The Druid Challenge Ridgeway Ultra 2012

84 Miles, 3 Day, Multistage Ultra November 9th -11th

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07/11/2012 at 11:26

Cheers pyj - that's really useful.  Think I'll take a couple of malt loafs too for breakfast (did you know you can now buy not only 'banana maltloaf' but ALSO 'cinnamon and raison maltloaf'.  Bloody brilliant stuff.

Richard and Julian - I too have been suffering with plantar fasciitis for about 6 weeks now and it's still niggling.  I'm sure it's going to hate this weekend and flare up, but who cares - come Sunday we'll all have run / walked / hobbled / crawled through it and will have earnt a good rest.  I'd much rather be a wreck on Sunday afternoon and in need of 3 weeks off than pull out of this weekend and feel sorry for myself.

Lou - I bought 2xu leggings.  I wa svery dubious when the size chart told me I'd need "small tall" ones (I've never bought a small anything before) but although they are MIGHTY snug, they are seriously comfortable and I feel naked in them!  That's the dream eh.  Looking forward to giving them a good outing on Friday.

Resting and eating for the next 48 hours.  Brilliant.

07/11/2012 at 12:03

Can I join the 'hobble' brigade, my right ankle is playing up, though something always starts to hurt just before an event and then  will miraculously disappear when I start running!

Love banana malt loaf

Cake and chocolates bought for my binge on Sunday evening, if I can stay awake long enough!

07/11/2012 at 17:14

the banana malt loaf is nommy!!!!!!!! and they do little snack sizes that you can stuff in the pockets of a handheld or backpack-fabby. mince pies??? cool-im sorted!!!! just need mulled wine too and im set-although i think my balance would be radically affected by that

07/11/2012 at 19:04

Definitely another hobbler here!  At the thought of this weekend my ankle started hurting, my knee went wonky and my back went into spasm - so nothing to worry about there then.


07/11/2012 at 19:28
So we have me, Richard, James, Charlotte and now Bear. Lets hope we make the walk up to the start LOL.

Well thats it! GPS charged, lucky pants packed and Vaseline at the ready. Weather looks ok. I'm signing off a day early as I will be busy tomorrow night. Good luck to all and look forward to meeting you over the weekend.

07/11/2012 at 22:16

Sorry to disappoint you alI, I've been packing this evening and just cant find the mankini. Maybe just as well, as it's rather cold out there


08/11/2012 at 13:50

I've got tonsilitus and am now on antibiotics!! But I am still planning on being there tomorrow!!

08/11/2012 at 14:57

sian wins.

I have bitten one of my finger nails too short though and it's sore.  that's pretty bad too

08/11/2012 at 15:04

ouch - I hate short nails - I will bring you some codeine!!


08/11/2012 at 15:53

thanks sian, I think I'll need it to get through.

I'm starting at midday so I'm going to rock up at about 10:30.  Should be plenty of time to register, get cold and allow the codeine to kick in.

08/11/2012 at 16:35

stefkirl - shame about the mankini and nice photo!

Sian - I hope you feel a  bit better tomorrow, take it easy

08/11/2012 at 18:04

sian !! hope you are ok, i had sore throat yesterday, worse today but i still think you win-not sure about James with his 'sore finger ' man drama.....

08/11/2012 at 18:11
I will have my antibiotics and masses of pain relief and caffeine!!
08/11/2012 at 20:20

im not ill or injured- but i still may have the pain relief and caffeine!!!

08/11/2012 at 21:57

Just dropping from the other side (there's no specific thread for some reason!) to say hello and see you all tomorrow! Third time doing this and really looking forwards to it! but looks like it might rain quite a lot on Saturday! which means that Goring might be very boggy! just packing now and changing my mind lots!

11/11/2012 at 21:47
WOW! What a three days. Great company, great weather and certainly a challenge. Great to meet Stefkirl, Richard and Charlotte. Charlotte I missed you at the end but wanted to say a huge thank you. Your company and ability to put up with my never ending moaning deserves a medal in itself.

For the record, I was in the minor injuries unit ths evening having another two holes drilled in my nail. It looked like it had exploded in my shoe and the fluid underneath was forcing the nail up. I will call my new nail and badge of honor Ivinghoe. Richard,thanks for the pain killers.

Thanks guys!!!

11/11/2012 at 22:52

More than welcome Jules, great to have met you.  Hope your feet mend soon.  I think I will lose two of my nails, but nothing as bad as yours!

Cheers everyone.

12/11/2012 at 11:19

Another perversely enjoyable 3 days.  Hi to all the familiar faces and see some of you at Pilgrims'. Great to meet up with you Sian at the end of day1, hope the antibiotics have done their stuff.

Sore ankles from all that trying to hold my balance on the mud and ruts.  Toe nails fine for once.  Got home to find I had forgotten to switch fridge back on after defrosting on Thursday morning and 'im indoors only realised Friday night, so spent this morning clearing out rotting food, followed by cleaning up rotting clothing+shoes.

Hope the guys I travelled to Swindon with on the bus got home O.K.  The 2 cans of Strongbow I bought at the station buffet made the journey bearable for me, even though I did have another 3/4 mile walk at the end of it.


12/11/2012 at 12:50

Loved the whole weekend. Great to have met most people on here at some point or another over the weekend and I hope you enjoyed it.

Nothing hurts today that didn't hurt before the weekend apart from a couple of sore toes so alls good!

Jules, I enjoyed your company. Did you have bad feet? I wish you had mentioned them, I hope they heal soon. I don't require an extra medal for putting up with you, but perhaps some company on some of the long training runs we have coming up for our Spring races i know I have some 30+ milers to do! P.m'd you.

Edited: 12/11/2012 at 13:01
12/11/2012 at 14:26

I too had a great weekend.  Sadly didn't meet many of you, just Loula and Ultrarocker - great to finally meet you both!  Congratulatiosn to everyone who battled through it. Certainly day 2 was pretty minging and the conditions underfoot pretty tough going.

I struggled quite a bit on Sunday while trying to get a mix of runnign fast enough to get it over and done with, whilst trying not to put myself through too much pain! 

Feel pretty grand this morning and have some blisters and black toe nails, but nothnig out of the ordinary and I don't think anything is going to fall off.  Looking forward to a couple of weeks doing as little as possible while easting as much as possible.

Hope to keep the runnign love alive and to see some of you soon!  I know Lou and UR are heading to the Thames Trot in Feb - anyone else game?

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