Ridgeway Challenge 85

The Ultimate day/night challenge

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28/12/2009 at 19:52
Anyone else giving this a go? I've done it twice now and it's the ultimate challenge. An excellent event with great support. Plenty of food and stops along the way.
31/12/2009 at 20:22
I'll be there.  Top event.
31/12/2009 at 20:51

excellent. Need to find some more runners then!!

17/01/2010 at 21:16

I'm almost certainly up for this one as it's been recommended and sounds like a good distance  to aim  for this year.  I was told that watching the dawn break was brilliant but the sun was somewhat fierce.

Just need to wait to see if current injury settles enough to start running again.

18/01/2010 at 09:09
Give it a go and wrap up warm for the nights!!
25/01/2010 at 16:32
Im undecided on this one, due to the Devon100 looking like its been cancelled bar any late organisers taking it over! A stunning course, much hillier in the first half than i thought!
19/02/2010 at 00:37
OK, I need just a little push to get me to enter...helly d are you up for this?
19/02/2010 at 19:24



This has got to be my favourite event ever.  Fabulous course, 3000 years old.  Feed stations to die for.  They ask you what you want in your sandwiches ...

19/02/2010 at 19:36

I just need one more little heave past the Wife's "Running Radar" which is on full sensitivity at present as she awaits my next challenge.

I just love night runs and this one has been on my Things to Do list for way too long.

19/02/2010 at 20:41

Jerry-   I'm afraid it is also an afternoon and evening run before and a morning run after ...  Unless you're quick in which case you'll be finishing in the dark. 

Great weather last year with the low rays of the setting sun shining golden over the fields and creating dappled light through the woods.  The night feed stations have crackling log fires going and every comfort.  Would advise compass on North Wessex Downs - there are paths and bridleways everywhere and waymarks not always noticeable in the dark.

19/02/2010 at 20:53
Gives Jerry a big shove. I am defo doing this as you know, so lets book it and do yet another event together. I have even just picked up a new Myo XP headtorch which will be ideal for the night time when you are doing (i mean we) are doing the map reading!!!!! Hope the maps we get are better than our last event..........
19/02/2010 at 22:01
I'm up for it again this year. A third finish for me hopefully! Agree with T rex - Feed station are great!
19/02/2010 at 22:21

Form printed, filled it out, cheque written now looking for stamp. Mrs Jerry has all the tell tale signs of "She knows what is going on and pretending not to".

 Come on Mr Immune, it ssooo much cheaper than our old friend London to Brighton and we can choose our own sandwich fillings, I am thinking tuna fish and raspberry jam for starters

Thank you gentle men and lady folk, I'll see you there and no doubt chat here in the meantime

19/02/2010 at 23:08
Good stuff Jerry, i will be doing the same this weekend. Better start training then!!! (Once ankle is 100%)
19/02/2010 at 23:35
EXCELLENT...just get that ankle rested, I need it rested and repaired before training commences
21/02/2010 at 22:11

Shoves Jerry none too gently in direction of post office. The more the merrier.  I would like to do L2B again but adding suddeny inflated race cost to taxi cost it's becoming prohibitive.

I've got my confirmation email so I'm in, my knee managed the Thames Trot so I think I 've got my mojo back. Marmite sandwiches for me., nice antidote to all those gel things. I'm not too good at running in hot weather but I think this race has a lot to get excited about.

21/02/2010 at 22:22

Great news helly d, I too am not touching L2B this year although we ran the route from Tatsfield to Edenbridge this morning and joined part of the Gatliffe 50km route from there to run all the way back.

I appear to have "top permission" from her in doors so here we go again.

21/02/2010 at 23:35

I don't know the area, I just remember suddenly encountering a familiar bit which really raised my spirits towards the end of the horror that was Gatliff (over 9 hours! not much food left till the last checkpoint! overtaken by walkers! Edenbridge station!).

I'm going to have to get myself a mobile phone that takes decent pictures for this one just in case I'm in a fit enough state to use it. Ancient route, stone circles, my first attempt at through the night running. Are the crackling log fires strictly necessary on August Bank Holiday weekend?

23/02/2010 at 19:08
Log fires?  They were certainly a welcome sight in the middle of the night!  But wasn't particularly cold, no.  Some runners put on extra clothing for the night section, but I stayed in shorts/long-sleeved top and was OK. I think if you were hanging about or walking you could get a bit chilly.
26/02/2010 at 20:12

I will be joining you nutters..... Jerry and Mr Immune.  Am back and into the best foot forward after 4 weeks of physio (bank account says ouch) and Crystal Palace Sports Injury Clinic is the best place I have been for rehab (apart from the pub!!), new shoes, new challenge.....can't wait

 Mrs UltraBobban is cool with this too. I will promise a cornucopia of ciders and beers at the end as long as we can organise not driving!! (i.e. I migh take mrs UB away for a nice weekend between now and then as a plea for a lift in her bus!!

And a bit of bedtime reading for preparation.......Mark Hines...Jungle marathon. fab book, a diary of a total nutter.

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