One for wall, and wall for one...
Oscarr - it's a tricky one to call. I've never used trail shoes, but from what I gather they're tough on the feet when you're running on the road. The ground was fairly frozen on Saturday and we decided that frozen ground would be similar to dry hard ground in the summer. I just had my normal road shoes on, and I was fine, although there were two or three places I slowed down for because of mud, maybe only 100 metres each. I'd say 90 per cent of the route will be fine to run on in road shoes whatever the weather. There's probably two or three places where it'll be a quagmire if there's even a hint of rain. They're maybe only 20 or 30 metres long each tho. The other ten per cent will get muddy if it's been raining the day before, but still doable in road shoes if you're sensible.
I'd probably get advice from someone who uses both road and trail shoes as they'd be well informed on the pros and cons of each. And people who did this year's run.
Speaking for myself... after Saturday's run, I didn't come away thinking I needed to go out and buy trail shoes. The other factor I have to take into account, which some people won't, is that I wear shoes to counter overpronation, which I gather you can't get in a trail shoe.
I'm definitely going to pack a spare pair of socks in my backpack tho. And take a spare pair of whatever shoes I go for so I can start the Sunday in a dry pair.
I guess your decision also depends on what your target in the run is. If you're aiming for speed, that might affect your decision compared to if you're just aiming to get round and aren't bothered about time.
Weedy I have the GPS file from last year, unfortunately it only went to about 45 miles when the battery died, but it converts to Google Earth if you use the garmin site, if you wnat to check it against your run.
Quick hello. I've signed up, along with a group of friends, and we are running the Wall for charity. Nick - one of the group - has a son with Tuberous Sclerosis, and we are running to raise money for - and awareness of - this condition.http://www.justgiving.com/WallsIScreamNone of us have run anywhere near the distance of this run, and most of the group aren't really runners at all.....yet. They are all in training and I'm sure they'll be as ready as you can be. Personally, I've done a few marathons but am extremely nervous about my body's ability to run 65 miles. Looking forward to it though
I know the RW forums are great, and an excellent source of info, banter and support. I'll try to get the other chaps to pop in too. It sounds like things are getting organised on here already!
Hi Rockhopper. Just had a quick look at the justgiving site - looks like a really good cause. If you want to use any of the pictures I've posted here, feel free to nick them. Or message me your email and i'll send you bigger versions of them.
EKGO - that would be good, thanks
One dayAmster and Mr AmsterBenjamin KisselBlakesterCheckmateEKGOJohn MacKenzieMr XRockhopper Penguin
Two daysLouise HallMarcus Nichols +2OscarrPinkbugPursued by Angry BeesRunningRaRaSleepy BearWeedy
Weedy - will mail you a link and send it via email
Weedy - Sent you a file
Oscarr - Deffo think spare shoes for day two - if they get wet on day one think they'd be a pain to put back on and run. I accidentally bought a second pair of Vivobarefoot Neo Trails a size bigger than usual, hanging onto those for the second day in case me feet are a bit bloaty...
Incidentally, I'm a +1 too - running with my mate Jon from work. We are "The Dashing Accountants", no, really.
Had a quick discussion about heading over to Carlisle, and getting there the night before might well be an option.
Mornng all - Christmas makeover complete with dodgy pun
Bees - I briefly thought about going over on the Saturday morning, but I was going to have to get up at silly o'clock. I like my sleep too much for that so I've gone for Carlisle the night before.
Two daysLouise HallMarcus Nichols +2OscarrPinkbugPursued by Angry Bees +1RunningRaRaSleepy BearWeedy
the wall run 2012
experts get ready go...
please can i have a head start....
wet feet after 1 mile super 31 still to go
cant see any sun in this one weedy.. 15 miles in
nice to see the wall bit hillier after lanercost run pass a few forts
if you look at the back of photo its the stairway to heaven
dont forget your camera..
not far from camp.
base camp top showers good massages book before.. have good sleep
have a look at the hills you will need your hiking boots after breaky.. top tip take some pots of porridge for breaky..
race to the top.. only 3 miles of trail
nice trail run then tarmac paths take you down to hexham..then road and tow paths to the bridges of newcastle gateshead.
hope this will help...
Nice one Blakester - even though it's damp it still makes me excited looking at those!
Thanks for those Blakester. That hill looks a bit horrific - might have to adopt a walk-walk strategy for that one
Weedy the pics don't do it justice, it is not walkable, top 100 yards is literally hands and knees
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