Must be about time to kick this off. Where is everyone hiding and how is your training going? Really excited about my first 100
I have now managed to recce the whole course so wanted to share a few thoughts.
1st 25 - seemed reasonably tame and a nice intro
2nd 25 - tough but great scenery to take your mind off it
3rd 25 - did this at night and found the night navigation between Holly Hill and Cuxton difficult in places
4th 25 - the last section from Lenham is a nice runnable section to finish on but not sure I will have any legs left by then as the section before it will be evil on tired legs! The steps and climbs between Little Kit's and Hollingbourne are going to be brutal at that stage of the race *GULP*
Couple of questions for the more seasoned campaigners...
Any strategies for dealing with the nettles which are likly to be like Trifids by then? Compression socks?
Does anyone wear ankle support for the night section or ever consider it? I turned my ankle a couple of times even with 2 lights whilst (head and hand) and with one of my ankles weak from an old injury, it does worry me a bit as would hate to DNF through something as daft as a knackered ankle.
Did this last year. Might do it again some time, but it's too close to Ridgeway 85 which I do every year. Last year they were two weeks apart and I DNF'd at mile 83 on the Ridgeway, 2 miles short of the finish, and spent the next 24 hours in A&E.
Sensible to do recces, especially the night section, and you seem to have summed it up the route well. I remember the whole lot being more undulating than expected - endless short rises into woods, etc - except the last 13 miles or so. And you're quite right - those hills and steps between about miles 82-87 are not what you want at that stage! Positively cruel.
Not sure if running poles are permitted at this event. Some events allow them and runners use them for the night sections.
Nettles are natural anti-inflammatories. You'll be fine. I expect the path will have been well walked by then and the front end of the race will have taken the brunt of it. But that might include you of course!
"Nettles are natural anti-inflammatories. You'll be fine. I expect the path will have been well walked by then and the front end of the race will have taken the brunt of it. But that might include you of course!"
Wow, didn't realise that! Sounds like stinging is good lol As for the front end of the race including me, I very much doubt that. The main reason for spending the time on the recces is to improve my chances of finishing, not to be competitive. Even so, I still had to keep telling myself off every time I started thinking a 100 mile one day buckle was doable. I know that I can do either haf of the course in uner 12 hours but could I do the second half in under 12 hours with 50 miles already in the legs? I have no idea and as the only reason to do the race is to challenge myself, I'd rather just ensure a finish even if that means 29:59:59.
You must have been in a right old state to have pulled up 2 miles from the end T Rex! 2 weeks apart is not a lot, I've got a 60 miler in the peaks a month before NDW and was thinking even that was too close.
The first 27 got under 24 hours last year so good luck with that goal - a 24-hour buckle is definitely something to covet. Putting myself under constant pressure over the last 25 miles or so I just about managed to complete, finishing in 29:44.
Yes, got a bout of rhabdomyolysis. One leg wouldn't move. That 60-miler should be fine. Take it very steady indeed, and then do nothing much in between. You can use it to experiment with nutrition.
29:44... sounds like great pacing to me and well done on the finish
Looking forward to this race not reccied any yet but did crew on the ndw50. All I heard on that at are checkpiont was about the hill just before are cp. Need to getting the sdw100 done this weekend then focus on this one. people I've spoke to say the ndw is the hardest race centurion do with a high percentage of the drops coming between 60 -70 miles ( boxhill area I think)
For sub-24 you really want to be going through halfway in around 10 hours. I hit halfway in 10:30 last year and finished in 23:45...
The pace guidelines on the CR website for a 24hr finish are pretty good in my opinion. If it's your first attempt at the distance though, then finishing in one peice should be your goal
Not sure if it's the same this year, but the final leg from CP13 was 4.5 miles last year NOT the advertised 3.2 - it crushed me last year when I got there, thought I could walk it in, but had to run to make sub-24...!
It's a brilliant route, run my great people - an unforgettable experience!
Lingster good luck with SDW and hope to see you at NDW.
GeeM, I had been studying the results from last year and figured that I needed to aim for 9-10 hours through the halfway point if I wanted to be in with a shout at sub 24hrs. Not sure whether to try or not but you are right that just finishing is my main aim.
An unforgettable experience is what I'm hoping for.... hopefully not just because of the pain though
I did the NDW50 last year and that took me 11hrs although I was in much worse shape then that I am this season. There are some nasty short hills that really take it out of you in the first half according to my recollection but then again there are loads of lovely technical descents where you can make your time back if you're not scared of death :P
The weather was a bit too hot last year so a cooler day would be most welcome. I plan to recce the last 50 before the event so I'm curious to see what the 60-70 mile section looks like. The high drop-out zone, I heard someone say? Interesting..
One question; are people bringing pacers? I've never had one before but debating it if I can find a volunteer...
I ran the NDW50 last year but had had a DNS on this years 50 due to an ankle injury. With the 100 in a month or so I am a little nervous now, still trying to get back up and running properly again (a marathon next week should see to that hopefully). Nervous about the lack of training I have been able to do, its pretty much been a wash out for the last few months with only cycling keeping my legs turning over!
Robert, for me it felt like the tough part was 75-85 as a couple of steep climbs but also lots of deep steps to negotiate. Looking at the results from last year it seems that most peple dropped between 50-75 so looking promising if you can make it past 75.
Ultraplodder, I know the feeling. When I entered I was feeling really strong but since then my knee blew up and I was sidelined for a couple of months. Just starting to get my confidence back now so hopefully the timing will be ok for me.... good luck with the mara.
After failing at my first 2 atempts this year at 100 miles I'm planning at just finishing this one!
I will be recceing the course with Lingster.
I'll probably head out on my MTB for a course recce next Sunday if anyone fancies it, I'm banned from running for another few weeks yet
Underestimate this race at your peril. Harder than the SDW for sure.
Medway bridge to Hollingbourne is very tough only about 15 mile but tough. Mostly pitch black woodland and undulating to say the least
Recce GD? Didn't realize you were running this.
I ran 24.36 last year but my Achilles had swollen by about 3 times the size. Pleased with result really.
No not a recce mate, I'm not racing it. I'll be at registration and a couple of the early aid stations but a guy I ran with at the SDW asked me to pace him so I'll get out there for a few hours anyway
Think I might volunteer for one of the later aid stations as they are on my doorstep.
Dill, I'd definately recommend volunteering. I volunteered at mile 88 of the Winter100 last year and it was really informative (& inspirational)!!
Our paths have crossed then Robert. I ran the W100. Mile 88 must have been the final turn around on the Ridgeway when we changed from that horrible headwind to the heavenly tailwind.
Yeah we were the final turnaround! We were huddled in the back of a van because our aid tents blew down just as the second runner came through. Based on how rubbish we were feeling I can't imagine how much you guys must have suffered on the course. (how did you do by the way?) Well, I'm running it this year so maybe I'll find out! Any advice?
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