Cateran Trail Ultra 88K

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13/01/2009 at 19:36
This will be a fab race. Ran most of the route doing a trial run for the cut offs and marshalling at it this year. Terrain a proper mixed bag. 
14/01/2009 at 08:46
I'm certainly looking forward to it
14/01/2009 at 19:31
You doing it bo-bo?
14/01/2009 at 19:49

yes - together with a fellow club-mate (MF7) from Thanet Roadrunners (Kent). Given the distance we won't be able to come recce, so any information on the terrain and ground conditions as the date approaches will be most appreciated - I got the Cateran Trail book and maps for Christmas

Are you partaking?

14/01/2009 at 20:12
I've done the 23 mile race on it and doing it again the week before this one, it goes from Blairgowrie to Spittal of Glenshee. I'd love to do the full one but promised i'd marshall. 3 of us along with the organiser supporting reccyd the whole route in october. I missed out just a couple of sections that i'd done before so i covered 41 miles of it, just to check cut off times were realistic. It's a lovely route and you've got everything in it really. I went up between xmas and new year and did an out and back 20 miles from bridge of cally to kirkmichael and back and added in a bit i like as well. Terrain has not much tarmac but you really feel it on the legs coming into Blairgowrie half way round full route as it's downhill, you've got boggy sections, fields, rough paths, styles to climb over, sheep and cattle to run through, moss. I've got ultras in March, April, June and August so i'm just going to enjoy marshalling at this one. There's a lot of work gone into making sure it's a brilliant race and it will be. i know a lot of the people involved and it'll be fun too. Oh dear, i've waffled, can you tell i love the route!! Some of the maps in the cateran book aren't spot on as the route has changed a wee bit with it being used farm land but you'll get full details. There are way markers along the way as well, got to be aware that the route doesn't always follow the path you are on and sometimes you are veering of the path onto a field or such following exactly the direction of the marker. The run down Glenshee to finish is fantastic, after you have a look at the views from the top of course. 
15/01/2009 at 09:53

Thanks KarenD I'm really looking forward to this now my running buddy bo-bo found this event for us so its all her fault (thought I should get that in now) I too received the Cateran trail book as a Christmas pressie.  My wife And I have had several wonderfull holidays in your part of the country staying at the Kirkmichael Hotel and on the Glenfernach (sorry about the spelling) estate staying in the farmhouse and the lodge We have even plaid a round of Golf at the Glenshee Hotel Course chasing the sheep from the fairways is an experience LOL .  I can also remember taking a walk up to the Devils Elbow near the Ski lifts and standing on the side of a hill lwith the RAF jets  pasing level with us as the did low level training.  Cant wait Im so excited

15/01/2009 at 11:02

You know the area well then MF7. Brilliant. I live about an hour and a bit from the route and it's amazing how quiet it is. I did a training run on the route last year in the summer time, about 30 miles and only at the end did i see walkers at Bridge of Cally. In the May race i did, no sheep were in the fields but when i did the summer training run i had to run through hoards of them, certainly got rid of my mild fear!! There's one HUGE bull called Hamish in the first half of route and on our run in October we were flying through his field as fast as we could, one of the guys had red trainers on and Hamish did a jump!! We started at 6am in the morning too so in one field we thought the way markers were flourescent but turned out it was actually the cows eyes shining back with our headtorches on. Looking forward to meeting you both.

15/01/2009 at 15:23

Karen you did not mentioned that you have a special affinity with cow poo which is a distinct advantage on this route.

 Hi guys look forward to meeting you at the race.
15/01/2009 at 15:57
Oh yeah i forgot about it, blocked from my memory.
15/01/2009 at 22:18

oh no dont mention Cow poo.  bo-bo has some very bad memories from last years London to Brighton when I managed to stomp right in the middle of a huge sloppy cowpat and splatter it all over her

Look forward to meeting you guys at the race or as bo-bo and I prefer to call our little jaunts "event" as there is much less presure to go fast if you call it an event

16/01/2009 at 08:56
I landed in 2 cow poops MF7. Left and right hand at different times. Luckily they weren't fresh but they were green. I was strong and tough though, just flicked it off and carried on. Nice way to look at it , an event indeed. I call my events bimbles.
16/01/2009 at 10:44

I like the sound of a bimble through the cow pats  - though when map reading is involved it qualifies for the definition of adventure, you never can tell where we might end up

<note to self carry - purchase solar shower for the pit crew car>

16/01/2009 at 11:36

Their is not to much map reading involved, its just that the path is not well defined and at times you just have to run from one way mark post in the direction it points looking for the next one. This can be hard in the dark and snow as I have found out, but race day we will not have those problems.

Also the official guide with the updates is still not correct as their have been more changes and add to that the alternate route the race is using from Alyth to Blairgowrie .

You will be supplied with a map so no worries,

If you have the technology and I can figure it out I could send you a GPX file of the route it just misses last few miles as battery ran out but you cant get lost on that bit anyway.

16/01/2009 at 12:57
I just love your confidence Loon Dod "you cant get lost on that bit"  you have clearly not seen my map reading or bo-bo's confusion with her left and right hand
16/01/2009 at 13:18
Wow Bo-bo just like me then. I don't do left or right either. I get laughed at at boxercise cause i keep leading with the wrong hand. I don't do maps either.
16/01/2009 at 15:13

I just like to keep everyone guessing - in my own defence I always get there!

I did the Winter Tanners 20 last w/e in snow & ice, the conditions made for some very interesting slips and slides,  so I hope we are bathed in Spring sunshine come May!

16/01/2009 at 15:36
cant fault your map reading bo-bo the only time we had no idea where we were on L2B was when you handed the map to me
16/01/2009 at 15:41
nonsense MF7 - we knew exactly where we were! I've learnt since that the actual finish altered but that won't be a problem this time.. ...just need to work out what size iron is required to smooth out some of the creases in the terrain
16/01/2009 at 16:04

Only 7600 feet of climbing Bo-Bo so no worries their.

When you climb over the Larig gate you get a glimpse of the Hotel , its all down hill from then till the finish.

17/01/2009 at 15:17
well I've just spent a very enjoyable 2.5 hours plus bimbling around the Downs - not quite the ascent, but plenty of slippery stiles, mud and horses. Sadly no cow pats to practice on though
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