Well we think it's pretty tough. It's hilly, it's muddy, it will probably be quite cold (it's in January). The scenery is terrific and the terrain varies wildly. We just love it!
The Doynton Hard Half Marathon is a tough cross country half marathon (approximately*). It mostly takes place on public footpaths, bridle paths, and country lanes thick with mud. Through rivers swollen with winter rain and over hills with hellish climbs and wicked descents. In fields, forests, farm tracks and forgotten footpaths. Add in old bridges, a quarry, a churchyard, a secret glade (this is true; it really is secret) topped off with some magnificent views and you’ll understand why we’re excited by our new race.
The Doynton Hard Half Marathon is a chip timed and fully marshalled race. Friendly faces will guide you to a generously sized free car park with plenty of space for 400 cars. Race HQ is a short walk away through the village and bag storage facilities are right on the doorstep so no inconvenient post-run excursions will be necessary. Our team of hi-vis marshals will efficiently guide you around the course and the village and will usher you to collect your finishers' t-shirt and goody bag. They will then direct you to the cake stall for some post-run energy (so keep some loose change in your pocket to spend afterwards).
A race for runners
A few early morning recces later we realised that this was something special.