Race to the King along the South Downs Way to Winchester Cathedral

Race to the King

Walk, jog or run 53.6 miles along the South Downs Way to Winchester Cathedral this weekend

Race to the King, the award winning double marathon along the South Downs Way from the Slindon Estate in Sussex to Winchester Cathedral, is taking place this weekend.

KingMore than 1000 people will walk, jog or run the spectacular course non-stop or over the course of two days camping overnight.

Zoe Morrall, 29, from Portsmouth, has never even run a marathon before, but she is running Race to the King over two days to raise money for Wessex Heartbeat, which provides support for babies, children, adults and their families treated at the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital.

“My dad recently had heart surgery and was home within a week,” she says. “If he can recover from heart surgery and think about his next races, I can definitely push through and challenge myself to do Race to the King – even though I’ve never run a marathon.”

Zoe’s fundraising link is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runzoerun18

Dean Bailey, 59, from Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, is running for the second year – this time for fun, having raised £1400 for the British Heart Foundation last year when he ran with his daughter, Lisa Bailey.

“The real reflection on Race to the King last year came a few days afterwards, when I said to my family ‘that was the best event I have ever done’. It was at that point I decided to do it all again. I can’t wait to stand on the start line again this June, a year older and race wiser.”

The fastest runners are expected to take seven or eight hours while most will take it at a much gentler pace. The event is fully supported with a signed route, medical support, regular pit stops, and an overnight basecamp with luggage transfer, tents, delicious hot food, showers and massages.  

Nick Tuppen, CEO, Threshold Sports, which organises the event, says: “Race to the King is all about getting people out and about for mental health and physical wellbeing. Everybody’s welcome and it’s a great way for people to explore the local area. There will be some very fit athletes who run the course as well as lots of people who want to walk over two days.

“It’s a tough challenge for anyone, however they take the route, but the spectacular views and great atmosphere will keep everyone motivated. And we’ve got pit stops every 10km full of treats as well as a festival camp with hot power showers, massages, live music and mountains of delicious food. The trick is to keep one foot going in front of the other and relish the achievement at the finish line.”

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