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29/10/2012 at 16:08

Afternoon all

Back from Jedburgh after a lovely drive across though the Ettrick Forest and back up the motorway from Moffat, amazing colours on the landscape.

Well done on your time Dude, that is stonking for that course.

Wow that was a tough old race, hard hard hard, with all the mud and hills, and what was Eildon 1 (North) like with all that mud? A lung bursting climb. Sliding uphill anyone?  Eildon 2 tough, scrambley-rocky and very windy on the top, then Eildon 3 a total doddle and a lovely springy peaty descent back down into the forest.

After that I had to haul ass between 22-28m, as I was initially doing okay, but then lost a lot of time slithering about on the slopes of Eildon 1, in order to make it back to Maxton for the cut-off....that 10m stretch from Rhymers to Maxton seemed to go on forever, and I didnt think I was going to make it. Doing the Neptunes Staircases twice did not amuse a Tiger !! I overtook a few folks on that last few miles so I dont know whether they got pulled or were allowed to continue after 3pm. Anyhow got in by the skin of my shorts, but near knackered myself doing it.

Last 10m after that back over the same ground we covered on the way out was tough, mud was really draining the legs, and I kept seeing stuff from earlier and trying to work out how far there was to go. Got the headtorch out just as it was going twilight-ish - thank goodness because I then entered the next section of forest and it was pitch black!! Very hard going, muddy, couldnt see much of he ground really,although headtorch cut a good beam into the trees, quite a spooky forest - everynow and then I would scare up a pheasant Wooooooop woooop woop!! (Holy sh!t ) I wish they wouldnt do that .

Finally out onto the back road that the half mara uses, short stretch of wood, then the main road into Jedburgh. Dragging ass, managed to run the last stretch in, met the organiser, made it by the skin of my teeth. A very tough race, I was out there for the full 10hrs, thank God I had the head torch, did about 1hr 40m in total pitch darkness. There were apparently a few people behind me they were still waiting for - I hope they had headtorches!!!

I thanked the organiser for a great race , I thought the course marking was excellent and I didnt get lost once, even in the pitch dark (which is quite something for me on ultras!). Really got the impression they pulled out all the stops to make this a success. Only thing I would say was from a safety point of view, that last 10m stretch was a hell of a way for them to not know where people were in the dark, not really chance to put in an extra CP, so a compulsory mobile phone and the RO's number would have been good to have - even just to say, okay I'm pushing close to the time but I'm only 2m away etc.

Fantastic training run, and great for building strength. Not too bad today, just tired and sore ankles from the twisting about in the mud, few days rest now I think.

29/10/2012 at 16:45

Hiya TP.

epic run! and epic report. it was quite a day. you were right about eildon 1. i think it broke a few people. well done for finishing and making those cut-offs

the real problem with the mud was that, any stretch that had firm ground I felt I really had to run hard (including up hill) to make some hay because i knew i would lose time in the quagmire.

like you, i feel I will be the stronger (physically and mentally) for the experience

Great to take part in a new event though, very good vibe.

29/10/2012 at 17:00

Wow Dude and TP well done, sounds a really tough one! Not too keen on total quagmires.

FFB - well it's taper time so hopefully the cold will co incide with a needed rest and full of energy for GO!

 Dark finishing work at 4.30, not happy!

57.5 Christmas and New Year in North Ron - not so sure I'd fancy that!

29/10/2012 at 17:29

Thanks elspeth. it was quite the adventure

who is all running glen ogle? (not me)

29/10/2012 at 17:32

Dude - I'm a great believer in 'muscle memory' - I think if you have put yourself through an event like that, next time you are out there and it gets tough, both mentally and physically, you know you can do it. And easier races are a gift.

Elspeth - agree re. North Ronaldsay! Nothing for company but the sheep !

I think I might be needing to buy new trail shoes fairly soon !!

29/10/2012 at 17:36

Elspeth - I don't fancy both Xmas and New Yr there either, so it'll be Xmas in Glasgow with the parents then a hair raising winter flight north for whatever passes for Hogmanay on the island.

Did my first pre-work run in a long time today, we were meeting with the parkrun UK director (Tom Williams if anyone listens to Marathon Talk) yesterday evening and had an easy run round the course with him today. At least our park was looking its best in the autumn colours.

29/10/2012 at 17:41

TP - clearly my muscle memory isn't up to much. it has already forgotten the pain of yesterday and im already considering my next ultra

29/10/2012 at 17:44

Well done TP. Great report too. Sounds like a blast, tough, but  a blast.

So, training run ditched in favour of downing effervesent vitamins, a goot protein r and omega3 tea and then cosy by the fire followed by a bath and a toddy.

29/10/2012 at 17:57


well done Dude and TP!!! What a race that sounds like!! Kinda fun but in an evil way!! Brilliant report TP!! (Wouldn't expect any less... rather short for you mind you).

Im off to the gym tonight. Still feel a bit chesty so dont want to be out in the cold. Although, a lovely cycle to/from work actually. Very calm.

Good luck for GO all those taking part this weekend!!

Right, I'd best be off!!

29/10/2012 at 19:12

Lol Dude - yeah I know what you mean . I keep telling myself not to do any more races this year, but.........

Thanks all.

UTC - Oi!!! Short and to the point . Eight miles of road and 30 miles of mud, that about covers it really .

Hope all these colds are shaken off quickly. Funnily enough I felt a bit rough last week, taper cold.......

29/10/2012 at 19:43

Well done TP & Dude, sounds like a real toughie

Yay to being the 'first Scottish lady' challenge ffb That'd be a nice wee added incentive!

Had a nice girly weekend in Aberfeldy with my sisters. Had a nice run but am nursing a niggly achilles at the moment. GO33 will be interesting


29/10/2012 at 19:58

Mrs Mac - are you still doing the Winter Ultra? Still undecided since Peter is unsportingly refusing to come!  Hope the achilles settles before the weekend.

29/10/2012 at 20:36

Well done TP and dude - sounds really challenging.

Hope your cold is better by the weekend ffb, and that your achilles is better too Mrs Mac.

Pilates class for me this evening.

29/10/2012 at 20:47

Elspeth, think I'll have to wait and see how the achilles responds to the weekend before I enter another one

29/10/2012 at 22:24

OK, so final stage of attempt to stave off the cold: bath done and drinking a toddy just now then off to bed for some restorative sleep.

30/10/2012 at 05:57


4M easy today. Mild, dry, noisy with dawn chorus in full cry

30/10/2012 at 07:00

morning BM

quick turbo session this morning, no pain no gain.

hope you've staved off the cold FFB! I only have mild symptoms now which aren't stopping me

Lol TP, no offence meant... I actually love reading your reports!!



30/10/2012 at 07:32

morning all. thanks alison and mrs mac

even on my rare days off I can't run/train with the lark like you chaps. envious.

i hope all the various sniffles, sneezes and colds start to clear up soon. hope the toddy worked FFB

no run for me. i'll walk to town and watch james bond

30/10/2012 at 07:51

Morning all, well hope I am not tempting fate or speaking to soon, but I think I am fighting the good fight Symptoms certainly no worse today and so far i think may be slightly improved.

30/10/2012 at 08:00


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