FKT: Simon Fitzmaurice - Watership Down Trail (United Kingdom) - 2020-08-01

Route variation
out & back
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Total time
8h 29m 9s

Set off from the The Gun Public House in Newbury at 6.44am, and linked onto the trail from there. This was my start and finish location.
I was following a walk listed as a hiking route on (, but I decided to run it as an out-and-back instead. Very runnable on a warm summer's day- I used trail shoes, but sturdy road running shoes would suffice. 75% farmer's tracks and public footpaths, 25% sharing quiet roads with cars and bikes. All food was kept on me (I used a trail vest, stocked with nuts, clif shot blokz and Nakd bars) and I ran with 2 x 500ml bottles of water. I filled up my bottles at the half way point from a mains tap in Whitchurch cemetery. However, I did stop at 2 pubs on the run to use the bathroom and to buy a can of Coke (no public toilets on route during lockdown restrictions), so I can't claim an unsupported effort. Very warm day- needed lots of water!