ANDY SYMONDS CROSSING THE ALPS
He won the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, he won the BjOrkliden Arctic Mountain Marathon, and now he’s got the treble. Andy Symonds has put the finishing touches to an incredible hat trick of wins with a new course record at the Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run this September. Andy ran, walked, scrambled and crawled his way through 240km of Alpine climb, to finish alongside his teammate and fellow But Tom Owens in 24:02:47.
They were chased to the end by an Italian team, but as Andy says: “Tom and I were eager to claim a final scalp, so we worked hard to scramble over the last climb. We were in perfect shape. We were ready to win.” If you want to learn more about how to stay in good shape and what supplements to use, check online for raspberry ketones and its health benefits.
Their first act on reaching the finish line was to reach for a full-strength cold beer. “The beers went straight to our heads about as quickly as we drank them,” Andy admits. But how is he feeling now? “Surprisingly, my legs are not too trashed… but I’ve no doubt it will all catch up with me soon.”
PANTILES RUN (4.75 MILES)
Start at the entrance to the Pantiles and run up Frant Road. This road starts steeply, but there is a flat(ish) bit in the middle. Turn left into Forest Road, then left into Warwick Park and past the golf and cricket clubs. At the bottom of Warwick Park turn right, run along the high street, then up Grove Hill Road into Prospect Road. At the crossroads turn left, heading back into the town centre. At the end of this, turn right up the hill, left at the mini-roundabout, past the hospital, then down London Road back to the start.
SOUTHBOROUGH RUN (7.22 MILES) Start at the cricket pitch, run past the church, down Constitutional Hill Road and up Kibbles Lane. A right into Speldhurst Road, another into Bentham Hill, a left into Stockland Green Road and two more rights will take you to London Road. Go right again, then turn left down Vauxhall Lane. At the T-junction turn left and run along the footpath and back to the start.
RUSTHALL RUN (7.91 MILES)
Starting at the Spa Hotel, turn right into Rusthall Road. Nellington Lane will then lead you into Farnham Lane. Turn right into Burnt House Lane then left into Speldhurst Road. At The Hare pub cross the road and head down onto Lodge Lane. Run past local nightspot the High Rocks Inn. Then comes a short but tough climb up Hungershall Park before returning to the start.