Pilgrims Challenge

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03/01/2013 at 20:53

Getting close now - anyone else entered?

07/01/2013 at 18:11

Sadly no.  It's my dad's birthday that weekend, we're all going out for dinner on the saturday night, and I know when not to push my luck too far.

Enjoy it!

07/01/2013 at 19:25

No - I was going to, but then decided to do the "5x50" in 2013 and the first one I'm running is Thames Trot 50, which clashes, so I've put off Pilgrims until next year.

07/01/2013 at 22:13

Sorry neither of you will be there but enjoy Peronel and wow - good luck Debra .

07/01/2013 at 22:40

And good luck to you for Pilgrims!

07/01/2013 at 22:57

Yes I'm in, looking forward to it.  No way I'm sharing a hall with a load of other smelly, farting runners though  

ANyone done this before - want to know if I can leave a car at race start (to pick up after day2), and I presume we bring our gear to race start and they deliver to the finish (merstham)?

I'm doing another recce on Wed - Merstham to Farnham.  Know the route quite well now.

Hope everyone is fit, just a few weeks away.

08/01/2013 at 11:12

SMELLY!!!  FARTING????- how dare you (Cruel but fair nevertheless).  If the start is the same as it has been previously - a large marquee in a feld - then parking should be no problem, but as well to check with Neil to make certain.

Did a shortish loop from Box Hill to the top of Reigate Hill and back on Saturday - there is a shortish section on the approach to Reigate Hill where it is almost impossible to avoid going through deep puddles of really evil sticky mud.  Hope these will have dried out somewhat. Planning to do Dorking- Guildford and back this Saturday, then just a final short session of Merstham to Reigate Hill and back as my taper the following week.

08/01/2013 at 13:57

What about sleeping gear etc - I presume we leave a large bag at race start and they deliver to Merstham?  Couldnt find anything about luggage delivery in the race information.

Hmm hope not too sticky tomorrow.  I'll let you know how it is.

08/01/2013 at 16:47

Odd - my reply seems to have vanished - perhaps I've got myself on 'ignore member' .  Wot I said was yes the bags are transported to Merstham.  I was also wondering where you planned staying.


09/01/2013 at 20:39

Cheers for that.  Well, I have a friend also entered in the event and his Mother lives in Merstham.  Handy!  However, he's not injury issues and not a lot of time to train so unlikely to do the first day let alone both.  Therefore I booked myself in at the Gatwick white house hotel in Horley (one stop from Redhill).

The other option is to head back to Teddington for the night but that's a 1h15-1hr30 trip (2-3 stops) and at least 1 mile walking.  Didnt fancy that.

All of the above would be preferable to the school hall though.  I'm a light sleeper and usually struggle to sleep the night of an event anyway (adrenaline....and pain)


09/01/2013 at 20:43

Oh,  I ran the day2 course today from the school in Merstham to Sandy Balls.  That was tough!  Sticky mud the wole way (as mentioned before) that's in no rush to disappear.  Also, about 100-200m of the path beside sandy balls golf course is flooded out.  I didnt want to find out how deep it was - ran beside golf course.


I've run from west to east a few times now, so it was interesting to check out the other direction.  I believe I took a wrong turn 3-4 times.  But knew almost immeditaely, thanks to the gps.

I had a virtual partner running at 9:00/M.  The bugger was great up the hills!  I finished in 4hr43mins.  That's the time I want to do day2 at pilgrims.


09/01/2013 at 22:56

Sandy Balls?  Thought that was in New Forest/Hampshire way - or did you do a very long run?

10/01/2013 at 12:23

Ha, I'll blame that on being tired.  Yes Sandy Balls should read just 'Sands/Sand Road'

10/01/2013 at 19:33

Ah now I know where you mean.  I must confess I did my first recce - Guildford - Farnham Golf Course and back 2 weeks ago in wellies  (you can tell I'm not a runner).  Must say that having dry feet compensated for the fact that they were uncomfortable and cold.


10/01/2013 at 21:09

Yes I hope most of the water/mud lifts by race day.  Plenty of time yet.  Or perhaps go the other way like last year and have snow.  That would be fun.

11/01/2013 at 20:40

I was so pleased that I'd thrown my Yak Trax into my bag at the last moment otherwise Day 2 would have been a total write off.

12/01/2013 at 14:41

That bad?  from pics just shows snow.  But presume day2 had a nice snow/mud mix?

12/01/2013 at 20:33

The snow started just before 5pm on day1 when only the slowbees (such as myself) were still out and about .  It continued overnight and was about 8-15cm deep by morning.  The problem was that the first section of day 2 had some very steep descents - Reigate and the Box Hill switchback - and the thaw did not set in until late morning.  This meant it was very slippery for the - yet again - back enders such as myself - the front runners having tramped the snow into ice (hence the need for Yak Trax).  The mud snow ice mix got 'better' as the day went on.

As for todat - intended doing a Dorking/St.Martha's Hill loop, then it decreased to Dorking/Newlands Corner, but half way through Hollister Wood lost will to live (frozen, damp, hungry) lost will to live and turned back.

21/01/2013 at 11:42

Hi Bear B.Hind - I'm doing it with Hope to Finish, she met you on the course last year.   I think she used hypnosis or some other kind of brainwashing technique and convinced me it would be a good idea to enter!

It's my first ultra and I'm panicking a bit now but have done long runs in the mud and snow so unless we have a sudden heatwave I'm prepared for all conditions.

Daz - HTF said that staying in the hall was a big part of the whole experience - even the unpleasant bits!  She recommended ear plugs to cut out snoring but didnt' mention any nasty smells 

More rain due here from tomorrow so no chance of it drying out just yet............

21/01/2013 at 17:41

Missed out on this week's session.  Thought it was probably not best idea to do unsupported session in uncertain conditions, also felt pretty knackered, turns out I was getting a cold.  With a bit of luck will manage one last mud bath before the actual event.

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