Box Hill in the Surrey Hills and Juniper Hall, Dorking, were home to an exclusive fitness and nutrition training session for the UK’s most extreme and coveted off-road running event on Saturday 21st April.

The aim of the session was to prepare a group of novice endurance runners for the gruelling Man V Horse race in June, with the help of some talented athletes and nutritionists.

The session was held by expert runners Robbie Briton, Team GB Ultra Marathon runner, Alex Cook, ultra-runner and sports nutritionist, and Susie Chan, an endurance runner from Farnham.

The day included a talk from Susie Chan about what to expect at this year’s race followed by a fitness drill and a presentation from Robbie Briton with advice about pre- and post-workout snacks.

The attendees won a place at the informative event as part of a competition launched by Camberley-based natural food company, Whole Earth – famous for its wholesome peanut butter. As sponsors of the Man V Horse event, Whole Earth launched a competition in a specialist running magazine to find those nutty enough to train and race as part of Team Whole Earth.

The eccentric Man V Horse marathon event sold out in record time – under 35 hours – making the prize even more desirable.

The perfect fuel for sport, Whole Earth will be at this year’s race on 9th June offering delicious energy-rich peanut butter snacks, including its nutritious Power Balls, to participants and spectators.

Susie Chan, an expert endurance runner and Whole Earth brand ambassador, comments:

“The event gave us a great opportunity to share our experiences and top tips with the runners ahead of Man V Horse. It’s a very challenging race, with lots of tricky terrain, but is so much fun. It’s important that the runners eat the right foods before, during and after the race to keep powering them through.”

Kirstie Hawkins, Whole Earth brand controller at Wessanen UK, says:

“Our newly selected Team Whole Earth have proven their nuttiness and thanks to our brand ambassadors are ready to take on the challenge, while fuelling up with our delicious peanut butter snacks. We are very grateful to have been able to hold the event at the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of Juniper Hall and Box Hill – it was the perfect setting for it.”

Team Whole Earth will join 1,500 other runners at Man V Horse battling to cross the finish line before the 60 competing horses. The marathon challenged has gained legendary status amongst endurance runners. As the name suggests, the annual race pits men (and women) against horses, with runners and riders heading out over 21 miles of the challenging terrain of Powys, mid-Wales.

Whole Earth is now in its fifth consecutive year as the event sponsor.

Visit www.wholeearthfoods.com for more information on Whole Earth and Man V Horse.