Celebrate one of DMVAC's best loved characters by taking part in the Michael Horner Bench-to-Bench Trail Run Please read everything here, all the way to the bottom.... .... otherwise you might find yourself wandering the slopes of Leith Hill, in the dark, wishing you had. Starting 7pm SHARP on Tuesday 26th June - arrive early, but please don't start early* WHAT IS IT? It is not a race. It is a Tuesday Ranmore run with a twist: Everyone in the club runs the same route - out-and-back between Michael's memorial benches**: one on Ranmore and the other 5.5 miles away on Leith Hill. Some runners will do the whole 11 miles, some will turn back early, and others will run one way only - having first arranged a lift back from Leith Hill. There is no official timing, so time yourself if this is important to you. There are no marshals. The route will be marked with: - white flour on the floor. - occasional red-and-white tape streamers - yellow signs at the road crossing WHO CAN PLAY? Any adult DMVAC member who is familiar with Ranmore runs. Older youth members might be considered by prior arrangement. Once again, it is the 2016 route, with the bumpy-but-pretty*** last mile to Leith Hill summit, as well as the short loop around the tower to admire the view. SAFETY FIRST Both out and back: STOP until it is safe to cross the railway STOP until it is safe to cross the A25 road Also, there is no drinking water on the route YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES: CHOICE 1: Run with your usual group leader - who will navigate. Middle and fast groups will probably make it all the way to the tower bench. Other groups will probably turn back before the tower bench. If you might decide to leave your group on route, concentrate on the Choice 2 instructions. CHOICE 2: Run on your own (and INFORMATION FOR GROUP LEADERS) If you know the route or will orienteer with the map, feel free to run it on your own. Print out and carry the attached map. If you get lost, you are on your own, no one will come looking for you. Some route marking might be disturbed by weather or members of the public. Tape and arrows will be cleared, starting from the Leith Hill end at 8.05pm Be absolutely sure of the right turn (off the bold track, onto the narrow path) at Warren Farm. TURN-AROUND AT 8PM* - unless you know what you are doing. People have been known to arrive at Leith Hill in an hour, then take two more hours to get back. The final climb through the Ranmore trees will be dark just after 9pm - so carry a torch with your map if you plan to turn around after 8pm.
If you turn around after 8pm, you are on your own and no one will come looking for you.
Group leaders will adjust turn-around times to suit their runners on the evening. This year's little-known fact As you run down (and later up) the short steep Simons Copse hill, there is a bump half way. The bump is a bridge, crossing the leat that feeds the Broadmoor waterfall, built in the mid-1700s. Good luck, have a lovely time, and don't forget to cheer the fast individual runners as they pass. Your friendly organising and marking team: Alan Waring, Steve Bush, Graham Taylor and Lawrence Bate Notes:
*The timing of this run is carefully worked out for your safety. Please don't start early. It might seem a cunning plan, but parts of the course are still being marked as late as 7:30pm - also, we want you to hear a little about Michael at the start. Please turn around at 8pm, unless you know what you are doing.
**Michael's benches are identical sturdy wooden benches. Erected by the Horner family, Michael's Leith Hill bench is just down from the tower on its north side, facing Ranmore – see the diagram at the bottom of the attached map. Erected by DMVAC to celebrate Michael's many wonderful contributions to the club, his Ranmore bench is just to the left after you enter Steer's Field, in which we meet for Tuesday summer runs.
With a good telescope, you can see one from the other. ***Although, the exciting twisty rhododendron tunnels have been chopped down.
Club Webpage: https://www.dorkingandmolevalleyac.org/btb