The race begins in Farnham at the Western end of the North Downs. The course works its way through some of the best of the English countryside before traveling through the small village of Puttenham and on to Guildford. It then continues on to Ranmore Common before the steepest climb of the race up to the top of Box Hill. The trail then drops down the other side and back up to Reigate Hill, on through Merstham to Oxted and a further 8 miles to Knockholt Pound and the 50 mile point at the outermost edge of Greater London. The course then travels on through Wrotham and Holly Hill before crossing the Medway Bridge. The final 25 miles see runners travel South East towards Dover running the majority on trails, paying brief visits to the villages of Detling, Hollingbourne, Harrietsham and Charing before dropping down into Ashford and the finish at the Julie Rose Stadium. Race held under full UK Athletics Permit granted through the TRA (Permit Number: 797).
I love Centurion races. The organisation is first class and there aren’t the words to describe the volunteers on the checkpoints. But I was dreading this as it’s such a brutal path. The reality was so different. Actually the brutal bits turned into interesting bits accompanied by beautiful views, lovely forest running and a few cheeky hills. I totally recommend this racecto anyone.
Posted on 09.08.18
This was my first 100 mile race and what an experience.
I arrived in Farnham the night before the race and went down to register at the race HQ. I collected my race number, had my kit checked and gave in my drop bags. It was great to be able to do this the night before as took away some of the stree in the morning.
Early next day I returned to the HQ where all the runners were gathering. We then got walked down to the start and were given our briefing and set off on time at 6am.
The course is tough and testing with some epic climbs which will have your lungs and legs burning but the course is beautiful with some amazing views along the way.
The aid stations were full of goodies from sweets and cookies, sausage rolls and sandwiches, pineapple and watermelon and gels. The marshals at the aid station were super helpful and looked after you amazing. They filled up bottles, plated up food, whatever you needed they would help you with, plus they were all very smiley, positive and full of energy.
The course was brilliantly marked out with signs and tape and I knew I was on the correct route the whole way round which was a massive help.
The finish is at an athletics track with one loop round before crossing the finish line and being awarded your buckle and finishers t-shirt.
This was an amazing experience made even better by a very well organised and friendly race,
Posted on 06.08.18