Go for it !!
I've got Otley 10m road race tonight. It's pi''ing it down and I haven't run for a week and a half after an achilles problem (sound familiar ?), aiming to just jog round for the exercise - supposed to be building up for the Durham Dales Challenge (30m) at end of June.
I've entered this one too. I'm expecting it to be less "undulating" than Kielder Water that I ran around earlier this year.
Miserable weather here in Newcastle and I have the Blaydon Race to do in an hour's time. Must think about getting changed and heading off.
Wharfy, I'm doing the DDC 30 as well. I've done the 16 mile version the last two years, but thought I'd go back to the 30 miler this year.
I was going to nip over to Otley tonight but the opportunity to watch Corrie was too great to resist.
I'm dedicated, I am.
sarah, it was cool wet and windy, but the wind was mostly from behind, so not bad really, but not one for hanging around afterwards. I managed 40:22 for the 5.9 mile course, about 20 seconds down on last year, but as this is the shortest event I have run this year by over 20 miles I was quite pleased !
The Newburn river run is 6.5 miles. Very pleasant run it is . The first half goes east to west along an old wagon way, past George Stephenson's cottage (ie where he was born), crosses the river and comes back on the south side.
Then three days later is the 30 mile Durham Dales Challenge, oo-err
Otley was very pleasant. Jogged round as a training run given desperate not to aggravate achilles, 1hr 37 (would have been aiming for maybe 1.15 to 1.20 normally), was actually great running weather - cool but not cold, moist but not wet. Quite refreshing running it with no competetive edge as well.
Achilles feels great after. Will avoid any speed work now until the summer.
Ian - any hints for DDC ? Not an area I know particularly. I have done Trollers Trot 25 a couple of times so am assuming quite similar just a little longer. Plan to run the easy bits and walk the harder...
XB - shame.... !
Sarah - yes, being in the country is great.
I'm not sure about hints for the DDC. From memory, the hills are mostly in the first half and there are bits where the terrain can be tricky for running.
It can also be a navigational challenge, although I can get lost in my own house ! However, as the wlakers set off an hour earlier, spotting them can help with navigation in the first half.
There is a splendid food stop in Middleton, which is near enough exactly half way
My plan is for a pleasant day out, rather than trying to do a time. Mind you, I have fallen and cracked ribs on it twice in the past, so taking it easy is probably wise anyway, for a clumsy chap like me.
Blimey, with both of us taking part, I'd better let the first aid folks know.
The good news is that it will not be the St John Ambulance people who are providing the medical cover.
It's ok - I'm taking a first aid kit (it's in the rules) !
How little do you think you can get away with ? One plaster and an ibuprofen tablet ...
My experience of DDC, having done it several times, is that you are asked if you have read the list of what you are supposed to carry, and that is it.
I think it is a tacit acceptance that runners tend to want to carry as little as possible. My entire provisions are usually a bumbag with map, windproof jacket and a whistle (and that's only cos i got the whistle years ago a the Amsterdam marathon).
If the weather on the day looks iffy, then I might take more. I have seen people who seem to carry nothing and others who seem equipped for the marathon des sables, so I guess it is what you are comfortable with. Probably also depends on whether you are looking for a time or just a pleasant day out. For me it will be the latter.
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