Hadrian's Wall 2013

One for wall, and wall for one...

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05/12/2012 at 09:04
Weedy - fantastic route report, many thanks very useful - from the sound of it you need trail shoes unless it's been bone dry for a month before, is that right?
05/12/2012 at 10:05

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.

05/12/2012 at 10:17
Thanks Weedy. Sleepy Bear and I have entered as a team and we are very much in the "just get round" camp (although we will be doing lots of prep miles) so taking it easy over wet ground for small sections is ok if the majority is on road shoe friendly terrain. If this first section is representative of the whole route then it looks like road shoes for me and like you I will bring a fresh pair for day 2 and plenty of dry socks. Thanks again for the feedback.
05/12/2012 at 11:06

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.

05/12/2012 at 15:47

Hello everyone.

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/WallsIScream

None 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! 

 

05/12/2012 at 16:25

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 day
Amster and Mr Amster
Benjamin Kissel
Blakester
Checkmate
EKGO
John MacKenzie
Mr X
Rockhopper Penguin

Two days
Louise Hall
Marcus Nichols +2
Oscarr
Pinkbug
Pursued by Angry Bees
RunningRaRa
Sleepy Bear
Weedy

05/12/2012 at 16:37

Weedy - will mail you a link and send it via email

06/12/2012 at 19:48

Weedy - Sent you a file

06/12/2012 at 20:00

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...

07/12/2012 at 10:09
Thanks pbabees
07/12/2012 at 13:08
I used road trainers .. Dry ones both days and it was very wet and muddy got on ok ..
07/12/2012 at 18:42

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.

08/12/2012 at 10:32

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.

One day
Amster and Mr Amster
Benjamin Kissel
Blakester
Checkmate
EKGO
John MacKenzie
Mr X
Rockhopper Penguin

Two days
Louise Hall
Marcus Nichols +2
Oscarr
Pinkbug
Pursued by Angry Bees +1
RunningRaRa
Sleepy Bear
Weedy

08/12/2012 at 19:41

the wall run 2012

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img002.jpg?width=350

 experts get ready go...

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img001.jpg?width=350

 please can i have a head start....

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img003.jpg?width=350

 wet feet after 1 mile super 31 still to go

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img004.jpg?width=350

 cant see any sun in this one weedy.. 15 miles in

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img005.jpg?width=350

 nice to see the wall bit hillier after lanercost run pass a few forts

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img008.jpg?width=350

 if you look at the back of photo its the stairway to heaven

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img006.jpg?width=350

 dont forget your camera..

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img009.jpg?width=350

 not far from camp.

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img012.jpg?width=350

 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..

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img010_0.jpg?width=350

 

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img013.jpg?width=350

 race to the top.. only 3 miles of trail

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img014.jpg?width=350

 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...

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/540947/gallery/img005.jpg?width=350

 

08/12/2012 at 20:38

Nice one Blakester - even though it's damp it still makes me excited looking at those!

09/12/2012 at 10:29

Thanks for those Blakester. That hill looks a bit horrific - might have to adopt a walk-walk strategy for that one

09/12/2012 at 11:44

Weedy the pics don't do it justice, it is not walkable, top 100 yards is literally hands and knees

09/12/2012 at 16:54
Hey all,

The pics look great and another thanks weedy for the route report. It really gives a better idea of what we can expect! EKGO that sounds scary when coupled with the wet wet pics!
09/12/2012 at 17:18
It was a hard opening to the second half on that climb, i did it at around 5pm, it was a lonely slog, and being saturated from the first hour made it worse, I changed at halfway then got wet all over again, I ran from 7am through to gone 3am and never really dried out. My reason for doing it again is that the conditions cannot be that bad again and so I expect to take a couple of hours off next year.
09/12/2012 at 19:09
My fingers will be crossed for you!

In terms of timing goals I'm also in the boat of not having a clue where I'm likely to be. I did the London ultra 50k this year on little training in six hours flat so I'd aim next year to hopefully be under twenty hours at least or hopefully even eighteen but I really have no idea I think the main thing will be finishing at all!
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