After Race to the Stones I had one more Ultra planned. As a training run I signed up to the Luna-tic marathon. This is an evening marathon starting at 8pm which is three laps of a circuit along the river Adur down in Shoreham.
It is the first night marathon I have ran and to be honest I found the experience rather spooky and hard on the feet. Running along the rutted river bed at silly o’clock only being able to see a few yards in front of your head torch is not pleasant. I had invested in one of the poorest quality headlamps known to man.
On the first lap I fully submerged my foot into the bog of the river. This was going to be a long day at the office. Surprisingly the blisters and chaffing never came which was a relief and I finished just gone midnight and was back at home on the foam roller by 1:30am.
The race is organised by Sussex Trail Events and is one of four marathons that make up their river series.
I think with a little more experience points under my belt I would run this again. Whilst flat the hard and rutted bank of the river makes for some challenging running.
Run with others at night. It make the miles a little easier
Invest in a good head torch