All aboard the Wickham Whistler

This Saturday I’m running in my first out and back multi lap event, the Wickham Whistler. The event is being held by local events organisers ‘On the Whistle’ and is sporting a train theme, from the medal to the location of the event, a train and a disused railway line! How fun!


To give you Some background on the train line, the Meon Valley Railway line runs from Alton to Fareham and is 22.5 miles long. 55 years ago on 30th April 1961 the last British Rail scheduled passenger service on any part of the Meon Valley Railway was the ‘Solent Limited’ railtour, it was then officially closed one year later. To mark this occasion On The Whistle Limited is hosting a 6 hour challenge event on its anniversary. They have been given permission to run the event along part of the disused railway line, starting in Wickham.


Race info

The Wickham Whistler is stopping near you on the 30th April 2016, and will be departing at 09:30 hours.

This is a 6 hour timed event along the old Meon Vallaey Railway line. Complete one 3.3mile lap to qualify for the medal or continue to run further laps achieving 10k, half marathon, marathon, and ultra distance or something in between, it’s up to you.

At the end of each lap an aid station will be stocked with all the goodies runners like: water, squash, jelly babies, Haribo, crisps and cakes. All the things required to help set you off for another lap or two or if you prefer you can ring the bell to officially finish your run and collect your medal. 

The strategy

I’d really like to complete 8 laps to chalk up my 2nd marathon this year, that’s what I’ve got in the back of my head for this. Complete each lap in roughly 30 minutes and I’m golden. Questions I’m asking myself around that are;

  1. have I got it in my legs as I’ve not run long since QE marathon
  2. can I run a consistent 9 minute mile for 8 consecutive laps
  3. as I’ve never done multi lap events will I get bored and lose focus
  4. what do I do about hydration and nutrition
  5. can I really complete two marathons in a month 
  6. why am I bullet pointing my self doubt!!!??!?

No point worrying about most of that now as its only a couple of days away. Just need to really finalise point 4, turn up on the day and have fun. That’s what it’s all about after all.

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One Response to All aboard the Wickham Whistler

  1. PJ says:

    Well I got my answers!

    1. have I got it in my legs as I’ve not run long since QE marathon – No
    2. can I run a consistent 9 minute mile for 8 consecutive laps – No
    3. as I’ve never done multi lap events will I get bored and lose focus – No
    4. what do I do about hydration and nutrition – something better than I did today
    5. can I really complete two marathons in a month – Not this month!
    6. why am I bullet pointing my self doubt!!!??!? – Cos I’m an idiot!

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