles – an ultramarathon – why do you need to go again?!’ To be fair, at this point my mental reply should’ve been ‘to help my team smash 100 miles’ but it was too late – my mind and body were knackered and I’d resigned myself that now was a good time to call it quits, so with an aching body I headed back to the camp to hand over to Laura…

Lap 19 and 20: Laura

Dave woke me at 5.30AM with the news that I was up again. I made no pretense that this lap wouldn’t be quick or even enthusiastic. I like my sleep and to be roused from it to go and trundle 5 miles (I wasn’t even alluding to running anymore) at silly o’clock in the morning is not high on my list of fun weekends. Nonetheless, it was a team effort and I dragged myself up, filled my water, pulled on my trainers and headed to the start area.

This ended up being my slowest lap at 1 hour and 40 minutes because I pretty much walked the entire way.

If I thought that running the previous day had been pretty it had nothing on the early morning. The sun was coming up, there was dew on the grass and the birds were out in full force. Although I was tired and crabby I can’t deny that it really was a lovely place to be walking through and I seemed to be back at the beginning in no time.

I headed back to the tent and the plan was to give the wristband over to Vijay but both of the boys were really tired from being up most of the night. We added up how far we had travelled as a team and realized we were at 95 miles. It had been out target from the beginning to try and reach 100 miles so that meant that we needed to get in one more lap. I was starting to get achy by this point but knew that the boys had ran much further than me so it really was only fair for me to go round again. I resolved to get a couple more hours kip and then get back out there so I set my alarm for 9.30am and drifted back off to sleep.

When my alarm went off I was not a happy bunny. I was stiff and creaky. The 15 miles that I had run in total made it the furthest I had ever run in one day (previously a half marathon of 13.1 miles was the furthest I had gone) and I did not relish the thought of going round one more time. Dave did offer to go instead but I could see that he was tired and just trying to be nice to me and out of all of us he had run the furthest so I declined, put fresh running kit on and set off again. I’ve got no idea how long it took me this time. I imagine I just went into some kind of zen space where all my previous laps merged into one and I remember nothing significant about my final lap except for the finish. The finish was cool. All the rest of my team had wandered down to the finish line to wait for me and it was great crossing that line and being given the medal. That made it 100 miles in total for our team and I had run 20 miles in total, which was way over my previous longest distance. Dave handed me a beer and we settled down to wait for Dave Wise (Trek and Run’s solo entrant) to finish.

Final words: Dave Sherman

It wasn’t long until Dave W approached the finish line and we watched as he crossed the line to complete his 24th lap. I told him that he still had time to fit in one more lap but he was finished and I don’t blame him – we all felt pretty knackered having run a total of 100 miles between the 5 of us, but incredibly Dave had just completed 120 miles just by himself. Dave had managed to finish in 3rd place and we had an hour to wait until the prize-giving so we decided to head back to camp and pack up our camping equipment.

Without a doubt it had been an incredible weekend, and even though our planned team of 8 hadn’t worked out quite as expected we’d all clubbed together and still managed to cover an incredible distance between the 5 of us, not to mention the fact we’d all had a great time and learnt a lot from the experience. Endure 24 hadn’t defeated us but it had definitely proved its name as it really was the definition of an endurance event – and one which we can’t wait to tackle again.

To discover more about Endure 24, please visit http://www.endure24.co.uk/

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