British Ultrafest 48HR

Training and racing advice for 48HR track event please ...

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21/10/2012 at 22:33

Have rather quickly (too quickly) moved from thinking that there is nothing I would want to do less than run around a 400m track for 48HRS to printing and filling out the entry form; anyone out there with experience of this type of event? Training and race day(s) tips very welcome indeed ......


21/10/2012 at 23:36
Fuck. That.

But best of luck to you
22/10/2012 at 03:44

Lirish - Careful that was my first reaction, then the glorious obsurd, pointlessness of it started to burrow into my simple brain and has now taken over!

Edited: 22/10/2012 at 03:59
22/10/2012 at 05:51

Alistair ... Have you lost it completely...My training advice get used to going around in circles,at least you wont get lost,good luck buddy

22/10/2012 at 09:32

DT - You can have a rest on this one buddy will not need your 'muling' or navigation services!


22/10/2012 at 09:55

You are off your trolley Sir.....


Seriously, I think it's got to be a walk run strategy, stuck to rigidly as there's going to be no variation in terrain to force it. I think you need to have lots of alternative plans in place to deal with every eventuality ie weather, clothing, medical etc. Fuelling is going to be difficult - I have no idea how you can replicate what your body may want at any given time? Again, try to cover every possibility - hot, cold, sweet, sour etc etc...same with drinks? If you've never run with music before now might be the time to start thinking about it - even down to different playlists for different times of day/night...

I'd also consider training for sleep deprivation, and training your body to allow you to sleep in 15 minute windows etc...

22/10/2012 at 10:17

wow... looking at their website there is also a 6 day event option!!


22/10/2012 at 11:15

Rocker - All great thoughts, cheers buddy; you are right I never run with music (not even at TR24) and yes then might be the time to start mmm playlist ... The Archers omnibus would take up a bit of time; definitely get some long night runs in; hadn't thought of the lack of natural pace regulators (hills) very good point indeed; food, God only knows what is the 'norm', I know they provide 3 meals a day but outside of that not sure that gels will really do much! As an aside will try and get two cycles of metabolic efficiency training in beforehand to better adpat to burning fat.

MR F - Yeah not sure what the 48HR option counts as, I guess the 24HR is the 'Fun Run' mmm perhaps then the 48HR is the 'Short Course'.

22/10/2012 at 12:14

The entry fee alone is enough to get me dizzy,let alone going around in circles for 48 hrs.

22/10/2012 at 12:19

DAYTREKKER - It's down to me to get value / mile!

22/10/2012 at 12:22

Alistair - If you are going the ipod route maybe save a coupel of usual podcasts or something until race day?! talkultra will see you through a couple of hours.

With regards pacing etc I am sure some people on here will have done 24hr track races but maybe people with GUCR experience could be of some use too if you know of anyone?

Read up on a few blogs from races like Self transendence 24 hour track race, GUCR, Badwater. May get some useful info in there.

No real use myself but that is probably where I would start my info finding.

Good luck

28/10/2012 at 13:41
I did the 24 hour track race at tooting , the laps were ok, food, drink and toilets every 400m. I only stopped to go to the loo and change shoes ( once) , I ate whilst walking. Others left the track for a lie down.
I started off for the first 4 hours having a lap walk every hour then went to a lap every 40 mins. Sometime after halfway,can't remember when I started walking for 2 laps then 3. I was having stomach issues so would eat something then walk a bit longer to try and let it settle before running again --actually it was prob just an excuse to walk for longer
I really don't know how I would play if I were doing 48 hours. One of the hardest things was getting in the food as after 12 hours I didn't fancy anything and was not eating enough so then after 20 hours I almost came to a standstill, had a tantrum and walked for 2 hours. After about an hour or so of walking I got a bit of an appitite again and snaffled down some peanut butter on toasty. Once that got into me I felt I could run again.
I think if I were doing 48 hours I would probably take proper meal breaks. Maybe even sit down for them and then walk for an hour or so to let it go down properly before running again , dunno really. I think I will do the 24 hour option
28/10/2012 at 15:15
Hi Hellen, thanks for the post, really appreciate it, nice to hear about your event. I did a 24 hour trail event this year and also ran into stomach issues at 12 hours so that is definitely an area I will need to focus on.
28/10/2012 at 17:01
Meant to ask Alistair ('cos I'm too lazy to google it), when and where is it? What are you going to do for crew support?
28/10/2012 at 17:46

Rocker - Starts 10AM August 15th, it's in Abingdon, Oxford. No idea crew wise will be a shout for help nearer the time it will be a big ask as it's summer and mid-week, anyone who can pop by for however long or short will get a heck of a welcome from me!

28/10/2012 at 17:55
Rough me in mate... Seriously! I'm working Ndw100 with Lou the weekend before, she only lives 30 mins away so rather than travel home I might make a bit of a holiday of it, camp nearby and then hook up with you?!
28/10/2012 at 18:14

Rocker - that would be awesome, race entry includes a room in student digs adjacent to the track so accm inc for the two nights, support would be super welcome and of course will very willingly be reciprocated when needed. Am in credit with a couple of pals so hopefully will get a few people dropping in and out over the 2 days and nights.

28/10/2012 at 19:12


I think you have found a race that even I think is too bonkers to attempt!

28/10/2012 at 19:15

Alistair, if im off work (school hols ) i will most certainly come down to Abingdon and help you out if you need more crew to bring you things

28/10/2012 at 19:26

Ben - I am certainly looking forward to spending some time with the 6 day runners, how nuts are they? But be careful it's the glorious, absurd, pointlessness that has managed to burrow itself into my simple noggin ... ....

Loulabell - Be awesome to see you, I think a friendly face or two will make all the difference.

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