It's time to turn Christmas pink and yellow baby --- Well, it just had to be done and so Phoenix Running is inviting you to join them for our 'Barb vs. Ken Run' along the Thames towpath this festive season. The medal for this event is being kept tightly under wraps, but needless to say it will be suitably epic, oh, and double sided, oh and then there's pink, oh and glitter, but no roller blades allowed. You really won't want to miss this one. The only real question is will you come as a B or a K....?
This is one of their timed events where you choose - from 5km to 10k, half to marathon to ultra, you can complete as many, or as few, laps as you like of a 5.3km, 3.28 mile, out and back, course along the beautiful river Thames. All abilities of runner are welcome - complete one lap and you're both a finisher and a winner, or keep going and see how far you can get in the full 7-hour time limit and everyone gets the fabulous bespoke finishers' medal.
A uniquely flexible 'rock up and run' start times policy is in place, where you can start any time within a 1-hour start window, so no waiting around if you arrive early and no added pressure if you're running a bit late. If you have any special start time requirements then just get in touch because depending on the distance you are planning to run, Phoenix can pretty much accommodate all start time requests.
Whilst Phoenix Running is very much about the bling, they're also acutely conscious that events can be expensive to enter and times are tough right now. They're in their 8th year of fixed prices for our standard-themed events, but to try and do their bit, there is a 'no medal' entry option at a flat £20. This covers base costs and you get a run with all the usual Phoenix support, epic aid station, same-day results published, athletes profiles, Phoenix World, digital BIBs, digital finishers certificates, etc, etc but without a medal they can keep the price low for this entry option.
Not sure? Well the beauty of this format is that you don't even need to decide in advance - simply come and run a lap and see how you feel on the day and keep on going if it feels right.
Places will be strictly limited so don't leave it too late to enter.
Minimum distance is 3.28 miles or as far as you can go in 6 hours. Off road trail, the terrain is riverside towpath. The overall course has no elevation gain / loss making this a flat and fast route.
Phoenix Running offer two different courses from the Weir in Walton. The 'Blue Bridge' route takes you west along the Thames, passing over the small 'Blue Bridge' before passing under Walton Bridge before returning. The 'Hampton Court' route takes you east along the times in the direction of 'Hampton Court', passing Sunbury Locke on the way before returning. Both courses are along scenic towpaths and have no elevation gain / loss making them both fast and flat routes. The course will be confirmed one week prior to the event and dependent on factors such as planned local events and the weather.