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M1960   on 19/06/18 @ 20:19 said:

I would hope to go at quite a brisk pace and finish well before dark, although a 1989 route description could obviously be well out of date and difficult to follow, so it would be prudent to bring a torch . (I have OS maps and a compass, and I know the area reasonably well, so shouldn’t get too badly lost .) We would join the loop at Colley Hill – from there it goes to Walton on the Hill, Langley Vale, Leatherhead, Mickleham Downs, Box Hill and then re-ascends the North Downs before arriving back at Colley Hill, so the second half is quite hilly.

M1960   on 19/06/18 @ 20:19 said:

I don't work so I'm very flexible over dates, and if anyone is interested I would suggest choosing a day at fairly short notice, when we know the weather forecast (not least because I currently have a finger in a splint which I need to keep dry as much as possible).

jem1000   on 19/06/18 @ 21:53 said:

Would have liked to join in as this was my home territory - I grew up in Langley Vale - but have just had a week off work and can't take any more for a while. Have a good walk

Head for the Hills   on 19/06/18 @ 22:02 said:

Hi Mark, sounds interesting but a bit too far away from me and I've too much on for this summer. However, the Winter Tanners still runs in January, with 20, 30 and 40 mile options if you could wait, especially with a splinter finger.

M1960   on 19/06/18 @ 23:11 said:

jem1000: A weekend day would be fine if you could manage that . I ran for Epsom and Ewell Harriers, and the Epsom 10 went through Langley Vale (a hilly course !)

M1960   on 19/06/18 @ 23:17 said:

Hi June - the Winter Tanners was originally introduced as a route-proving exercise for the summer event. Ironically, the last (summer) Tanners Marathon (30 miles) was held in 2010 but the Winter Tanners has continued. The Tanners 50 (a 20-mile loop followed by the 30) was held biennially (in conjunction with the summer 30) on the even years until 1986 – it wasn’t held in 1988 due to route problems resulting from the great storm of the previous year: it was held in 1989 instead, after which it was discontinued due to dwindling support. The 40-mile option on this year's Winter Tanners was a one-off to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event.

M1960   on 19/06/18 @ 23:22 said:

The 1976 Tanners Marathon was my first challenge event – I did them all from thereon (including all the 50s from 1978), and I did a lot of the Winter Tanners up to 2005. In recent years I have been on checkpoint duty (a good excuse! )

Head for the Hills   on 20/06/18 @ 18:34 said:

I'm always fascinated by the history of these events, but too many seem to have been discontinued because of lack of support from either participants or, more often, volunteers. Good to see that you help out. I'm checkpointing on Saturday's Malvern Marathon and, after the dreaded car parking, I'm sweeping the first half, so will get a walk in. Hope you get a taker for the Tanners

M1960   on 20/06/18 @ 19:42 said:

There is a detailed history here, June:

I hope all goes well on Saturday.

iansmyname.....orisitjohn?   on 20/06/18 @ 21:27 said:

M1960: Hi Mark, hope you are well and your finger is well on it's way to recovery. Just a suggestion but if you reccie this and turn it in to say 3, 15ish mile walks for invites I think you would get a lot of interest. There is a good well established friendly group down south that I'm sure would be very supportive of a format like that. I for one would be very interested. Good luck sorting it out Mark and look forward to seeing how it pans out

M1960   on 20/06/18 @ 22:47 said:

Hi Ian: the Tanners 50 consisted of a 20-mile loop followed by a 30-mile loop, starting and finishing at Leatherhead, so splitting it into three 15 mile sections would involve quite a bit of organisation with car-shuttling etc. The attraction to me of the 20-mile loop is a ready-made route close to where I live which starts and finishes at the same place – almost no organisation required, and if necessary (eg, car trouble) I could even walk from home and not let people down. If I get no takers, then I'm not worried at all . My finger is just a great nuisance: a minimum of 8 weeks in a splint 24/7, followed by 2 weeks removing the splint 4 times daily for exercises – I'm seeing the hand t

M1960   on 20/06/18 @ 22:49 said:

I'm seeing the hand therapist again tomorrow to check on the condition of the skin. I hope you have great time in Snowdonia – wish I could join you!

Philtheetiler   on 23/06/18 @ 18:57 said:

Sounds good but a bit too far from home , specially with the prospect of a 2 hour drive home in the dark ! Better for me as previously suggested if split up and also over a long weekend

M1960   on 23/06/18 @ 20:16 said:

If anyone would like to organise splitting the 50 miles into sections / a long weekend, then I will willingly send them the route description and sketch map by post or e-mail.

iansmyname.....orisitjohn?   on 24/06/18 @ 17:22 said:

M1960: Hi Mark. As much I would love to take up that challenge Mark. I don't know your part of the world well enough. I think you could maybe split it in to 2 or 3 walks (circular or linear) that feature other interesting area's/features close by, but keep the theme of the Tanner's route. Maybe a new title.....i.e. a Tanner's route for the ages. Nice project for you to get your teeth in to. Food for thought eh????

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