Regular GeoVation blog readers, may remember a few weeks ago I posted about the active challenge that myself and colleagues at Ordnance Survey were undertaking to raise money for our corporate charity Southampton Women’s Aid a charity which provides help and assistance to women and children affected by domestic abuse.
We did it! On the weekend of 26- 27 July our team of 5, Matt White, me, Matt Pillinger, James Clarke and James’ wife Vicki completed the Adidas Thunder Run 24 hour running challenge which started at 12 noon on Saturday and continued through the night with each of the team running 10km laps in turn for 24 hours! Also with us was our ‘team manager’ Den Alexander who played an invaluable role in keeping us organised and healthy in mind and body over the weekend! Below is an update of how the weekend went.
When we arrived on Friday night nothing could have prepared us for the sheer number of tents and runners there – it was like a music festival – only for runners! Having never done an event like this before none of us knew just how long we could keep going, and we were all very nervous!
Having registered and got our numbers, timing chips and baton and attending the pre-race briefing, 12 noon on Saturday soon arrived and James was ready on the start line to get us going to a cracking start! The course was described as technical trail which meant that it was hilly (149 metres of ascent on each lap) over grassland, tree routes and track. It started with a hard 2km climb up through woodland and then undulated through grassland and more sections of woodland. There was one water station between 5 and 6km and then a further climb followed by the ‘technical section’ which meant a narrow trail with switchbacks and tree roots galore for about 1km. This was followed by a further climb to a ridge (with views for miles) and then down back through the Continue reading 'Team Ordnance Survey “storm” to a running challenge.'»