Chandler’s Ford man to tackle double marathon

Dean Lisa Bailey

Pic. Dean and Lisa Bailey

A 59 year-old man from, from Chandler’s Ford will be running a double marathon along the South Downs Way, for the second year

Dean Bailey, 59 is running Race to the King,– this time for fun, having raised £1,400 for the British Heart Foundation last year when he ran with his daughter, Lisa Bailey.

The real reflection on 2017 came a few days afterwards, when I said to my family “that was the best event I have ever done It was at that point I decided to do it all again. I can’t wait to stand on the start line again this June, a year older and race wiser.”

Race to the King, a double marathon along the South Downs Way from the Slindon Estate in Sussex to Winchester Cathedral, is taking place on 23 and 24 June when more than 1,000 people will join Dean to walk, jog or run along the South Downs Way to the steps of Winchester Cathedral.

The fastest runners are expected to take seven or eight hours while most will take it at a much gentler pace, taking time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. All runners and walkers will be joined by people from further afield to take on the double marathon either non-stop or over two days, camping overnight at the festival camp.

Nick Tuppen from event organisers Threshold Sports said:

 Race to the King is all about getting people out and about for mental health and physical wellbeing. Everybody’s welcome and it’s a great way for people to explore the local area. There will be some very fit athletes who run the course as well as lots of people who want to walk over two days.

It’s a tough challenge for anyone, however they take the route, but the spectacular views and great atmosphere will keep everyone motivated. And we’ve got pit stops every 10km full of treats as well as a festival camp with hot power showers, massages, live music and mountains of delicious food. The trick is to keep one foot going in front of the other and relish the achievement at the finish line.

Threshold Sports are offering Eastleigh News readers who are interested in taking part an exclusive 10% discount by visiting and entering the code LOCAL10.