The Druid Challenge Ridgeway Ultra 2012

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

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12/09/2012 at 23:06
Lirish I did pilgrims - second day was tough, cold and lots of snow overnight but I don't think it should have not gone ahead. Start was delayed to make sure they could get checkpoints out. Everyone had a choice start or be bussed to train station plus all cp's were sited near train stations. About a third of people dns day 2. Food and support were really good. I'm going to Toad in 10 days. Yes prob not the cheapest and unless you are targeting a big multi day ( I hope to do atacama crossing 2014) there are better options for a one day ultra.
12/09/2012 at 23:11

I did the Pilgrim Challenge in February which was probably the winter one referred to.  Who exactly was complaining?  Yes the snow came down and day 2 was quite challenging, but no one was forced to start.  Surely the majority had already completed day 1 so knew what the return would be like.  Neil had checked the route at 4a.m Sunday and found it doable.  He altered the position of the check points so that there would be easier access to public transport if anyone wanted to drop out. 

The irony is that following Monday this forum was filled with people complaining about cancelled events - now we apparently have people complaining about the reverse - get a life!

The reason I like Neil's events is that he treats you like an adult and capable of making your own decisions.  I have been allowed to continue under my own terms when a lot of other events would have insisted I retired. 

If you're not able to take responsibility for yourself then stick to nice safe road events with lots of smiley marshals at every turn and cps that will insist you retire if you're a minute over schedule and organisers who will cancel at the first sign of rain....

12/09/2012 at 23:13

Great minds and x posting Jeremy .


12/09/2012 at 23:54
You finished Bear?
13/09/2012 at 15:35

im going to stick my two penneth worth in here as well seeing as we are on it- although the weather conditions may have been viewd as harsh/difficult/too dangerous for some who were less experienced , some runners aiming for bigger, more techical events may have wanted to train in harder harsher conditions whilst being in a race scenario?? surely having paid and entered they have the right to turn up and take part even if others think its too dangerous ? as Bear says , we arnt MADE to do these events, we choose to, if you think it should be cancelled well then fine, just dont turn up!!

13/09/2012 at 15:48

So are you saying you are coming over to Chamonix next year then Lou?! You know you want to... Moutains!!!


13/09/2012 at 16:01

i would like to WiB ...i need to man up about the weather conditions....i think id pick something with guaranteed worse weather than Druids to train with if im considering CCC

13/09/2012 at 16:02

IF i take lots of hot water bottles.....

13/09/2012 at 16:12

You know we're doing our planned runs and races whatever the weather Lou

13/09/2012 at 16:18

Hi Julian and all,

I will be doing this- all three days, I have completed the Ridgeway 40 and I have done a 24 hour event this year, these being my only experiences of ultra's. I'm looking forward to this, though not so much the sleeping on the sports hall floors; all part of the adventure though!

13/09/2012 at 16:21

Returning to the point above -

If lives are at risk (ie UTMB this year (and a lot of years)) then it is only right that the organiser should either cancel or amend the event to reduce that risk - there is a limit to which people shouldn't be "allowed" to push within a race environment. For example, a lot of people will have invested a lot of time and money in being at UTMB - are they likely to make a rational decision themselves bearing in mind they've travelled a long way to compete? However, something like Pilgrim/Druids/most races in Southern England (I'm not including Scotland/Lakes etc on purpose) should not pose a threat to life under even the most arduous conditions - as long as the competitors are prepared for the conditions, both mentally and physically (including their kit), then they should be given the option to choose to continue should they wish.

13/09/2012 at 16:29

Hi Charlotte, sorry, cross posting there... good on you doing all three days - I did fancy it, but the expense of other races got in the way, so one day will have to suffice this year!

13/09/2012 at 18:57

This 3 dayer seems to be better value than the 3 day Atlantic and Jurrassic Coast Challenge series run by Votvo (I think). They charge £150 to run, but you still have to pay for your accomodation on top of that.

13/09/2012 at 20:13

Hi Charlotte - done Ridgeway 40 x5 times.  Lovely event!  All the best for Druids!

14/09/2012 at 20:55

I have heard that snoring can be an issue at overnight events? Besides a double JD or inserting a mattress into ones ear, does anyone have any tried & tested solutions. "Bring a baseball bat" is not a satifactory answer

14/09/2012 at 20:56

For the record.... I have never heard myself snore

14/09/2012 at 20:58

julian , i am doing day 1 only therefore hopefully will NOT hear your snoring as i will be 25miles away in my own bed;)

14/09/2012 at 20:59

hopefully everyone staying overnight during druids will be too shattered from running to hear any snores

14/09/2012 at 21:00
14/09/2012 at 22:43
Earplugs, I use them for camping all the time... Use the soft squishy foam ones as they're more comfy
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