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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
I've just sent request to join the FB group
Thanks - have added a few posts!
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.
Thanks Amanda will do. Sarah.
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)
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.
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??
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!
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!!
Sally you will be fine. think of all that lovely cake and the feeling when you finish.
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