Ladybower 50

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10/07/2013 at 07:37

Haa anyone done this before? Is it ok for a first 50 miler? I have done The Wall over 2 days but this would be my first attempt at a 50. Any advice greatly appreciated.

Cake    pirate
10/07/2013 at 12:20

Not had chance to do it yet as always clash's with stuff on but had my eye in it for a while. From everything I've heard about the race and also the area it's at would say just make sure you think through your food for the race and enjoy it. The weather around there might be a heatwave or might be sh*te so plan for both. 

The organiser's sometimes comes on the threads and always seemed a good egg with luck he might spot the thread ans say hello.

10/07/2013 at 12:29

Claire - I've never run the event but I do some training runs up there. For the 50 you will be doing 3 laps of Ladybower, Derwent and Howden. It's fairly flat and that's why I chose it as my introduction to ultra running. My only concern with this is which footwear I would use; part of the circuit is road, part trail but I found a 2 mile section of the trail really hard on my feet. It might be with a recce as I know they have training runs up there if you look on their website 

01/08/2013 at 17:10

Less than eight weeks to go, and now I've done Lakeland 50 and my ankle is feeling better I can start to look forward to this!

carterusm (or anyone else): what's the off-road underfoot surface like, and how much is road, how much off-road?

05/08/2013 at 09:41

Hi Debra, One lap is 15miles out of that, about 8miles is tarmac.  The off-road section are good wide paths quite firm and nice to run on, the 2 mile trail section is firm underfoot and the only place you need to watch your foot placement as there are a few rocks, 

If there has been a lot of rain there are a few places on the off-road section that get very muddy, you will have about 4/5 gate to go through 

on the tarmac section you have 2 gates but can choose between using the gates or going over the cattle grid.  

It is quite undulating and a couple of the hills will be tough on the 2nd/3rd lap, none of the hills are that long so you can recover.  

This will be my first Ultra so have gone for the 35mile

It is a beautiful place to run, and I hope you enjoy it

Edited: 05/08/2013 at 09:45
05/08/2013 at 09:47

I guess it all depends what sort of profile you are used to running as to whether you would call it flat or undulating ! Here is a training run I did last year, I ran it in the clockwise direction but I believe the race itself is run anti-clockwise - 

05/08/2013 at 12:48

Hi S3200H, carterusm, thanks for that - it's really useful. Definitely not flat - looks like enough incline and decline that it's not going to be boringly flat (I do prefer some variety), but not steep enough to need to walk the inclines? Or possibly if I get tired and want the excuse - carteurusm's profile does indicate some 10% inclines...

One thing's for sure - NOTHING like Lakeland 50 a week ago...

Must not stay up too late at my godson's wedding on the Saturday!


11/09/2013 at 21:43


panic 11 days to go how is everyone?any last minute diet tips, or advice / suggestions  

11/09/2013 at 22:10

Yes... don't try to make up any lost training between now and then; don't wear anything you've not worn before, on the day... and have fun!

11/09/2013 at 22:14

you make it sound easy

11/09/2013 at 23:13

I did the 15mile circuit a few weeks ago. There's 1000ft of ascent. the path follows the reservoirs up past three dams. That should be a clue

Ladybower 50 series thread.

11/09/2013 at 23:24

Hi All really looking forward to this, hope everyone has a good run 

cheers Steve

12/09/2013 at 07:02


i've done one lap 3 times, i can still Jonathan decide if I think it's flat or not, I think yowe would struggle to find a flatter 50m run. 

My Garmin says around 350m per lap as you say, but each lap finishes with a nice long sweep downhill followed by a small bump up to the start  it always feels like you are getting the uphill bits out the way quite early in each lap to me

Edited: 12/09/2013 at 07:04
12/09/2013 at 07:13

Yes. You're right. It's uphill for 8 miles then downhill for 8 miles, but the uphill isn't constant.

The only thing that struck me was the scenery. You're on a well made tarmac/cycle track in a valley so lake on your right and woods on your left for pretty much the whole way.

I did run very early and there was no one about so I saw a lot of wildlife. 

Edited: 12/09/2013 at 07:14
12/09/2013 at 08:00

Well, I wanted a relatively easy one to finish the year; sounds like it's a lot flatter than any of the others I've done this year (diverted TT50, SDW50, NDW50, Lakeland 50) and surely minimal navigation (there doesseem to be one point where it indicates a path junction where we keep right not left - I can only presume the left path goes down to the reservoir?). Just hope everything goes according to plan and that I'm not too tired after my godson's wedding the day before and an early strart to reach Ladybower on time.

(Noting that TT50 should have been pretty flat, along the Thames, but the flood-required diversions definitely took us over a lot more undulation).

12/09/2013 at 08:03

Yes, in the first 5m lap you go left, and back to the start, then for the next 3 laps go right. The only other point is at the far end of the course it looks like you could just carry on to the middle of nowhere, but you have to turn a sharp left back on yourself down to a bridge, get those two correct and you will be fine. 

Edited: 12/09/2013 at 08:04
12/09/2013 at 08:25

 Tarmac track, you say? I was thinking this would be one for trail shoes (I like my trail shoes, any excuse) but if it's mostly Tarmac I guess not?

Doner Kebab    pirate
12/09/2013 at 09:29

road shoes


12/09/2013 at 09:32

Yeah, there is hardly any real track, there is a stony section around the top, i've run one lap 3 times always just done it in my normal trainers.

12/09/2013 at 09:36

I'm going for road shoes as those sections are by far the longest. The trail path does have quite a few stones and in my last 1 1/2 lap reccy my feet did feel it in road shoes but I just think the benefit on the long section outweighs that

And Tim R - lake on the left if you want to go with the flow..!

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