Endure24, the 24 hour individual and team relay trail race, is back for 2014 and have confirmed that Mizuno Running will be their headline sponsor. The race, organised over the weekend of 28-29 June, takes place in the scenic Wasing Park Estate in Aldermaston near Reading, Berkshire.
Since launching in 2012, the event has steadily grown in popularity and is now firmly established in the trail and ultra running calendar. The 24 hour race starts at noon on Saturday 28 June and is run over an 8km loop of woodland trails. The aim is to run as many laps as possible in the 24 hour period per solo runner, pair or team. It's up to each runner how many laps they complete and how fast they run, although the organisers recommend that runners should be able to run 10k comfortably.
The event philosophy is 'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone', welcoming both experienced ultra runners and endurance virgins to give it a go and see how far they can take it within the 24 hour period. Runners can enter as solo runners, pairs and teams of either 3-5 or 6-8 runners in mixed, male or female categories. The solo winners of Endure24 2013 and current record holders were Jacek Latala, covering 23 laps / 115 miles, and Katie Herrington with 21 laps / 105 miles.
Race director Chris Sumner commented: "I am proud to announce Mizuno as our new headline sponsor. The event has seen a fantastic response over the last couple of years and is now well-known across the south of England and beyond. This year we had competitors travelling from as far as Oslo and the word is spreading fast. Registration has just opened and already we have got 157 solo runners and 111 teams signed up which is great."
There is free camping for runners, their families and friends, with specific areas set out for the solo runners. Entertainment, 24 hour catering, luxury toilets and hot showers as well as 24 hour sports massages. Registration for the event is now open and costs £70 for solo runners, £110 for pairs, £200 for teams of 3-5 and £280 for teams of 6-8. For more information, visit the event website.