Dartmoor Discovery

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30/08/2011 at 17:49

Got an email through to say entries are open, anyone else running this in June? Really good event.


30/08/2011 at 20:30

It is not lost on me that this event sells out quickly. 

Presumably it is well regarded by those who have participated. 

31/08/2011 at 07:58

Debating on doing this as my first ' Ultra '.

Did the Picnic (26.2m 6000 foot of ascent this year on Saturday, followed by 11m in the Ridgeway relay on the Sunday so think I'm capable.

How long am I likely to have to think about it?

31/08/2011 at 10:32

Ben - I did it for the first time this year after being recommended it by a club mate. I normally don't enter road races but I did enjoy this one. There are a lot of the local clubs that have a fair few entrants and looking at previous entry lists and the "Hall of Fame" in the magazine you get sent there are many people who return to do it year after year. I think last year was about 50/50 split between returnees and new comers.

Chimney - It wont be an exact science but last year they updated the entry list quite regularly on the site so you will be able to tell when it is getting close to the 225 maximum if you want to delay your decision a little.

Edited: 31/08/2011 at 10:37
15/09/2011 at 21:09

108 have entered already!

Amazing as I thought most of this years runners were first timers. I struggled through myself this year, vowed I would never do it again in June and July, then got my entry in straight away for next year!

Until I did it this year I thought I could run it, now I know just completing it without being completely shattered will be an acheivement. Great challenge.

16/09/2011 at 15:31
Yep, looks to be popular early on. I recognise a few names from this years race. How did you get on this year Richie?
16/09/2011 at 18:23

Hi WiB. I thought that 5 hours was possible if not probable and it was until Widicombe. But from the marathon distance I felt I walked most of the way and finished in 5:30 ish.

 The hills of the first 20 miles really take it out of you. Next year I cannot rely on being fit for a flat marathon and then just gitting my teeth. The trouble is how to train for a race like this? Most marathons are not difficult enough. I am hoping to run the 33 mile Marlborough Downs Challenge a few weeks before as it is local to me and not too hilly. That, on top of more marathons I hope will do the job!

06/10/2011 at 15:18

Richie, I basically followed my usual training plan but got out onto the south downs a fair bit. I was also lucky enough to do a few weekends running in the Lake District, which has no lack of hills. I didn't do much racing before hand really, London Marathon was all and that is completely flat!

Try and find some hilly long runs that you can do, also look at incorporating some hills into your speedwork and the strength gained there will help a lot.

I found the killer was the final drag up towards Princetown... looking forward to the next one. Hopefully just going into it a little more clued up will help!

04/05/2012 at 10:58

So... 6 weeks away (or is it 5 now?)... Anyone else is in for this one?

04/05/2012 at 23:24

If they ran it off road I would be in. Running around a national park just on the roads  would trash my feet and knees. If you enter and see an old bloke with two dogs running across the open moor then that will be me!

06/05/2012 at 00:21

I'm entered for this one, will be my first ultra, starting to cack it a bit, just did a road marathon on fairly flat roads and live in the fens. Been encouraged by the positive comments on here about previous races and trying to do some hill work on the best undulations I can find. Not sure how long my long runs should be though, was thinking of forgetting the distance and doing a 4 hr run this week then maybe doing a couple more adding 30 mins on each time, any opinions on this would be appreciated.

08/05/2012 at 13:11

I entered last year, but was unable to run.....entered again this year and like Karen (above) 'starting to cack it a bit!'......already ran Brighton this year and will be running Windermere Marathon in two weeks (treating this as a hilly training run and aiming to run steady 10mm as my intended DD pace!)...this will then give me time to taper (and worry more!)

Karen - I think the most important thing is getting some hills in (although difficult for you I guess! - I live in York - equally hill less!)....the rest will be all in the mind! The 4 hour run should be enough, allthough that depends upon the intended mm pace you plan on.

08/05/2012 at 13:26

Good news! More people

I prepared for last year with more road running than normal and a marathon about 8 weeks out. I did specific hill repeat sessions and also short intervals on the track, although you are not climbing I still found the short fast repetitions helped my leg strength for the hills. I wouldn't say any of the hills are real monsters at DD, it was actually the descents that hurt me most last year!

My trainign or this year has been a bit different, loads of trail running  and a few weeks of injury Will see how it goes on the day.

08/05/2012 at 17:21

Downhill on tired / cramping legs is not good! I'll watch out for that!

08/05/2012 at 18:00

I'm in, picked up a place via the reserve list  
My training has been pretty awful this year, with every obstacle placed in my way from injury to illness, work to family issues - so I'm just coming a long for a nice potter in the countryside. I will probably be the last soul home, so keep a bar stool warm for me at the Feathers  

08/05/2012 at 18:35

Dave - my marathon was Brighton too, had a great day.

Feeling better tonight, did a 4 hr run this morning and made it to just short of 26 miles but that includes changing my t shirt, much to the horror of early commuters and a couple of walk breaks to get a decent drink and eat my energy bar. Was mostly concerned about finishing in time but think it might be ok especially as Wetter is Better says there are no real monster hills.

I am on the edge of the fens so its not pancake flat and I do do hill repeats and some speedwork in a typical week. I am liking the change of mindset I have adopted, run for time not miles, not so het up about pace or stopping to walk. Would like to get close to a 5hr run beforehand but will have to see, I have shedloads of miles in the bank this year so its not vital but would help physcologically I think.

Frodo I will never be the fastest runner so we may have to have a drink together when we finish! I never know what pace to aim for anyway, just figure 8mm is too fast, 12mm is too slow and whatever my legs will do in between that will have to do.

09/05/2012 at 12:43

Entered this last September. I am pleased to say I am still looking forward to it! I have the 33 mile Marlborough Downs Challenge this Saturday as a training run. It will be really muddy, so when I get down to Dartmoor I must beware starting off too fast.

10/05/2012 at 13:43

I'll be doing this.  I haven't done much hill training in the build up but I did run two marathons in April.  It can't be as hilly as the Beachy Head Marathon, which was a hell of a struggle in October and I'm just hoping to get round before the cutoff time.

10 minute miles is going to be the plan, possibly walking up some of the steeper hills.  I really can't wait for this one.

10/05/2012 at 13:59

I think the course record at Beachy Head is about 2:45... the course record for Dartmoor Discovery is about 3:35, 50 minutes for an extra 6 miles, so using that as an indication it looks kind of comparable to me. (3500ft of ascent on trail v 6900ft of ascent on road). I have not run Beachy Head marathon, although I have done a fair bit of training out on the 7 Sisters etc so I could be off in my estimation.

Edited: 10/05/2012 at 14:08
11/05/2012 at 12:42

6900 ft of ascent?! I was using this as a base which is far less than that. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/19337550

I know 616 metres (just over 2,000 ft) seems a bit less than I expected, but I'm certain I'm not prepared for double the hills of Beachy Head.  Might not be looking forward to it quite so much now!

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