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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hope to go at quite a brisk pace and finish well before dark, although a 1989 route description could obviously be well out of date and difficult to follow, so it would be prudent to bring a torch .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%u2019t get too badly lost .) We would join the loop at Colley Hill %u2013 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).

gem1000   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

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 %u2013 it wasn%u2019t 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 %u2013 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! )

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 %u2013 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 %u2013 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 %u2013 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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