2018 saw the second running (pardon the pun) of The Fox, organised by AAT, you’ll know them as them from Hard as Snails, the G3 series, Hogs Back road race to name just a few.
Options on the Fox are a 60k ultra (solo or as a relay team of 3), marathon and half marathon, all of which are point to point events with different start locations but finishing in Godalming.
21 April started and stayed very hot and sunny and saw an intrepid team of BVR runners arrive at the half marathon start line at Worplesdon train station. Registration was easy to get to, low key and relaxed for us runners – not so the AAT team who’d misplaced a batch of numbers put on the wrong van, they did arrive in time for the off.
The route starts up hill and follows an undulating track mainly along the Fox Way. Through some very beautiful spring country side and pretty villages. It heads towards Puttenham with a tough climb up and over the Hogs Back. Before turning off to pick up a familiar stretch from the Pilgrim half, heading to Shackleford and the finish in Godalming. The route was well marked out with plenty of arrows, getting lost would have been hard, although one BVR almost succeeded!
Thanks to the dry weather underfoot was hard packed with only one ankle deep muddy section just after the one aid station at around 7 miles. This was well stocked with coke,
water, cheese sandwiches and sweets and incredibly friendly marshals. A lovely local resident had also set up her own pop up water stop at around 5.5 miles, which was very
welcome given the heat.
The Fox holds a surprise not mentioned anywhere, a half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21km, we had better value for money as this one was 14.4 miles/23.2km. Finishing with a twisting track through woodland before the park surrounding the finish. At the finish we received a fox themed medal and an AAT fox neck wrap. There was water and bananas available and a subsidised VW camper bar. It would have been rude not to have a cold beer!
Did we enjoy it and would we do it again? Absolutely, despite it being quite a tough and hilly run.
Quote of the day:
“it is so hot I’m really really glad I’m not running a marathon tomorrow, oh, NO ONE is to post that on facebook”
It was the day before London and Southampton and we didn’t want to scare anyone.