The 2014 Malvern Midsummer Marathon is one of the Long Distance Walkers Association's challenge walks and is a hugely tricky 26-mile trek in the heart of England.
Also open to—and contested by—many brave runners, this year's event will be competed in by 200 people through some of the most stunning surroundings of Worcestershire.
However, whether the scenery will be enough to distract from the hugely challenging route through country tracks and paths is a different story altogether.
Last year's winner was Thomas Parry, who completed the course in a very impressive four hours and 51 minutes. Whether that time will be improved upon this year will be confirmed on Saturday.
Date: Saturday, June 21
Start Time: 8 a.m. BST for walkers, 9 p.m. BST for runners
Entry Info: The event is now full
Event Details: No dogs allowed, parking is available near to the start/finish line at Wyche Primary School, competitors are reminded to bring a pen and a mug
Full route map available from the LDWA website.
The race is run on a distinctly countryside course taking in the Malvern Hills and its surroundings and including a daunting 4,800 feet of ascent.
It begins at Wyche Cutting near Malvern at the Primary School and includes climbs to the summits of Summer Hill, Table Hill, End Hill, Oyster Hill and, of course, Midsummer Hill.
The route takes in Black Hill, Pinnacle Hill, Jubilee Hill and Perseverance Hill in just a three-kilometre stretch close to the finishing line, and the descent back down to the end will no doubt be one of great relief and elation for the exhausted runners.
Finishing back at the start, competitors will not only have scaled numerous hills but battled through woods, gorse and ridges to make it to the end.
An achievement no matter how long it takes you, the Malvern Midsummer Marathon looks to be blessed with good weather, per BBC, for what should be a day of huge sporting endeavour in the Malvern Hills.
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