Ultra Challenge ‘Walkshops’ Launched

Sport Walk Ultra Challenge ‘Walkshops’

We’ve set the date for two brand new ‘Walkshops’ (a walk with workshop elements), focussing on ultra challenges. They’re designed to give advice, guidance and technical coaching to anyone taking on an ultra challenge event this year.

The first walk is designed for people taking on their first ultra. It takes place on the South Downs Way between Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield and Harting Down and is ideal both for first time ultra participants and anyone taking on Race to the King, the South Coast Challenge or the Oxfam Trailwalker. The second ‘Walkshop’ is aimed at all walkers taking part in Race to the Stones and takes place on The Ridgeway, including a diversion over the Uffington White Horse, partly because anyone taking part in Race to the Stones won’t actually get to see this landmark during the event itself because the route passes nearby.

Each walk is 20km in length and gives participants a good training session with the added bonus of being able to learn from Sport Walk’s founder Roger Burlinson who’s hosting each walk.  Roger completed the 100km Race to the Stones in under 16 hours and last year completed the South Downs Way non-stop in under 28 hours. He will share his experience and give advice and tips on how to walk faster and more efficiently, what to eat and drink and what equipment is best suited to the challenge.

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Roger finishing Race to the Stones in under 16 hours in 2017
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Roger at the start of his South Downs Way non-stop walk in 2019

Both workshops are suitable for walkers with a reasonable fitness level and a passion for longer distance walking. Dates set are as follows:

Beginners Ultra ‘Walkshop’ – South Downs Way – Sunday 15th March. More details here

Ridgeway Ultra ‘Walkshop’ – The Ridgeway – Sunday 29th March. More details here

There is a third ‘Walkshop’ planned for later in the spring and this will be a night walk, to help people adjust to the specific challenge of night time stages of ultra challenges. A date for this event will be set soon.

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