Round the Island Isle of Wight Ultra

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29/03/2012 at 08:23
Is anyone on here doing this one, or has done it before? Think it looks interesting and XNRG seem to be pretty well rated for their races, I'm still thinking about it - but reckon I'll go for it.
29/03/2012 at 10:25
Yup, if I can get the time off then I'll definitely be signing up for it!
Likewise have only heard good things about these events and at £126 it's a bargain compared to other similar races out there, especially with 2 nights accommodation and meals thrown in
29/03/2012 at 14:35
I'd love too, perhaps not this year, maybe next....
29/03/2012 at 16:45

I'm thinking about booking camping and paying for event seperately, as I'll be taking 2 dogs and family! Oh - why am I getting into ultras? They're so dear! I agree though, if you go for the whole package on this one, it's a good price. Not sure I could handle sleeping in a hall full of strangers, all arriving back to camp at different times..hmm, nightmare!

Yes, I think take the family and camp seperately will suit me better!

I've never done a coastal ultra though, concerned if my knees will take it. Roger, have you done any other ultras recently?

29/03/2012 at 18:03

Nope, am new to ultras, have a marathon in a few weeks time but after that I'll be concentrating on this race.

Was going to do a more local event in June, but this appealed to me more, the route the set up and the support XNRG are providing. Plus UTMB qualifying points!

Camping with the family sounds nice, I am fairly accustomed to dossing down on the floor so will probably just go with that option.

Never been to the Isle of White before so don't know what the coastal paths are like, however I do find in general that trail runs are kinder on my knees, speaking as a fairly big built 6'2" fella.

Edited: 29/03/2012 at 19:51
29/03/2012 at 22:01

I live in Swanage and can see the IOW across the sea from my house. I love coastal running, but I find the steep decents quite tough on my knees. I really must have a go at JCC next year, as it's on my doorstep, but it was too soon after TP100, which I did a few weeks ago.

Where's your marathon?

29/03/2012 at 22:08
im new to ultra too purple pig but i love the Isle of Wight  and would love to do this one. ultras are not really expensive PP, this one isnt bad at all...think how much you get charged for some HMs in comparison for 2 hours of tarmac and honking cars....i agree with rodger, its  a bargain event!
29/03/2012 at 22:10
purplepig wrote (see)

I live in Swanage and can see the IOW across the sea from my house. I love coastal running, but I find the steep decents quite tough on my knees. I really must have a go at JCC next year, as it's on my doorstep, but it was too soon after TP100, which I did a few weeks ago.

Where's your marathon?

how did you get on PP at TP100? did you finish before the event got stopped? i live in Oxfordshire  know where the finish was, the snow really came down at one point!
29/03/2012 at 22:29

The isle of Wight is subject to as much coastal erosion, as any part of the British Isles, along its entire border.  I know the area, from regular fossil hunting trips. 

I would venture a guess, that this event will be fairly punishing on the knees, but fun and picturesque.

Edited: 29/03/2012 at 22:30
29/03/2012 at 22:40

Loula - Yes I got caught in the horrendous hail and snow and was frozen to the core, but I was fortunate enough to finish before the plug was pulled. You too eh , Ben!

Hmm - yes as I thought re the knees!  What to do, what to do!

I've just entered the Dorset Doddle, which is a 32 mile coastal event from Weymouth to Swanage and cost an amazing £11 plus an optional £6 to get a coach to take me from Swanage to the start at Weymouth! Unbelievable value!! That's not till August though and i want to do something nearer whilst my fitness is still not bad on the back of TP training!

30/03/2012 at 07:49


Edited: 30/03/2012 at 07:51
30/03/2012 at 13:44

Purplepig - Have you ever used knee strapping/ supports, I never have myself but a friend of mine who's a rather good prop forward swears by them when he goes out for longer runs. Oh and it's the Madrid Marathon I'm doing in just over 3 weeks time

30/03/2012 at 15:46

Yes I have and they def help. I might experiment with some Kinesio tape though. It's supposed to be excellent.

Madrid sounds like fun!

30/03/2012 at 16:11
Dorset Doddle-what a lovely name!!and bargain price again!!!
02/04/2012 at 21:14

I am really tempted by this but as i'm only doing my first marathon on 22 apr, i think i might have to aim for next year!......... or will i......

02/04/2012 at 22:24
Same for me AOI, but sod it! The Round the Island has no time limit anyway and welcomes walkers so if it all gets too tough then just slow to a steady march and finish that way! 
03/04/2012 at 06:20
So tempted! I might have to wait until a week or two after the VLM before I sign up though otherwise I think I might struggle convincing my better half it is such a good idea! Might see you there Roger.
03/04/2012 at 13:23
am really liking the sound of this one-cant fit it in this year but next year is a possible !!...will still keep lurking on here for this year though to ask questions because im sooo nosy and like to hear everyones experiences...ah, roger, thats nice there isnt a time limit-means more time to enjoy the scenery and views
03/04/2012 at 14:04
Decision made - I'm in!! Worry about the knees later!
04/04/2012 at 20:00
Nice one PP, I'll let you know after VLM but hopefully will be there too!
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