Round Rippon Ultra 35 miles

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24/09/2012 at 13:04

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

24/09/2012 at 13:19

I got lost on the section that is before Sawley (the final checkpoint) - the final couple of miles before it is OK but the 5-6 before is a bit harder navigation wise. the main issue is a particular farm that has had the footpath diverted so you loose track when you go off on the footpath diversion (well I did!) . I've also always ended up going through someone's garden in Sawley - on the map it looks like the path goes through the garden but it never feels right somehow going through someone's garden! Another tip - when you go through North Stainley go through a sort of alleyway between the houses rather than round the housing estate - you end up in the same place but the alleyway is quicker - hard to explain but when you are on the ground you will know what I mean! I have some written instructions from last year so will use those. I think you'll find on the day written instructions will be provided.  they weren't advertised as being provided last year but in the end they were.

24/09/2012 at 13:22

Unless it is a freakishly warm day (like last year!) I would definitely recommend a warm/waterproof layer is carried - in previous years they have stipulated it in the kit list.  some of the moorland sections above Kirby Malzard are very exposed and in bad weather it could be a bit dodgy if you got lost without proper kit.

24/09/2012 at 13:26

All those Garmin connect tracks on page 1 of the forum do give a good idea of the terrain - ie reasonably flat in the first 15 miles and then undulating/hilly in the last 20 miles! 

24/09/2012 at 14:29

Amanda - sounds like you will be absolutely fine, lots of good training there.  Will have to catch up with you re the Insanity workouts, have been seriously thinking about doing that after Ripon, would be interested to know how well you managed combining the workouts with running.

Jovi - thanks for all the good info, keep it coming!  I suspect the farm you are talking about is one of the 2 that are located quite close together at around mile 29-30, just after Eavestone Lake.  I know someone else had trouble at that point when doing a recce a few weeks ago.  Think I might go and suss that bit out on the Friday night, before I get to my B&B.  Assuming it's not dark when I get there!

On the weather front, still a bit early to have anything concrete, but this link here is suggesting cold, sunny, calm and dry.  I think we'd all take that looking out of the window today!

24/09/2012 at 20:13
@ian66 I have been really enjoying insanity I actually look forward to it in the
Mornings and took it to Dubai on holiday so I didn't miss any (along
With my running shoes) I am due to go to the max stuff next Monday but think I will repeat a week so I start the Monday after the ultra
24/09/2012 at 20:32

Hi all.  I have the written directions I had last year.  If anyone wants to PM me their email address I can forward them on.  I must stress I accept no liability for the reliability or otherwise of them but hopefully they may help out on the day!

Edited: 24/09/2012 at 20:39
25/09/2012 at 21:42
Jovi I have also posted them on our Facebook site you should join us on there we are very originally named the round ripon ultra marathoners
25/09/2012 at 23:10

I've just sent request to join the FB group

26/09/2012 at 17:33
And accepted
26/09/2012 at 23:54

Thanks - have added a few posts!

02/10/2012 at 12:41

Hi all, I am doing this race and having read through the forum am now bricking it even more than I was.  I dare not send my running partner any of the details about hills and moors as it will freak her out as well!  I am the navigator for us and I am getting concerned about getting lost.  I did the Yorkshireman Marathon as part of my training and based on that I dont think I will be finishing much under 9 hours.  I also have shin splints so have had to rest up for a while, am having a massage tonight to try and get it in better shapped.  It got me round the Yorkshireman so fingers crossed.  One question, at the checkpoints is it possible to fill up your water bottle mine is 500ml, rather than just getting a cup of water (at the Yorkshireman I was able to fill up so only needed to take one bottle).  I am trying to travel light as I cant run with a backpack on, so make do with bum bag and water bottle.

02/10/2012 at 14:40
Come join our Facebook page plenty of advice on there and there are a few at
Your pace so no need to worry xx
02/10/2012 at 16:42

Thanks Amanda will do.  Sarah.

02/10/2012 at 23:33

Sarah - yes, you should be able to fill your bottle up.  If its the same as last year you'll also be able to sit on a deckchair and have a cup of tea and some cake at checkpoint 2 in Masham!  In fact, if I recall correctly there is fruit cake at all the checkponts.  If you've done the Yorkshireman you should manage this OK.  When I ran this the first time in 2010 I'd never done an ultra before.  I had done a 25 mile fell race but nothing beyond that (just sent you written instructions as per message)

Edited: 02/10/2012 at 23:35
04/10/2012 at 11:26

Thanks Jovi,  if I sit down on a deckchair that will be it, no getting me up, especially if I am given a nice cup of tea, sounds like a nice day out watching the world do by!  Anyway I have to get to CP4 as I am partial to a sausage roll, although a pork pie would really do the trick!  Yum Yum.


04/10/2012 at 18:09

Does anyone have a clue how wet under foot this is likely to be, thinking of dropping out as the footpaths around here are flowing like streams and I like my feet??

05/10/2012 at 09:46

Now then whats this dropping out - come on Sally think of all the training you have done, its only one day with wet feet, plenty of time for them to recover afterwards, it will be wet and muddy unfortuantely but the scenary will make up for it, and tomorrow is meant to be sunny.  I've booked an appointment with the Chiropodist on Monday to sort my tootsies out!  Already have two black toes, that's whole toes not just nails, I fear the poor women may pass out when she sees them!


05/10/2012 at 10:07

Don't even think about it Sally!!  Put a couple of pairs of dry socks in your pack, and change into them at each CP.  Don't waste all that training, you can still do it!!

05/10/2012 at 11:28

Sally you will be fine. think of all that lovely cake and the feeling when you finish.


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