Ridgeway 85 - 2012

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25/08/2013 at 21:49

Great work Dill, well done.

25/08/2013 at 23:09

Outstanding result. 

26/08/2013 at 17:48

Thanks guys and as a added bonus reckon i'll be back running tomorrow.


26/08/2013 at 17:49

Well done Dill. Glad to hear you had a good run.

26/08/2013 at 18:05

Impressive, *Dill*.  That really is a fast time.  I think it's all these 100s you do - makes an 85 seem very straightforward. You didn't spend much time getting lost, then?   Unlike the leader, I hear!  I was looking out for someone resembling your pic but drew a blank.

I was hoping for 22 hours.  I tend to have to spend some of the time, sometimes a lot of time, shuffling or walking in ultras.  It was all looking good for a possible course best (21:46) up to CP7 (62 miles) but up to CP8 things started not to pan out and after CP8 (70 miles) it was a difficult job to get to the finish.  The last 4 miles took 2 hours.  My feet had become very hot, swollen, and blistered.

I had put a large compeed on a hot spot on the ball of my left foot about mile 32, thinking that would solve potential problems but instead doing that made them a lot worse. The blister carried on forming under the compeed and by the end it was larger than the plaster itself (so about 4" long) with fluid radiating up and down and across my foot with every footfall.  And of course I couldn't take the thing off.

I really seem prone to blisters which spoil my enjoyment of long events.

A great event, though.  I'm going to enter at least one more time to see if I can get into the 21s again.

Next up is the 10Peaks Brecon Beacons (for which that training run was a recce, *Dill*). I've entered TP100 so I might meet you there.

26/08/2013 at 18:47

Well done T on the finish. It's so hard to grind out a finish when your hurting.

Thanks WiB. Glad you didn't show or I would have been another place down. 

Race report to follow. 

26/08/2013 at 20:48

Looking forward to reading that.  I notice you were particularly speedy between CPs 5 & 6 and flying in the last section.

27/08/2013 at 09:22

T my pre race plan had been to run a 10hour 50mile then a 7 hour 35mile. I pretty much done that.

As soon as I was told I was in 10th I ran all of the last 25 and over took 3 people. I was about 300mtrs behind 6th place in the end. Sneaky bugger knew I was behind him and turned his head torch off and shut the gates quietly (he told me so). When I spotted him we were just turning off the Ridgeway so I had no time to catch him. I really enjoyed racing and not just plodding miles out.


28/08/2013 at 19:21
Edited: 28/08/2013 at 19:22

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