pilgrim challenge 2012

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01/02/2012 at 15:33
That's assuming they're going the same way!
01/02/2012 at 19:41
03/02/2012 at 20:45

Message for Bear. Do you know the location of the checkpoints. Can't seem to spot them on the website. Hubby looking to be supportive!

Hope to meet up tomorrow.
03/02/2012 at 22:03
Had a look and can't find either - from memory cp1 (8miles) either in grounds of  Ye Olde Ship Inn - or just before - other side of A 3100.  Cp2 (18miles) by St. Barnabus' Church (nearly at Denbies House/vinery)  Cp 3 (forgotten distance - just after you come off Box Hill switchback (I think it's called PebbleHill Road - just down from Betchwood railway station, Cp3 at car park just past footbridge that crosses A217.  Sorry can't be more accurate.  Give Neil a call - serve him right for lack of info.  Hope to see you too .
05/02/2012 at 22:10
Wow 2nd day was tough!
05/02/2012 at 23:17
06/02/2012 at 08:08
Bear B.Hind wrote (see)

Lol, did you do day 2? I think quite a few bailed out. For the first ten miles or so I thought isn't it pretty with all the snow etc. The rest of the way I was muttering damn bloody snow!
06/02/2012 at 08:10

Well done to everyone who completed Pilgrims.

Lovely to meet you Bear.

I made both days, but wow that was hard. First ultra done, so very happy.

Can even walk down stairs, so an added bonus.

Hope everyone is feeling okay today.
06/02/2012 at 09:19
Lovely to meet you too htf.  Yes completed both days and wasn't last on either (might change name to BearNotQuiteB.Hind).  Was glad I made last minute decision to pack YakTrax otherwise I would not have made it down those hills - or rather would have rather more rapidly than intended!
06/02/2012 at 09:56
A fantastic event - huge thanks to Neil, Anna and the XNRG team. Bravo for not cancelling after Saturday night's big snow dump. Was really well organised, a gorgeous route, few nice lumps on the course and stunning scenery in the snow. And the chips from the van at the finish we some of the best I've ever had...
06/02/2012 at 10:41

Chips????? Van?????  The tragedy of being a slowbee.

But as you say fantastic event and as are all XNRG's.  Also I love the way Neil trusts the participants to make their own decision re pulling out rather than going for the 'safe' option.  Not just in terms of cancelling, but at an individual level.  There were still a couple of entrants who'd only reached CP4 when I finished at 8.40ish.  Most other events would have made them retire as soon as they had failed to make a CP cut off time, but his team were willing to wait in the cold until they'd gone through.

06/02/2012 at 10:42
Agreed! That burger van was a genious move! A cherry on an already fantastic cake.
06/02/2012 at 11:00

BBH - sorry you missed them - definitely one of the highlights of the race for me - amazing chips! Really good of the team not to force withdrawls - and that reminds me that the Marshall's need a massive shout out, I did not envy this weekend, I'd have MUCH rather be running!

Sam - was it just me being starving, but weren't those chips amazing? ha

06/02/2012 at 15:05
Glad you all enjoyed the pilgrims and the burger and chips. Could have sent some back to CP4 where we were marshalling!

Check out the Croydon Ultra 30 I am organising. It is the second year of the event. Www.personaltrainercroydon.co.uk. July 8th.

Cheers and Sam thanks for letting me try out the Solomon slab. I am now interested in shelling out a few quid, cheers!
07/02/2012 at 22:55

What a great weekend

 XNRG know how to put on a great event.

Anyhoo, here is my blog.


See you at the Pony Express...

07/02/2012 at 23:34
Nice write up James and thanks for the talk as well very inspirational.
I know wher you mean about the wrong turn - luckily me and some others were debating left or right when you all started coming back. Like you I was of the idea it had to be uphill!
08/02/2012 at 08:48
Hey James,
Good to read your blog. I recced the route and noted that that junction was going to be an issue as a signpost had been obliterated. I put out signage on that junction early Saturday morning but it looks like someone took it down . God knows why!. Put it back out much later that day when I heard that people had gone wrong. Hopefully it was there Sunday?
Great talk and very inspiring.........
08/02/2012 at 13:23

Ian - I thought I recognised the name. I was on CP4 with you on Sunday. Shame I will not be able to do your Ultra as away camping & running in the New Forest that weekend.

James - another good blog.

13/02/2012 at 08:51
Mr K - sorry for delay in responding. Yes it is me. Keep in touch anyway.

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