Eight Point Two

What is the Whole Hog?
February 26, 2010, 10:20 am
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We get a lot of enquiries in the office at this time of year regarding the Whole Hog’s. People asking how far they will have to run,whether they are fit enough, what sort of challenges will there be? So, to help, below is a list of our most commonly asked questions (along with the answers).

It seems that there are an increasing number of ‘off road’ challenge races and adventure races and it is difficult to set them apart. So, the following few paragraphs will, hopefully, help to explain what we do and why the runners who complete them think they are so brilliant.

How far will I have to run during the race?

The answer is somewhere between 10 and 14km. The actual distance is always listed on the course notes on our website at www.eightpointtwo.co.uk  as it varies from course to course. More important than the distance is the terrain you will cover – you should expect it to be undulating, uneven under foot and most probably wet and muddy. Dont expect to achieve your PB on one of our races. Our 10km races are normally won in around an hour and the final competitors normally stagger in at 3 hours!

Am I fit enough to complete a Whole Hog?

As always a bit of training will always help. People do walk our events and we dont expect everyone to be hairing round the course. We also have plenty of runners taking part from triathlon clubs, running clubs etc and they certainly provide the competitve edge.

What sort of challenges will I face on the Whole Hog?

You’ll be climbing, crawling, sliding & sometimes wading through mud and water. The challenges are tough but they are also great fun. Expect to have to go the ‘Whole Hog ‘during our events.

What if I can’t do or don’t want to do an individual challenge?

You can take the Piglet Option if you wish. There will be a time penalty incurred by your team for sitting out an obstacle.

I’ve never done an event like this, is it for me?

The Whole Hog can be whatever you want it to be; a full on race or a fun day out for you and some friends. Some training is advisable to make it less of an ordeal. Weve had 1000’s of people completing the races in Suffolk, Hambleden, Walesby and Alton and they keep coming back for more.

Do we have to raise money for charity when I do the Whole Hog races?

No. You can if you want to but it isnt manadtory.

 If I wanted to raise money for charity whilst doing the Whole Hog how would I go about it?

Contact your charity of choice and they will be able to help you. Or, google the relevant Whole Hog closest to you and see which charities are involved.

 How many people make up a team?

Three people per team. We have single sex teams, mixed teams and veteran teams.

What facilities will be available on the day of the race?

Car parking (please try to car share). Refreshments, snacks and a Hog Roast. Changing facilities: showers are not always available so please some prepared.

 Is there an age limit on the Whole Hogs?

Lower age of 16 years. There is no upper age limit but we suggest participants seek advice from their GP if they are not regular exercise takers.

Where can I take part in 2010?

8th May 2010 – Balfron, nr Glasgow (on behalf of Marie Curie)

13th June 2010 – Hambleden, near Henley on Thames

20th June 2010 – Alton Towers, Alton

7th November 2010 – Wantisden Hall, Suffolk

21st November 2010 – Walesby Forest, Nottinghamshire

What do people like about the Whole Hog’s?

We have always been very pleased by the feedback given but we pride ourselves on listening to our runners. we have entered plenty of races ourselves so we know what works and what doesnt: Heres what people say:

“It was fantastic, a great race and we especially liked the fact that there wasnt a ridiculous amount of queuing”.

“Very well organised – the best race I have ever entered”

“Brilliant obstacles and great fun”

If you want to find out more about the Whole Hog’s then please contact us at wholehogs@eightpointtwo.co.uk


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Excellent site. Thanks for the info will be very useful. Keep up the good work. Hope to see more soon.

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