SDW100 2013

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16/12/2012 at 11:07

"100 miles is not that far" - Karl Meltzer.  Liar liar, pants on fire.

17/12/2012 at 10:36

Out on the South Downs this weekend... plenty of mud, wind and rain!  Next time I will be wearing something with a bit more aggressive sole though.

17/12/2012 at 10:45

Well if you cant find an aggressive sole, you could always put on a couple of feisty kippers to get you on your way

17/12/2012 at 10:56


22/12/2012 at 09:51

Great race, I'll be pacing a lady from my club whose doing her first 100miler for the final 50miles. It'll be tough for her to get in before the cutoff though but she's a determined old bugger so we'll be giving it our best shot.


22/12/2012 at 17:06
Pace her well Ogee... Any complaints show her your grand slam buckle and say you know best!!!
22/12/2012 at 17:55

Ha ha ha, Will do WiB

22/12/2012 at 21:02
Good stuff. May see you at Washington then.
23/12/2012 at 01:19

Anyone from the Oxfordshire area (or on route to or from) and interested in getting in some reccies in the new year? I'm busy in the first few weekends, but after that I plan to get at a few trips in. I'm not particularly fast though at the best of times and not yet distamce fit so will be aiming mainly to check out the route rather than fast over the distance.

18/01/2013 at 14:08

I used the plan for last years race by Bryon Powell on Irunfar, it was a great plan, simple to follow and did the job. the furtheest i ran before was the Cardiff 50 but I did also do the Connemara 40 and half a dozen marathons, some at PB pace and some deliberatly slow as hell to get time on my feet.

I recommend going to see a chiropodist to get your feet baby soft at least 4 times before the race and at least a week before. I didn't get a single blister and got this tip from Fixing your feet, another great book. 

For the record I finished in 24.08 and was gutted it wasn't under 24. I found the pacers I had invaluable, especially when navigating at night and keeping my spirits up. The food and aid stations are great and the whole event coudn't have been better (apart from not going sub 24)

Do lots of training with your packs and expect a really horrible ascent and decent at the end. Its a tiny path only about 8inches in width with massive thorns and nettles and will really slow you down just when you might want to speed up 

29/01/2013 at 14:35

Ogee..I'm a determined old bugger too and hopeing to just make the cut off time so will be looking out for you and the other old bugger.

It's a mud bath on  the Downs at the moment so hopefully it will drain before June

Steyning Stinger marathon for me in March, 1st marathon of the year and probably a wake up call when I remember the pain!



18/02/2013 at 08:06

Anyone starting recce runs soon? I live near the eastern end so may go and check out the run through alfriston, jevington and down to the sports track this weekend... anyone interested?

18/02/2013 at 17:38
can't this weekend reccing the Thames path but willbe up for it over the coming weeks I live in eastbourne so always on the downs on a Saturday morning.
18/02/2013 at 22:03
Sounds good.
19/02/2013 at 08:58

apart from the first 5 miles I have recced west to east until washington, still can't run at the moment though so thats my plans out the window for the moment   

23/02/2013 at 15:44

I'm going to recce the last 10 miles as I got a bit lost in the Jeavington section last year.


23/02/2013 at 16:21
When are you doing that recce?
23/02/2013 at 17:36
Funnily enough, not that I was laughing at the time, but I got lost on that section last year too, spent a couple of hours wandering around a golf course.
Sorry I didn't make it out today WiB, was supposed to run over to see Daz but that went awry too
23/02/2013 at 17:45
Any other bits where people got lost last year I am wondering which bits need a good recce?
23/02/2013 at 17:57
Touie the simple and sensible answer is recce the parts you're likely to cover during the night, I reccied the whole course at least twice before the race and I still got lost out of sheer stupidity, because I received it I didn't have my map in my hand as I ran, when I came out of the cp at the 83 mile mark I was feeling great and running well so instead of concentrating on nav I just got my head down and ran.
It makes bugger all sense to run fast if you're going in the wrong direction
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