Fairlands Valley Challenge Ultra Marathon (New Ultra Distance added for this year)

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13/04/2011 at 10:27

I'm in for the 50k also, but having never done an ultra (ok its only an additional 5mi over a marathon), or a trail race with instructions, I am wondering how I will get on with the race.

Does anybody have advice on how to prepare for this (the instructions/ map reading part of it), perhaps a similar shorter race as a bit of a trial run.


13/04/2011 at 17:13
I've never done one either!

The advice I've been given is normal marathon training should be fine. Try and make sure you run the day before and after your long run.
14/04/2011 at 08:50
If you live local to the region then you could look at the 'Hertfordshire Hobble' which is a 16mile or 26 mile event with similar route instructions on the 26th June.
17/04/2011 at 20:49
Hello all, thinking of doing this also, do i need to but trail shoes or will my running trainers be ok?
18/04/2011 at 11:24
Being held in July I would expect that running trainers would be ok, unless it rains loads the week before the race. If you have both it might be worth bringing them then deciding on the day.
18/04/2011 at 15:51

Good advice everyone! Last year the weather was glorious, the year before it bucketed down! Normal running shoes will be fine if it has been dry. If it has been wet, then maybe a trail shoe. The vast majority of the event is off-road although I haven't yet finalised the 50K route as yet but it will be either bridlepath or minor roads.

 And yes, bread pudding, drinks and sweets at each checkpoint and a free BBQ to greet you at the end. We will also have some massage facilities this year. I put the Ultra distance in as an experiment for this year but we are already up to 52 entrants with 3 months to go!

 We'll make sure that everyone has a great day!

18/04/2011 at 20:17
Thanks Richard. Really looking forward to it!
02/05/2011 at 16:02

Mentioned earlier that I did the 26.2 last year. Directions are fine as ling as you don't mind standing at a junction of 2 pathways with a group of other runners....is it left...or the next left, or did we pass it a minute ago? If you have done an LDWA event (highly recommended!) then you'll know what you are in for. If you are going for a PB, go and sign up for Berlin as the amount of stop-starting that you do to get around can add 20+ mins onto a time. It is more about the journey!

The bread pudding was excellent last year. Not sure that the Liz Hurley chocolate bars went down well although there were lots of double-entendres about peeling her top off and liking her melted chocolate or other things that only Shane Warne gets to do...>!!!!!

I'll be up there and doing the 50km version. Easy parking, lots of friendly banter and a nice undulating course that is fine for road shoes and a bottle. As soon as I heard about the food at the checkpoints, I dumped my rucksack in the car and just carried a bottle. btw, 16 weeks after a leg broken in 3 places, I have run my first slow 27.5 training run!!

20/06/2011 at 20:41
OK I'm in! Looking forward to this!
20/06/2011 at 21:32
Nice one UB. Getting near now. How's the training going?
23/06/2011 at 18:35

Fine. Did a 61 mile week last week. Now that my broken leg is getting back to full strength I am using this to up my mileage another notch. I am nowhere near the Ridgeway 85 miler fitness from last summer but and getting there. This will be my 19th ultra so am treating it as a comeback. Any gluttons for punishment can join me the following weekend at the superb downland ultra. 30 miles and only £7! Bargain.

I am looking forward to quaffing a well earned cider after the race! How is everyone else going with their training?

26/06/2011 at 08:26
Hi UltraB. This will be my first ultra. Training is going fine. I have done 3 marathons and 2 halfs this year + loads of long runs so I'm ready for it. I'm only jogging round slowly anyway. It's a bit of a test to see what it's like really!

I'm also doing Great Barrow Challenge in September so it's good training for that. (4 marathons in 4 days).
26/06/2011 at 19:03
top man!
29/06/2011 at 15:56

Gah! Was planning on doing the 50k but realised I've got a family commitment I can't get out of. Boo!

 Are you still planning on doing the Ridgeway again this year UB?

29/06/2011 at 22:31
Would love to but am not fit after breaking my leg at Xmas. This is my first back. Are you doing it? I think Immune is going to as he is in stonking form after running the VLM 4x in 21 hours in april.
30/06/2011 at 09:49

Yeah, I've entered. Should have recovered enough from the Lakeland 100 by then. Not sure I'll be keeping up with Immune though!

 Everything okay with your leg now?

02/07/2011 at 08:31
yes and no. Mileage is up, speed is not the hottest, still get aches and pains especially in the morning. Lakeland 100! wow! you are amazing
02/07/2011 at 10:57
Dropped to 16.5 miles today. The beginning of a sort of taper. (not very good at tapering lol)
05/07/2011 at 18:30
I did a B2B 23 miles on saturday and 21 on sunday. First time in a long time and my leg is holding up well enough to have a go at some speedwork tonight
11/07/2011 at 20:43
Really looking forward to this event on Sunday - anyone got any top tips for a first time runner of any distance of this event?  How hilly is?
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