Profeet Ski Manager Frazer Shandrecently completed his first ever ultra event. Read how he did it in his Race to the King blog review here.
Race to the King is a double marathon along the South Downs Way, passing numerous historical sites and taking you through some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside.
The course was tough. Plenty of hills but some beautiful views at the top!
Q: How did you prepare for this event?
I followed the RTTK training plan (as closely as possible). Walks home from work were easy to fit in and we did a few longer excursions on the North Downs.
Q: Why did you choose to enter RTTK?
For the challenge!
Q: What were the best and worst moments of the race?
Best moment was the beer I had at half-way after 7 ½ hours on the move. Worst moment was passing 50 miles and feeling the elation of only two miles to go, only to be then reminded that the race is 53 miles.
How was the course and what footwear did you use?
The course was tough. Plenty of hills, but some beautiful views at the top. We were very lucky that the weather held out and it was dry. The tracks were mostly chalk and flint and would have become very slippery if it had rained.
I was wearing the Saucony Xodus, a trail shoe and it was an ideal shoe for me: wide enough for my feet and still comfortable throughout the duration of the race.
How were the pit stop/aid stations along the course?
Fantastic. Every steward was very helpful and there was a great selection of food and nutrition available.
What lessons did you learn from this race?
It’s the first time I have done anything like this. Everything was new. However, if I have to have one it would be if you’re not sure you’re drinking enough liquids, you’re probably not.
Saucony Xodus ISO
- Shoe Category: Neutral
- Pronation: Neutral
- Construction Type: Trail
- Arch: High, Mid/High
- Heel Stack Height: 24
- Weight: 10.3 oz. | 292 g.