Better on the way down: Reach The Beach 2011

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As I get more into this running thing, the list of events I’m desperate to participate in seems to grow longer by the day. Here’s yet another one…

Reach The Beach is the mother of all relay races: teams of 12 run 200 miles in around 24 hours. There are three races, all in the US: Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey. Thanks to the magic of the internet I found out that a friend of mine, a fellow Depeche Mode freak I’d known online for a few years, had competed half a dozen times. And it just so happens that he’s an incredible photographer and all round creative genius, so naturally he made a short film about it. His name is Pieter M. van Hattem, and you can check out his (really annoyingly amazing) work here:

When I asked Pieter to sum up his experience of Reach The Beach on Twitter, he replied: “It’s a hard event, no sleep, little food, stinky vans, but running at night alone with a headlamp is amazing.” The film gives some insight into what it’s all about, and has also got Pieter’s team free entry into the Massachusetts event that’s happening in a few weeks. Hopefully I’ll get a brief report on that as well.

Anyway, enough from me. Watch the video. It was taken at the New Hampshire event last year. If you want to find out more about Reach The Beach, go to