FKT: Jon-Paul Hendriksen - Harzer Försterstieg (Germany) - 2020-08-18

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one way
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4h 48m 44s

Warm and Sunny day until just before the Marathon point where it bucketed down. Cooled me off though.

Lots of beautiful spots, but the technical sections. In the last 5km smashed me a bit.

I used the GPX from the official site, but due to works on the trails it was not always easy to follow or differed slightly from some sign posts. However, using the GPX I never got lost, and probably could have been a little faster if I just trusted it rather than looking for signs that weren't there, or slowing to read them.  

The track is mainly on gravel forest roads, so it does not need to be run with hard trail shoes.  It could be run in road shoes, but for the down hills you want some grip.

It is a really runable route where if you judge your pacing well it flows.

I started from the carpark with a full bladder and two full bottles and needed them all.  I went through a lot of gels too.  If you stick on the trail you there are no shops or villages that you run through, so you either need to carry everything or have meeting points where someone can give you new drinks.