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01/11/2012 at 11:19

Morning everyone. Looking for a bit of advice. Was thinking of doing the Cape Wrath 10k or HM in May. However I am a novice at the old running game and dont want to make an idiot of myself. I managed to do the Edinburgh BUPA 10k in 53mins and have entered a half kilomathon in March and half marathon in April (both Edinburgh). Currently running 30 miles per week. Has anyone done the Cape Wrath and do you think I would be able to cope with the course? Cheers in advance!

01/11/2012 at 11:25

Hi Grant

I haven't made it up to Cape Wrath yet but I am going to stick my neck out and say that you will almost certainly not make an idiot of yourself. that sounds like a good steady mileage and a sensible training schedule.

I'd enter and see how your April races go. I confidently predict you will have a blast. i'm envious

01/11/2012 at 11:39

Cheers for that. We often holiday up that way, so would love to do that and attempt either the 10k or the HM. Think I will do it!

01/11/2012 at 11:57

good man.

01/11/2012 at 12:35

WHW entry in

01/11/2012 at 12:53

Grant, I have done Cape Wrath a couple of times. It a long way to go for a half/10k, unless of course you live up north. You will definitely not make a fool of yourself. I have done the half, and it is a good course which undulates steadily to about 10 miles and then the last 3 miles has some killer hills. It has a very mixed field and a lot of folks take is easy especially of they are doing the full week.

Wow, good going Dude. They already told me they would probably knock me back so I have not bothered. That is how I ended up entering the antarctic marathon & ultra, which to be honest is going to be a much bigger and harder challenge. I might try for WHW in 2014, assuming that events during 2013 count as qualifiers/suitable experience.

01/11/2012 at 13:13

Hiya FFB - I imagine they will knock me back too *fingers crossed but I figure I will never have a better chance.

The antarctic marathon/ultra sounds unreal. much harder, in my view. such a great challenge. respect due.

01/11/2012 at 13:28

Cheers FFB, would probably make a wee break of it as we love that part of the world. Will most likely go for it though, sounds tough but good fun, thanks again

01/11/2012 at 13:29

Afternoon all

Had a nice recovery run this morning, took things very slowly but all seems in working order again .

Good luck with the WHW entry Dude .

I was looking at that site a few weeks ago actually - what a convoluted entry process they have ! I have the qualifying races under my belt, but not sure I could be arsed with all the lottery 'he gets in, she gets in, then these others might get in, then if we have any places left and you were born when there was an 'r' in the month you might get in' . What a palaver!!! Must be a simpler way these days.....I think this system harks back to the days when not that many folk ran ultras and they all knew each other .

Grant - totally agree with the others re. Cape Wrath. Have done the complete week 3 times - it is fantastic, and you will not be alone with the 50mins+ 10k times - yes there are some very good speedy runners at the front, but also plenty of company at the back .

UTC - (((( )))))) for you. Sorry to hear about the interview.

FFB - yep, I think you can safely say going to the Antarctic has the potential to be much more life-threatening than the WHW !!! Whilst you could easily get hypothermia on the Antarctic the frost build-up as you run could just freeze you to death !!!! Actually, why are you doing this again?!!!!!  You are totally off your nut .


01/11/2012 at 13:46

yes, i thought that page was very long-winded too ... am still dithering about what to do race-wise but given both the 'big' races are ballot I think I'd better enter both and if nec withdraw from WHW nearer time if it seems OTT!

Blasted nasty cold lurking in lungs and chest, so just when I thought I'd get back to post-school holiday running - bah, so now into third unproductive week of running. Sigh ... and it's just soooo gorgeous out there today too. Never mind, focus on banishing cold and return next week to running hopefully ...

That sounds a fun run 57.5, esp the pint and pie afterwards (well maybe not the pint but definitely the pie!).

Hope you get these conditions for Glen Ogle, my favourite running weather.

Antarctic sounds awesome though ...

01/11/2012 at 14:00

Cragchick - that does sound like a good idea to enter both. What are the odds on UTMB? Something like 1 in 4, or 1 in 5 on the first attempt at entry? I've heard it is much harder to get into these days because of the numbers interested. Probably why they have increased the point requirement as time has gone on. WHW definitely good to have as a back up 'big' race .

Now theoretically, if all goes well next year, I would have the points for UTMB 2014  LOL Nooooooooooo.............flat races, flat races .

01/11/2012 at 14:41

Yeh, quite interesting that my experience qualified me for the Antarctic but WHW

Not wanting to sound like a grouch, but I do think there is a certain element of who you know when it comes to WHW. But I am really happy and excited about antarctica. It is going to be mega, but very scary .

UTC - if it is meant for you it won't go by you. An old saying but so true. You did a good interview so can hold your head high.

Grant, if you are going to make it a bit of a break at cape wrath, you could do a couple fo the other runs too

01/11/2012 at 14:44

oh dear. i don't know anyone! :S


01/11/2012 at 15:03

FFB - will take a look and run it by the boss

01/11/2012 at 16:30

FFB - yeah I know exactly what you mean, I get that impression with the Devil race too, although maybe not to the same extent . I still think you are bonkers though .

01/11/2012 at 19:47

Evening folks

Thats the Glen Ogle stuff packed

I'm defo not entering the WHW this year. Don't want to 'slog it out' year after year, on to pastures new The entry sounds very long-winded, but the last two years have been a case of giving everyone a place who qualified with a view to there being enough drop-outs by June to leave a reasonable start number. Good luck with the entry Dude & cragchick.

Sorry about the interview UTC

01/11/2012 at 20:07


TC: Sorry that your interview didn't go well.

Just back from younger sons parents night. It went okay.

cragchick: Sorryto hear that you've got teh cold now.

01/11/2012 at 20:22

Enjoy Glen Ogle Mrs Mac - say hello to the Dreadnaught for me!

Just been in at work for hours so missed running group tonight.  Ah well better luck tomorrow.

01/11/2012 at 20:40

Grant - Cape Wrath is a great week!
Did HM and Full (my first) last year
Had been a supporter/hanger on previousyear when Elspeth was doing marathon
My pace is similar to yours going on your 10k time.
Great atmosphere and the post marathon ceilidh is worth going for alone!

01/11/2012 at 20:52

Mrs Mac - good luck at Glen Ogle . I would probably try for an entry for WHW myself if it wasnt for the support crew requirements, which I would find difficult to fullfil. This is why I like the Centurion races, okay they cost slightly more to enter, but they are fully supported. I have a sneaky plan with the WHW to 'do it myself' one year though .  

Good luck also FFB, Tricia, who all else is going to GO?

Brrrr, its freezing out....looked like sleat earlier . Made a huge cottage pie for tea YUM!!!

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