This looks a great event. Not cheap, but could be a lovely weekend. Anyone else thinking about this?
Considered if briefly, then spotted that it's more to do it all in one than to split it over two days, makes for an expensive 100k.
Looking at it as a weekend activity, seems better value..
Two things for me:
2) Middle of summer = hot.
Call me a wimp, but it might be something you lot also want to consider.
The cheaper 2 day option does not include camping fees. I've been on the Ridgeway at various times of year and hot and dry is much better than cold wet and muddy. The worst irritant for me is the oil seed rape flowers, but these tend to bloom early May - when the Ridgeway 40 is held. I would love to do this, but things a bit 'up in the air' at the moment and not sure if I can commit myself.
I like the look of this but I'm doing my first ultra a few weeks before. Depending on any positive feedback, I'll think about it for next year.
£120 for 100k?!!? Yet only £95 if you take 2 days to do it. Just train a bit more and enter the Ridgeway 85, 4 weeks later.
Ironically my first marathon begins where this ultra ends (at Avebury) and finishes at another set of stones (I think they are called Stonehenge or something like that)
Is that really ironic? or coincidence? or just a peice of information that may be neither?
Hope you are set for Reading, there are high hopes for you. 75 mins or bust.
Actually youre right, there is nothing ironic....... it is more co-incidental. Doh!
Ummm, yeah 1:15'ish ......sure ..... no probs!
We are allowing 30 minutes +/- right though???
ha ha ha WIB!
I looked at this one too, looks really nice but it costs way to much!
Any idea how feasible it would be to just do it on your own? Water stops, shops maybe near the trail?
Was thinking of doing this with my brother in law just on our own with a gps but was a little unsure about water
Still mulling this over - quite keen and have walked the Ridgeway before (and loved it).Still a bit pricey for my liking, but think I may save up for it. Fancy doing something a bit different.
I'm breaking my ultra marathon cherry so to speak on this one. I've no idea why this one, other than a mate asked if I wanted to do, and I was feeling in a good mood at the time!
I hope it's a good one. But yeah, probably quite pricey for an ultra....i hope I get a bloody good t shirt!!!
Entered some time back - but then did an unscheduled L2B this weekend so hope I will recover in time. I know these events are pricey - I could have had a luxury spa break for what I paid to tramp through the mud and woods - not to mention pain - but then it's what we do..
The marketing/premise makes it sounds awesome. And sometimes that's what one wants in a race - the "hook" which makes it seem like an epic adventure rather than simply an awfully long way.
But too expensive for me.
Well peeps I gave in! Its just to darn pretty to miss! I shall be at the start line nursing my broken wallet!
at least your wallet will be lighter to carry B2B
I'm seriously regretting entering now as the logistics are a nightmare! I entered as it seemed well organised but having just been emailed my 'race pack' it just looks like a joke. The promised shuttle buses to and from the start have to be paid for and are not cheap (£25 one way) and you can only get on the bus you pre-book which means you have to guess your finish time if you are late you are stranded!
There is no shuttle to the station as promised, they suggest you book the cab in advance which once again requires you to know your finish time? Even if half the predicted 600 field use cabs that's 300 people looking to find a cab in Avebury going to Swindon! You can of course go by car but that £10 plus £25 coach adding £35 to the already inflated entry fee.
After running 100k the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about how to get home
Yes - I was was shocked at the sudden disappearance of the shuttle buses. More stress and expense. Shall be contacting the organisers to complain as they were supposedly part of the package.
Just compared prices - Extreme Energy - Druids Challenge - 84 miles of Ridgeway over 3 days, food and basic accommodation, shuttle bus to start and either to Swindon station, or back to Tring included, earlv bird entry £150. Trail Runners Ridgeway Challenge - full distance in about 28 hours, shuttle bus to start only - early bird entry £40 - less if affiliated.
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