My first ultra?
I am considering this for my first ultra and currently training with that in mind. I have read the reports from the 2009 race and am concerned about the navigation requirements as i am frankly terrible at map reading!
Would you recommend this for a first ultra??
I chose this one as it was early in the year and is at the 50mile distance which i am keen to tackle...
Navigation is not a problem on this race, its all well sign posted. It can get very muddy at the start esecially between Sandford and Abingdon so shoe choice can be interesting........
Hi guys, good first ultra for anyone and navigation is fairly simple.. Steve is a top bloke and runs the events well. i pulled out of this one at 20 mile last year due to fear of being injured before a big run.. and god it was snowy n icy last year in the bad weather,, highly recommended though....
i'll be there, also doing the county to capital 45 in Jan.... I've added a face book group link below to anyone on the site... its a ultra running area... Stay fit,
www.leechamberlain.co.uk GWR holder , 7 days treadmill 468.04 miles
Seriously considering this one. I'm also doing the Country to Capital in Jan and this seems like the next logical step.
Hi Lee, good to see you've entered could sway my mind . Look forward to meeting up on the recce run.
Giles Chalk 2 wrote (see)
Hi Giles, what is the rest of the course like, relative to the stretch detailed above?
If you know the area well, I live in Kennington, which is a couple of miles (if that) from the start at the Prince of Wales pub at Iffley. When doing 20 mile training runs, I often run that stretch between Sandford and Abingdon and then upto the railway bridge, just past Culham lock and back.
Looking at last years forum for this event, it would appear that the race info was emailed out, with just the race number posted. If anybody has received this info yet, would they be kind enough to email me a copy, to have a look at, before sending off my entry.
I live right next to the lock in Sandford so we have probably run past each other at some point....The stretch I mentioned seems to be the worst bit I know of. In experience after Abingdon things improve as its not used so much. It can get a bit boggy after Clifton Hamden before Benson. Its hard surface then before Wallingford for a while. I am not too familiar with the next bit. From Reading to Henley is reasonable with some on tarmac.
I havnt had any rave info yet,
Hi Giles, once this snow melts that should make the route a bit damper!!!
Thanks for the info on the rest of the route. Do I take it that you have entered this event?
I once ran back from Benson along the river to Kennington, but Day Lock was all closed up for major works and I couldn't cross the river, so had to go across some fields and onto the main Culham? road and rejoin around Clifton Hamden. Got back just before darkness fell....
Yes I am entered from this one, nice run back from Benson except the meanders make it seem like you are never getting anywhere.....
Its not too bad in the snow but I fear for when it melts!!!
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