Endure 24 – Glastonbury for Runners…

We catch up with Senior iTAB Account Manager, Kirsty Moulsley, post her epic weekend at Mizuno Endure 24 in Reading…

The Endure 24 strap-line is ‘EPIC, BRUTAL, RELENTLESS’ – how does
it live up to it?
It is all of those things and more!  The event is Epic 4,000 runners around a 5-mile trail for 24 hours.  The Brutal bit was the rain – it made the course a bit slippy!  Relentless comes from having to go out again and again – but to be honest that’s part of the fun!

Who was in your team & what was your plan of attack?
There are five of us in the team: Carys, Geoff, James, Romana and myself.  Geoff, Romana and I have been in the team together for the last 4-years.

We didn’t have a plan of attack – just to ensure someone was on the course throughout the 24-hour period.  We decided to do double laps though the night to give everyone more rest – which ended up working really well for everyone.

The aim is to complete as many 5-mile laps as you can in 24 hours – how many did you finish on?
We completed 27 laps as a team, coming 47th out of 173 mixed teams of 3-5 people.  I did six laps; I was hoping for eight – but sadly we ran out of time!

Any tips on staying awake the whole time? Or did you steal naps between relays?
As we did double laps at night, I had a window of approximately 4.5 hours in between runs so was able to get a good chunk of sleep between midnight and 4.30am.

Can you tell me a bit about the Woodland route itself and the atmosphere?
The route is beautiful – mainly trail with a few hills thrown in.  There are a few Marshall Points around the course, along with the VDUB Vibes camper van pumping out some Rock and Roll tunes half-way round!

Who does the race attract?
The event attracts all types of runners – lots of running clubs, groups of friends along with solo runners and walkers too.   There is a chap from our running club – he’s 89 and completed 6 laps!

Some of the solo runners can run 100 miles plus! Did you see anyone undertaking the ‘100 Mile Club’?
Unfortunately, I didn’t see any of the 100-Mile Club runners – but I know there were a few out on the course!

Two final questions… Would you do it again? And have you ordered your iTAB?
Yes and yes – I will 100% do it next year – best weekend of the summer and its great to have an iTAB to celebrate the achievement.

If you’d like to celebrate your amazing achievement with an iTAB personalised with your name and finish time, click here

Find out more about Endure 24 Events here. The next one takes place in Leeds on 28th – 30th June 2019.