100 mile trail run August 13th 2011
As a long time ultra-runner I have recently established a new race for 2011 for runners who in particular, like me, want to challenge themselves over the 100 mile distance on trails.
The NDW100 is a 100 mile continuous trail race along the North Downs Way from Farnham in the Surrey Hills to the Greater London border at Knockholt Pound and return. Total Climb: 12,100 feet.
The 100 mile course is a 50 mile out and back in the same mould as the now famous Leadville 100. The race begins in Farnham at the Western end of the North Downs and travels through stunning countryside to the outermost edge of the Greater London boundary at Knockholt Pound. The course then returns to Farnham via the reverse of the same route. The course is fully marked from end to end requiring no map reading and there are a total of 16 aid stations along the length of the route.
There are also 50 mile and marathon distance options over the same course. All 3 races take place over the weekend of August 13th/ 14th 2011. If you want any more details please have a look at www.centurionrunning.com or e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
£100 does seem scary (I recently entered The Highland Fling for £15 including a technical top and a return bus ride). I am sure there are people out there prepared and even used to paying that kind of fee but it would put me off I know. Clearly you are getting something for your money with the supplies at the checkpoints etc but that still seems a lot.
I am fairly new to the Ultra experiences but have done a fair amount of marathons and just as many mountain marathons (circa £65 for two days of 'entertainment' and plenty of logistics). One of the reasons I am drawn to these type of activities is the 'back to basics' nature of them - focus on the effort rather than the glamour but it does seem ultras are sadly becoming as 'glamourised' as the other muddy off-road type events now on offer.
Sorry, that is an awful lot of criticism - reading the info there is clearly a heck of a lot of effort going into the planning and I am sure it will be a great event especially as, the route will be glorious - until recently I lived in the Farnham area and have regularly run the sections Farnham through to Dorking. It's very beautiful and very challenging. Clearly this is a draw given the Pilgrims Marathon (Farnham Runners) and several other ultra type efforts on stretches of this route.
I too wish you luck with the event.
I would agree that £100 does seem a lot, but then again I would rather pay that and scrap a few other planned races if I couldn't afford it.
I would also rather not have to deal with navigation, as for those of us who find it difficult to find our cars in the supermarket car park, the thought of ending up doing more than 100 miles is not great.
It is also a plus that you do not have to have 'motorized support' as many very long ultra race organisers insist.
Good luck with the race James. I won't be fit enough for this year but will keep an eye on your website for the next race. Any thoughts on where the next one will be yet?
You consulted Dick, organiser of the Grand Union Canal race-£50ish pounds for 145 miles of supremely organised and supported race, Henk, organiser of an excellent(if somewhat flat) set of endurance races which are again well supported-£32 for the 100mile option this year and Jen, a newby organiser so is empathic to your situation but still only charged £30ish last year.
How have you worked out your costs?
I have been pondering for the last year or so which race would be my first 100miler. There are a few to choose from but none of them ticked all my boxes.
Lakeland 100 would have been too difficult for my first 100. Housman 100 was full on navigation although I do enjoy self nav I didn't fancy it after 20 hours on my feet. I nearly entered The SDWR but had reservations about the amount of support on route.
When this race came along I was over the moon it has everything. It's on one of my favorite trails, the trail will be marked for the day, the fully equipped aid stations and a buckle that I will keep for ever.
I have wanted to run a 100 for about 3 years so all my training and racing has lead to this so the fact it is £100 doesn't bother me in the slightest. More importantly it ticks all my boxes for a well organised and safe event.
So for what it's worth I'm in and I can't wait.
James please don't let negative feedback sway you from what you are doing. I think you've got it spot on and I'm sure others will feel the same.
Bring on August 13!
So basically you looked at what you thought you might need for the race added it all up and decided to make the entrants pay for it all?
What ever happened to the enthusiast doing an event for the love of the sport. If you actually thought about it properly you could put the race on, on a shoestring. That way it would be more popular and if it really was a good race it would grow and become a permanent fixture in the future. This is what Dick and Henk have done. Despite your reasons against comparing their races with your planned one, they were in your position once and have made it work. It takes a lot of personal time and effort and yes, there is the threat of financial loss but that is part of the whole thing. To me it makes the difference between someone who is genuinely dedicated to putting an ultra on the calender and someone who wants to dabble and see how it goes.
James - I wish you the very best of luck with your race this year.
As a comparison price wise I did the Jurassic Coast Challenge, 78miles, in 2010 and it cost £150. I was happy to pay this - as some people have mentioned already about supported events - I did not have to provide my own support crew on the JCC and we were very well provided throughout with food and support, first aid and transport.
This year I looked at entering the devil of the Highlands race, on the West Highland Way, I have walked it many times but fancied the challenge of running it with a time limit. Very cheap entry but you have to provide not only your own support crew / vehicle, but another runner who can go out and find you if you are injured or lost. This is all very well, but to me is over complicating matters. If I was running it alone, then yes fair enough, I would do all this and ensure my own safety by having a driver to meet me at specified points (but I wouldnt bother with the extra runner bit tbh, I know the route like the back of my hand), but as part of an organised event, I expect a bit more, otherwise, whats the point of doing an 'organised' event, just do it yourself ..............
Anyhow, 100m is a bit beyond my personal ability at the moment, but I look forward to aiming for one in the future, and I hope your event is successful .
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