The more I read about this event, the harder it seems to become. Perhaps I need to stop reading!!
This sounds quite scary!
You say the checkpoints are well stocked. Jovi, are you planning on carrying much fuel around with you?
Hi! Newish here but not to running or Ripon.
I recced the last 20 [and first 2 miles] yesterday, Im from Ripon, but i didnt realise how lovely the course was . We had a great morning out after being dropped off in Masham at half 7, Great dry course and im pleased to say Shitty farm 1 and 2 are pretty clean!
Plan on doing another slowish recce a week on saturday from Masham. We were hitting 9.30min/pace overall at the weekend, slower then i expected. It really is pretty hilly/undualting and at times hard going underfoot. Should make for an epic day.
The course has a bit of everything to keep you occupied with fantastic scenery and terrain and really shows off the area. Shame it doesnt go further in to nidderdale AONB but then it would be even longer! Its far enough already!!
As you were.
Nosemi - sounds like a great day out. I find the toughest bit of the route is actually on road - the climb up Ilton bank which feels like a 1 in 1 - I think its 17% but feels way steeper than that.
Hi all..I too am in on this one,i too have not a clue about map reading or where we are going,But i did the country to capital in jan 45 mile eith go beyound & just tagged along with others ok we did take one wrong turn but their was about 16 off us so we soon got back on track.id say dont worry to much their will be a few who have done this run before so tag along and enjoy...i too am up on the friday hope you all enjoy what will be a great day,and steve knows how to put on a great race.
Hi all. Yes, this route does involve navigation but the written route description is excellent and I;ve only gone wrong in one place (both years!) and that was as I didn't exactly follow the written instructions as it felt wrong (but transpired to be right!). There are plenty of alternatives to get back on track even if you do go wrong. I would recommend carrying some of your own fluids/supplies as there are large gaps between some of the refreshment stations - especially in the latter stages when you are slowing down so it takes longer between stations. I dont carry much extra but I do carry some - that way even if you do get lost you still have supplies until you get back on track. Its a gorgeous route and most is easily navigable and only a couple of tricky sections. I;m am quite navigationally challenged (!) & I made it round the route. I usually take about an extra hour to get the the marathon point in the race than I would do on a trail marathon ie road marathon pace 3:45, trail marathon pace, 4:00, Ripon Ultra at marathon distance pace (4:50 ish).
Amanda/Ruth - Don't worry about being slow, 35 hilly miles is a long way, it's virtually impossible to set off too slowly. Remember you only have to average 3.5mph to get home within the time limit, which is roughly 17mm pace. As long as you are going faster than this, then the time limit won't apply. Think tortoise and hare Setting off too quickly on the initial flat section could leave you in a world of discomfort once the hills kick in over the second half. Based on the course profile, hills kick in at 15 mile point, so my plan is to try and get there having barely broken into a sweat, to try and make sure I have plenty left in the tank.
Jovi - care to enlighten us on which bit you went wrong at - if you detoured twice, would be useful to know where we have to be a bit more careful!
...and another thing, I mailed the organisers about what would be in the race pack that we pick up at registration, and it is just a copy of the maps that we can currently download from the event website, we will NOT get written directions.
The directions that were posted on the FB site are unofficial, and not guaranteed to be correct by the organisers, so anyone who has a copy of those needs to use them under advisement.
Hello yes I am taking my Nathan back pack but am not filling it too full as I don't want it to be heavy - I plan on just topping it up at the aid station if needed. I will be taking a windproof/waterproof jacket (type depends on if it looks like it will chuck it down) and my husband and dad are going to be driving to each check point so will be there for some much needed support
With ref to written instructions I emailed the organisers when I entered and that is what they sent me so it is odd that they are no longer giving them out - either way when I plotted the route I read very carefully through the instructions and matched them up to the route and they seemed to fit well so fingers crossed.
Thank you ian for your re assurance ref timings. I am sure I can make that then am really looking forward to this now. I have rather than doing really really long runs broken my long run day up in to 2 halfs so a 2.5 - 3 hour in the morning then 1 - 1.5 hour in the evening. I have coupled this with Hill thresholds, different types of threshold training, long run with threshold efforts 3 x 10 mins at the end and have also been doing the insanity workout every morning 6 days a week so I feel fitter than I ever have.
I am at the Robin hood half marathon this weekend so if any of you are there let me know and we can say hi
Cant wait for the 6th
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