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With just one month to go until the Wild Night Run, we decided to run round the course on Thursday night. Thanks to all the recent rain conditions are tough. In fact mile-for-mile it is definitely tougher and guarantees more ‘grime and punishment’ and more boulders for your buck than the famous Grizzly race. The bog section is properly boggy and thanks to all the recent rain the rocky sections are rockier than ever as any remaining top soil has been washed away. When you finally reach a short stretch of tarmac it feels like running on a feather bed. There’s a fantastic gentle downhill Moor section of a mile and a half or so where you can really let rip, but even here you need to keep your eyes skinned to avoid your foot being swallowed by one of the scattered boggy bits.
To put it in context Wildrunning founder and winner of last year’s Grizzly Ceri Rees can easily knock out sub-5 minute mile intervals on tarmac. But you’ll see that on a recent reccy of the Wild Night Run his Strava mile splits were considerably slower. To be fair Ceri was taking it easy and would be going faster in a race situation but it’s a sign that this race is not to be under-estimated.