C.C.C/UTMB

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GKD
19/01/2011 at 11:19
Anyone who's applied the results of the ballot are on the site, happy to say I got into the CCC!
GKD
19/01/2011 at 11:35
pah - that's only 1/2 way!

but well done and good luck
GKD
19/01/2011 at 14:02
  I know I know but in my defence I just don't have the points this year. And I'm scared. But it's mostly the points.
GKD
19/01/2011 at 18:10
hope you get better weather this year than they had last which turned the events - well UTMB at least - into a bit of a disaster of organisation.
GKD
19/01/2011 at 18:31

   I heard about last years race and what happened, a friend of mine who's running the UTMB course this year ran the CCC last year but luckily went through as the CP closed behind her. I'm hoping that having what happened happen last year this year will be that much more organised.

 Any tips, advice as ever gratefully received

Edited: 19/01/2011 at 18:45
GKD
19/01/2011 at 18:42
Very pleased to get my UTMB placed confirmed - for the fifth year in a row. After the crushing disappointment of the cancellation at Les Contamines last year, there's still unfinished business there (although I was lucky enough to get news of the restart, and managed to get round the revised course).

Think I'll be the only one doing the GUCR in May as a training run...!

Anyone else doing the MB marathon as part of the training???
20/01/2011 at 17:00

Gutted that I didn't make it through the ballot.

Anyone done the TDS? i've got the opportunity to transfer to that but not sure at the moment... I'm guessing the Ridgeway Challenge will be run the same weekend and I'm tempted to run that again as it's one of the best out there in my humble...

TDS or Ridgeway? Someone help!

GKD
20/01/2011 at 17:07
Can't help you with which would be better Robby but I always try for new experiences rather than rehashing old ones, no matter how good they were.....
GKD
20/01/2011 at 17:41

Robby

I ws planning to run the TDS instead of the CCC(alot less runners guaranteed places) but became unavailable for either. The TDS is supposed to be a great event , during my last ultra i was speaking to 2 lads who have ran it before and they said there are some fairly technical climbs but overall highly recommended

21/01/2011 at 07:32
Also have a place on the CCC this year- cant wait!
Robby- try and transfer to the TDS - at least you will get to experience similar mountain terrain and prepare you for the 'real deal' next year!! I agree with Lirish - I tend to go for different races each year.
I started with the Mont Blanc marathon last year and will hopefully progress towards UTMB next year.
Good luck in deciding!
08/02/2011 at 10:07

Have transferred to the TDS. Looking forward to it and quite excited but no idea how I'm getting there or where I'm staying... any reccomendations?

Also looking for some good long runs in the lead up. Have MightContainNuts 40 miles in Brecons in May. Other than that, nothing planned. Time to start scanning the events listings and being nice to the wife.

GKD
13/04/2011 at 20:50

Bugger, completely forgot to get my medical cert sorted out, seem to remember someone from here being somewhat creative with theirs last year which I'd prefer to paying my GP for a full exam. Anyone have a template?

   Robby I'm staying here I think they still have room if you're still looking

GKD
14/04/2011 at 09:24

Lirish - thanks for the link: it looks great. Still can't work out how long I'm going to stay. Can those on TDS register any time during the day on Wednesday? Had originally wanted to find a flight out on Thursday evening but think the timings of buses/planes might be a bit tight - and I'm not sure I want the extra worry to add to the already considerable worry of actually getting round the course!

As for medical - you've got until the end of May, so plenty of time to get it sorted. The receptionists at my GP are, currently, insistent that he won't want to examine me and will just sign the form. He's currently on holiday so I've left it with them and pointed out that if he does sign it, he's doing so to confirm he's actually seen me... I'm hoping he won't charge me too much as not only are his kids in the same class as mine at school but he was the one, 4 years ago, who told me I could do with losing some weight, thus starting me on this ridiculous journey of ultras in the first place!

14/04/2011 at 19:11

Are they only just confirming entrants into the UTMB - isnt that a bit late for an August race...?

Interested in doing UTMB 2012.  How does the entry process work? 

I know you need 5pts accumulated to enter the ballot, but over what period and when is the 2012 entry system open?  Im doing Malverns and Brecons Ultra this year, so I need find another 2pt-er.

Cheers

GKD
14/04/2011 at 21:14

Daz as far as I know it's five points from no more than two races over a period of two years prior to the race, it's now done on a ballot system and you can, as far as I remember pre register your interest in Sept after this years race.

 The ballot was held in Jan this year and as you would expect was about 40% oversubscribed for the UTMB

GKD
14/04/2011 at 21:40
Thanks Liri.  Looks like I need a 3pt race then, ouch!
15/04/2011 at 10:16

Daz,

Lirish is correct - 5pts from two races run in the two years preceding the UTMB.

The rules do change slightly from time to time, but they are currently listed here:

http://www.ultratrailmb.com/page/17/Qualifying_races.html

GKD
21/04/2011 at 10:17
Bugger. Anyone else have trouble printing out the medical form? Everytime I try to print it only prints out the top half and not to doctors declaration at the bottom, any ideas?
GKD
21/04/2011 at 11:01

Sorry Lirish - no such problems.

Have you downloaded it to your computer? I don't know what software you have, but you might try opening it in an image application like Photoshop - or preview if you've got a mac is pretty good at dealing with all sorts of files.

Or you can try creating your own form dropping in the logo etc?!

I got mine signed off this morning...

On another subject, I have a room booked at Chalet Pele for wednesday, thurs and friday nights... It's a double room so if anyone needs a place to stay, please let me know as sharing cost is significantly lower than single occupancy.

GKD
21/04/2011 at 14:05
Cheers Robby, I had tried shouting at the computer and swearing a lot and that didn't work so I'll give what you suggested a go....
GKD
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